The Academy Awards is the biggest film ceremony event in the world. Every year it chooses the best films released. Praise and awards are given to the filmmakers who brought these titles to life. The highest and most coveted award is for Best Picture. During the 2010’s the films that have received this award have varied in their tone and style.
The King’s Speech
Colin Firth plays George VI in this biopic. The English king suffered from stammering for much of his life. The film focuses on the speech therapy sessions that the king received in order to overcome this issue.
The Artist is the first silent movie to win this award in nearly a century. It is a love letter to the early days of cinema, when it was a purely visual medium devoid of dialogue. The story follows an actor who has trouble finding work after the emergence of the “Talkies”.
Hollywood star Ben Affleck directs and acts in this depiction of the Iranian Hostage Crisis. A rescue team entered Iran under the false pretence of producing a movie. Despite becoming critically acclaimed, Argo has also been noted to contain numerous historical inaccuracies.
12 Years A Slave
This is another biopic focusing on the life of an African American man who was kidnapped during the 1840’s. He was then sold into slavery and endured numerous hardships. The film shines a light on the atrocities committed by slave owners during this time.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Michael Keaton gives a cheeky wink to his time as Batman in this comedy drama. He plays an ageing actor trying to shake off his legacy in superhero movies. Birdman features a bombastic jazz soundtrack and surreal visuals.
Spotlight concerns the real life news team who report for the Boston Globe. The film follows them as they uncover a sex abuse scandal involving the Catholic Church during the 2000’s. Spotlight was praised for its unrelenting look at a sensitive topic.
Moonlight is separated into three chapters. Each one takes place during the early development of the main character’s life. Chiron struggles with his sexual identity as well as emotional abuse from those closest to him. Moonlight shows the difficulties that young black men face growing up in modern society.
The Shape Of Water
In this fantasy drama a cleaner for a secret government laboratory falls in love with a fish-man creature. There are clear homages to The Creature From The Black Lagoon, as well as early musicals from the 1920’s. The Shape Of Water is one of the few fantasy movies to be taken seriously by the Academy.
Set during the 1960’s this film is a real life buddy comedy about a composer travelling the US with his driver/bodyguard. Though they are at first complete opposites the two men eventually find common ground and become close friends. The title Green Book relates to a travel guide written by the composer that was later published.