Each year the nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture are announced and invariably each year people decry the exclusions. This list will do this very thing, for it’s easy to feel justified in saying that The Florida Project (2017) should have earned a nomination for Sunday’s ceremony.
Sean Baker’s wonderful, enlightening drama is his fifth feature film and his best yet, and continues his honest attempts to illuminate lives less explored. It follows a six-year-old girl, named Moonee, who lives with her naive mother, Halley, in a rusting motel in Kissimmee, Florida, not far from Disneyworld. They exist on the poverty line, and Baker aims to show life like this from the insular perspective of a young child.
The result is enthralling, emotive, and entirely timely; in a time of great divide in America, The Florida Project feels like a wonderful thing. It’s another great success for independent company A24 and they would have been right in believing that the film was capable of following their own Moonlight with a Best Picture nod, but the Academy instead chose more traditional fare like Steven Spielberg’s The Post and biopic Darkest Hour.
Important and excellent choices were made in Get Out and Lady Bird, but Baker’s film was deserving of a place in the nine-strong list on its own merits. Following are 5 of the reasons why The Florida Project should have received a Best Picture nomination.
1. New Acting Discovery
Just as he did in all of his previous features, Baker found amateur talent to fill his film. This time, the link was, surprisingly, Instagram: Bria Vinaite was a presence on the social media site, posting pictures of herself and documenting her life, when Baker discovered her profile and was immediately smitten. She was → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema