A Beginners’ Guide To Awards Season

Written by Chris Gelderd

Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to write my first ever article for JumpCut UK, and what better place to start, at this time of the year, than with a Beginners’ Guide to Awards Season.

Now, Hollywood runs to a pretty tight calendar. Spring usually offers up plenty of family-friendly films; Summer is all about the big-budget blockbusters; Autumn gives us the horrors and thrillers, whilst winter signals the start of awards season, when studios battle it out with their carefully selected productions, aiming to surprise and move audiences, with one eye firmly placed on adding some gold statues to their trophy cabinets. There are awards-skeptics who now regard all of this as simply over-the-top, politically and racially motived, Hollywood excess, whilst others can’t wait to delve into the treasures that studios have been saving for this time of year. Lastly, there are those who are new to the whole awards season buzz. If you fit into this category, then hopefully you’ll find this simple guide to be a helpful introduction to the glitz and glamour of awards season.

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Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Admission Of Ignorance)

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz

This Oscar winning film is troubling on a number of levels. Released as ‘Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),’ the film is a dark comedy with an abundance of drama. It features failed actor Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton) as he prepares for the opening night of a Raymond Carver short story adapted for theatre. Riggan is the star and director of this Broadway production, which he hopes will revive his defunct career. His damaged daughter Sam (Emma Stone), fresh from rehab, is employed as his reluctant assistant. Jake, the producer (Zach Galifianakis), is also Riggan’s lawyer and closest friend, and attempts to hold everything together as they approach the opening night and things start to unravel.

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