Sometimes when you’re on the road so much, it isn’t easy to keep up on current entertainment favorites. Truck drivers have (some) down time to watch videos though. So we thought we would try and catch you up on this year’s Best Picture nominee group. It’s actually a pretty diverse set of films, so there’s something for everyone here.
Alright, Best Picture Nominees. Here we go:
The 2012 Oscar Award for Best Picture goes to – The Artist. This film turned a lot of heads by doing something extremely rare in today’s modern cineplex culture: They made it silent. The Artist will give anyone who’s never seen a silent movie the experience of what seeing one was like and how different silent movies were stylistically to the ‘talking’ films which have been the norm for the last eighty years.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Thomas Horn plays Oskar, a boy devoted to his dad (played by Tom Hanks, in flashbacks), who is lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center. The devastation of that day shudders through his family. Young Oskar is lost in the broken new world, but suddenly finds a purpose: a key left by his father. What does it mean and where will it lead him?
Moneyball – Based on a true story (though we’re sure they embellished quite a bit). Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt) is general manager of the Oakland A’s, who’s just had his best players poached by teams that can afford to pay a lot more. Fed up with how money twists the game, he listens to Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), who persuades him that certain players are being undervalued for trivial reasons–that statistics reveal hidden strengths that could, when used in the right combinations, produce a winning season. Their in-depth system continues to be studied by baseball scouts today.
War Horse – Set against the sweeping canvas of World War I, this deeply heartfelt story begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and his young trainer Albert. When they’re forced apart by war, we follow Joey’s extraordinary journey as he changes and inspires the lives of everyone he meets. Filled with spectacularly rich visuals, this movie is one of the most powerful and moving stories of friendship ever told. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
The Help – The Help is an inspirational, courageous and empowering story about very different, extraordinary women in the 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project ” one that breaks society’s rules and puts them all at risk. Supporting actress Octavia Spencer netted the Oscar this year for her performance as the fast-talking Minny.
Hugo – This film, directed by Martin Scorsese who is better known for his organized crime sagas than children’s films, made a huge impact for family movies this year. The story goes a bit like this: When his father dies, 12-year-old orphan Hugo takes up residence behind the walls of a Parisian train station. There, he meets Isabelle, the daughter of filmmaker Georges MÃ©liÃ¨s, who holds the key to Hugo’s destiny. To help him on his journey, Hugo repairs a robot left behind by his father, who explores a fantastic animated world of 19th century Paris full of beauty and danger.
Your whole family will love Hugo.
The Descendents – Get yer hankies out. This one is aimed right at your thumper. Matt King is a real-estate attorney whose wife, Elizabeth, ends up in a coma after a water-skiing accident. During this extended tragedy, Matt must learn to balance the parenting of his resentful daughters with the sale of a pristine plot of Kauai land that stands to make the family a fortune. As Elizabeth’s condition worsens, Matt contacts friends and relatives so that they’ll have the chance to say goodbye.