Another year, another set of Academy Award nominations, and while it’s great that well-deserved films such as Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel are getting recognition, as usual we seem to spend more time talking about what isn’t on the list than what is. Here is the rundown of the most eyebrow-raising omissions this year.
Breaking box-office records, receiving six Oscar nominations, and stimulating a mass of controversy with it’s ersatz babies and alleged patriotism, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper has hogged the limelight for weeks now.
Acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve teams up once more with Jake Gyllenhaal in the truly superlative mystery/thriller Enemy.
‘Birdman’ is a beautifully constructed film centering on the life of Riggan (Michael Keaton), a washed up old actor desperate to reclaim the fame and recognition of his glory years. Set almost entirely in the theater where Riggan is holding his adaptation of Raymond Carver’s play (a transparent stab at critical acclaim), ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love’, the film explores the various virtues and flaws of the human spirit, and the differing methods individuals seek out to cope with their suffering. MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS.
The latest Marvel release picks up the famed story of Steve Rogers and though it doesn’t revolutionise the super-hero genre it certainly makes some interesting points to distinguish it from some of Marvel’s other recent endeavours..
Translating Scott Thorson’s autobiographical memoir “Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace” from 1988 to an on-screen production is a magical fit and with captivating performances from Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, its Hollywood rejection is all the more disappointing.
An often explored topic on British screens is the cultural divide between the upper and the lower classes, the economic hardship it creates and the negativity that emerges out of desperation for those in need. Based on the Oscar Wilde story of the same name, “The Selfish Giant” produces an impassioned and sophisticated insight into such struggle.