Nominations: Best Picture, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing (Wes Anderson), Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score (Alexandre Desplat), Production Design, and Original Screenplay (Wes Anderson)
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. (IMDb)
I’ve seen a chunk of Wes Anderson’s movies, but I think this is by far my favorite. It’s big and bold, it’s funny and dark at the same time, and having an all-star cast doesn’t hurt either. Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave is absolutely wonderful, I’m actually quite sad he didn’t get an Oscar nomination. I also really liked Adrien Brody as the guy out for Gustave, and Willem Dafoe as Brody’s henchman. I could honestly go on about the cast for awhile, because no one gives a bad performance. Anderson’s movies have this ability that make you say “what?” out loud as things are happening, but then totally accepting the absurdity of this worlds as if they are normal. I also really liked the movement through time from the 30s, to the 60s, and then stopping very briefly in the 80s and lastly what we assume is today. I can’t get enough of this movie.