Oscar Catch-Up

So the Academy Awards are upon us once again – that prize bestowed by the institution made up of the most powerful string-pullers in the business… Of course, box office success has nothing to do with the outcome and everyone goes home a radiant and gracious winner – especially those whose paychecks have just quadrupled.  Watch for the stumbles, the cracked smiles, the false hope, the tears and, yes, the plastic surgery. Hecklers welcome. Streakers encouraged.

Below are the nominated films that are available on DVD for you to catch-up on. Pull your facial skin taut, perfect your frozen smile and watch with your fanciest frock on… And then – judge for yourselves!

gravity-posterNominated for 10 awards, including Best Picture and Best Directing (Alfonso Cuaron)

Plus – Cuaron Catch-up:little_princess_ver3A Little Princess (1995) – Apparently Alfonso’s personal favourite amongst his films.

y_tu_mama_tambien_ver2Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) – Two young friends meet up with an older woman in this edgy, sexy coming of age road movie that rocketed Gael Garcia Bernal  to international stardom.

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Children of Men (2006) – Apocalyptic sci-fi drama starring the utterly unenigmatic Clive Owen – the miracle of pregnancy in an otherwise sterile world leads Clive to take extraordinary measures in an attempt to save the human race.

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captain_phillips_ver2_xlrgCaptain Phillips

Nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Barkhad Abdi) and Best Editing.

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blue_jasmine_ver2Blue Jasmin

Nominated for Best Actress ( Cate Blanchett) and Best Supporting Actress (Sally Hawkins).

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Prisoners+PosterPrisoners

Nominated for Best Cinematography.

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115276Great Gatsby

Nominated for Best Costume Design.

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Act of Killing

Impressive and hard to watch, Act of Killing places  former torturers and exectutioners from the Indonesian anti-communist purge of the mid ’60s back in their bloody roles and watches as they eagerly reenact their crimes…

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Cutie and the Boxer follows the life and marriage of two Japanese artists living in New York since the ’60s, one seriously overshadowed by the work – and personality – of the other (guess which is which).

– both nominated for Best Documentary.

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Great Beauty

by Paulo Sorrentino (Consequences of Love, Il Divo, This Must Be the Place)

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the_hunt_2012The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg (Festen) and starring the excellent Mads Mikkelsen (After the Wedding, Royal Affair) – an excellent study of the effect that doubt and distrust can have in a small tight-knit community.. a man is falsely accused by a small child of abusing her and quickly finds his whole life turned upside down as those he trusted and thought of as friends turn against him.

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Broken Circle Breakdown

– all nominated for Best Foreign Feature.

WATCH TONIGHT TO FIND OUT WHO THE WINNERS AND LOSERS ARE – OR JUST GET A GOOD NIGHT’S KIP INSTEAD AND CATCH IT ALL IN THE 25 PAGE SPREAD IN TOMORROW’S STANDARD/METRO… (well, there’s nothing else going on, is there?)

POSTED BY DIXIE TURNER

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