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Awards season is in full swing with the BAFTAS coming on the 8th of February and the 87th Academy Awards coming on the 22nd. Given the hype surrounding this years’ awards season and the controversy surrounding the Oscar nominations, we’ve decided to dedicate this month’s issue to the glamorous ceremony.

We’ve got reviews of many of the top awards contenders, including praise of Foxcatcher from Joe Morgan and a less positive review of The Imitation Game from me. Two of our writers discuss Whiplash, with Sammy Ward commending its passion and music and guest writer Charlie Coffey explaining how it failed to live up to its expectations. A D Cooper gives us her take on the recently released period drama Testament of Youth, and Sammy Ward reviews Wings, the first movie ever to win Best Picture at the Oscars.

On the feature side, Joe Morgan gives us a flashback to the 1973 Oscars, when Marlon Brando declined his Best Actor award for The Godfather, instead sending Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather to the stage to accept the award. Peter Larkin compares and contrasts two of the year’s biggest awards contender, Boyhood and Leviathan, which are competing for Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars respectively.

Juggy Sohal’s big question this month is: do comedies deserve more attention? He sure thinks so. And I give my take on the film vs. digital debate, citing examples of successful uses of both mediums from this years’ awards contenders including Birdman (digital), The Grand Budapest Hotel (film), Gone Girl (digital), Interstellar (film), Nightcrawler (film) and Mr. Turner (digital).

We’ve also got interviews with our Jammer of the Month, actor, writer and director Dan Connolly, and Houdini and God the Father actor Tom Benedict Knight. Yolanda Barker also interviews a variety of industry professionals and organizations on the future of short film. Additionally, guest writer Claire Loussouarn visited the Mofilm event at the London Short Film Festival – her coverage here.

Check this space in the coming weeks for coverage of the big awards season events, including the BAFTAs and the Oscars, as well as more reviews and interviews. Looking for more reviews of this year’s Oscar films? Check out our past reviews of Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and  The Theory of Everything.

Cameron Johnson, Editor of The Spread

Cameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson is a writer and filmmaker born in England, based in Michigan, USA, and currently living in Enniscrone, Ireland. He writes about all things entertainment with a speciality in film criticism. He has been working on films ever since middle school, when his shorts "Moving Stateside" and "The Random News" competed in the West Branch Children's Film Festival. Since then he's written and directed a number of his own films and worked in many different crew jobs. Follow him on Twitter @GambasUK and look at his daily film diary at letterboxd.com/gambasUK.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015

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