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  • Writer's pictureValerie A. Higgs

2023 Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture: Triangle of Sadness


Models Karl and Yaya join wealthy passengers on a luxury cruise and encounter bad weather during the Captain's Dinner. The crew tries to hold it together, unaware that things are about to get worse for everyone.

I fell asleep the first time I tried to watch. Also, I had to rent it twice. Finally, it started off in a way I didn't expect - to the point that I thought the streaming platform screwed up. Not a great start.

Every awards season, I find that there is one movie that I'm not interested in watching - only to discover it to be a gem. Then I kick myself for waiting for so long to see it and hope that it actually wins the Oscar instead of the expected favorite.

I liked it a lot. Once it really got going I was fully engaged. With every crazy event, gross and/or surprising, I was along for the ride.

It was a statement on social class. It wasn't subtle (not a criticism) and there was a great deal of foreshadowing. To say any more would spoil it.

Fun and unexpected to see Woody Harrelson as the reluctant (or maybe very weary) captain of the yacht. Woody is pretty consistent, so I have no complaints.

Did Triangle of Sadness deserve the nomination for Best Picture? Sure, actually, now that I'm thinking about the ending. Does it deserve to win? Maybe, but it definitely wasn't one for the masses.

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