Oscar Nominated Films That Give Back More Than Their Actors

The 2012 Oscar nominations are finally here and we cannot wait to see which movie will take home the big prize. With “Hugo,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Moneyball,” “The Descendants,” “The Help,” “The Tree of Life,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “The Artist” and “War Horse,” as best picture nominees, it is definitely going to be a close race. In honor of today’s big reveal, here are 11 of our favorite Oscar nominated films that adress social issues.

  1. Black Swan. This psychological thriller follows the life of ballerina Nina Sayers. With an overbearing mother and pressure from her frustrated director, Nina slowly goes insane. Throughout the film, Nina struggles with eating disorders, hallucinations,schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
  2. The King’s Speech. This inspiring film portrays King George VI’s struggle with a stuttering condition that tormented him since childhood. Through multiple therapy sessions, King George VI is able to overcome this condition and give an almost stutter-free speech.
  3. The Kids are All Right. This hysterical comedy/drama promotes both gay and reproductive rights. The movie follows a lesbian couple who allows their sperm donor to enter the family when their two kids track him down.
  4. The Fighter. This true story centers on Mickey Ward’s rise to fame through his boxing. This film also sheds light on Mickey’s older brother Dickey Eklund and his reoccurring drug abuse.
  5. The Hurt Locker. This 2008 war film gives insight into the harsh conditions our troops fighting in the Iraq War were forced to face. A three-man United States Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal team must endure the everyday conditions of war by being alert of potential enemies and explosives.
  6. Precious. “Precious” covers social issues such as obesity, teen pregnancy, rape, HIV, poverty, and emotional and physical abuse. Illiterate and afraid, 16-year-old Precious is pregnant with her second child as she suffers from brutal conditions at home. Finding comfort in her social worker and teacher, Precious is able to overcome a life of hardship by improving in school and realizing that she is worthy of love.
  7. Slumdog Millionaire. When Jamal Malik is only one question away from winning India’s version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” he gets interrogated by police for cheating. Throughout the film, we see flashbacks of Jamal’s life that reveal how he knows the answers. This uplifting film covers some not so uplifting issues such as child labor, poverty, crime and human trafficking.
  8. Juno. This quirky comedy tells the story of Juno, a 16-year-old who discovers she is pregnant. When Juno realizes that she cannot go through with an abortion, she decides to give back by giving the baby up for adoption.
  9. Crash. Unfortunately, racism still occurs today and this 2004 movie is a realistic view of what many people in our society still go through. "Crash" follows a group of people who live separate lives and are brought together by social and racial tensions that occur over a two-day period.
  10. The Aviator. This Oscar nominated movie is a true story about the career of movie director and aviator Howard Hughes. As pressure from his fame increases, so does his instability, as Howard’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder becomes more and more uncontrollable.
  11. A Beautiful Mind. ”A Beautiful Mind” centers on John Nash and his struggle with paranoid schizophrenia. Aware that his medication is affecting his relationship with his wife, Nash decides to stop taking his medicine. He bravely lives the rest of his life ignoring his urge to believe his hallucinations are real.