Best Picture Contenders Focus on Timely Issues Like Politics, Addiction

  • Variety
Best Picture Contenders Focus on Timely Issues Like Politics, Addiction
Hollywood has long excelled at telling stories that are cut from reality, featuring topical ingredients that tie escapism to the world we inhabit. Whether it’s true stories from the past or present that help to inform our current social landscape, or wholly creative pieces of fiction that oftentimes touch upon progressive collective change, filmmakers continue to infuse their work with compelling narratives that seek to resonate with audiences. Some of the best and most important movies of any given year show lasting appeal, serving dual purposes by commenting on universal values, while telling individualistic stories that entertain on a broad scale.

In 2018, the theme of addiction was on the minds of multiple storytellers, with Peter Hedges’ “Ben Is Back,” Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” and Felix Van Groeningen’s “Beautiful Boy” all putting a spotlight and distinct aesthetic stamp on characters facing downward spirals as a result of dependency.
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