The 2017 89th Academy Awards ceremony is upon us, scheduled for February 26th
Many powerful films released during 2016 are all now vying for the Oscar for Best Picture. Who do you think will win? We have listed below the nominations in this category for you to consider if they deserve this award.
– Paramount Pictures
Arrival has all the best features of a sci-fi film but deals with themes not usually covered by this genre. Humankind experience the arrival of 12 alien spacecraft that land in different countries.
Each nation must consider how to cooperate with cultures of other nations. Denis Villeneuve directed this star-studded movie. The cast includes Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and many more famous faces.
– Paramount Pictures
Denzel Washington both directs and stars in Fences. Washington plays a garbage collector bitter about the racism existing in baseball. Adapted from a Pulitzer Prize winning play, it reunites the original Broadway stars.
Critics have debated about whether Fences could work on the big screen. Audiences, however, have found the performances to be powerful and moving.
– Pandemonium Films
After 14 years in “development hell”, the real life story of Desmond Doss is finally on the big screen. Andrew Garfield stars in this powerful movie about a pacifist combat medic during World War II.
Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded a Medal of Honor. Hacksaw Ridge contrasts strong religious beliefs with heroic war deeds. Directed by Mel Gibson, the movie also stars Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington.
Hell or High Water
– Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Hell or High Water is a film about two criminal brothers played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Taking justice into their own hands, they start robbing banks as retaliation.
Directed by David Mackenzie with Nick Cave and Warren Ellis providing the soundtrack. A modern day western containing gun-fights and an almost unchanged Texan backdrop.
– Fox 2000 Pictures
The movie Hidden Figures is empowering and uplifting. Based on a story written by Margot Lee Shetterly, it confronts 1960s gender and racial stereotypes. Hidden Figures depicts three women employed by NASA as mathematicians.
It contains a star-studded cast, which includes Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parson. Theodore Melfi is the director.
La La Land
– Black Label Media
La La Land is an actioned packed musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The movie is a romantic comedy which leaves the audience smiling and singing. The main characters go through the stereotypical “boy meets girl” scenario.
She is trying to become a Hollywood actress, and he is trying to start a jazz club. In such dark and trying times, this feel good movie is what everyone needs to give them some light.
– See-Saw Films
Lion is a heart-breaking film about a small lost boy who boarded a train that took him 1500 miles from home. Based on a true story, this film explores ideas about exploitation and the concept of “home”.
Adopted by an Australian couple, he decides to look for his real family when he becomes an adult. Both Dev Patel and young Sunny Pawar play the main character Saroo. Garth Davis directs this film which also stars Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and David Wenham.
Manchester by the Sea
– K Period Media
Manchester by the Sea is a melodramatic film about an uncle who receives custody of his nephew. Matt Damon directed this powerful film about a loner who must face the past, after the death of his brother.
The theme is forgiveness – forgiving yourself and others. Set in a picturesque fishing town with a close-knit and old fashioned community. This movie stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol and Lucas Hedges.
Moonlight is an emotional coming of age film. Chiron is a young homosexual boy from an impoverished town. Bullied at school, and at home his crack addicted mother neglects him. Director Barry Jenkins based this movie on a semi-autobiographical story written by Tarell Alvin McCraney.
Three actors play the main character across three parts of his life. The movie stars Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali.