Renowned filmmaker Sam Mendes, director of successful films like American Beauty (1999), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), dominated the awards ceremonies with his most recent movie, 1917.
In times of World War I, 1917 stars George MacKay in the role of William Schofield and Dean-Charles Chapman as Tom Blake, two soldiers who must run through enemy territory to deliver a message and prevent the deaths of thousands of soldiers. In addition, it features performances by renowned actors such as Mark Strong, Richard Madden, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch, among others.
The movie 1917 manages to brilliantly convey the terrible reality of the battlefield and the emotional toll of war conflicts on its protagonists. The cinematography of the film, made by the award-winning Roger Deakins, consists of the development of long and fluid shots that recreate a continuous shot from beginning to end, making cuts between scenes imperceptible and achieving a deeply immersive narrative experience, similar to that of movies like Birdman (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, 2014).
For its achievements in the fields of cinematography and direction, 1917 got the Best Film and Best Director awards at the Golden Globe Awards, seven BAFTA Awards, including Best Film, and ten Oscar nominations, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, of which it won three awards. For all this, 1917 will go down in history as one of the best films about World War I and, together with Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, 2019), as one of the best war films of 2019.