It is Pride time, and this week I focused on oscar winning films with LGBT themes.
Gods and Monsters (1998)
KcKellen is good, Redgrave is a caricature, Fraser starts our horrible, but evens out as the movie progress.
Winner of Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published in 1999.
Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ian McKellen) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lynn Redgrave).
Quite a progressive film being from 1982, and it is refreshingly not preachy about it. It is a celebration with lots of wit and fun, and gags of course being a Blake Edwards movie.
Winner of Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score in 1983.
Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Julie Andrews), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Robert Preston), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lesley Ann Warren), Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Heath Ledger is a marvel in this movie, the way he does so much with his restrained performance. Nice and heartbreaking movie.
Winner of Best Achievement in Directing, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score in 2006.
Nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Heath Ledger), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Jake Gyllenhaal), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Michelle Williams) and Best Achievement in Cinematography.
I had a hard time adjust to the close up scenes in this movie, for some reason it made the scenes feel dream-like and not intimate and realistic as I think they were going for. That aside, the passage of time was masterful done, and the performances are great.
Winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tom Hanks) and Best Music, Original Song For the song “Streets of Philadelphia” in 1994.
Nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Best Makeup and Best Music, Original Song For the song “Philadelphia”.
Antonia’s Line (1995)
Never heard of this one before, but I really enjoyed it.
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film in 1996.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Feels like a stage play, which I enjoyed. The movie within a movie I didn’t quite get why was there. Hurt and Julia are great.
Winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role (William Hurt) in 1986.
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Clever and tons of fun. I had a blast watching this.
Winner of Best Costume Design in 1995.
The Crying Game (1992)
A successful twist on the old fashion film noirs, I just wish the film making matched the mood of the films it draws inspiration from with smoke and shadows etc. It looked kind of bland.
Winner of Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen in 1993.
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Stephen Rea), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jaye Davidson), Best Director and Best Film Editing.