After the absolute travesty that (once again) was the Oscar nominations, it is time for the first annual Sharpies to step in and show ’em how it’s done.
As always there has been a vast array of films released this year, and working 40 hours it’s hard for me to around to seeing them all (unlike those lay-abouts at the academy) so there will be some noticeable omissions from my nominations. I was intent on having a best TV show category, but having only been able to watch Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, it hardly seems worth it. The same goes for the documentaries category, of which I have only seen one, Blackfish (which probably would have won anyway). As for motion pictures, looking over the oscars nominations, there only seems to be one notable omission, August: Osage County. I will get round to watching it soon and may edit my nominations accordingly at a later date (but probably not).
Anyway, without further ado, lets get to the nominations…
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
The trailer for Philomena is rather misleading, on the face of it it would seem as if it would be easy to predict every beat of the story. From the start of Philomena’s search, to her finding her estranged son, it is a story not unfamiliar to us. However, as with real-life, things aren’t so simple. This turns out to be the films strongest asset. Philomena is filled with twists and turns that feel both natural and unique, an advantage clearly born out of this being a real-life story. The film attains a level of authenticity that is rarely seen in works of fiction, something that really makes it stand out from the crowd. Continue reading