Academy Awards season is upon us, with the 88th annual Oscars coming up on Sunday, February 28th. Most of us have already seen the big Hollywood blockbusters, like The Revenant, Mad Maxx and The Martian, but what are some of the lesser-known gems that you need to see? Here are our recommendations:
Nominated For: Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role, Directing & Writing
Worth Seeing Because: Based on the novel by Canadian author Emma Donoghue, the director has done a wonderful job adapting the storyline for film. Despite the fact that it takes place largely in one room (hence the name), there is never a dull moment. Many have argued that Jacob Tremblay deserved a nomination for his deeply moving performance as five-year-old Jack.
Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Worth Seeing Because: With a gripping storyline and stand-out performances by Byran Cranston and Elle Fanning, this movie is definitely one to watch.
Nominated For: Best Foreign Film
Worth Seeing Because: This is one of those rare films that stays with you. The storyline will have you on the edge of your seat, and despite having such a young cast the performances are extraordinary.
Nominated For: Best Documentary
Worth Seeing Because: In the media, Amy Winehouse’s addiction often overshadowed her incredible talent. Grab the tissues because this heartbreaking story will make you appreciate just what a immense talent that we lost when she died at the age of 27.
Nominated For: Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Directing, Editing & Writing (Original Screenplay)
Worth Seeing Because: This is a story that really needed to be told, and it has been done so in a way that honours the subject matter and the victims. With excellent performances and a gripping storyline based on real-life events, it will have you hooked from beginning to end.
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