When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. (IMDb)
Nominations: Best Picture, Cinematography, Directing (Dennis Villeneuve), Film Editing, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Adapted Screenplay
To be honest, I didn’t know a whole lot about this movie going in. I just knew it was about aliens. So, to be fair to those of you that haven’t seen it yet, that’s all I’ll say about it plot-wise. Because not knowing made it that much better. Despite being a sci-fi movie about aliens coming to Earth, this is more of a movie that is a reflection on humanity. Amy Adams gives an understated, moving performance. The cinematography is beautiful. While it’s a bit of a slow burn, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Again, I don’t want to say too much more, because the discoveries are half of what makes this so great. Just know that for an alien movie, it is remarkably human story.