Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Edith Bowman on the films creating Oscar buzz this winter

299_tablet_scoop_films1_v1.jpg

London Film Festival regular Edith Bowman reports on the award contenders coming to your cinema this winter


“Star Wars makes me feel like a seven-year-old – cinema should allow you to be a child and lose your inhibitions. I think it will please die-hard fans, but also catapult it into a whole new generation. I love the fact that director JJ Abrams has cast relatively unknown British actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. It’s like when George Lucas cast Carrie Fisher, a 19-year-old unknown in the first Star Wars film, A New Hope.”
In cinemas: 17 December


“A beautiful, relevant story about Lili Elbe [Eddie Redmayne] who had one of the first ever gender reassignment operations in Copenhagen almost 100 years ago. It’s still hard for anyone going through this experience in terms of acceptance, so any film that highlights it is important. Eddie Redmayne transforms himself into any role but for me this is a game changer for Alicia Vikander, who plays his wife. She’s a phenomenal actress who leaves you questioning what you would do.”
In cinemas: 1 January


Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle director David O Russell has once again teamed up with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. I really enjoy watching his film-making – the way this is shot makes you feel like you are in the shoes of Joy, the gloriously strong woman who invented the Miracle Mop in 1990. The pace reflects the multi-tasking personality of the main character, who is expected to keep everyone happy without any thanks or payback. It’s very funny and raw and has a brilliant – as always – performance from Jennifer Lawrence.”
In cinemas: 1 January


“An incredible story [based on Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel] about a five-year-old boy, Jack [Jacob Tremblay], who has lived his life imprisoned a room with his mum [Brie Larson]. Both performances are so powerful. It’s almost like a film of two acts: the first part is set in a claustrophobic room and then it changes. It’s heartbreaking and tough to watch, but I also found it encouraging and warm.”
In cinemas: 15 January


“Leonardo DiCaprio definitely deserves the Oscar buzz he’s getting. He plays a 19th-century fur trapper who loses his wife and seeks revenge on the man who killed his son and left him for dead. There’s not a lot of dialogue, but the roles are all- encompassing and the much- talked-about scene where Leo’s character is mauled by a bear is incredibly powerful. I loved it.”
In cinemas: 15 January


Great British Music Festivals by Edith Bowman (£16.99, blink publishing, waterstones.com) out now

To read this week's issue of Stylist, download from app.stylist.co.uk

Illustration: Hattie Stewart

Related

jennifer-aniston.jpg

12 actresses we SO wanted to be in the 1990s

drive.jpg

Artist redesigns iconic film posters using actors’ childhood photos

0526-culture-zoolander.jpg

Watch Kristen Wiig and Penelope Cruz in the new Zoolander 2 trailer

irfinm7xgkcpbaak3adg.jpg

Hocus Pocus cast tease fans with sequel news

Love-Actually-02-500x375c.jpg

Watch the lesbian scene that never actually made it into Love Actually

rexfeatures_5363392ac.jpg

Jennifer Lawrence talks dating, puppies and famous neighbours

cate blanchett.jpg

Cate Blanchett talks about feeling socially awkward

anne-hathaway.jpg

The very first film and TV roles of your favourite stars

TRU1226202_rt.jpg

The kick-ass Kate Winslet shares her life lessons

More

Why anxiety makes it harder to follow your intuition

It can have a paralysing effect on decision-making

by Anna Brech
19 Oct 2017

“Why all men must work to stamp out sexual harassment and abuse”

In wake of the Weinstein allegations, one writer argues why men need to be counted

19 Oct 2017

Drinking alcohol can help with foreign language skills, study finds

Anyone for a dash of Dutch courage?

by Anna Brech
19 Oct 2017

Muggles can attend the Harry Potter Yule Ball in the actual Great Hall

You even get your own wand!

by Megan Murray
19 Oct 2017

Walking for just 17 minutes a day has a dramatic effect on your health

Want to prolong your life? A bit of gentle exercise is better than none at all

by Anna Brech
19 Oct 2017

SATC writer admits the team argued over Carrie's unrealistic lifestyle

“I like my money where I can see it – hanging in my closet”

by Megan Murray
19 Oct 2017

WhatConsentMeansToMe hashtag sparks vital conversation on Twitter

“No matter what I wear, no matter what you think – no means no”

by Anna Brech
19 Oct 2017

The Netflix shows you’re most likely to devour in 24 hours

You, my friend, are a ‘binge racer’

by Nicola Colyer
18 Oct 2017

There’s a psychological reason you’re in love with Starbucks’ red cups

It’s not just because Christmas is coming

by Gemma Crisp
18 Oct 2017

Have a wonderfully macabre Christmas with this anti-advent calendar

Bah humbug

by Megan Murray
18 Oct 2017