#hmvAwards: hmv staff pick their favourite award-winning films
With the Golden Globes already done and dusted, and with the Oscars emerging on the horizon, awards season is well and truly underway for another year and we've got a range of offers in-store on award-winning films on DVD & Blu-ray, all of which you can find here in our online store.
Over the next few weeks we'll also be asking the knowlegdeable ladies and gents who work in our stores up and down the UK for their conisidered opinions on the best award-winning actors, directors and films.
To kick off, this week we asked our store staff for their picks for Best Picture through the ages. Here's what they had to say for themselves...
"Amazing film. A great depiction of the actual event from a cracking cast. I love the Hollywood involvement with the story, and Ben Affleck is proving himself more and more as an amazing director and actor. Tense throughout, with a nailbiting ending, worthy of the best film award."
"Adapted from the book by Andy Weir & directed by Ridley Scott, The Martian is quite simply one of the best films of 2015. An engaging performance from Matt Damon with great support from Jessica Chastain, Chitwel Ejiofor, Kristin Wiig, Jeff Daniels and Donald Glover. Plus an all disco soundtrack - whats not to love?"
Mad Max: Fury Road
"Fury Road was so different to the action films that've been coming out recently. It's ability to tell an interesting story with the absolute bare minimum of dialogue is something that more films should aspire to. It trusted that the viewer would understand it without having their hands held and then sped off at breakneck speeds. A triumph of story, character and visual style."
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
"In my opinion The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King is the best picture nominee on the basis that visually the film to me felt as realistic as middle earth could get, as well as being accompanied by dark and cold scenery which to the story at that point is perfect. But also the audio that went with the battle scenes and just all round throughout the film fit in together perfectly in clarity."
"Digging deep into his own wartime experiences, Oliver Stone produced a visceral and iconic work carrying rare emotional weight. Endlessly quotable and filled with astonishing imagery; few films can compete with it's power."
"A movie that captures the true impact of the Vietnam war, and the men who fought there.And how it changed the course of America forever, told through the eyes of a Director who was himself a vet."