Oscars nominations: A skimpy 3 (Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Saoirse Ronan, and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay)
Synopsis: Young Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) hasn’t got much room to grow in the small island of Ireland, so like many of her compatriots before her she heads for the Big Apple. There she starts work as a shopgirl in a department store and meets a handsome young Italian, Tony (Emory Cohen), who starts to court her. As she begins to build her life in New York, tragedy strikes back home, and Eilis has to return to her old life, caught between her two worlds.
How many Oscars is it going to win: That such a quiet little film should get any nominations is an honor for Brooklyn. Saoirse Ronan, as far as I am concerned, deserves all awards going her way; she is film’s finest young actress, just showing her face adds many layers of depth and beauty to any film. She won’t win because her performance is understated, especially compared to frontrunner Brie Larson in Room. Nick Hornby has also been hotly tipped for the screenplay but will probably miss out this time because of wittier scripts like The Martian and The Big Short.
Will you enjoy this contender: This is the perfect Sunday film, largely inoffensive so you can sit down with your grandma and mom, and everyone will get something out of it. The story is just so close to home for Filipinos. We have so much in common with the Irish as Catholic, fun-loving, diasporic people. Their stories reverberate so deeply in our hearts. Personally, as someone who lived and worked so many years abroad, I understand the disjoint of this emigre life; where sometimes it almost feels like these two sides of your lives are so disconnected. Brooklyn is a truthful, pretty emerald of a film.