OSCARS 2019: What Is The Psychology In The 8 Best Picture Nominees?

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The Oscars 2019 are upon us; this coming Sunday, February 24th, at the Dolby Theater, in Hollywood, at 5 PM PST. Isn't it ringing through all of our heads, that well-known suspense-filled introduction to each category? And the winner is ....?  Which of the 2019 Best Picture Nominees will it be?

I know I've been wondering, as I write psychological pieces about each of the 8 films nominated for Best Picture. I love to write about movies. Being a psychoanalyst, my mind starts working each time I watch a film. And, before I know it, I'm creating the same kind of understandings I might give to my patients.

All 8 2019 Best Picture nominees depict real human problems with startling accuracy. The early memories and unconscious struggles of the characters show us what we can’t so easily know about other people or ourselves. In each piece, I've tried to capture what I see. And, also what I know to be psychologically true.

I hope you enjoy my musings about A Star Is Born, Roma, Bohemian Rhapsody,The Green BookBlack Panther, BlackKklansman, The Favourite, and Vice.

Sandra E. Cohen, PhD is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Beverly Hills, California. She works with people to free them from the personal worries that create social anxiety, fears of judgment, low self-esteem and an internal saboteur that gets in the way. Check out her website and follow her thoughts about the real human struggles of characters in film at Characters on the Couch.

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This article was originally published at Sandra E. Cohen, Ph.D.'s blog, Characters On The Couch. Reprinted with permission from the author.