Which Best Picture Nominee Should You Watch?

The Academy Awards may be over, but there might be some nominated films you still haven’t seen.  Here’s a guide on what to watch depending on what you’re looking for in your next movie-viewing experience.  Click the movie poster to watch the Official Trailer.

Boyhood

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If you’re looking for a realistic coming-of-age story, this one’s for you.  Boyhood was shot over twelve years, using the same actors, to give an authentic account of a young boy growing into a young man.

The Theory of Everything

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If you’re looking for a love story, this one’s for you.  Telling the story of Stephen Hawking’s life and his relationship with Jane Wilde, The Theory of Everything tells their love story and the effect of his motor neuron disease on their relationship and his career.  It’s both uplifting and heartbreaking.

The Imitation Game

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If you’re looking for a British historical film, this one’s for you.  This film tells the true story of Alan Turing, who was recruited by the M16 British Intelligence Agency to crack Nazi codes during World War II.  Years after his success and contribution to Britain’s war efforts, he ends up in prison after the British government discovers his homosexuality.

 American Sniper

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If you’re looking for a patriotic biopic, this one’s for you.  This film tells the story of U.S. Navy Seal, Chris Kyle, and his time as a sniper in the Iraq War and the effect the war had on his family and his psychological state.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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If you’re looking for a quirky comedy, this one’s for you.  This Wes Anderson comedy embodies everything people love about the famous director and features an excellent cast, including Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Edward Norton.

Whiplash

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If you’re looking for a gripping drama, this one’s for you.  This film earned the Best Supporting Actor award for J.K. Simmons, who plays a jazz band teacher who pushes his students with emotional abuse to better their musical talent.  The film also stars Miles Teller.

Selma

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If you’re looking for an inspiring American history drama, this one’s for you.  This film tells the story of the march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama in the fight for fair voting rights.  The film stars David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as Oprah and Carmen Ejogo.

Birdman

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If you’re looking for a psychological comedy, this one’s for you.  Birdman took home the award for Best Picture this year.  Featuring an all-star cast, the film tells the story Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) an actor trying to revamp his career years after playing a superhero named Birdman in a successful film franchise.  For any film buffs out there, this film was shot and choreographed to looks like one continuous long shot, which helped earn it the Best Cinematography award.  The film also earned awards for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Genna Gincel

About Genna Gincel

Genna is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in English Writing with minors in Film Studies and Theater Arts. In her spare time she enjoys binge watching her favorite shows on Netflix, baking, having movie nights with her friends, and watching her favorite vloggers’ latest videos on YouTube. She hopes to turn her education into a successful career as a screenwriter and producer.

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