Film | The Hotel, the Game or the Theory?

In the honour of the Academy Awards being just around the corner (and remembering about how god damn excited we all were when we heard the nominees), I have thought of a blog post that took a genuine week of preparations (including two trips to the cinema... on my own. #yolo), but it was worth it (I also realised that the goddamn cinema tickets... holy fuck, they're expensive).
So, I will focus mainly on one of the film categories, which is Best Motion Picture. Ever since they announced the nominees, I have been rooting for three of the films: The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game and The Grand Budapest Hotel. But... which one could possibly win?

(and now, let's hope that one of them will genuinely win, otherwise this will be a very, very ridiculous blog post)

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The Grand Budapest Hotel is a film directed by the one, the only: Wes Anderson. It starts off with a very much older and balder Jude Law coming for a break to the very old and abandoned looking Grand Budapest Hotel. There, he meets the owner of the hotel, Zero Mustafa himself. Over dinner, he tells him about his time as a lobby boy at the Grand Budapest and as to how he actually got to own the hotel. It involves a lot of stealing, a lot of cursing, a lot of beautiful pastry, some gorgeous music, hilarious dialogues, incredible sass and basically, it's all around amazing.
I adore the setting of the film; the scenography is beyond gorgeous. All of the characters are amazingly well portrayed; Ralph Finnes is perhaps the sassiest, egoist and lovable thing in existence, Adrien Brody did an amazing job playing the most stuck up, angry, pissed off person in the existence, I love the relationship between Tony Revolori and Saorise Ronan (who played Zero and Agatha) and all around, the cast is basically incredible (I love both Tilda Swinton and Lea Seydoux in it as well, they make minor appearances). The script feels really realistic; nothing in this film felt faked or just... very poorly played; it was genuinely something that I could laugh out loud to and cry to like a lunatic. Plus, who wouldn't want to eat those gorgeous cakes from Mendl's? 
Why I think this has good chances to win: It's a perfect mixture of comedy and adventure and drama. It's one of Wes Anderson's finest works in my opinion (which is quite a statement, because The Darjeeling Limited and The Royal Tenenbaums are amazing), the casting is amazing and together, they give us a gorgeous black-humour-type film that we all adore.

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The Imitation Game is the much anticipated film starring Benedict Cumberbatch, directed by Morten Tyldum on the life of the man who broke the German Enigma, Alan Turing. It's kind of a mix of flashbacks of his time at school (where he was starting to realise that he wasn't like other people, not just in the sense of his brain and mind, but also as a human being, because he was gay), the time of the second world war (breaking the Enigma, quarrelling with other people who were also trying to do the same thing) and the year 1951, when someone broke into his house and all of the sudden, he came to the attention of a police officer who discovered his big secret and basically, ruined his life for good. This man's story will break your heart and make you re-evaluate everything bad you've ever thought of anyone.
When I left the theatre, I was practically blown away. This man and his story shocked me beyond belief; how much he suffered as a teenager, how much people disliked him for him being slightly odd and special, and at the same time, you could see how many people just didn't care about what sex the person he loves will be. I think that Benedict Cumberbatch did such an amazing job of presenting us with yet, another genius, but a different one. I thought that Alan would be a lot like Sherlock, but he was nothing like him and that's what I adored about his interpretation.

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Keira Knightley didn't blow me away in many other films, but in this one...oh man. How they both worked together, how they understood each other, supported one another. He just didn't care that she was a woman mathematician, he just cared that she'd help him break Enigma, whereas she didn't care that he was gay. I adored their relationship and I think that both of them have a pretty good chance of winning their solo nominations. I also think that the presentation of other characters were amazing, the script broke my heart (Alan's monologue where he spoke about computers and thinking differently; in reality, he was talking about homophobia and stuff like that and Joan's little monologue where she told him how much he'd achieved; he thought of himself being as nobody and of little worth). If you do decide to see it, have some tissues at the ready.
Why I think it has good chances to win: Purely because of the story, of this man's life and achievements that were hidden from us for 50 years, the acting, the relationships, everything is just pure gold. Plus, the ending, even though we didn't see what really happened, it broke my heart. I've never cried in a public cinema... I lied. I cried like a baby.

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The Theory of Everything is perhaps one of the few rare films I've ever seen that has kept me on the brink of tears throughout the entire film. Directed by James Marsh, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, it follows around the life of a young Stephen Hawking. At the beginning of the film, he's in college, doing a physics PHD, where he meets a fellow student called Jane. They inevitably fall in love with each other, but at that time, he is diagnosed with motor-neuron disease (have you watched your favourite celeb get poured over by a bucket full of icy water? Yep, they did it to raise awareness for this disease) and he is given two years of life, at the most. However, they both decide to fight this illness and make it through. We watch this man's incredible life through the eyes of his wife, who is constantly torn between wanting to help him, like she promised and seeking her own happiness.

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The thing that struck me beyond belief was the portrayal of the two main characters. The interpretation of Stephen did not at all seem to be in any way offensive and it genuinely seemed like they placed an ASL sufferer into that role and not a normal actor. The talking, the walking, the posture, everything seemed so beyond real. On the other side, we have Jane, who on one hand seemed like a very regular character, with no particular depth whatsoever, but as we get to know her, we really see how much pain she had to go through and how much trouble she had with him getting worse and worse and raising their children. It's an amazing journey and the character development is absolutely incredible and just eye-watering. In my opinion, both of them have a chance of winning their solo nominations.
Why I think it has good chances to win: Again, we have an incredible life story that was portrayed in such a beautiful manner and I guarantee that it will bring tears to everyone's eyes. The character development is unlike anything I've ever seen before, the problems that they face feel as real to me as if they've happened to me. The portrayal of any of the characters does not seem offensive at all and it's very genuine. If you're going to see it, have some tissues at the ready.


Now, there's always this burning question: "But which one has the most chances to win?" and the answer is this... I don't know. All of these films provide us with an amazing story, amazing casting and character portrayal, an amazing storyline, everything surrounding these films is beautiful. Even though if none of these films win anything, they're still amazing ones and definitely worth a watch, if you're stuck on a Wednesday night.

Who are you rooting for? Let me know down below and I shall see you soon!
xxx Katherine

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