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Episode Four - Reviewing the Oscars 2015

05/03/2015 8:55 am

Academy Awards - Oscars statuette

It's time for a 'Faith and Film' podcast special. We're looking at the Academy Awards - the Oscars - with resident film critic Fr Peter Malone.

You may have seen the lavish LA ceremony - perhaps you spotted a British winner or two?

In all honesty, surprises were a little thin on the ground but there were plenty of talking points and we've picked four award-winning films to get the once-over.

Regular listeners will know we usually have to make a Skype link-up with Fr Peter from London to Melbourne, Australia. For this 'Oscars special' we're treated to the man himself in our studio for a face-to-face review session.

Here are the films featured in this episode:

  • The Theory of Everything
  • Still Alice
  • Boyhood
  • Whiplash

So who won what?

Briton Eddie Redmayne scooped Best Actor for his portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking in the Theory of Everything. Julianne Moore took Best Actress playing an academic suffering from Alzheimer's in Still Alice.

Patricia Arquette collected the Best Supporting Actress gong for Boyhood and JK Simmons was awarded Best Supporting Actor for an uncomfortably intense performance as a music teacher in Whiplash.

Hear Fr Peter Malone talk about their performances and the films that provided the platforms for their talents.


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You can read Fr Peter's reviews of the four films by using the links below.

Review: The Theory of Everything 69.50 kB

Review: Still Alice 65.50 kB

Review: Boyhood 143.50 kB

Review: Whiplash 99.00 kB


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Fr Peter Malone is a former president of SIGNIS - the World Catholic Association for Communication. He's a highly experienced film critic and author who has travelled the world watching, writing on and talking about movies. Since 1968, he's written reviews for a number of Catholic magazines and periodicals. He's also written many books on cinema including 'Films and Values', 'Movie Christs and Antichrists', 'Cinema Down Under' and the excellent 'Lights, Camera, Faith' (Movie Lectionary) series.