In the lead up to the Oscar Awards, the Barbican will celebrate the biggest film event of the year by presenting all of the Best Picture nominees and eventual winner over the course of a single week. Audiences can expect to see Golden Globe winner Boyhood, BAFTA nominated Birdman and Sundance favourite Whiplash. Selected special screenings also feature an exclusive chance to see the Oscar-nominated live action shorts including The Phone Call starring Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent. In addition, the Barbican Film Quiz will return on 24 February with Academy Award themed rounds and prizes, besides competitions in the cinema across the week.
Read on to find out more about the films set to screen 27 February – 4 March.
Birdman (15) (US 2014 Dir Alejandro González Iñárritu 119 min)
Fri 27 Feb 8.30pm, Cinema 2
Michael Keaton stars as a washed up actor, determined to make his comeback with an ambitious Broadway production, in this black comedy from Alejandro González Iñárritu. Also starring Edward Norton and Emma Stone.
Boyhood (15) (US 2014 Dir Richard Linklater 166 min)
Sat 28 Feb 3pm, Cinema 2
This naturalistic coming-of-age drama from director Richard Linklater follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane), a boy from Austin, Texas, from his first school days until he leaves home for college alongside his sister (Lorelei Linklater) and his eventually estranged parents (Oscar nominees Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette).
The Grand Budapest Hotel (15) (US / Germany 2014 Dir Wes Anderson)
Sat 28 Feb 6.15pm, Cinema 2
Shot with his typical colour and flair, writer/director Wes Anderson returns with this hilarious farce concerning the adventures of a legendary head concierge (Ralph Fiennes) and his young lobby boy protégé.
The Imitation Game (12A) (UK 2014 Dir Morten Tyldum 114 min)
Sun 1 Mar 3.30pm, Cinema 2
Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the genius cryptographer Alan Turing, in this drama from Norwegian director Morten Tyldum who is also nominated for this year’s awards.The strong supporting cast features Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance and Keira Knightley.
The Theory of Everything (12A) (UK 2015 Dir James Marsh 123 min)
Sun 1 Mar 6pm, Cinema 2
Director James Marsh takes a close look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane (played by nominees Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones).
Selma (12A) (US 2014 Dir Ava DuVernay 128 min)
Mon 2 Mar 8.30pm, Cinema 2
In 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) leads a historical and dangerous battle to secure voting rights for all, by marching from Selma to Montgomery. Directed by Ava DuVernay and fueled by a powerful performance from Oyelowo, this is a gripping drama about one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.
American Sniper (15) (US 2015 Dir Clint Eastwood 132 min)
Tue 3 Mar 8.30pm, Cinema 2
Directed by Clint Eastwood this is a tense and compelling story of its real-life subject, Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle (Best Actor nominee Bradley Cooper).
Whiplash (15) (US 2013 Dir Damien Chazelle 105 min)
Wed 4 Mar
A study of the cost of excellence, it charts the story of Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller), a promising drummer at a prestigious music college, determined to make it to the top. Director Damien Chazelle makes the frenzied drumming scenes immediate and impossibly cool, and JK Simmons gives a perfect supporting performance as Andrew’s formidable teacher.
Oscar Week, 27 February – 4 March, Barbican, Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS, Box Office: 0845 120 7527, barbican.org.uk/film