Make like the late, great author and go Oscar wild for these winning films on Sky Cinema…
Sky Cinema Oscars, available in Sky Cinema on demand and on Sky Cinema Greats/HD (CH 434/404) from Monday 18 February until Sunday 3 March
With the 2019 Academy Awards fast approaching, what better time to refresh your memory on the past winners of those shiny golden statues better known as Oscars? With more than 80 award-winning movies available in the Sky Cinema Oscars collection, the hardest decision you’ll have to make is deciding which one to watch first!
Arguably the leading film awards ceremony, since its inception in 1930 the Academy Awards has given away a whopping 3,072 statuettes. And with the 91st iteration just around the corner, that number is set to climb even higher as the industry’s leading lights are recognised for their stellar efforts.
But before you tune in, check out our round-up of the Oscar-winning films that blew 2018 away, all of which are available in Sky Cinema’s Oscars collection (as well as even more past winners). Read on to discover the awards they won and the honorary awards we’ve bestowed on them.
The Shape Of Water
The Shape Of Water, available in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15. Also available in HD
Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins, Paddington 2) is a mute cleaner working at a top-secret government laboratory in 1960s Baltimore, Maryland. She discovers that the lab is home to an unusual aquatic creature (Doug Jones, Star Trek: Discovery) and soon strikes up an unlikely alliance with it; teaching it sign language and bringing it food. Before long, the pair become romantically involved.
Oscars verdict: Best Picture, Best Original Music Score, Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), Best Production Design.
Our verdict: The Good Egg Award – not only is the film itself a good egg, but many, many eggs are exchanged between Elisa and the creature.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, available in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15. Also available in HD
The brilliantly foul-mouthed Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) demands justice for her murdered daughter. The killer was never caught and Mildred blames the police. To spark some action in the face of what she considers negligent inaction, she rents three massive billboards (just outside Ebbing, Missouri, no less) bearing vociferous messages against the police.
Oscars verdict: Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell).
Our verdict: Most Inappropriate Laughter Moments – the dark humour of Three Billboards is deliciously distasteful.
Dunkirk, available in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 12. Also available in HD
Equal measures devastating and breathtaking, this historical epic portrays the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II. Fionn Whitehead (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) heads up an all-star cast that includes Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. Writer, director and producer Christopher Nolan opted for a lean script, but as you follow the soldiers’ journeys by land, air and sea, you will be left speechless.
Oscars verdict: Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing.
Our verdict: Best Big TV Viewing – two words: IMAX. Cameras.
Darkest Hour, available in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert PG. Also available in HD
Gary Oldman won his very first Oscar for this film, but not just any Oscar – the coveted Best Actor Award. It’s not easy to step into the shoes of such a formidable figure as Winston Churchill, yet here he does it with aplomb. This true story follows Churchill and his firm resolve in the face of World War II.
Oscars verdict: Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Makeup.
Our verdict: The National Treasure Award – Oldman’s performance, coupled with his acceptance speech shout-out to his mother, cemented him as one of Great Britain’s brightest gems. It doesn’t get more British than saying “put the kettle on… I’m bringing Oscar home.” We bet it was the tastiest brew he’s ever had.
Get Out, available in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15. Also available in HD
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut sees Allison Williams’ Rose take her boyfriend Chris (a career-making turn from Daniel Kaluuya) home to meet her parents. However, it soon transpires that things aren’t as rosy as they seem – to say the least – on her family’s estate.
Oscars verdict: Best Original Screenplay (Jordan Peele).
Our verdict: The Hand-Holder Award – because you better find someone’s hand to hold when this unique horror turns things up a notch!
Call Me By Your Name
Call Me By Your Name, available in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15. Also available in HD
This sun-drenched daydream of a film from director Luca Guadagnino is a feast for the eyes. It’s set in Lombardy, Italy, in the summer of 1983, where lazy days are welcomed and relished.
Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy) is mature beyond his 17 years, and when older doctoral student Oliver (Armie Hammer, On The Basis Of Sex) accepts an invitation from his father, he can’t help but be curious. The two start a passionate affair, but once the summer is over, they come crashing down back to reality.
Oscars verdict: Best Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory).
Our verdict: The Wanderlust Award – not only is the scenery dreamy but, to take it literally, there’s plenty of wandering and a whole lot of lust.
Phantom Thread, available in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15. Also available in HD
This hauntingly beautiful film tells the story of Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis, in his last-ever role), the creative mind behind the House of Woodcock fashion house, and the ties that bind him to his muse, Alma Elson (Vicky Krieps, 2018’s Das Boot).
Acclaimed dressmaker Reynolds and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville, Mum) design outfits for the cream of 1950s London society. In his spare time, Reynolds enjoys life as a busy bachelor, entertaining a string of women – until he meets Alma.
Oscars verdict: Best Costume Design.
Our verdict: Worst Chef Award – Alma uses a very, shall we say, unusual ingredient in the meals she prepares for Reynolds.
Coco, available in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert PG. Also available in HD
The Day of the Dead, where families and friends across Mexico gather to remember deceased loved ones, is the vibrant heart at the centre of this animated adventure. The plot follows 12-year-old Miguel, a boy with a passion and talent for music – a pastime his family has banned.
Miguel manages to enter the Land of the Dead, a realm described in Mexican folklore as the final destination for the spirits of the deceased. As he searches for a way to return to the land of the living, his new skeletal friends teach him a thing or two about life, death and family.
Oscars verdict: Best Animated Feature.
Our verdict: The “I’m Not Crying, There’s Just Something In My Eye” Award – OK, maybe it has something to do with this film pulling on the old heartstrings just a little bit.
Blade Runner 2049
Blade Runner 2049, available in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15. Also available in HD
Officer K (Ryan Gosling, La La Land) is part of a new generation of blade runners hunting down and killing rogue replicants (human-like androids) for the Los Angeles Police Department. A new plan for the replicants is brewing, masterminded by creator Niander Wallace (Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club), which drives K to go searching for Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) – the blade runner you know and love from the original film.
Oscars verdict: Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects.
Our verdict: The Worthy Sequel Award – not all sequels are, you know.
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