Oscar-nominated films hitting UK cinemas in February

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 24 January, 2018, 08:55

2018's Oscar nominations have been announced - and a number of this year's biggest contenders are about to land in the UK.

Including three 'Best Picture' nominees.

From dark comedies to coming-of-age dramas, here are five Oscar-nominated films hitting UK cinemas over the coming weeks.

Phantom Thread

What is it? Featuring another immersive, powerhouse performance from Oscar record-holder Daniel Day-Lewis, this story of a fashion designer in '50s Britain re-teams the veteran method actor with There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson. Early reviews have praised its captivating use of mood, location and style, and - unsurprisingly - Day-Lewis's nominated central turn.

When can I watch it? February 2

Roman J Israel Esq

What is it? Denzel Washington has received another Best Actor nod for his gripping portrayal of a complex character. The legal drama comes courtesy of Nightcrawler's Dan Gilroy, so expect similar tension and provocative elements to that excellent, often uncomfortable film.

When can I watch it? February 2

Loveless

What is it? Russia's Best Foreign-language film nominee comes from the same director as the extraordinary Leviathan, with similarly soul-destroying results. It revolves around an estranged couple who are brought back together when their child goes missing.

When can I see it? February 9

The Shape of Water

Sally Hawkins shines in this fascinating, original film (Photo: Fox Searchlight)

What is it? Praised by i's Matthew Turner in his glowing 5-star review, Guillermo del Toro's Cold War fantasy leads the way at the Oscars with a whopping 13 nominations. It stars Sally Hawkins (up for Best Actress) as a mute cleaner in a secret government lab who falls for an imprisoned aquatic creature. As strange as that may sound, the movie has been hailed as a beautiful, gripping blend of poignant romance and '50s sci-fi thriller.

When can I watch it? February 14

Lady Bird

What is it? Greta Gerwig's debut feature film - which has seen her become only the fifth ever woman to be nominated for Best Director - has been praised for its witty script, realistic comedy drama story-telling and a remarkable lead performance from star Saoirse Ronan. After Brooklyn, the three-times nominated Irish actress seems to be making quality coming-of-age movies a speciality. Here, her Catholic high school girl contends with a complicated Californian existence.

When can I watch it? February 16

I, Tonya

What is it? Margot Robbie has won rave reviews - and a Best Actress nod - as a figure skater whose rivalry with another athlete turns very bad indeed. Based on a true story, it takes an inventive and darkly humorous approach to a notorious sporting incident.

When can I watch it? February 23