At the start of a new Oscar season, two films lead the pack that could not be more different in every way.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón
’s Venice prizewinner “Roma
” was ripped from the director’s childhood memories, shot in beautiful black-and-white with a cast of unknowns and will be presented by Netflix
, the biggest streaming company in the world. Bradley Cooper
’s rousing debut crossover success “A Star Is Born
,” meanwhile, builds on an 80-year-old Hollywood classic, is led by a global recording superstar and is distributed by Warner Bros.
, the only major Hollywood studio to win a best-picture Oscar in the last 16 years.
It’s an apt note on which to begin this year’s 91st annual proceedings, a time when a diverse range of themes is particularly prized: the foreign-born art-house delicacy from a veteran, versus the hit-soundtrack-accompanied box office smash from a movie-star-turned-director. And sure