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Four films with Oscar nods open in Egypt cinemas

The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, American Sniper and Still Alice have all been nominated in one or more categories of the 2015 Academy Awards

Ahram Online , Thursday 26 Feb 2015
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore accepts the Oscar for Best Leading Actress for her role in "Still Alice" at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood. (Photo: Reuters)
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Four films which either won or were nominated in a main category of the 2015 Oscar's race are currently screening in cinemas across Egypt. 

The Theory of Everything is a biographical drama based on a memoir by Jane Wilde Hawking, ex-wife of prominent physicist Stephen Hawking. The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014, is directed by James Marsh and stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. 

Last Sunday, Redmayne scooped the best actor award for his portrayal of Hawking. The film was nominated for best picture, best actress, original score, and adapted screenplay. 

The Theory of Everything

The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum, is about the story of British cryptanalyst Alan Turing who helped solve the Enigma code during WWII. The film was nominated in eight categories but only won a single Oscar award for the best adapted screenplay. 

The film's other nominations included: best picture, best actor in a leading role by Benedict Cumberbatch, best actress in a supporting role by Kiera Knightley, best directing and film editing, best original score and best production design.

The Imitation Game

Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle, an ex-Navy SEAL. The film stars three-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper as Kyle and Sienna Miller as Tay Kyle, his wife. 

The film won in the sound editing category. Other categories the film was nominated in included best picture, best actor, adapted screenplay, film editing and sound mixing.

American Sniper has been criticised for for glorifying snipers in its depiction of the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. Among those who spoke publicly against it are filmmaker Michael Moore, comedian Seth Rogan and Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who claimed the film encourages violence against Muslims.

American Sniper

Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth, is based on a bestselling novel by the same name.

The family drama follows Dr. Alice Howland, a Columbia University linguistics professor, as she discovers she is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The film is directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.

After four previous nominations, Moore was crowned best actress in a leading role last Sunday, the only category in which Still Alice was nominated.

Still Alice


Check your local cinema guide for details about where each film is screening.  



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