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The critic examines techniques and conventions behind classic movie genres

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Mark Kermode's Oscar Winners: A Secrets of Cinema Special

Summary

As the red carpet season reaches its climax, film critic Mark Kermode looks back at past winners of the prestigious award, and celebrates some of the most memorable performances.
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Review

Film critic Mark Kermode has reservations about the Oscars. As he says, rather brutally, the 1989 Best Picture winner Driving Miss Daisy wasn’t even the best movie Morgan Freeman made that year let alone the best film of all. He also points out that Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks and Stanley Kubrick never won Best Director while female and black directors have only recently been recognised by the Academy. But over the past nine decades clues to Oscar’s taste have emerged and using these Kermode cleverly dissects what kind of film you need to make before you think about practicing your acceptance speech.

He divides his cinematic lecture into genres such as the “war is hell” movie (“Flag waving is always a winner!”) or ones depicting struggles against injustice. The best bet for winning a best actor or actress award, he suggests, is by playing characters overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds such as a disability – or historical figures (the Queen, Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln). As with his previous series, this is wonderfully sharp, witty and thought-provoking.


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  • Mark Kermode's Oscar Winners: A Secrets of Cinema Special

    Summary

    As the red carpet season reaches its climax, film critic Mark Kermode looks back at past winners of the prestigious award, and celebrates some of the most memorable performances.
    Recommended

    Review

    Film critic Mark Kermode has reservations about the Oscars. As he says, rather brutally, the 1989 Best Picture winner Driving Miss Daisy wasn’t even the best movie Morgan Freeman made that year let alone the best film of all. He also points out that Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks and Stanley Kubrick never won Best Director while female and black directors have only recently been recognised by the Academy. But over the past nine decades clues to Oscar’s taste have emerged and using these Kermode cleverly dissects what kind of film you need to make before you think about practicing your acceptance speech.

    He divides his cinematic lecture into genres such as the “war is hell” movie (“Flag waving is always a winner!”) or ones depicting struggles against injustice. The best bet for winning a best actor or actress award, he suggests, is by playing characters overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds such as a disability – or historical figures (the Queen, Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln). As with his previous series, this is wonderfully sharp, witty and thought-provoking.


    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterMark Kermode

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerJohn Das
    ProducerMark Kermode
    Series producerNick Freand Jones
    WriterKim Newman
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