Join in the buzz of the award season excitement with these three Oscar nominated movies playing at SGC Dungarvan right now. Honoured by Hollywood for their very different, yet equally outstanding works, The Revenant, Room and Creed all opened here on Friday 15th, and it will be clear to all movie lovers why each has received recognition by the 88th Annual Academy Awards.
The favourite, with an impressive twelve nominations, is The Revenant. Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson, The Revenant, inspired by true events, tells the harrowing tale of Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820’s, who is left fighting for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. The thrilling adventure saga has taken Hollywood by storm. Having already won big at the Golden Globes earlier this month, scooping up Best Motion Picture: Drama, Best Director, and Best Actor, things just keeping getting bigger and better as it is now in the running for a whopping twelve Academy awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. Leo may finally, finally, get to take home that elusive Oscar!
Directed by Dublin native, the gifted Lenny Abrahamson, flying the flag for Ireland at the Oscars, with a grand total of four nominations, is Room. Starring Brie Larson, winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actress, Room tells the story of a five-year-old boy, Jack (Jacob Tremblay), and his relationship with his loving and protective mother, Ma (Brie Larson). The pair shares a special bond, but their life is anything but normal as they are trapped, help captive in a tiny, windowless room, which Jack has never been outside of. Determined to save her son, Ma plans a daring escape. A stirring film, Room stands as a great testament to the strength of a mother’s love. Based on the novel of the same title, by Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue, Room is in contention for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Donoghue herself.
Creed will also be joining in the festivities on the night. Proving that you can’t keep a good man down, Creed’s Sylvester Stallone is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. The seventh instalment in the mammoth Rocky series, Creed, directed by Ryan Coogler, sees the return of Rocky, except this time round the former World Heavyweight Champion is stepping in the ring as a mentor, training Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the son of his late friend and famous boxing rival, Apollo Creed. Born after the death of his father, Adonis is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps and, with Rocky’s help, he strives to prove that your legacy is more than a name. Victorious at the Golden Globes, Stallone paid tribute to the Italian Stallion, saying “most of all I want to thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friend I ever had”. Muscles of steel, heart of a big ole softie.
Swelling the nation’s chest with even more pride are other Irish nominees, Saoirse Ronan, nominated for Best Actress for her role in Brooklyn, which is also up for Best Picture, and Michael Fassbender, selected for his lead part in Steve Jobs. Opening on a high, 2016 has already proven to be an exciting year for cinema-goers, with these three acclaimed movies only the beginning of a line-up of must-see releases! The Oscars, hosted for a second time by Chris Rock, will take place on 28th February.