The nine contenders for the best picture Oscar

5 (654 x 450)From a quirky fairy tale romance to a dark comedy about a murder investigation, via a couple of coming-of-age tales and a horror satire, the contenders for the best picture Oscar offer audiences an array of genres and themes, reports BSS.

Here is a brief summary of the nine films vying for the most prestigious prize at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony: – ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ –

Martin McDonagh’s darkly funny tragicomedy has surged at the 11th hour to go into Sunday as the narrow favorite in what most experts are characterizing as a four-way race with “The Shape of Water,” “Get Out” and Lady Bird.”Oscarologists see its star Frances McDormand as a sure thing for the best actress statuette for her visceral turn as a rage-filled grieving mother at loggerheads with the local police over the failure to find her daughter’s killer.

The film’s late momentum comes as something of a surprise after it was hit by the biggest backlash of any of this year’s contenders.

The criticism mainly centers on what has been perceived as a cheap redemption for racist, violent cop Dixon, played by Sam Rockwell-a performance that has made him a favorite for best supporting actor honors.

– ‘The Shape of Water’ –
Guillermo del Toro’s romantic Cold War-era fantasy tells the story of a mute cleaning woman who falls in love with a captive magical river creature in a secret US government lab in 1960s Baltimore.
The movie starring Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer nabbed the most Oscar nominations with 13, including best picture, director and actress.

It has lost some momentum in the best picture race, where it was the favorite for several weeks but now is in second place in the betting.