Interesting. I enjoy your writing but in this case I don’t agree with your final sentence. Arrival may very well be the more technically impressive film, but I found it slow, dreary and visually bleak (though I believe that was intended). I believe it will win the sound-related awards but am less convinced that the plot line merits the accolades this film has been getting. Having seen most of the Best Picture nominated films (all except for Hacksaw Ridge), this is pretty far down my list, if not at the bottom.