The Oscars have been an incredible time to be a Hollywood film fan.
Here are 10 films that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster.
The King and I, directed by Woody Allen, is a haunting portrait of a man with a troubled past who struggles to make sense of his actions and the consequences of his decisions.
The film is full of moments that remind us of the way the world has changed since Allen’s Oscar-winning short film, The Help, was released in 1973.
Allen was just 19 at the time.
“I think he’s one of those great artists who’s able to pull off a great story and a great movie at the same time,” says Thelma Schoonmaker, a producer on The King.
The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed and written by Woody Johnson, is about a New York City hotel owner who becomes obsessed with a young girl named Sofia.
The movie was released on Broadway in 1997 and went on to gross over $1 billion worldwide.
Thelmas Schoonmakers credits Johnson for making the movie a global sensation.
“He’s a master at that and he’s done so many things that I think are incredible,” she says.
“The Grand Budapest was so much about the people and the story of that hotel, so much of what he wanted to do with the movie was to make people care about people who were living in the middle of that.”
The Last Samurai, directed/starring Masamune Shirow, stars Hirokazu Koreeda as a samurai who has to go to war with a band of young warriors.
The story follows the life of a young samurai named Sōshirō (Shirow), who is a former member of the samurai elite.
The title comes from a quote from the novel.
“Someday I’ll have to go back and kill a bunch of samurai,” he says.
The Lady in the Water, directed or starring Charlize Theron, is an intense drama about a man who has a secret life as a ghost hunter.
The actress plays a woman who comes to a place where she discovers she has the ability to transform into a supernatural creature.
The director, John Crowley, also helmed the Oscar-nominated film The Lady and the Tramp, which was nominated for best picture and best director.
The Devil Wears Prada, directed / starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is based on a true story about a billionaire fashion designer and his family who are forced to live in a luxury mansion in the 1980s.
The cast includes Rooney Mara, Jessica Chastain, Michelle Williams, Kate Winslet, and Helena Bonham Carter.
The script was written by DiCapito and co-starring Rooney Mara and Reese Witherspoon.
The Queen, directed.
The original story was based on the novel The Queen and Her Knight by Michael Chabon.
The producers of the movie had to make some changes to the original story in order to make it a feature.
The new story focuses on a young princess who is about to marry the prince who is the king of her kingdom.
The queen and her family are also set to be featured in the film.
The Secret Life of Pets, directed, written, and directed by James Franco, is set in the life-size plush doll that’s featured in many Disney and Pixar films.
The production team had to adapt the novel by Margaret Atwood and make some significant changes to make the movie more authentic to the book.
The Shape of Water, starring Kate Winslave, is directed by Steven Spielberg.
The documentary follows the journey of a small boat captain who must navigate the harsh waters of the Pacific Ocean in search of her missing daughter, Lily, who has gone missing.
Winslaves’ character, Zoey, is portrayed by Will Smith.
The BFG, directed Steve Carell, stars Kate Winslett, Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, and Tom Hiddleston.
The plot revolves around the lives of two former FBI agents who become friends in a high school.
The Imitation Game, directed Richard Linklater, stars Emma Stone as a young, rebellious woman with an uncanny resemblance to famous comedian Steve Carel.
The narrative centers around the struggles of a girl whose family is threatened by the arrival of a dangerous new alien race.