Tis award season again. A time for those in the film industry to acknowledge the work of dedicated members of cinema, allowing many of them the chance to one day look back at their nominations or award wins as their greatest achievements. But I ask myself, is that what award season is about? In recent years I have found award season to be less about acknowledging good films, or opening doors to what eventually become greatly overlooked films, and more about the giant popularity contest that is Hollywood.
Voted the Greatest Briton of all time in 2002, the figure of Winston Churchill looms large over both British history and world cinema.
Over thirty actors have depicted the two-time PM on-screen and it takes a performance of real strength to capture his complex character.
Some have it, some don’t. Here are our picks of the best and worst of on-screen Churchills.
There have been so many cinematic depictions of war-weary London, May 1940, that one might be forgiven for momentarily believing that they were actually there in the flesh rather than the stalls. Few of these, however, have come as close to conveying the contemporary emotional turmoil as Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour. At the beating heart is Gary Oldman and an all-time great performance.
There are many reasons to explain why global release dates for films can vary so much from country to country. Some films need dubbing, others need to ferry their cast around for promotion, whilst a handful see the distributor test the waters before spending on global advertising. In the case of a select few, however, the delays are tactical strikes at nailing the box office and the awards season.
Whilst there’s no denying we’ve a lot to look forward to in the remaining two months of 2017 – Star Wars VIII, Paddington 2, Call Me By Your Name and more! – trailers for 2018’s line up of offerings have started to drip through and there’s a lot to get excited about…