Golden Rule: Will “The Big Sick” Win Big on Oscar Night?

Leading up to the 90th Academy Awards on March 4th, we’re going to be diving into as many of the nominated films as possible and taking a look at what their chances are for taking home the Oscar. You can check out our list of where to watch each film here, and see the full list of nominees here. Today we’re continuing things with a look into The Big Sick, which is nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani and directed by Michael Showalter, the film is based on the real story of how Nanjiani and Gordon began dating. Nanjiani portrays Kumail with Zoe Kazan portraying Emily. Kumail and Emily begin dating and slowly falling in love, but their relationship is torn apart when he admits that he doesn’t see a long-term relationship with her due to his family’s insistence on him taking part in an arranged marriage. Weeks later, he finds out that Emily is in the hospital under a medically-induced coma. He ends up staying by her side and forming a relationship with her parents, played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. Kumail begins to realize that he wants something long-term; but he isn’t sure if he can commit to that choice, as it would mean sacrificing his relationship with his parents, played by Anupam Kher and Zenobia Shroff.

This film is beautiful. It’s funny, it’s heartwarming, it’s heartbreaking, and it’s a reminder that romantic comedies can be truly phenomenal films with the right script and a pitch-perfect cast. The performances in this film are incredibly underrated, especially those of the parents in the film. Holly Hunter has seen some praise for her performance and is nominated for a Screen Actor’s Guild Award. Other than that nomination, the film hasn’t seen many acting nominations in the bigger awards, which is a serious let-down.


It’s hard to tell if the film will win the Oscar. It’s definitely worthy of the nomination, but given the continued momentum this awards season of other nominees (Get Out, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water, & Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri), it’s hard to imagine that the film will take home the Oscar. For now, the film is definitely the underdog in the race. But things could always change. With The Shape of Water facing a handful of plagiarism allegations, and some controversy over the representation of racism in Three Billboards, it may help boost The Big Sick’s chances.

The Big Sick is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital. Be sure to keep following Poor Man’s Spoiler for all of our Oscar coverage. The Oscars air on ABC on March 4th at 8pm ET.



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