Winter-Spring 2017

AWARDS SEASON

January and February is awards season at the cinema, with the Golden Globes announced on January 8th (see who won here), the BAFTAs unveiled on February 12th (check out the nominees here), and the Oscars revealed on February 26th (see the nominations here). During that time many of the awards contenders will be opening at a cinema near you; if you want to be able to agree with the winning picks, or argue the case for some of the valiant losers, then be sure to see as many of these critically acclaimed releases as you can.

La La Land (Lionsgate)

Oscar nominations - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Original Song (two nominations), Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing Golden Globes winner – Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Original Song. BAFTA winner – Best Film, Best Director, Best Leading Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

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Manchester By The Sea (Studiocanal)

Oscar nominations - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay Golden Globes winner - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (drama)
BAFTA winner – Best Leading Actor, Best Original Screenplay
In the acclaimed new drama from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me, Margaret), Casey Affleck stars as Lee, a man whose spare existence is suddenly ruptured when the death of his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) forces him to return to the hometown he abandoned years before. Rocked by contact with his estranged ex-wife (Michelle Williams) and the revelation that Joe has made him guardian of his teenage son (Lucas Hedges), Lee is forced to face up to painful memories and new-found levels of responsibility as he reconnects with his family.

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Jackie (eOne)

Oscar nominations - Best Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score BAFTA winner – Best Costume Design “Jackie” is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady of the time, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman).  “Jackie” places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy and the world of Camelot that they created and loved so well.

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Lion (EFD)

Oscar nominations - Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay BAFTA winner – Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay In “Lion” five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train travelling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven. Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart. Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, he suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification, and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning. With just a small store of memories, and the help of a new technology called Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times.
Based on a remarkable true story, “Lion” stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman and David Wenham.

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Hacksaw Ridge (Lionsgate)

Oscar nominations - Best Picture Best Director,, Best Actor, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing BAFTA winner – Best Editing From director Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge” is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers, was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers.

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Loving (Universal)

Oscar nomination – Best Actress Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon and Nick Kroll star in “Loving” which celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – making their love story an inspiration to couples everywhere.

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20th Century Women (eOne)

Oscar nomination - Best Original Screenplay “20th Century Women” tells the story of three remarkable women, each from a different era of the 20th century, coming together to help teach a teenage boy about life and love, sex and freedom, men and women.  

Set in Santa Barbara in the summer of 1979, filled with punk-rock verve, “20th Century Women” takes a humorous and heartfelt look at how we figure out who we are. Starring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig) and Elle Fanning

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Fences (Paramount)

Oscar nominations - Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay Golden Globes winner - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
BAFTA winner – Best Supporting Actress Denzel Washington directs and co-stars in “Fences”, an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about life and family. The film co-stars Viola Davis and Jovan Adepo.

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Hidden Figures (Fox)

Oscar nominations - Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay “Hidden Figures” is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanised the world.  The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

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Miss Sloane (Entertainment One)

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought-after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win. But when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning may come at too high a price.

See it in cinemas from February 24th

Moonlight (Altitude)

Oscar nominations - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing Golden Globes winner – Best Motion Picture (drama) A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, “Moonlight” chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world, while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami.

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Patriots Day (Lionsgate)

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peter Berg, “Patriots Day” is an account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the everyday heroes who inspired the world in the extraordinary hours that followed.  Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons and Michelle Monaghan, this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of the most sophisticated manhunt in law enforcement history, and the strength of the people of Boston.

See it in cinemas from February 24th