The legacy of a President. A boy lost at sea. A glimpse into a marriage. And one day more.
Everybody loves a good story. But what is a story without a lesson to be learned? This year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture range from the biographical Lincoln, to the emotional Les Misérables — and at the core of all their stories are lessons of resilience, ambition, friendship and never giving up.
Amour is the story of a retired music teacher and her husband of sixty years, struggling with the effects of two strokes on her health and quality of life. The couple in question is Anne and Georges. Throughout the film, Georges takes care of his wife, keeping a promise to her that he won’t put her in a home.
This film gives insight into relationships. Georges commitment to his wife and his marriage shows the beauty of love– the English translation of the film’s French moniker. Keeping our promises and staying faithful to a commitment is something to take away from this story.
Bryan Cranston, left, as Jack OíDonnell and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in “Argo,” a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.
When six Americans are taken hostage during 1979 in Iran, a U.S. government official devises a rescue mission involving the creation of a fake film to help get them out.
Argo is all about the risk that comes with every reward. Sometimes you have to be willing to take a risk in life and have enough faith in your decision to see where it takes you.
“The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right – if one piece busts, the entire universe will get busted.”
Spoken by the young heroine, Hushpuppy, Beasts of the Southern Wild tracks the tale of a young girl and her father living in an isolated swampland of Louisiana. When rising flood waters threaten the area, Hushpuppy’s resourcefulness and resilience come into play. With enough hope in her heart, she finds joy in the devastated world around her, and breathes new life into the community in which she lives.
The lesson here is simple: We are all connected and we have the power to affect everyone we come across. Make sure it is in a positive way.
Django Unchained is a story about a bounty hunter who buys a slave and promises him freedom in exchange for help hunting down criminals. The two form a unique friendship that shows how a mutual respect for one another can go a long way.
In 19th century France, a man named Jean Valjean breaks his parole and assumes a new identity. On the surface, this may seem like a typical musical melodrama, but at its core is a story of salvation, second chances and the simplicity of love.
Valjean equates loving people with loving God, no matter who they are or where they come from. He teaches us that past mistakes don’t define you — they are a reminder to keep moving forward.
The son of a zookeeper finds his life suddenly changing after his family decides to set sail to Canada. A shipwreck leaves him lost at sea, alone on a lifeboat with only a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker to keep him company.
Pi teaches us about self-discovery and keeping an open mind. It’s about perspective. Seeing life through different lenses can be a good way to find peace of mind. What lens are you choosing to see the world through?
With the Civil War seemingly coming to a close, Abraham Lincoln seeks to pass the thirteenth amendment to outlaw slavery in the United States. Lincoln teaches us that not everyone is going to agree with what we think, but that shouldn’t stop us from embracing our beliefs.
“When life reaches out in moments like this, it’s a sin if you don’t reach back.” Pat had just been released from a hospital where he was being treated for a bipolar disease. Tiffany was still dealing with the death of her husband. The two decided to team up for a dance competition.
It’s a strange dynamic, but Silver Linings Playbook teaches us that everyone has their fair share of problems. Like Pat says in the film, “if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.” That can get you through a lot.
In the aftermath of September 11, the hunt for Osama Bin Laden by a determined CIA agent is chronicled. For ten years, Maya dedicated her life to one goal and she stopped at nothing to reach it. She epitomizes what it means to trust your instincts and how important it is to fight for what you want.
It may be a lot of work at times, but nobody ever drowned in his or her own sweat. Dedication to the job at its finest.
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