The award winning movies you haven’t seen


Hidden Figures premiered in theaters Christmas 2016

Cassiana Pozzi, entertainment editor

     The movies of 2016 really stepped it up with representation of all races, genders and sexualities, fantastic visual effects, incredible original songs and outstanding leading actors. Some familiar faces include Viola Davis, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Denzel Washington and Octavia Spencer. But some unfamiliar faces that star in the critically acclaimed films include Mahershala Ali, Dev Patel, Ruth Negga, and Michelle Williams.

     Odds are, you’ve probably heard of the musical movie La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. The film is about an aspiring actress, Mia, and a jazz piano player, Sebastian, who try to make ends meet and understand love in a modern Hollywood scene. This movie is most known for it’s music that has a mix of musical and modern jazz, with writers such as Justin Hurwitz and John Legend. The film is most known for it’s cheery theme and cinematography.

     Moonlight, Oscar winner for Best Picture, stars Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris. The film takes place in Miami where an African American boy recounts three different stages of life and explores difficulties he faces with his own sexuality and the abuse he receives because of it. Moonlight was that first movie to have an all black cast and the first LGBT movie to win an Oscar. The film is based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney which was remarked as a personal document of American reality.

     Another underrated film that truly soared in the box office was Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson. The movie goes over the true story of the African-American, female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, also known as NASA, during the Space Race. The woman have to learn to work among others at NASA while breaking the racial and gender barriers. The film went on to make $183,291,466 worldwide and topped the box office two weeks in a row.

     There are other movies that were up for the title of Best Picture including Arrival, Lion, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Fences and Manchester by the Sea. Each of them being award worthy in multiple categories and even Academy winners. Although some of the films don’t appeal to those who have a distaste for drama, the hard work that had gone into them is obvious on the big screen.