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With the Oscars season in full swing, let's revisit some of the movies that have scored the coveted golden statuette over the years.
SBS Movies

25 Jan 2017 - 3:52 PM  UPDATED 20 Feb 2017 - 12:11 PM

Friday 3 February


8:40pm, SBS

USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke
What's it about?
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's groundbreaking film explores the joys and challenges of growing up and parenting, as we watch 7-year-old Mason (Ellar Coltrane) literally grow up on screen before our eyes. Patricia Arquette (Lost Highway) and Linklater's longtime collaborator Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset) play Mason's parents, and the director's own daughter Lorelei plays his sister. Boyhood offers a unique viewing experience, and it received no less than 6 Oscar nominations, resulting in a Best Supporting Actress win for Patricia Arquette.

Boyhood: Richard Linklater, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane interview
Boyhood Review
The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Richard Linklater on Boyhood’s Saddest Moment


Friday 10 February

Million Dollar Baby

8:30pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

USA, 2004
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
What's it about?
Clint Eastwood's unforgettable film won 4 Oscars, including Best Picture and a Best Actress gong for Hilary Swank's knockout performance. Eastwood is equally superb as Frankie, a hardened boxing trainer who is taken by surprise when a woman, Maggie, asks him to train her. He is reluctant to do so (to say the least), but eventually her sheer determination and raw talent win him over. Little by little, Maggie starts to improve, and the two form a friendship. 

Million Dollar Baby Review


Friday 17 February

No Country for Old Men

8:30pm, SBS

USA, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin
What's it about?
The Coen Brothers' masterful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel earned them 4 Oscars, including Best Picture, as well as a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Javier Bardem, unforgettable as one of the best villains in cinema history. The film follows the fallout that occurs when an everyman (Josh Brolin, excellent), stumbles upon a briefcase full of cash at a crime scene, and a slow-moving psychopath (Bardem) comes looking for loot. Despite having seen it all, the laconic Sherrif in charge of the investigation (Tommy Lee Jones) is not quite prepared for the onslaught of violence he's about to face.

No Country for Old Men: Will have you on the edge of your seat.

Javier Bardem won 'Best Supporting Actor' at the 2008 Academy Awards for his performance in No Country For Old Men (showing 8:30pm, Friday 8th February on SBS)

Friday 24 February

American Beauty

8:40pm, SBS

USA, 1999
Genre: Drama
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari
What's it about?
This acidic drama directed by Sam Mendes (Skyfall) and written by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) stars Kevin Spacey as a man in the midst of a full-blown mid-life crisis. In a performance which earned him a second Oscar (after The Usual Suspects), Spacey plays writer Lester Burnham, unhappily married to real estate agent Carolyn (Annette Bening, 20th Century Women). The two lead a materially comfortable but emotionally barren life in the suburbs, with their disillusioned teenage daughter, Jane. The appearance of Jane's school friend Angela (Mena Suvari) sends Lester into a lusty spiral that inspires him to quit his job and forgets his troubles. 

Watch original Movie Show review: Intelligent, witty and beautifully shot
Watch interview with Sam Mendes and Kevin Spacey



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