Awards Season at Saffron Screen!

Awards season canters along apace, with all the nominations announced. We are looking forward to the BAFTAs on Sunday 18th February and the Oscars on Sunday 4th March. You can catch many of the nominated films in the next couple of months at Saffron Screen.

Tickets are selling fast for Darkest Hour, nominated for six Oscars and nine BAFTAs including, of course, for Best Actor for the brilliant Gary Oldman. Book now, though we are booking two more screenings for March. February ends with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which has garnered 4 Golden Globes (including Best Film and Best Actress for the brilliant Frances McDormand) and seven Oscar and eight BAFTA nominations. It really is exceptional, funny and complex filmmaking.

February also see two Oscar-nominated animated features – Ferdinand and Coco – so the youngsters can also enjoy awards-friendly movies.

We continue the run of great films in our new March and April programme, starting with Jordan Peele’s fiercely entertaining thriller Get Out, which is nominated for Oscars for Best Director, Best Actor (Brit Daniel Kaluuya), Best Film and Best Original Screenplay; we didn’t manage to fit this film in last year so catch it on Oscars weekend. It is closely followed by Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World with its nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Plummer who, famously, only joined the film at the last minute as a replacement for the disgraced Kevin Spacey.

The Post is Steven Spielberg’s fascinating thriller about the power of investigative journalism, featuring another brilliant, Oscar-nominated performance from Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, owner of the Washington Post. Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama Phantom Thread is up for six Oscars and four BAFTAs, including Best Actor for the brilliant Daniel Day-Lewis in possibly his last screen role and Best Score for Jonny Greenwood’s superb music.

Guillermo del Toro’s glorious fable The Shape of Water has an astonishing 13 Oscar nominations and 11 BAFTA nods, including Best Actress for the wonderful Sally Hawkins, Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer, Best Director and Best Picture. All hail the great GDT! And we are thrilled by Greta Gerwig’s nomination for Best Director for the delightful and nuanced Lady Bird – as well as nods to Saoirse Ronan as Best Actress, and to the film for Best Picture. The programming team love this film. Comedy biopic I, Tonya has acting nominations for Margot Robbie (who incidentally also stars as Flopsy in Peter Rabbit!) in the lead role and Allison Janney (The West Wing) as her mother.

Last but by no means least (though generally less thought about by the Oscars) comes the Best Foreign Language Film. We have three of the five Oscar-nominated films in our March & April programme, and all of them are differently powerful and brilliant films: Loveless from Russia, A Fantastic Woman from Chile and The Square from Sweden. See them all and have a chat afterwards – each of them raises fascinating questions that merit further chat.

So see yourselves through the rest of the winter months with some absolutely fantastic cinema.