By Kelly O'BrienReporter
With awards season looming, actors, actresses, and directors all across tinsel town are busy buying ball gowns, dry-cleaning tuxedos, and practising the humblest of acceptance speeches. The hotly anticipated Golden Globes take place tomorrow, while Oscar nominations will be announced on Thursday. As two of the highest accolades associated with the movie industry, any film that makes the shortlist for either should be at the top of your must-watch list. To help you along, Kelly O’Brien compiled our Magnificent Seven — a selection of films tipped for Golden Globes and Oscars glory
Film: ‘The Revenant’
Plot: The tale of legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack in uncharted wilderness in the 1800s. His hunting team leaves him for dead, forcing Glass to fend for himself. Fuelled by a desire for vengeance, he resolves to track down his former confidant, played by Tom Hardy, who betrayed and abandoned him.
Why you should see it: While DiCaprio has managed to bag two Golden Globes so far, he has never won the Oscar for best actor . Many who have watched ‘The Revenant’ believe this could be the performance to finally get DiCaprio his gong. So far it has four Golden Globe and eight Bafta nominations.
Film: ‘The Hateful Eight’
Plot: While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth, played by Kurt Russell, and his fugitive prisoner, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, run into another bounty hunter, played by Samuel L Jackson and a man who claims to be a sheriff. The group attempt to take shelter from a blizzard in a mountain pass but encounter four strangers who change everything.
Why you should see it: It’s a quintessentially Tarantino film, complete with bounty hunters, Samuel L Jackson, lots of guns and gore, and probably a cameo from Quentin himself. The flick has three Golden Globe and three BAFTA nominations.
Plot: Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman, played by Brie Larson, and her five-year-old son, played by Jacob Tremblay, finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.
Why you should see it: It’s based on a book written by Irish author Emma Donoghue, also titled ‘Room’. It has three Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture, and two Bafta nominations.
Plot: In 1950s New York, an Irish immigrant, played by Saoirse Ronan, falls for a tough Italian plumber, played by Emory Cohen, but faces temptation from another man, played by Domhnall Gleeson, when she returns home to Ireland for a visit.
Why you should see it: ‘Brooklyn’ stars our own Saoirse Ronan, widely tipped for Oscars glory. The film has six Bafta noms and a Golden Globe nod.
Film: ‘The Danish Girl’
Plot: Set in Copenhagen in the 1920s, the film follows Danish artist Gerda Wegener, played by Alicia Vikander, and her husband, fellow artist Einar Wegener, played by Eddie Redmayne, as he prepares to undergo one of the first sex-change operations.
Why you should see it: Eddie Redmayne’s performance has been lauded as potentially career-defining. He already has both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for last year’s ‘The Theory of Everything’, and has been widely tipped to scoop back-to-back Golden Globes and Oscar awards for ‘The Danish Girl’. The film has three Golden Globe and five Bafta nominations.
Film: ‘The Big Short’
Plot: ‘The Big Short’ is the story of four outsiders who foresaw the global economic collapse.
The misfits subsequently decide to make a bold investment in an idea called The Big Short, leading them deep into the “dark underbelly of modern banking”.
Why you should see it: This movie may not sound terribly sexy, but it has a whole host of big names attached to it. Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt, this based-on-a-true-story flick is one of the most star-studded of the entire season.
The film has attracted four Golden Globe and five Bafta nods.
Film: ‘Steve Jobs’
Plot: This biopic follows the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, played by the always-on-form Michael Fassbender. It details the late tech guru’s origins with the first Macintosh unveiling in 1984 and explores his relationship issues with his ex-girlfriend and their young daughter.
Why you should see it: Kerryman Michael Fassbender is reason enough to catch this flick but, if you need more persuading, you only have to look at the raft of award nominations it has received. It has picked up four Golden Globe and three Bafta nominations so far.
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