With the Golden Globes last weekend and the Oscar nominations due this week, we are truly in the thick of awards season. As well as tuning into the ceremonies themselves to see who’s wearing who and which actor/actress delivers the longest acceptance speech, we always like to catch as many of the nominated films as possible at the cinema so we can pick our favourites. After all, surely our opinion is just as important as the Academy’s?
Here are a few flicks we’d recommend catching while they are still on the silver screen.
12 Years a Slave
Based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup, a free man who was sold into slavery, 12 Years a Slave is the dramatic story of how Solomon attempts to regain his freedom. The cast features the likes of Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch, but it is Chiwetel Ejiofor who steals the show as Northup, earning him a number of Best Actor nods.
We know we are obsessed with Jennifer Lawrence (who we think is a sure thing for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar), but she’s not the only reason to see this film. The talented ensemble cast also features Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper, all virtually unrecognisable in their wigs and 70s-style clothing. The film itself follows two con-artists (Adams and Bale) as they try to evade arrest by helping the FBI with an elaborate sting operation. It’s funny, slick and fast-paced and has already netted three Golden Globes and 10 BAFTA nominations.
Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey was a surprise Best Actor winner at the Golden Globes but can he scoop the Oscar for his turn as AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, who began smuggling unapproved pharmaceutical drugs into Texas when he found they eased his symptoms. Jared Leto also puts in an award-winning performance as a transgender woman who befriends Ron and helps him sell the drugs.
The Wolf of Wall Street
We’ve been in love with Leonardo Di Caprio since Romeo and Juliet and couldn’t wait to see him play Wolf on Wall Street, Jordan Belfont. Leo has been nominated for Oscars three times in the past but has yet to claim a statuette, however, the signs are that it could be his year after he netted the Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical Award at the Golden Globes.