Oscar Nominations Day: Team DC’s Reviews of the Most-Talked About Films

The Oscar nominations are announced today and in recent months, we have been spoiled for choice in terms of big screen offerings. Here at Team DC, we feel that the following films are in with a big chance of winning some awards this season.

American Hustle

american-hustle-posters-sonyThis film divided TeamDC here, half of us loved it and half of us hated it. I loved everything about it, the performances, the storyline, the wardrobe, the hair, everything. I love 70’s glam style and you certainly get it in bucket loads here. I love a con man movie and the cast is stellar; Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence – I’m not surprised it picked up 3 Golden Globes on Sunday and will be interested to see how many Academy Award nominations it gets later today.

The Wolf of Wall Street

_1371450399Based on a true story about a wealthy stockbroker Jordan Belfort, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. It tells of the rise and fall of Belfort’s life full of decadence, debauchery and corruption. It’s a long tale and not to be watched with the parents as it’s fairly graphic in places. Scorsese and DiCaprio make another great collaboration, we think it will get several Oscar nominations and hopefully a few wins. It’s a tough fight for best actor this year and as Leonardo took home the Globe, he could be in for a double…

Gravity

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It’s not wonder that Gravity has been nominated for so many awards this season. I would certainly say it was my favourite film of 2013. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play a medical engineer and an astronaut respectively who struggle together to find their way home following a disastrous accident in space. Sandra Bullock’s performance particularly deserves recognition as she holds the film together to create a tense, gripping and mesmerising film, expertly helmed by Alfonso Cuaron. The film looks amazing too, with fabulous vistas across earth and into deep space. One to keep an eye on in the leading actress, director and technical categories.

Frozen

FROZN_003B_G_ENG-GB_133x100.inddIt may be the word to perfectly describe how everyone is currently feeling in these cold winter months, but Frozen has managed to successfully warm the hearts of so many people around me. Everywhere I go, someone seems to ask: ‘Have you seen Frozen?’ and ‘Did you love it?’ The answer to both of these questions is yes! Frozen is the tale of two sisters Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel); Elsa is the owner of some incredible icy powers that she cannot control, whilst Anna is the sister who teams up with a snowman, a reindeer and his owner Kristoff in order to track Elsa down when she runs away from the eternal winter she casts upon her kingdom. The film is receiving plenty of recognition and rightly so – it’s a wonderful movie with infectious music and a lovely moral message.

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