Aside from talking about our favorite snacks to eat during London Fashion Week and Alessandro Michele’s brilliantly crazy Gucci AW17 collection, it seems like every other conversation in the ELLE office is about which 2017 Oscar-nominated films we’ve been watching.
But with work deadlines, commuting, doing the weekly shopping, and all the Netflix shows we’ve been meaning to watch but haven’t, it’s hard to find time to watch an award-nominated movie in the evening when life is always busy.
At the same time, no one wants to be the loser who doesn’t get to talk about how Casey Affleck’s character Lee in Manchester by the Sea or Ruth Negga’s character Mildred in Loving was played in a powerful way.
But don’t worry. The Saturn Sisters, ELLE’s in-house astrologers, have saved the day by making a list of the best Oscar-nominated movies you have to see, based on your zodiac sign:
Aries: “Top Gun: Maverick”
In terms of zodiac archetypes, Aries is the bold, brave, and energetic jock. High on jet fuel and ready to go fast, high-five, play beach volleyball, and kill bad guys, this cardinal fire sign will find a lot to love in this sequel, and Lady Gaga, who recorded “Hold My Hand” for the film’s soundtrack, will find something to sing about.
“Elvis,” which was directed by lunar Taurus Baz Luhrman and starred rising Taurus actor Austin Butler, is a pure example of visual maximalism, the love language of the sign that lives and dies by the idea that more is better. The movie is a feast for the eyes and is about dirty dance moves, greed, overindulgence, trying to avoid feeling, exploitation, excess, and the highs and lows of the Taurean personality.
Gemini: “Women Talking”
Mercury, the planet of talk and trade, is in charge of Gemini. In the same way, Sarah Polley’s film “Women Talking,” which is based on the novel by Gemini Miriam Toews, shows in a beautiful and brutal way how important and powerful language is. Gemini also represents the two sides of the human condition. “Women Talking” looks at these two sides and asks how they can or can’t be brought together.
Cancer: “Avatar: The Way of Water”
As a cardinal water sign, the average Cancer has feelings that are as deep and wide as the ocean. Rulers of the fourth house of home and ancestry, they care a lot about the health and well-being of their environment and won’t hesitate to go to war to protect it. This is a t cheme thatomes up in James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water,” a sequel about an alien with blue skin who talks to trees.
Leo: “All Quiet on the Western Front”
Leo is known for being romantic, idealistic, and having a childlike side. “All Quiet on the Western Front” is a coming-of-age story about a young man who wants to be a hero but has to deal with the harsh reality of war. Leo is the sign of art and fertility, and war is the opposite of life and creation. This beautifully made anti-war epic is a fierce fit for the lion pride because it is against war.
Virgo: “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed”
Virgo is the detective of the zodiac. They pay attention to details, tell the truth, and bring dirt and lies into the light. In the same way, the documentary “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” tells the story of Virgo photographer Nan Goldin’s life, times, and personal vendetta. Goldin was a groundbreaking artist who worked hard to bring attention to and condemn the Sackler family, a group of art world benefactors who knew about the opiate epidemic and made money from it.
Libra: “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Libra is in charge of the seventh house, which is about partnerships. People born under this sign depend on their relationships with others to help them see and understand who they are. They also want to be liked very, very much. In “The Banshees of Inisherin,” by Martin McDonagh, feelings are hurt, friendships go wrong, and fingers are cut off.
Scorpio: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, which is the planet of death and rebirth. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is about what happens after King T’Challa dies, from mourning to the rise of a new, leather-clad, steel-clawed female savage (hero). Scorpio is a woman’s sign, and black is its power color.
Scorpio, a fixed water sign, is one of the most vengeful signs in the zodiac. The bad guy in “Wakanda Forever,” a demi-god who lives in the ocean and wants revenge, is a Scorpio. “Causeway,” starring Jenneifer Lawrence and best-supporting actor nominee Bryan Tyree Henree as two people living after almost dying, is also a good movie to watch.
Sagittarius: “The Fabelmans”
Sagittarius was in charge. Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” is a loose retelling of how he became a filmmaker and the painful path he took to get there. Archers are adventurous people who care about truth, freedom, and growth, all of which are things that young Sammy Fabelman looks at through the third eye of his camera lens. Sagittarius was voted the sign most likely to win the lottery, and “To Leslie” follows the good luck and hard times of one Sagittarius who did win the lottery.
Capricorn: “Tár ”
Capricorn is the great builder of the zodiac. It is driven to the point of obsession by its goals. Sea goats are in charge of the tenth house of purpose and public image. They care about control, leadership, their professional reputation, and building a legacy. All of these ideas are in Todd Field’s “Tár,” which is about a famous conductor whose life starts to fall apart after he gets into trouble.
Aquarius: “Triangle of Sadness”
Aquarius is the cult leader of the zodiac. It is ruled by Saturn, the old guard’s enforcer, and Uranus, the planet of chaos, usurpation, shipwrecks, and being stuck on a desert island. I recommend “Triangle of Sadness,” a scathing satire about the order of wealth and how money is used to survive, to people who carry water. In line with Aquarius’s themes of community and control, the movie follows the rise of an unlikely leader and looks at how power can be turned against its owner and used in bad ways.
Pisces: “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
As the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces is the sum of…well, everything. People who are fish will feel right at home in “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” which is ruled by Neptune, the planet of dreams, delusions, and everything that can be and can be undone. As was already said, Pisces is the everything bagel of the zodiac. In the movie, it is a baked good that has its own existence.