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You’re invited to the awards season at Vue

Film critic Stefan Pape takes us through the films you need to see on the big screen this awards season.

Christmas is over. It's unrelentingly cold. Our jeans don't fit us anymore, and the commute to work seems even busier (and more expensive) than last year. But there's solace to be had; and it can be found at your local Vue, because we've entered into the most exciting period of the year for the big screen.

The Golden Globes have been and gone and the Bafta nominations are in. With only the Oscar nominations to go, which will be revealed 24th February, here are the films that have either already picked up awards or are likely to win big this year. Films that excite, compel and move us; films that demand to be experienced on Vue’s 4k screens and in immersive Dolby Sound.
You're invited to the awards season at Vue

Arrival (out now)

Nominations:

  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Amy Adams) – WINNER
  • Golden Globes – Best Original Score – Motion Picture (Johann Johannsson)
  • BAFTA – Best Film
  • BAFTA – Director (Denis Villeneuve)
  • BAFTA – Adapted Screenplay (Eric Heisserer)
  • BAFTA – Leading Actress (Amy Adams)
  • BAFTA – Original Music (Jóhann Jóhannsson)
  • BAFTA – Cinematography (Bradford Young)

Denis Villeneuve's striking science-fiction thriller may be centred around the surprise arrival of extraterrestrial beings, but it's an intensely human story. Another visual treat that’s not to be missed before it leaves the big screen.

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Sully (out now)

Predictions:

  • Academy Award nomination – Best Picture
  • Academy Award nomination – Best Director (Clint Eastwood)
  • Academy Award nomination – Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tom Hanks)

Director Clint Eastwood places the viewer in the heart of cockpit in this exhilarating biopic of Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), the pilot who crash landed on the Hudson River in 2009. It intriguingly deliberates over the protagonist's hero status, too.

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A Monster Calls (out now)

Predictions:

  • Academy Award nomination – Best Picture
  • Academy Award nomination – Best Director (J.A. Bayona)
  • Academy Award nomination – Best Visual Effects

This is a devastating tale of young boy coming to terms with his mother's illness. The darkness of the room will be the only thing hiding the constant stream of tears running down your face.

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Silence (out now)

Predictions:

  • Academy Award nomination – Best Director (Martin Scorsese)
  • Academy Award nomination – Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (Jay Cocks/Martin Scorsese)
  • Academy Award nomination – Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Liam Neeson)

Set in 17th century Japan, Silence follows two Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver) vying to locate their mentor (Liam Neeson), who is said to have abandoned his faith. As with everything by Martin Scorsese, this is a striking production. A gruelling, but truly rewarding experience.

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La La Land (out now)

Nominations:

  • Golden Globes – Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – WINNER
  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Ryan Gosling) – WINNER
  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Emma Stone) – WINNER
  • Golden Globes – Best Director – Motion Picture (Damien Chapelle) – WINNER
  • Golden Globes – Best Screenplay (Damien Chazelle) – WINNER
  • Golden Globes – Best Original Song – Motion Picture (“City Of Stars”) – WINNER
  • Golden Globes – Best Original Score – Motion Picture (Justin Hurwitz) – WINNER
  • BAFTA – Best Film
  • BAFTA – Director (Damien Chazelle)
  • BAFTA – Original Screenplay (Damien Chazelle)
  • BAFTA – Leading Actor (Ryan Gosling)
  • BAFTA – Leading Actress (Emma Stone)
  • BAFTA – Original Music (Justin Hurwitz)
  • BAFTA – Cinematography (Linus Sandgren)

This romantic story of a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) who falls in love with an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) marks an astonishing return for Whiplash helmer Damien Chazelle. Here's a musical that pays homage to Old Hollywood without feeling like a pastiche. It's already picked up a record-breaking seven Golden Globes, and it's a worthy anticipated winner of Best Picture at the Oscars.

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Manchester by the Sea (out now)

Nominations:

  • Golden Globes – Best Motion Picture – Drama
  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Casey Affleck) – WINNER
  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Michelle Williams)
  • Golden Globes – Best Director – Motion Picture (Kenneth Lonergan)
  • Golden Globes – Best Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan)
  • BAFTA – Best Film
  • BAFTA – Director (Kenneth Lonergan)
  • BAFTA – Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan)
  • BAFTA – Leading Actor (Casey Affleck)
  • BAFTA – Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams)

Every so often there comes a performance so spellbinding, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that it’ll win big at the various award ceremonies. This year that honour goes to Casey Affleck. His turn as Lee Chandler, who returns home to care for his dead brother's teenage son, is incredibly nuanced and heartbreaking.

