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2015 Oscar Preview

I am not one for award shows. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I have seen the People’s Choice Awards, the Academy Awards, or Grammys.

I do, however, really like cinema.

I love watching classic movies such as Gone With the Wind, Roman Holiday, The Wizard of Oz, and the list goes on.

There are some people who make it their mission to watch every Oscar Best Picture nominee. Not only can that be difficult to do, but it can be boring.

2015 Oscar Preview

I didn’t make that my goal this year. However, I was curious to see all the different types of movies there are going up for Best Picture. Being that I make lists of everything, I thought I would make a list of all of the Oscar movies for 2015.  Thus, this post was created.  🙂

I have only seen two of the eight movies: The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything.  Both of which I really enjoyed.

American Sniper– Clint Eastwood directed this movie based on the novel of the same name. American Sniper follows the intense life of Chris Kyle, America’s most lethal sniper. Kyle, a U.S. Navy Seal, saved countless lives in his four tours of Iraq, but when he comes home, he finds that letting go of the war is no easy feat.

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Birdman – Also known as The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence is an American dark comedy-drama. Michael Keaton portrays Riggan Thomas, a former actor who played the superhero Birdman. After being out of the business, Riggan hopes to create a Broadway production to mix up his boring new life.

The Grand Budapest Hotel– This picture tells the story of the eccentric Gustave H, the concierge of the fame Grand Budapest Hotel, and his lobby boy, Zero Moustafa . The two become great confidants as they try to clear the name of Gustave when he is suspected of a murder of a wealthy woman.

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Boyhood– Boyhood is a coming of age film that show the joys and difficulties of childhood including graduation, family meals, and divorce. The film took 12 years to make- so the characters age in real-time.

The Imitation Game– Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in this picture set during World War II in England. Alan Turing is hired to solve the Nazi secret communication system- The Enigma. Battling those he works for, Nazis, and his past, Turing makes an incredible discovery and makes something that we all use today- the computer.

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Selma– The 1960s was a radical time in the South. Blacks were given rights, but there was legal discrimination plaguing the South. Martin Luther King Jr. was determined to have freedom reign in his country, so he and his followers make an epic march for civil rights from Selma to Montgomery

Whiplash– Andrew Neyman has got into the prestigious music school, the Shaffer Conservatory. This jazz student dreams of becoming the next famous drummer. His dream starts to come true when he gets to be the drummer of a jazz band led by one of his teachers. However, the teacher uses violence and fear to better his students.

The Theory of Everything– This biographical romance stars Eddie Redmayne as famed scientist, Stephen Hawking. Hawking is studying astrophysics at Cambridge University when he meets Jane Wilde, his future wife. The two endure major successes and disasters during their marriage, including Stephen’s diagnosis of motor neuron disease.

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The Academy Awards will be on this Sunday, February 22nd if you want to find out which wins the Oscar for best picture.  Or you can be like me who will wake up the next morning and check the news.  I go to bed early.. I just can’t stay up!

Now it’s your turn!

  • Which picture do you want to win?
  • Do you watch the Oscars?
  • How many of these movies have you seen?

Best,

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