Every year, the Emmy rolls out a list of the most talked-about films in Hollywood. All of them are award-worthy films, the newest additions to the ever-growing catalog of all-time greatest films. The competition just gets harder and harder every year, as the competitors become better and better. In 2019, one of the top contenders for the best film is the movie 1917.
This film received 10 nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, among the few. But the icing on the cake was when it won Best Motion Picture for Drama and Best Director at the Golden Globe Awards, competing with other nominees like “Marriage Story,” “The Two Popes,” “Joker,” and “The Irishman.” It is also in many film critics’ top 10 film choices. Needless to say, it has a high possibility of winning an Emmy.
Behind the film
The film 1917 is partially based on the account of Sam Mendes’ paternal grandfather. Mendes explains that the film is a story about a messenger, and the script came from his grandfather, who was a messenger for the British on the Western Front.
It tells the story of two young British soldiers, Lance Corporals Will Schofield and Tom Blake deployed to the battlefield during World War I. They were given the task of delivering a message to call off an attack. The importance of the letter is heightened when one of the boys’ brother is going to be part of that aforementioned attack.
Schofield and Blake are sent out by General Erinmore to deliver the message quickly. The two soldiers cross no man’s land and escape the traps afoot. However, many pitfalls still lie ahead as they make their way to the other camp.
Accolades and responses
There were many positive reviews for the film. It has a high approval rating in many film critic websites including Rotten Tomatoes, CinemaScore and Metacritic. Some critics have compared it to Stanley Kubrick’s film titled “Paths of Glory,” stating that the film, with its technique and writing, is ahead of its time. Some reviews had mentioned that the film was self-reflective, intense, and artistic. It was added to the top 10 movies on the year by the National Board of Review and American Film Institute.
Aside from the Academy Awards nomination and the Golden Globe Awards wins, the film was also had several nominations from the Critic’s Choice Awards and British Academy Film Awards.