The awards night Hollywood waits for is over for another year and the Oscar winners have been announced. At Video2Dvd Transfers, we love film, and so we are going to take you through the favourites of this year’s Academy Awards.
The Theory of Everything (2014)
This dramatic interpretation of the life of Stephen Hawking (played by Eddie Redmayne) was well received by critics, and was rewarded at the Oscars. Directed by James Marsh, the film portrays the relationship between Hawking and Jane Wilde, as well as Hawking’s struggle with motor neurone disease throughout his life.
The film received a total of five nominations on top of its award, including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Felicity Jones as Jane Wilde), Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score.
- Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s comedy did very well at the Oscars, taking away four awards. The all-star cast portrayed the story of a washed-up actor who battles his demons in order to recover his family, his career and himself before the opening of a Broadway show. The film gets its name from the superhero the actor once played, who overtook his personal and artistic identity and compromised his career by middle age.
The film won four Oscars on top of five other nominations, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Michael Keaton), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Edward Norton), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Emma Stone), Best Achievement in Sound Mixing and Best Achievement in Sound Editing.
- Best Motion Picture of the Year
- Best Achievement in Directing
- Best Writing, Original Screenplay
- Best Achievement in Cinematography
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
The heavily artistic and quirky adventure film, directed by Wes Anderson, also did very well at the Academy Awards, securing four Oscars out of nine nominations. The film depicts the story of Gustave H, the concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel in the Republic of Zubrowka, and lobby boy and friend Zero. The film is set in the period between the First and Second World Wars, and offers the perfect balance of humour, whimsy and drama.
The film received a total of nine nominations, including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement for Directing, Best Achievement for Cinematography, Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Writing, Original Screenplay.
- Best Achievement in Costume Design
- Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
- Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
- Best Achievement in Production Design
Damien Chazelle’s drama tells the story of a promising young drummer who seeks the respect of his abusive instructor, who will stop at nothing to get his students to reach their full potential. The film is based on Chazelle’s own experiences in the Princeton High School Studio Band, and has received wide critical acclaim.
Whiplash won three awards from five nominations, including Best Motion Picture of the Year and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (J.K. Simmons)
- Best Achievement in Film Editing
- Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
This film, directed by Richard Linklater, received a lot of hype; mainly due to the fact that it was filmed with the same cast over a period of twelve years. Boyhood shows the story of growing up through the eyes of a boy named Mason, who genuinely grows up on screen before our eyes. Following the protagonist from the age of 5 to 18, the film captures the most poignant moments of childhood and adolescence in a way that is completely unprecedented on the big screen.
The film disappointingly only received one award out of a total of six nominations, including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Writing, Original Screenplay and Best Achievement in Film Editing.
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Patricia Arquette
These films were the most popular and the most critically acclaimed of the past year, leading them to win the most coveted awards in Hollywood. However, here at Video2Dvd Transfers, we believe that all film is worth watching, and we treat your home movies just as we would the year’s biggest blockbuster. We offer a wide range of services, including betamax to DVD transfers, and can help you to bring your home videos back to life. For more information, contact us today or order via our website.