Which Oscar-Nominated Movie I Think Should Win Best Picture Based Solely On Its Trailer

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Hi. I’m not a movie expert by any means, but I sure do love to preemptively judge them based on their trailers. So I’m ranking these trailers of Best Picture nominated films based on two criteria only: how much they make me want to see the movie and how interesting they are to watch. Whichever one does the best I will personally endorse as my pick for Best Picture, and also I’ll grant it a glowing 5/5 starred review!

So, starting with the worst and ending with the best, here are the movies nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, and who I think should win (based solely on its trailer):

Phantom Thread


All right. I can tell this trailer WANTS me to like it. But, also, I have absolutely no idea what is going on the entire time. Clearly it should win Best Score for the stressful piano music, but all of that suspense and intense-word-exchanges lead up to… absolutely nothing?? They just smile at each other! Also why the sinister chuckle when she asks why he’s not married? When I finished this trailer I was even more uncertain of what Phantom Thread was about than I was before I pressed play.

Rating: 1/5 star

The Shape of Water


I really resonated with Octavia Spencer while watching this because I found myself hoping, for the entire duration of the trailer, that the main lady would not have sex with the fish man. But I guess she definitely does, which is a big No Thanks from me. Also, what’s the deal with the egg? This trailer is really fantastical, and the music is awesome, but it’s definitely very out there. Perhaps the full movie immerses you in this strange universe with a fish man and evil government workers, but it’s hard to get behind this wild concept in just 2 minutes.

Rating: 2/5 stars

Darkest Hour


So I like that this trailer made it super clear what the movie is (probably) about: Winston Churchill, World War II, rousing speeches, and a chair being knocked over and making One Loud Noise. Also, I can tell that Churchill’s wife is a feminist icon who probably gives him a really inspirational talk at some point in the movie. They seemed so in love! The only real downfall of this trailer is that it didn’t really make me want to SEE the movie, just maybe read the Wikipedia page about Mrs. Churchill.

Rating: 3/5 stars

The Post


I’m always here for a movie where Richard Nixon is the villain, which seems to be the case for The Post, so I’m definitely into this film already. I also really appreciate a trailer that lays out the basic premise of the movie: Meryl Streep is a glass-ceiling-shattering journalist lady who leaks government secrets with Tom Hanks there to help her out. Heck yes! I finished this trailer feeling interested as to what these government secrets entail, and also stressed out for Meryl Streep. However, I’m not sure if I feel intrigued enough to actually go see this film, because I feel like I know enough about it from these 2 minutes to satisfy my curiosity.

Rating: 3/5 stars



Besides the fact that every person in this trailer looks more-or-less identical, I was very invested in what was happening. I rarely can handle an actual war film, so this trailer was the perfect amount of intensity to give me stressed out chills, but not a full on heart palpitation. Even though my small mind couldn’t figure out what was happening for pretty much the entire time, I still felt sad about war so I think that means the trailer was well made.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Call Me by Your Name


This trailer deserves an Oscar just for its ability to immediately let me know exactly how I will probably feel while watching this movie: sad, sentimental, and slightly uncomfortable about the concerning age gap between the young boy and his middle aged love interest man. Even though the age difference is worrisome, I still felt invested in this trailer because of its true-to-life awkward pauses and beautiful scenery. Also, Sufjan Stevens.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


This movie seems very angry, which is warranted, seeing as this lady’s daughter was murdered and no one else appears to be doing anything about it. The music effectively sets the tone and feel of this small town in Missouri, and the trailer helpfully lays out the premise too. Also, I really enjoy the mom’s over the top swearing. Honestly, I’m here for this movie and the trailer definitely convinces me to watch it.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Lady Bird


The folky music in this trailer threw me directly into a fabricated retelling of my high school senior year circa 2002. Similarly to the Call Me By Your Name trailer, I felt like these people are real, actual humans who experience awkward silences and uncomfortable car rides, just like me! I also got those Sad And Sentimental Chills, which is a beautiful thing for a trailer to give me.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Get Out


A little about me: I cannot handle scary movies, and this trailer is no exception. I was terrified for maybe the whole time. I trust no one and nothing and I’m definitely too afraid to watch the movie, but I’m impressed! Watching it kind of felt like I was viewing an entire scary movie condensed into 2 minutes of fear, and for that I think both the trailer and the film deserve to win Best Picture. My heart is still pounding!

Rating: 5/5 stars

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