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Jackie (out 20th January)

Nominations:

  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Natalie Portman)
  • BAFTA – Leading Actress (Natalie Portman)
  • BAFTA – Original Music (Mica Levi)

Pablo Larrain's biopic of Jacqueline Kennedy, which follows the First Lady’s life after her husband's assassination, is best experienced up close to properly appreciate the nuances of Natalie Portman’s career-topping performance.

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Lion

Lion (out 20th January)

Nominations:

  • Golden Globes – Best Motion Picture – Drama
  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Dev Patel)
  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Nicole Kidman)
  • Golden Globes – Best Original Score – Motion Picture (Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka)
  • BAFTA – Adapted Screenplay (Luke Davies)
  • BAFTA – Supporting Actor (Dev Patel)
  • BAFTA – Supporting Actress (Nicole Kidman)
  • BAFTA – Original Music (Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka)
  • BAFTA – Cinematography (Greig Fraser)

Not many first-time filmmakers can boast garnering quite as much buzz as Garth Davis has managed with Lion, but this profound tale of a young Indian boy adopted by an Australian couple, who then seeks out his real family 25 years later, is wholly deserving of such acclaim.

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Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge (out 27th January, see it first at Vue on 26th January)

Nominations:

  • Golden Globes – Best Motion Picture – Drama
  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Andrew Garfield)
  • Golden Globes – Best Director – Motion Picture (Mel Gibson)

Mel Gibson’s latest film tells the story of a WW2 soldier (Andrew Garfield) who refuses to kill. The battle sequences are electrifying; Gibson puts the viewer in the trenches with his characters – which is a lot more fulfilling than it sounds.

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Loving

Loving (out 3rd February)

Nominations:

  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Joel Edgerton)
  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Ruth Negga)

During a politically tumultuous time, Jeff Nichols' Loving is an important film that preaches the message that love conquers all. Based on a true story of an interracial couple arrested for falling in love, Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton shine as the leading duo in gloriously understated performances.

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20th Century Women (out 10th February)

Nominations:

  • Golden Globes – Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Annette Bening)

A charming coming-of-age drama from Mike Mills – and Annette Bening’s turn as single mother Dorothea has quite rightly earned her a Golden Globe nomination. On any other year you’d expect Bening to pick up a host of awards for the role, but the wealth of breathtaking performances this year means she might have to settle for nominations instead.

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Fences (out 10th February)

Nominations:

  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Denzel Washington)
  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Viola Davis) – WINNER
  • BAFTA – Supporting Actress (Viola Davis)

In 2008, Viola Davis was robbed of an Oscar for her turn in Doubt, but she might now get her hands on one for her performance as the beleaguered wife of Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) in Fences. It’s a powerful character drama based on a play that feels ineffably cinematic.

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Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures (out 17th February)

Nominations:

  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Octavia Spencer)
  • Golden Globes – Best Original Score – Motion Picture (Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch)
  • BATFA – Adapted Screenplay (Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder)

Telling the true story of African American women who provided NASA with essential mathematical data, Hidden Figures has a narrative that is poignant and electric, with performances to do it justice. If that doesn't excite you enough, Pharrell Williams has teamed up with Hans Zimmer to do the score.

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Moonlight (out 17th February)

Nominations:

  • Golden Globes – Best Motion Picture – Drama – WINNER
  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Mahershala Ali)
  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Naomie Harris)
  • Golden Globes – Best Director – Motion Picture (Barry Jenkins)
  • Golden Globes – Best Screenplay (Barry Jenkins)
  • Golden Globes – Best Original Score – Motion Picture (Nicholas Britell)
  • BATFA – Best Film
  • BAFTA – Director (Barry Jenkins)
  • BAFTA – Original Screenplay (Barry Jenkins)
  • BAFTA – Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali)
  • BAFTA – Supporting Actress (Naomie Harris)

The winner of the Golden Globes Best Drama award, Moonlight is a three-act story of a young man coming to terms with his own identity. This moving feature is here to remind us why we love cinema so much. Pre-book for this one as soon as you can, just so you know you have something to look forward to.

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