This Year’s Oscar Contenders
With Hollywood abuzz with excitement for this year’s ceremony, the Academy Award winners of 2012 might seem all but a distant memory.
Unless you’re an avid fan of going to the cinema – with this year’s nominees yet to be released on DVD here in the UK – chances are you won’t have seen most of the contenders. But as most of the paper coverage come Monday morning is bound to consist of who wears what and who said what, it’s often the case that the movies themselves appear secondary.
Call us old fashioned, but we’re inclined to believe certain winners deserve a little more than a thirty second acceptance speech. So, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and remind ourselves of last year’s triumphs: now easily affordable and available for your viewing pleasure on DVD! How convenient!
Film adaptations are the trickiest movies to get right; never usually as good as the book, they can end up being incredibly disappointing. However, the adaption of Kathryn Stockett’s bestseller was one of last year’s real success stories, resulting in Octavia Spencer’s win for Best Supporting Actress. Set during the civil rights era of 1960’s America, it’s all about a group of women showing great courage in order to bring about change. A great choice for fans of the original book, you can pick up a copy from Zavvi for just £5.95.
Midnight in Paris
Although many critics were resigned to Woody Allen’s career being on the decline, last year’s Midnight in Paris proved them all wrong. Critically acclaimed, the winner of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar is a story of love and whimsy – set in Paris; it starts Owen Wilson as a man who mysteriously finds himself travelling back in time each day. A great choice for Allen fans, Sainsbury’s are now selling it for the bargain price of £6.99.
You might not assume Martin Scorsese to be the automatic choice for a family film; however Hugo (another exception to the rule of bad film adaptations) is clearly a labour of love for the Oscar winning director. About an orphan boy who lives inside the walls of a train station, it is a magical and heart-warming tale mixed with 3D magic and amazing visual production. Perfect for a cosy Sunday afternoon, get it from Littlewoods for just a tenner.
The Iron Lady
A film which garnered mixed reviews, The Iron Lady is worth a watch for Meryl Streep’s Oscar winning performance alone. Unrecognisable as Britain’s first female prime minister, Streep plays an elderly Thatcher, looking back on the events of her life after the sad death of her husband. Highlighting the talent of one of the world’s best loved actresses, and available for under £7 from Play, it’s a must-buy.
Stealing Lassie’s limelight as the ultimate doggie movie star, Uggie is not the only reason to revisit the brilliance of The Artist. Scooping up the Best Picture gong last year, this silent black and white film appeared to be an unlikely winner; however, full of comedy, glamour and elegance – it’s a feel good movie and one which seemed to be everyone’s favourite. If you missed out first time round, now’s your chance: snap it up for just £3 from Amazon!
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Feature image courtesy of Film.com