One Sentence Movie Summaries: Oscar Best Picture Nominees

Max Shatan, ‘18

Arrival: Noam Chomsky saves the world from giant pebbles.

Fences: Denzel Washington talks for two and a half hours.

Hidden Figures: Aside from substantial historical content, film was produced for great pun value.

Hacksaw Ridge: Andrew Garfield tries to save wounded actors from an irate Mel Gibson without touching a weapon.

Hell or High Water: A “Neo-Western,” so like a Western but with reverse mortgages and less fun.

Manchester by the Sea: Actors practice Boston accents for hours on end but a lot of people end die and/or end up sad instead.

Lion: Dev Patel looks on Google Maps for a place to get a haircut, but comes up empty handed.

La La Land: A gripping three-act study of race, sexuality, and identity that is one of the most thought provoking films of the year.

Moonlight: A gripping three-act study of race, sexuality, and identity that is one of the most thought provoking films of the year.

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