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Film Series: Academy Awards Best Picture Nominees

February 13, 2018

Democrats Abroad presents: 'Academy Award Week.' This 'Movie Madness' event will feature nine of 2018's Academy Award nominated films over nine days at The Jazz Foundation in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - From February 23 through March 3, the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad will present "Academy Award Week," featuring nine of 2018's best films - all of which have been nominated for Oscars.

Beginning on February 23, all nine Academy Award-nominated films for "Best Picture" will begin showing every night at 6 pm at The Jazz Foundation. Ticket donation is 100 pesos. Ticket sales information is below the following list of films.


Friday, February 23 - The Shape of Water
R | 2h 3min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Nominated for 13 Oscars

From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes The Shape of Water, an otherworldly fable set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Click HERE to watch the trailer.

Saturday, February 24 - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
R | 1h 55min | Crime, Drama
Nominated for 7 Oscars

A darkly comic drama from Academy Award nominee Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated. Watch the trailer.

Sunday, February 25 - Dunkirk
PG-13 | 1h 46min | Action, Drama, History
Nominated for 8 Oscars

The film depicts the dramatic and true story of the Dunkirk evacuations from a war torn beach and harbor in France, following the seemingly doomed plight of allied soldiers in World War II. As the enemy forces close in it seems the troops have nowhere to go, but help is at hand and a fierce battle ensues. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, and Mark Rylance. Watch the trailer.

Monday, February 26 - Lady Bird
R | 1h 34min | Comedy, Drama
Nominated for 5 Oscars

Set in Sacramento, California, it is a coming-of-age story of a high-school senior (Saoirse Ronan) and her turbulent relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf). Written and directed by Greta Gerwig. Watch the trailer.

Tuesday, February 27 - The Post
PG-13 | 1h 56min | Biography, Drama, History
Nominated for 2 Oscars

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. Bread and Tulips previously scheduled for this evening will not be shown. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Sarah Paulson. Click HERE to watch the trailer.

Wednesday, February 28 - Get Out
R | 1h 44min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Nominated for 4 Oscars

Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined. Directed by Jordan Peele. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, and Bradley Whitford. Click HERE to watch the trailer.

Thursday, March 1 - Darkest Hour
PG-13 | 2h 5min | Biography, Drama, History
Nominated for 6 Oscars

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright. Starring Gary Oldman, Lily James, and Kristin Scott Thomas. Watch the trailer.

Friday, March 2 - Call Me By Your Name
R | 2h 12min | Drama, Romance
Nominated for 4 Oscars

In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Starring Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Click HERE to watch the trailer.

Saturday, March 3 - Phantom Thread
R | 2h 10min | Drama, Romance
Nominated for 6 Oscars

Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutantes, and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Watch the trailer.


Tickets will be on sale for the next two Tuesdays, February 13 and 20, at The Jazz Foundation beginning at 5:30 for donations of 100 pesos. They will also be available for sale after the February 19th Forum on The Future of the Democratic Party, which is scheduled to begin at 1 pm at The Jazz Foundation. Tickets will remain on sale during the week of films prior to each film for one hour, from 5 to 6 pm.

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The Jazz Foundation is located on the 2nd floor of Allende #116 overlooking the Malecón in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

With country committees and local chapters in over 80 countries around the world, Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party organization for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. For more information about the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad, click HERE,or send an email to Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas Chair, Tobe Jensen at tjensen1942(at)