As the truth unveils about ‘envelope-gate’ and other Oscar 2017 blunders, we shed light on the missing Oscar Award that should have been ‘Best Equestrian Picture’! Have your say by voting for your favorite below.
The nominees are:
This 1944 vintage film, follows a young girl’s efforts to prepare a spirited but very gifted gelding, won in a raffle(!), for the UK’s very own Grand National. Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor – her first starring role) enlists the help of former jockey Mike Taylor (Mickey Brown) to help take her and “The Pie” to victory. Soured on life by a serious accident, Mike plans to steal from the family that has taken him in, but luckily finds common ground with Velvet in their love of horses and helps her to disguise herself in order to take part in the great race!
This 1994 adaptation of the best-selling 1877 novel by Anna Sewell, is the 5th in a line of feature film adaptations. The autobiography, narrated by Black Beauty himself, aims to educate on how to treat people with kindness, sympathy and respect, along with some lessons on animal welfare too. An absolute equestrian classic!
The Horse Whisperer
This one requires real determination to fight back the tears. Alternatively, stock up on hankies and a glass of vino to watch the magic unfold between teenager Grace MacLean (Scarlett Johansson) and her horse Pilgrim. After a tragic accident that leaves both Grace and Pilgrim severely injured, Tom Booker (Robert Redford), The Horse Whisperer, helps to nurse the pair’s relationship back to health and restore their confidence in one another….a real tear jerker!
The latest equestrian picture to join equestrian film aristocracy is a 2011 British-American war drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg. Another film adaptation of a novel by the same name, published in 1982, tells the story of Joey, a bay Throroughbred, nurtured by teenager Albert (Jeremy Irvine). The pair soon part company as Joey is bought by the British Army leading him to have several encounters with owners across Europe, all whist experiencing the tragedy of World War 1.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
This 2002 animated western romantic-drama produced by DreamWorks Animation delivers exactly what you would expect from this renowned production label. Narrated through Spirit’s thoughts (voiced by Matt Damon) we see this courageous and rambunctious Kiger Mustang stallion encounter Man for the first time, defying being ridden, but developing a remarkable friendship with one young male. The story doesn’t end there as Spirit also finds love in the wild west with a beautiful paint horse named Rain….a film for Sunday afternoon snuggles on the sofa!
Who do you feel deserves ‘Best Screenplay’, ‘Best Music Score’ or ‘Best Supporting Actor/Actress’. Let us know in the comments below!Best Equestrian Film, Poll, Vote