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The Academy Awards (or the Oscars) are on Sunday, February 24th. This is the most important awards ceremony and the highest honor in the movie business. This round of film reviews will focus on past winners of this prestigious honor.
This assignment is just like your other film reviews, except the film you review must have won an Academy Award in some category. Your review will be posted on Rotten Tomatoes, one of the most popular websites for movie reviews. The entire world will see it – so be thoughtful, insightful and double check your spelling and grammar.
Take a look at the following links to decide what to watch:
- List of all Academy Award Winning films – Click the arrow above the Year column to sort by date
- Lewis’s Film List – Award winners are starred red
- You may also watch a 2013 nominee because this year’s winners will not be announced until February 24th – List of 2013 Nominees (you might have to go to a theater to find these)
Use the following template as a guide for your review.
Name of Film:
Genre (guess if you’re not sure):
Star Rating (out of 5):
Introduce the film you saw. Include any background information about the film that may be interesting to the reader.
Give a BRIEF summary of the plot. Is the plot original or predictable? What are the major conflicts? Be careful not to include spoilers (don’t give away the ending!) but show that you watched beyond the first 15 minutes
What Academy Award category or categories did this film win? Do you think the award was justified? Why or why not?
What was the overall theme, message or purpose of the movie? Does the movie teach the viewer anything about life, love or relationships? Is it purely meant to entertain? What are some ways the director communicates this theme to the audience?
How was the film’s visual appearance? Is there anything interesting about the camera work (angles, shots, etc.)? What about sound and music?
Conclude the review with your overall opinion of the film. Try to persuade the reader to either see or not see the film based on your review.