Which movie won at the Academy Awards last year?


            ‘Moonlight’ is a 2016 drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on the play ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’ by Tarell Alvin McCraney.



            The film is largely centred around the character of Chiron, and his life in Miami, starting as a shy child, continuing as an awkward teenager, and ending as a hardened adult.



            These stages of his life are presented in three acts, each one named for Chiron’s preferred name at that point: Act i: Little; Act ii: Chiron; Act iii: Black.



            The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning for Best Picture (producers Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner), Best Supporting Actor (Ali), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Jenkins and McCraney).



            Infamously, the movie was subject to the most notorious mix-up in the history of the Academy Awards, as an envelope switch resulted in ‘La La Land’ being announced as the Best Picture winner before its producer Jordan Horowitz announced the mistake.



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Which Movie won in the Best Picture category at the 88th Academy Awards?


 



            ‘Spotlight’ won in the Best Picture category at the 88th Academy Awards. The movie is a biographical directed by Tom McCarthy, and written by McCarthy and Josh Singer. The film follows the real life story of the investigative team of the ‘Boston Globe’ (a leading news source) during the early 2000’s, as they researched and released the first major report on child abuse in the Catholic Church, a series which won them the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003.



           The story begins with Marty Baron’s arrival in Boston as the new editor of the Globe, and him assigning the Spotlight investigative team to follow a trail of lawsuits pertaining to a priest accused of child abuse some years in the past. As they dig deeper, meeting with traumatized victims, and complicit lawyers, they discover that the menace of child abuse runs deeper than anyone suspected.



            ‘Spotlight’ won the Academy Award for Best Picture along with Best Original Screenplay from six nominations total, making ‘Spotlight’ the first film from Open Road Films to win in either category.



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What makes ‘Bird Man’ a successful movie?



           ‘Birdman’ is a 2014 movie directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.



            The movie follows Riggan Thomson (Keaton), a washed-up actor best known for playing superhero Birdman in a series of movies, as he tries to revive his career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s short story ‘What We Talk about When We Talk about Love’.



            Along the way, he faces various difficulties, both on and off stage, as he battles his own ego.



            At the 87th Academy Awards, ‘Birdman’ won four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Michael Keaton was nominated for Best Actor, Edward Norton and Emma Stone were nominated in Best Supporting Acting categories, and it also received nominations for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.



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What makes ‘12 Years a Slave’ a remarkable movie?


 



            The movie, ‘12 Years a Slave’ was released in the year 2013. It is an adaptation of the 1853 slave narrative memoir of the same name by Solomon Northup, a New York born African-American man who was kidnapped by two men and sold into slavery. The film was directed by Steve McQueen. The screenplay was written by John Ridley.



            The movie narrates the story of Northup, a violinist in Saratoga. He’s a loving husband, a devoted father, and a respected man of his community.



            His ill fate begins when two conmen trap him and sell him as a slave. He is given a new name ‘Platt’ and thus begins twelve years of misery, agony, and punishing work as Platt is sold from master to master. Still, he desperately holds on to hope that somehow, he will win his way to freedom, and get back to his family.



            ‘12 Years a Slave’ won three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Nyong’o, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Ridley.




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What makes ‘Argo’ an exceptionally well made historical movie?


 



            ‘Argo’ is a thriller directed by, and starring Ben Affleck, and produced by Affleck, Grant Heslov, and George Clooney. It is a somewhat fictionalized account of a real CIA operation in 1980 to extract six Americans during the height of the Iranian hostage crisis.



            The movie follows the storyline as a group of revolutionaries storm the United States embassy in Iran and take a number of staff as hostages. Six employees in a neighbouring building manage to escape, however, and take up refuge in the official residence of the Canadian ambassador. Ten weeks later, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez (Affleck) is asked by the CIA to help get them out of the country. With limited options, and the Iranian revolutionaries stepping up their search for the missing Americans, it’s up to the men led by Mendez and their CIA contact, Jack O’Donnell (Bryan Cranston), to get the six employees out.



            The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three, for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing.



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