What do the Oscar Best Picture Nominees Say about Us?

The biggest night in the cinematic calendar is nearly here: the Academy Awards, where the alleged best of film is celebrated. Cinema has always been an excellent medium for capturing and evaluating human experience. Movies are only ever limited by the imagination of their makers, covering grand tales of wish fulfilment and small, private windows into the soul. This breadth of storytelling means cinema functions beyond pure entertainment. It can be a powerful psychological tool. Portraying stories of the marginalised can educate, and recognising the self on screen helps us feel validated. 

However, the whole of cinema can’t be represented by the Oscars. It can’t be, with only ten films nominated for the coveted Best Picture award, the pool is too shallow. And the films that are nominated have always been a mixed bag. Big budget celebrity-driven tales of heroes vs villains are often chosen, bolstered by a few independent films, where it’s the human story and not special effects that packs an emotional punch.

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Do the Succession Siblings all have Main Character Syndrome?

Succession is a show designed to provoke conversation about character psychology. With the show at its end, there’s plenty of time to analyse four season’s worth of Logan Roy’s children’s personalities.

Connor, Kendall, Roman and Shiv are very different people. They’re also bonded by blood and a relentless pursuit of one goal: running Waystar Royco. This competition bred a lot of bad behaviour. At times, the Roy children said and did things which were so awful we had to laugh. At other times, the series showed how sad the characters were. They wrestled with the disintegrating relationship with their father, which impacted their mental health.

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We can’t all be Neurodivergent, can we?

I’ve noticed a real uptick in use of the term “neurodivergent” across a range of social situations.

Recently, a friend confided that the guy they were dating dumped them because he misunderstood the intention of something they said. Then, I watched a co-worker try to explain to their boss why they struggled to complete a piece of work. Later, I scrolled Instagram and saw a celebrity’s long social post detailing their relief at a recent medical diagnosis.

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Should we Blame Boomers for Millennial Trauma?

Do you feel anxious about the state of the world, and misunderstood by older generations? Were you born between the 1980s and the 2000s? You are probably experiencing Millennial Trauma. It’s horrible to feel that nobody gets you, especially when you didn’t ask to be born into such a stressful world. So, if Millennial Trauma isn’t your fault, whose fault is it?

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