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Saturday, 25 February 2017
Oscars 2017-Best Picture Films
THE OSCARS: BEST PICTURE
By Brett Haynes 25/02/17
This Sunday is the Oscars. It’s that time of year again when
the film world gets together to honour the best of the best. Throughout this
blog I will take a look at the nine best picture nominated films and examine
each films chances of taking home the top prize.
LA LA LAND
La La Land is the hot favourite nominated for 14 awards
including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director. La La Land
topped my top 10 best list and it is a great film but I wouldn’t say its 14
nomination good. The story revolves around a struggling actress (Emma Stone)
and a struggling jazz enthusiast (Ryan Gosling) who meet, fall in love and
experience all of the problems Hollywood has to offer. Its basically a love
letter to the old fashion musicals of yesteryear, which is probably why its
been nominated so much. The music throughout is stunningly beautiful to listen
to. To be honest, I will say that it’s going to be hard to stop this from
winning but stranger things have happened.
-Best Actor (Ryan Gosling)
-Best Actress (Emma Stone)
-Best Director (Damien Chazelle)
-Best Original Score
-Best Original Screenplay
-Best Costume Designer
-Best Film Editing
-Best Sound Editing
-Best Production Design
-Best Sound Mixing
-Best Original Song (City of Stars)
-Best Original Song (Audition: The Fools who Dream)
From a light hearted musical to a serious drama about a
young African American boy who grows up in a poor part of Miami. Moonlight
focuses on one person on their journey from childhood to adulthood and the many
challenges they have to face including drugs, sexuality and what is his role in
a world that has shunned him. This has some superb performances throughout as
well as some really powerful and emotional scenes. Nominated for 8 Awards
including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor, this has got the power to
upset La La Land.
From director Denis Villeneuve whose previous films included
Prisoners and Sicario, he is finally getting the recognition he deserves. Amy
Adams stars as a linguist who is called upon to communicate with aliens who
suddenly show up across the planet. When certain sentences start coming out,
the planet is ready to wipe the aliens away. It’s a film that’s really
important in this time of global distrust and that’s communication is more
important then any weapon. Both Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner are amazing throughout.
Along with some great visuals and a nice story, this is one of the best sci-fi
films in years. Its chances of winning a small though.
Fences is the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.
Directed and starring Denzel Washington who starred in the stage version during
its revival in 2010, this really feels like it’s a play. The dialogue is spoken
like a play and they only use two or three sets throughout. The film looks at
Troy Maxson, an African American living in 1950’s USA and covering issues like
race relations, infidelity, alcoholism and the role of the family. Both Denzel
and Viola Davis give amazing performances and should go into their categories
as warm favourites but the film itself is a massive long shot.
The first of two Australian made films nominated for Best
Picture, Lion is easily the better of the two. The story of young Saroo who was
separated from his family in India before being adopted by a Tasmanian couple.
Years later with the help of Google Earth, he manages to track down his birth
mother. I will admit this is a beautifully told story and an emotional one at
that. The ending will have you reaching for the tissue boxes. Both Dev Patel
and Nicole Kidman are nominated for their performances, while the movie
received 6 nominations overall. Similar to Fences, Lions odds of winning are
Based on the untold true story, Hidden Figures shows us how
three African American women helped get America back into the space race.
Standing in their way is a world that still holds strong racist and sexist
ideas. Personally I would say this film deserves the award but the Academy will
probably go another way. Though it does have everything the Academy loves
including strong black females standing up for their rights as well as a historical
event involving America. This has everything. Featuring a great cast with some
terrific performances, this is easily one of the strongest contenders in this
Every year, there is that one movie that I question how it
got nominated. This year it’s Hacksaw Ridge. Mel Gibson WW2 film about soldier
Desmond Doss, a Christian and conscientious objector who went into battle
without a weapon and saved the lives of 75 men is probably my least favourite
film on this list. I know I’m in the minority but I just can’t understand why
people are praising this film so much. Apart from the war scenes, which are
some of the best I’ve seen on screen since Saving Private Ryan, it really
doesn’t deliver much else. To me this movie was good, not great like everyone
else is saying. It might take out some of the editing categories but if it wins
any of the other categories its been nominated for, it really does have God on
This is one of the most underrated films in this group. Hell
or High Water is a modern day take on the classic western genre. Two brothers
rob banks in order to buy their mothers land back from the bank. Pressuring
them is Jeff Bridges Texas Ranger, in a performance, which earned him an Oscar
nomination. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, this film in most other years would
have probably gone in as favourite. It’s a beautifully shot, well-acted look at
rural America after the GFC.
I surprisingly enjoyed this movie more then I thought I
would. Manchester by the Sea is the story about an Uncle moving back to his
hometown to look after his nephew after the death of his father and having to
face his past. This is a powerful film, which looks at grief and the different
ways people cope with it. It earned 6 nominations including best actor for
Casey Affleck. This has got the content that Oscar voters love and it could be
a dark horse to cause an upset.
If this award season is anything to go by it looks like La
La Land is a sure thing. Though if anyone were to upset the Hollywood musical
it would come in the form of Manchester by the Sea or Hidden Figures. Moonlight
is also a contender and a strong one at that. All of the other films are really
just making up the numbers though I would love to see Hell or High Water or
Arrival cause a huge upset. My money is on La La Land to win and upset a lot of