The Catholic (and moral) themes in the 2018 Oscar nominees

While at least one the nominees for Best Picture has an obvious Catholic angle, the other nominees touch on themes that will resonate with Catholics and other believers: love, reconciliation, brokenness and our human longing to be known. But whether you find these themes compelling or just appreciate good cinema, there is a lot to recommend in this year’s nominees.


Before you watch the Academy Awards this Sunday night, join film critic John Anderson, culture writer Bill McGarvey and America editors Eloise Blondiau and Eric Sundrup, S.J. as they explore the religious and artistic themes in the Oscar contenders.

Here are some of the articles we have published on this year’s nominees:

“Call Me by Your Name”

The Top 9 films of 2017

"The Darkest Hour"

What Hollywood’s outsider moment means for society today

“Get Out”

Can movies like "Get Out" scare us into being better people?

“Lady Bird”

Review: “Lady Bird” is not your average Catholic school girl movie

Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ is a rallying cry for Catholic schoolgirls everywhere

“Phantom Thread”

Review: “The Phantom Thread” confronts the mystery of other people

“The Shape of Water”

‘The Shape of Water’ reveals a world ‘mediated by meaning’

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Review: Searching for forgiveness in a town beset by violence and grief

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