Thirteen years ago, England-based film fans Sarah and Alan M’Grady embarked on a mission to watch every winning film in the Best Picture, Directing, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress Oscar categories. They have 77 titles to go. Below, they share their five favorites from the project.
And if they could give their own awards for best performance ever? Those would go to Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour and Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted.
This true story shows you how people can be badly treated and how others who live alongside them can allow that to happen. It’s about the horrific consequences that this can lead to and the story of the survival that goes alongside that. A really haunting film that stays with you.
A real double-header film, with two Oscar-nominated performances, that is an uncomfortable watch at times. Leaves you both entertained and educated by the story.
Any fan of film should watch this classic to find out how Hollywood made them back in the day and to understand the epic nature of this film and how it still holds up, even today.
For the amazing performance by Jamie Foxx in the title role of Ray Charles and the wonderful soundtrack to complement it.
A lot of Oscar-winning films can have heavy subjects, so sometimes you just need the feel-good factor and go along for the ride. There are plenty of fun and colorful characters in this dysfunctional family to enjoy.