And so concludes our 8-part featurette, the Oscars 2015 close-ups. The big night is this Sunday and personally, I am extremely excited for what is set to be an intensely tight race for numerous awards, none more so than the Best Picture category. Just about every one of the eight films nominated for the award have been touted as the ‘hot favourite’ at some point, and rightly so, with such a superb range of films this year. Last but not least for our little focus, is ‘The Theory Of Everything’, the dramatic-biopic based on the memoirs of Jane Hawking, the ex-wife of British physicist Stephen Hawking. I had the pleasure of watching this film just a couple of nights ago and will be reviewing ‘The Theory Of Everything’ later in the week. For now, click here to read more about the film.
Our penultimate close-up zones in on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s dark, comedic-drama ‘Birdman’. Starring Michael Keaton, this unique film has garnered critical acclaim and numerous, prestigious awards in the run-up to the Academy Awards, making it one of the strong favourites to win in the Best Picture category. Read Entertainment Weekly’s focus on ‘Birdman’ here and read the JumpCut UK review of ‘Birdman’ here.
With just 12 days to go until the Oscars 2015 ceremony, we had better get a move on with our feature on the eight films nominated for the Best Picture category. Film six is Damien Chazelle’s drama, ‘Whiplash’, the story of a young drummer and his ruthless mentor. As well as being up for the Best Picture, J.K. Simmons is currently odds-on favourite to scoop the award for Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal of the obsessive instructor. Read an interview with Simmons here.
Nearly there now guys! 18 days to go until the big night, and here is a look at one of the forerunners for the Best Picture award, Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’. With an endless all star cast and quirky, odd narrative, this critically acclaimed wonderland film has received praise and countless awards since its release and is a hot favourite to scoop at the Oscars. Read the interview with director Wes Anderson here.
As we head into February, let’s get back on with the Oscar buzz. Next up in the spotlight is ‘The Imitation Game’ and we are halfway through the Best Picture nominations now. Directed by Morten Tyldum and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, this is the story of Alan Turing, the man who cracked the enigma code and ended World War II. Benedict Cumberbatch talks about the role here.
Amid all the controversy surrounding the apparent snub of the cast and crew from the production of ‘Selma’, it’s easy to forget that at the heart of it all we have a stunning film with deep, provocative messages. John Lewis, a former member of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, was a prominent activist during Martin Luther King’s revolutionary stand against racial oppression. Click here to read Lewis’ in depth thoughts on ‘Selma’.