Sunday, February 28, 2016

Oscars Special: Spotlight movie billboards...

Spotlight Oscar consideration billboard
If there's one film that deserves to take home a handful of Oscars today (and it's nominated for six Academy Awards), it's Spotlight.

In Daily Billboard's opinion, the true story of The Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning exposé on the Catholic Church's cover-up of child molestation by its priests around the world is an award worthy movie.
Spotlight Critics Choice Golden Globe billboard
The brilliant cast including Oscar-nominated Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, plus Michael Keaton, Brian d'Arcy James, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci really were very deserving of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

The idea that people in the church would take advantage of the most vulnerable and prey on those needing love, hope and guidance is despicable, but Spotlight never sensationalises the investigation.

The pace and storytelling of the film is methodical, just like the journalists efforts, laying the facts out for you to interpret yourself, and what is basically a story about news reporters researching an article never feels boring, and is equally enlightening, compelling and horrifying.
Spotlight Best movie billboard
One of the most powerful moments in the film come's when Mark Ruffalo's reporter, 'Mike Rezendes', makes an impassioned speech, and also a quieter moment between Rachel McAdams character and her devout Catholic grandmother as she reads the published Boston Globe article for the first time is very moving.

By the end of the film you may shed a tear or two, whether they are tears of sadness or anger may depend on how this real-life abuse affects you and your family.
Chris Rock 88th Oscars billboard
From one scandalous event to another established organisation mired in controversy again this year, as Chris Rock hosts the 88th annual Academy Awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has once again been criticized for 'white-washing' the Oscar nominations and not properly acknowledging the accomplishments of people of colour and ethnicity, and their work this past year.
Chris Rock 88th Oscars billboard
This Chris Rock billboard for the Oscars was photographed high above Hollywood & Highland (and The Dolby Theatre where the awards ceremony is held) on February 15, 2016 (although in this time of scrutiny was it the best idea to present him in stylish black and white, rather than in full technicolour?).
Chris Rock Oscars billboard
It'll be interesting to see how the comedian and actor uses his hosting duties to address the lack of diversity this year.

If you're a fan of the Hollywood's biggest awards, be sure to also check out these other Oscars host billboards from previous years.
Spotlight Oscar nominee billboard
Meanwhile the 'Their courage changed the world' Oscar consideration billboard for Spotlight was photographed on February 6, 2016, the Critics' Choice and Golden Globe version was snapped on December 23, 2015, whilst the Newsweek quote version was spied on December 9, 2015.
Spotlight Best picture of the year billboard
Movies should always be able to entertain audiences, but it's even more impressive when they can inform and move people in a compelling way at the same time.

Let's hope that Spotlight can take home a golden statue, or two, this year at the prestigious event.
Spotlight Best movie billboard

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