Oscar Edition #5! This week we look back at some of the Oscar victors and losers of the 2000’s.
One of the great modern day sword-and-sandal epics, Russell Crowe’s relentless presence as Maximus, as well as a swift and broad-reaching direction by Ridley Scott, Gladiator is proof that a film with a large budget and a cast of thousands can be both intelligent and deeply moving.
There Will Be Blood, 2007
One of PT Anderson’s more grandiose works, this film ultimately lost out to the Coen Brothers thriller No Country for Old Men. Though No Country is certainly considered by many to be a masterpiece, consider There Will Be Blood as well. Filled with rapturous acting by Daniel-Day Lewis, to the immersive and eerily sinister composition by Johnny Greenwood, PT Anderson shows us an up close and personal look into the mind of an ambitious mad man. It’s an experience you will not soon forget.
Lost amidst the controversy of Crash’s victory over Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, Steven Spielberg’s dark look into the 1972 Munich Olympic killings is nothing less than extraordinary. With a razor sharp ensemble cast and knuckle-knawing scenes of suspense, Spielberg provides a raw and hair-raising story that not only shows the transpiring events, but gives us an intimate look into the consequences of violence and hatred.