Oscars: Review of Best Picture Nominees

Best Picture at the Oscars, is film’s top prize and it is going to be awarded this weekend on Feb. 22nd.

My goal was to see every Best Picture nominee and I was able to see 7 out of 8 which is way more than I have seen previous years. This post contains excerpts  from my reviews of film like ‘American Sniper, ‘Birdman’ and many other. There will also be a link so you can check out the rest of the review.

For a full list of the nominees, Click Here and for my predictions of who will walk away with that little gold man, Click Here.

Make sure to tune into the ceremony when it aires on ABC on February 22 at 7 ET/4 PT.

American Sniper

“As I sit on my bed staring at my laptop trying to write this review, I’ve realized that there is no way that I could do this movie justice. Sir Francis Bacon once said that “by far the best proof is experience,” and that is exactly what I recommend.

‘American Sniper’ is an experience from start to finish; artfully crafted, beautifully acted and pulls so hard on every emotion that you find yourself not knowing how to feel by the end. Based off of the best selling memoir by Navy Seal Chris Kyle, Clint Eastwood delivers his best work yet; inspiring and moving audiences of all backgrounds.

‘American Sniper’ is one of the best movie of 2014 and is destined to leave its mark on cinematic history as one of the most authentic works of art ever brought to the big screen.”

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Birdman

“FINALLY! After putting it off and battling the elements, I have finally seen ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’.

Tying ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel‘ for the most Oscar nominations at this year’s ceremony with 9, ‘Birdman’ quickly became one of 2014’s must-see films. With a unique story that was brilliantly directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, this film acts as a breath of fresh air, delivering something that is innovative and truly remarkable.

The story and directing isn’t the only extraordinary component of this film. ‘Birdman’ showcases an all-star cast at the top of their game who deliver such real and fantastic performances, causing you to forget you are actually watching someone act. Also, we can’t forget about the mind-blowing score that is featured in this film.

‘Birdman’ is an imaginative movie that rides the line between being completely weird and genius, showing audiences that even when you think someone is down for the count, they will always surprise you.”

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Boyhood

“‘Boyhood’ is a true coming of age story for many reasons. The first and most publicized reason is that the film was shot over the course of 12 years, following this young boy from childhood to adulthood. The Richard Linklater film has received a lot of award buzz and nominations but is it all just hype? The film is a logistical feat, it has some good performances by its actors, the story leaves you feeling nostalgic but it doesn’t live up to its “Best Picture of the Year” title that so many have given it.”

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Selma

This was the only Best Picture nominee that I didn’t get a chance to see. Due to it not being available in my area and the weather in the North East United States restricting me from traveling to the nearest theater showing it, I regretfully didn’t see it. However, once it becomes available, I will definitely watch it and write a review.

I have included a couple links to reviews that I liked about the movie. Just click the publication’s title below.

Variety

The Hollywood Reporter

The New York Times

The Grand Budapest Hotel

“After a stay at ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, you will check out feeling kooky, artsy and much lighter than you did when you began your stay. This fantastic film by visionary director Wes Anderson, feels fresh and new in an industry full of sequels and recycled material. It is invigorating to watch a movie and be reminded why you fell in love with the art form in the first place. ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is a comedic and artistic masterpiece that has immediately become one of my favorite films of all time.”

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The Imitation Game

““Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine,” is first said to Alan Turing when he is at school by his friend and will become the defining theme of the Oscar nominated film ‘The Imitation Game’.

In this British biopic about Cambridge mathematician and code breaker, Alan Turing, this film tells the story of how he created one of the first computers to break the “unbreakable” Nazi code, Enigma. Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the genius who even though he was instrumental in the Allies winning WWII, was persecuted for his sexual orientation. ‘The Imitation Game’ is a fitting title not only because of Turing’s published work but because his goal is to create a machine that will imitate a human’s ability to break these codes.

The story is heartbreaking and inspiring all at once, with performances by Benedict and Keira Knightley that are truly a wonder to behold but the craftsmanship of its director Mortem Tyldum isn’t as extraordinary as its subject would suggest.”

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The Theory of Everything

“‘The Theory of Everything’ is not just a film, it is an experience that opens your eyes to the true meaning of love and perseverance. In one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever seen on screen, Stephen and Jane Hawking show the audience that some things are worth taking risks for and that if you love something, you should fight for it. This is the first film I have seen in 2015 and it is a very good start to a year that is hopefully full of amazing movie experiences.

I have set myself the goal of seeing all the films that are going to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards and ‘The Theory of Everything’ is sure to get a well deserved nomination.”

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Whiplash

“‘Whiplash’ is the unexpected thrill ride of the 2015 award season. With mind-blowing performances from J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller, captivating music, and beautiful editing, ‘Whiplash’ has officially become of my favorite film of all time.

In this inspirational and sinister tale, the acting really makes this film a classic and everything else just reinforces this notion. This movie received rave reviews around this time last year when is was released at Sundance but now it is time for the big leagues, award season! With 5 well-deserved Oscar nominations, this film is the best out of the Best Picture nominees that I have seen so far (haven’t seen ‘Birdman’ and ‘Selma’ yet’).

‘Whiplash’ raises the bar for films with this innovative and exhilarating tale about just wanting to be the best.”

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