Friday, September 24, 2021
Friday, September 24, 2021

Did the movie “Nomadland” deserve to win Best Picture at the Oscars?

Have you seen the movie “Nomadland,” which took home the year’s biggest award on Sunday night at the Oscars for Best Picture? Frances McDormand, who plays the main character, Fern, took home the award for Best Actress, and Chloé Zhao won for Best Director. Quite the sweep, eh?

If you haven’t seen the movie (or even if you have) read Nanci Dixon’s commentary on it. It’s worth a read.

You can stream the movie on Hulu, but the book (which the movie is based on) is well worth a read too. Find it here.

If you did see the movie, what do you think? Do you think it deserved to win Best Picture at Sunday night’s show? Please tell us in the poll below. Thanks!

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Gene Bjerke
4 months ago

Lots of comments. As a retired film maker, here’s my two cents worth. I saw the film twice, but had mostly the same reaction the second time. I would not consider it a feature film. Even though it was shot as such, it is basically a documentary. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it should be judged with other documentaries. I particularly objected to the many scenes that were so dark you could barely tell what was happening, though that seems to be very popular these days; perhaps as a mood-setting device (that’s what they have music for). Beyond my technical quibbles, it does provide a sympathetic picture of a segment of the population doing the best they can in difficult situations. One wonders what will happen to them when they get too old for the life-style; or will they usually die before that happens?

Glenn B Wray
4 months ago

Who watches the Oscars?

Jim Turner
4 months ago

Oscars? Who cares at all. Nobody should. Just a bunch of useless actors patting themselves on the back for doing nothing and I mean nothing. What do they produce? Not a dam thing .

Jeff Craig
4 months ago
Reply to  Jim Turner

Art imitates life, Archie Bunker….

It was a stirring commentary on modern life in America.

Last edited 4 months ago by Jeff Craig
Becky
4 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Yes and how can anyone critique the movie if they haven’t see it?

Skip
4 months ago

I believe was. Just was more natural and less made props and make up. And a real understanding on what is going on in our own country.

Suru
4 months ago

I watched the movie. It was ok. A little funny, a little sad, a lot eye-opening to people in that situation. Still, nothing really to write home about. I wonder however, that if this one won best picture, what were the others like? Probably not too great. I don’t watch the Oscars anymore because it’s all about politics and the Hollywood elite believing that they are much more important than they really are. However, I thought Francis McDormand did an outstanding job portraying Fern. Good for her to win best actress.

Last edited 4 months ago by Suru
Diane M
4 months ago

I don’t go to the movies any more. When I can walk into a theater and be sure the movie isn’t full of profanity, gratuitous violence, and glorified immorality, I’ll go back.

Rich
4 months ago

didn’t see it. we boycotted the oscar telecast. if the hollywood elites continue to denigrate a huge portion of the citizens in the USA then we can do without them.

littleleftie
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Agreed!!

Danny Wells
4 months ago

I wasn’t sure about the movie, I enjoyed it because we have been to most of the campgrounds and areas in the movie. It seems to be more of a home movie and not really Oscar quality. Really strange.

Boring!
4 months ago

Boring!!!

Paul F Schwengel
4 months ago

The book was outstanding, have not seen the movie but Frances McDormand is always great

Mr Mike
4 months ago

Don’t waste your time or money…I did and it is one of the worst movies I have ever seen…..typical of the “new” Hollywood garbage.

Cave Ceeek
4 months ago

Where’s the selection, “I couldn’t care less about 5e Oscars!” Another American institution that is being destroyed by the woke.

Sink Jaxon
4 months ago

Have not seen the movie, don’t really care to. Read the book, found it kind of fractured and sometimes difficult to follow. The author tried to bring some positivity to a very depressing and desperate situation. She did manage to shed some light on the ugly reality of corporate greed. That’s my book review of the day.😕

John Macatee
4 months ago

The movie was well done, depressing but an eye opener to the number of “older” people who are living quite miserably and depending on jobs to make it, while our government is allowing illegal immigrants to come as competition to jobs and resources at the expense of the poorest among us.

Ron Lane
4 months ago

Movie? They’re still making those things?

Curt Rigney
4 months ago

Excellent movie! Frances McDormand also deserved her award!

Becky
4 months ago

I loved the movie! We have watched it 3 times and will watch it again. The brilliance of it is that they used real nomads and only a couple of actors. The movie, director, and Frances were deserving of the Oscar. Cinematography was excellent as well. BTW, this is the first time I have responded to the opinion question and I find it really sad, the amount of negativity and nastiness expressed by my fellow RVers.

MN Anon
4 months ago
Reply to  Becky

I, too, am saddened by the lack of compassion expressed.

patti panuccio
4 months ago

Must confess I don’t watch a lot of movies, but I do watch anything with Francis McDormand.
It is the only movie I watched all year. I’ve been a nomad my whole life, I never stay very long if I can help it, Nomadland is real, and it will always be so, some of us do it by choice and some by happenstance.

Kamwick
4 months ago
Reply to  patti panuccio

👏👏👏

MN Anon
4 months ago

Nomadland was very well done, Frances McDormand was brilliant. The movie illuminated a group of folks working to survive while maintaining dignity and independence. The slow pace of the movie reflected lives where nothing much changes. I have great compassion for folks living this lifestyle. There, but for the grace of God, go I.

Montgomery Bonner
4 months ago

For all, I have not watched it, and I won’t, it’s about the bottom rung of society, the homeless living in dilapidated RVs and worrying about getting run off from a public place they are staying in violation of local laws. There are people living in RV’s trying to get a life, they are few and far between. Several cities on the West coast allow punks to park RV’s on public streets and then rent them out for hundreds of dollars a day for housing for homeless. Send them to Mexico, et-al, we seem to be taking all their kids.

Richard Hughes
4 months ago

Very sad that you have no compassion. I hope that you never need assistance because you might meet someone with your attitude.

patti panuccio
4 months ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

amen

Gordy B
4 months ago
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Becky
4 months ago

i find your comment inappropriate and sad. And hope that I never find myself next to you in a campground. Too bad that you won’t watch the movie—you might learn the meaning of compassion.

Paul F Schwengel
4 months ago
Reply to  Becky

well stated

Kamwick
4 months ago

It IS tough to actually look at and comprehend the economic conditions that force people to live in vehicles. Why? because it forces them to wonder what can be done, and some just find it too hard to think about, because then they feel responsible and frustrated at not being able to do anything. So it’s easier to look at “the bottom rung of society” (seriously?) regard them as ‘the other’ and self-righteously turn our backs. Black and white thinking is indeed easier. But we all live together in this world. Instead of living in denial, why not take a good look at these folks and try to see their humanity? Trust me, you’ll survive.

Tom M
4 months ago

Hundreds of dollars a day ? Really

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