2011 Oscar Best Film Trailers

By Raindance

True Grit

The Coen Brothers version the Charles Portis novel True Grit  has been recognised with an astonishing ten Oscar nominations. Last year's 'Best Actor' Jeff Bridges steps into the expectant boots of John Wayne, alongside Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. This brilliant screenplay has had many claiming it's superiority to the 1969 classic, and one of the Coens finest to date.

Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen
Writers: Joel and Ethan Coen

127 Hours

In this biographical flick, James Franco plays real life mountain climber Aron Ralston as he tries to survive after a fallen boulder crashes and traps him during his expedition in the mountains of Utah. Based on Ralston’s autobiography and written by Danny Boyle.

Director: Danny Boyle
Writers: Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy

Black Swan

A psychological thriller about two rival dancers.  The production has received rave reviews for star Natalie Portman.

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writers: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin

The Fighter

The ever-impressive Mark Wahlberg and director David O. Russell team up once more for this magnificent new biopic. Rarely has a film so heartedly captured the inner conflict between jealousy and love, ambition and necessity.

Director: David O. Russel
Writer: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson and Keith Dorrington

The Kids Are All Right

Written by Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids are alright explores the life of a lesbian couple and their two children which they have given birth to using the same anonymous donor. Now grown up, the children are curious to know the identity of their biological father. Due to their excellent performances, both Julianne Moore and Annette Bening were nominated for a Golden Globe – Bening ended up winning it. 

Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Writers: Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg


Nine years in the wringer from concept to screen, Inception proves to be amongst Nolan's finest. Set in a world where technology exists to extract secrets and ideas from the human subconscious, a skilled thief is offered one chance at redemption by executing his toughest job to date: Inception. A perfect example of original, intelligent and multi-layered storytelling.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan

The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech tells the story of King George VI as he attempts to overcome a speech impediment which affects is confidence in his private and, more importantly, public life. A brilliant Colin Firth (winner of the Golden Globe for best performance) intensely portrays the struggle of a man who fights against the odds to become a confident and worthy monarch.

Director: Tim Hooper
Writer: David Seidler

Winter’s Bone

What indie flick 'Winter's Bone' lacked in budget it more than made up for in pure artistry, managing to nab Oscar noms in several categories and stand amongst some of Hollywood's heavyweights. The performances by the relatively unknown cast alone make it a true contender. The film follows an Ozark Mountain girl as she cuts through dangerous terrain to track her drug-dealing father in the hopes of keeping her family intact.

Director: Debra Granik
Writers: Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

The Social Network

The Social Network explores the circumstances around the very birth of the internet phenomenon that changed our lives, Facebook. From a Harvard college dormitory to a hectic office in San Francisco (and the halls of a courtroom – he got sued by some of his Harward fellow students amongst others), we follow Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as he goes from computer geek to youngest billionaire alive by creating what will become the most popular social network in the world.

Director: David Fincher
Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Toy Story 3

Pixar Studios executes another smash and grab box office hit with their latest film.

Director: Lee Unkrich
Writers: Lee Unkrich, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Michael Arndt

Casting Your Film

Learn about the casting process and the best ways to get the right actors for your production.

Tutors: Rory O'Donnell Venue: Raindance Film Centre
10 Craven Street, WC2N 5PE
Date: April 9 Duration: Single Eveninng
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm Price: £48

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