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Award-nominated films available now on Virgin Movies

25/01/2017Movies

The nominations are in for the 89th Academy Awards -  or that's the 2017 Oscars to you and me.  So that means you’ve got just 32 days to watch as many of the films on the list as possible.  Luckily, Virgin Movies are here with a collection bursting to the seams with award-nominated films, available to watch On Demand. Right.  Now. 

So grab your favourite salty snacks, a warm blanket and find your way to On Demand > Movies > Virgin Movies > Award Nominees to experience all the thrills, chills and laughs from the latest movies that will be clearing some space on the mantelpiece this February 26th

 

Hell or High Water– Oscar™ and BAFTA nominated

The banks are the real bad guys in this exciting thriller, as two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) attempt to save their family land and take revenge on the money men who are constantly on their backs.  A perfectly placed heist movie, Hell or High Water is a sharp contemporary tale with a timeless quality.

Trivia to impress your friends:

  • The writer of Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheriden, makes a cameo appearance as a cowboy.
  • The film has a rating of 98% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Chris Pine plays Ben Foster’s younger brother but Pine is actually older than Foster by two months.

 

Kubo and the Two Strings – Oscar™ and BAFTA nominated

This wondrous animated tale could possibly bring home an Oscar and a BAFTA for animation studio Laika, producer of insta-classics such as Coraline and ParaNorman.  An animated action adventure fantasy, the young Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson) accidentally summons a vengeful spirit and ends up on an extraordinary adventure.  Featuring the vocal talents of previous Oscar-winners Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey, Kubo and the Two Strings is a touching and thoughtful family film that has a serious chance of nabbing a little gold man.

Trivia to impress your friends: 

  • Kubo and the Two Strings is Matthew McConaughey’s first time in an animated film.
  • Kubo has over 48 million possible facial expressions in the film and a total of 23,187 prototype faces were created for him
  • At 1 hour and 41 minutes long, this is the longest stop-motion film to date,

 

Girl with All The Gifts –BAFTA nominated

We’ve seen speedy zombies, we’ve seen animal zombies, and even an un-dead Bill Murray, but this is a zombie movie with a twist.  In the near future, a small group of children have been left seemingly immune to a terrifying disease that’s turned the rest of humanity into flesh-eating “hungries”.  Intelligent, stylish and featuring stand out performances from Glenn Close and newcomer Sennia Nanua, this British sleeper hit is a zombie movie like no other. 

Trivia to impress your friends: 

  • Many scenes were shot in and around Birmingham.
  • Glenn Close’s sister-in-law Deb Close plays a small role as one of the “hungries”.
  • Based on the book with the same name by M.R. Carey.

 

Captain Fantastic   – Oscar™ and BAFTA nominated

As much as it sounds like one, no, this is not another superhero movie.  Featuring a great ensemble cast, including Lord of The Rings star Viggo Mortensen rocking a fabulous bright scarlet suit, this is a charmingly offbeat comedy about a father devoted to off-the-grid parenting to his six kids.  Here’s hoping Mortensen wears that suit when he turns up on the red carpet.

Trivia to impress your friends: 

  • The cast became so close during filming, the group of kids started to call Viggo Mortensen “Summer Dad”
  • The crazy shirt he wears in the funeral scene is the same shirt we wore in the film Indian Runner from 1992.
  • The second movie starring Kathryn Hahn that features a family singing a rendition of "Sweet Child of Mine" by Guns N' Roses. The first was Step Brothers (2008).

 

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - BAFTA nominated

You would think there wasn't much else left to learn about The Greatest Band That Ever Existed, but you’d be wrong.  Director Ron Howard pieces together the touring years of the Fab Four though interviews, music and found footage, including some never-seen-before material.  Capturing the sweat, screams and cheers that rocketed them to stardom, Eight Days A Week strips back Beatlemania to reveal what really went on with the four young lads from Liverpool.

Trivia to impress your friends: 

  • Ron Howard has been a Beatles fan since he was 10 years old, when he first saw them perform on The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • The premiere of the movie was attended by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono.
  • The film features footage of a 14-year-old Sigourney Weaver bopping along at a Beatles’ concert in 1964.

 

Suicide Squad - Oscar™ nominated

Yes, that’s the “Oscar-nominated Suicide Squad”.  Let that sink in for a moment.  Led by sharpshooter Deadshot (Will Smith) and the scene-stealing Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), this crew of disparate and despicable criminals literally fight fire with fire.  Lively and fun, the Suicide Squad prove it’s definitely good to be bad…

Trivia to impress your friends: 

  • Tom Hardy was originally cast as Rick Flag, but dropped out to make The Revenant, a decision which earned him an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor in 2016.
  • Jared Leto got so immersed in the role of The Joker that he wouldn’t break out of character, and even sent a live rat to Margot Robbie as “a gift”.
  • Ryan Gosling was initially sought out to play The Joker, but reportedly turned down the role because he did not want to sign on for a multi-picture deal. 

 

Star Trek Beyond - Oscar™ nominated

J.J Abram’s audacious reboot back in 2010 was the first Star Trek film ever to win an Oscar, for Best Achievement in Makeup.  And any one who’s seen Captain Kirk’s (Chris Pine) sharp side-parting for the latest in the franchise will surely agree that surely it’s a shoo-in again for 2017.  As the crew of the USS Enterprise explore the furthest reaches of space, they encounter a new ruthless enemy who put them and the Federation to the test.  Simon Pegg is officially on writing duties this time around, so there’s guarantees of extra-terrestrial laughs amongst all the space travel and funky haircuts.

Trivia to impress your friends:

  • J.J Abrams was unable to return to his directorial duties due to his commitment to another little-known ‘Star’ film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • The USS Franklin (NX-326) is named after director’s Justin Lin's father, Frank Lin.
  • A man named James Kirk is the lead FX technical director in this film.