If the Academy Awarded "Best Picture in an Urban Setting"

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
Over the past five years, roughly three-quarters of movies nominated for best picture or screenplay have been place-centered. Almost half of the place-centered Oscar nominees over the past five years have been set primarily in urban locations. Among the 2019 nominees, primarily urban movies are “BlacKkKlansman” (Colorado Springs, Colo.), “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and “Roma” (Mexico City). The Movie “If Beale Street Could Talk” tackles core urban issues that still resonate today, such as racial discrimination in housing and the criminal justice system. The movie also captures many of the small joys of urban life—strolling through Washington Square Park on a date, a neighborhood grocery store where the proprietor knows her regular customers. The grit and grace of real life cities beats Hollywood glitz every time. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Brookings