Oscars so Abled? The Overwhelming Frequency of Non-disabled Actors Portraying Disabled Characters

Ever since Dustin Hoffman won the Oscar for Best Actor playing Rain Man, half of Best Actor Oscars have been won by men playing characters with significant disability. The 2018 Academy Awards have recently graced our screens; including Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning performance last year in The Theory of Everything as motor neurone disease (MND) sufferer […]

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Interview with Hugh Welchman

Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully painted feature film. Under the direction of husband-and-wife duo Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, 125 artists worked for six years to produce this animated biographical film about the life and mysterious death of Vincent van Gogh, primarily in the unique and instantly-recognisable painting style of the artist himself. […]

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Review: Room

Lenny Abrahamson’s awards-tipped drama, Room, threatens to be nothing short of a two hour emotional bludgeoning of the audience at the hands of a story all the more nightmarish for its basis in fact. Brie Larson plays Joy Newsome, incarcerated for seven years along with her five year old son, Jack, (Jacob Tremblay), for whom […]

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High drama for Balliol alum

A Balliol alumnus has been nominated for an Oscar for his short film, The Voorman Problem. Baldwin Li, who completed an English degree in 2004, scripted the film, which features Sherlock star Martin Freeman and has received multiple awards and nominations. Nominated for Best Live Action Short Film, The Voorman Problem tells the story of […]

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: Oskar’s tale is worthy, but not Oscar worthy

Before giving this review, I need to first make one point very clear: the Oscars have always nominated films deemed overrated by the general public.  Sometimes it seems like they are too formulaic, too preachy, too overenthusiastic to make a sweeping statement about humanity told innumerable times before. But it is not really fair to judge […]

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