Throughout the year, big screen movies are produced not just to amuse and entertain, not only to cash in tons of money (as you might think), or to serve as a showcase for both new and experienced people of talent. One of the main aims of every big screen motion picture is to take part in and compete in the famous ceremony known as The Oscars, that is, the Academy Awards.
Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), this is an annual American awards ceremony which honours and acknowledges cinematic achievements and talents in the film industry.
This year’s Oscars, which focused on cinematic movies presented during the year 2014, were the 87th version of the Academy Awards. The event took place on 22 February at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The seventeen main awards were given to twelve different movies, of which two in particular, predominated.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
This film was awarded four different Oscars. Those for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. The movie, which is an American black comedy, stars Michael Keaton who has the role of a Hollywood actor haunted by the voice of ‘Birdman,’ his most famous past interpretation in a movie. The film portrays the difficulties encountered behind the scenes, not to mention the artists’ intense psychological issues.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
This film was awarded three Oscars namely, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Make-up and Hairstyling. The movie is a comedy, following Ralph Fiennes, the concierge and factotum of a great hotel in a fictional country, whose adventures, which include clients and employees, serve as an example and teaching ground for a young lobby boy called Zero.
The Theory of Everything
Received the Oscar for Best Actor. Eddie Redmayne beautifully portrays the life of genius Stephen Hawking from his youth and before he became afflicted with the motor neuron disease. It follows his university years, his relationship with his partner Jane Wilde and the difficulties in battling a physically-hindering disease while achieving intellectual success and acclaim.
This film received the Oscar for Best Actress. This American Drama starring the great Julianne Moore, as well as well-known actors Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart features the story of a university professor after she is diagnosed with the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Whiplash was awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. J.K Simmons plays a strict and insulting music teacher whom a young drummer wishes to impress. Inspiring and emotional, this film offers an insight into the love and passion, as well as the struggles and stress, experienced by young people with talent, who desire to reach out and communicate with those around them.
The Imitation Game
Awarded the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay this film which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley is a historical thriller focusing on the life of a homosexual mathematician and cryptanalyst during the Second World War.
Boyhood won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and is a coming-of-age drama film. Patricia Arquette won the Oscar for her role as a single mother with two kids, while the movie portrays the life of her son, Mason as he grows up from being a child of six years to a fifteen year old adolescent.
This film won the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film. It is a Polish historical and dramatic movie, telling the story of one young woman coming face to face with the aftermath of the Second World War, even years later.
Big Hero 6
This film was awarded the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. It is a 3-D animated superhero action film released by Walt Disney and is set in a futuristic world. Brilliantly executed, its hidden message highlights the meaning of friendship and camaraderie.
CitizenFour won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. This documentary focuses on the practices of illegal wiretapping within intelligence agencies, issues of security and domestic surveillance.
This film was awarded the Oscar for Best Original Song, for the song Glory. Selma portrays the 1965 marches for civil rights from Selma to Montgomery, which led to the Voting Rights Act.\
And finally Interstellar won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Being a science fiction film, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anna Hathaway, it follows the explorations of a group of astronauts and a group of scientists working towards discovering whether mankind could have a future on another planet.
Trailers of the above movies: