Network Movie Awards: Year of 2015-2016 Isobel Nash
2016 has already seen the Oscars, the BAFTAs and the MTV movie awards now it is time for the Network movie awards!
Hunger Games (2012-2015) The Hunger Games franchise consists of four films based on The Hunger Games trilogy of novels, by the American author Suzanne Collins. ‘The Hunger Games’ is set in our world, but in a post-apocalyptic time. The Capitol is the cruel Government of the twelve districts of Panem. As punishment for a revolution in the past, the Capitol created the Hunger Games. One boy and one girl are chosen from each district to fight on live television until only one child remains. Our main character is Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers in the place of her younger sister Primrose for District Twelve. The three films follow Katniss in her journey in the games and out of the games while she tries to overthrow the Capitol. It boasts an incredible cast including Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. The Hunger Games is the 15th highest-grossing film franchise of all time, having grossed over US$2.9 billion worldwide. It is a thrilling and exciting set of films which I thoroughly recommend.
Best Romance – The Notebook (2004) The Notebook is based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love in the 1940s. Their story is narrated from the present day by an elderly man telling the tale to a fellow nursing home resident. It’s a tale of extraordinary love between a poor country boy and rich city girl whose love lasts decades enduring separation, war and disease. It is the 14th highest-grossing romantic drama film of all time and you can see why, as it is a beautiful film, which pulls at the heart strings.
Best Animated – Tangled (2010) Tangled is the 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. It is loosely based on the German fairy tale "Rapunzel" in the collection of folk tales published by the Brothers Grimm. It features the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. The film tells the story of a lost, young princess with long magical hair who wants to leave her secluded tower. Against her mother's wishes, she accepts the aid of a handsome intruder to take her out into the world which she has never seen. Tangled spent six years in production and is the most expensive animated film ever made. It’s a fun and colourful story which everyone can enjoy no matter how old you are.
Best Comedy – We’re the Millers (2013) We’re the Millers is a hilarious film which follows a small-time pot dealer who convinces his neighbours – stripper Rose, teenager Kenny and runaway Casey to create a fake family, in order to smuggle in drugs from Mexico into the US. It stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter. I found it thoroughly entertaining and laughed throughout.
Best Adventure – Jurassic Park (1993 – 2015) Jurassic Park focuses on a disastrous attempt to create a theme park of cloneddinosaurs. It began in 1990 when Universal Studios bought the rights to the novel by Michael Crichton before it was even published. Currently there are four films in the series but it has been announced there will be two more in the future. It’s been described as the biggest blockbusters of all time and I agree.
Best Drama – Titanic (1997) Titanic is a 1997 American epicromanticdisaster film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. It is a fictionalised account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. Cameron's inspiration for the film came from his fascination with shipwrecks; he felt a love story connected with the human loss would convey the emotional impact of the disaster. Production began in 1995, when Cameron shot footage of the actual Titanic wreck. It won 11 Oscar Awards and is still named one of the best films of all time. I think this classic is devastatingly beautiful but nevertheless an incredible film.