And the winner is…


Not many small 85-year-old men can command an audience of millions around the globe, but the excitement created around little Oscar creates each year for film stars and avid movie fans was felt on Sunday night as the biggest stars graced the red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Academy Awards are the highlight of the movie calendar and are the highest possible honour that can be bestowed on thespians from Hollywood and beyond. The rumour mill turns endlessly for weeks before the ceremony with both media and the public trying hard to guess which film will win Best Picture, which leading man and lady will get the best actor and actress awards and which talented technician will win the coveted prize for Best Sound Editing. Well, perhaps not so much the last category, but you catch my drift.

This year, to make the show a little less lengthy and to prevent acceptance speeches from dragging on, the orchestra began playing the famous theme tune to Jaws to cut the ramblers off.  You can find more good phrasal verbs in the How to Accept An Oscar activity on Macmillan English Campus. It could be a good starting point to prepare your students for their acceptance speech in perfect English when they become the next Marion Cotillard (who, in 2010, became the first person to win Best Actress prize for a non-English language role) This could actually be a nice introduction to hosting your own awards ceremony in the classroom, with a competition to see who can write and deliver the funniest or most inspiring acceptance speech. Halle Berry’s tearful moment in the spotlight is how not to do it!

The Oscars are always interesting for the range of films that are nominated for a prize and a practical way of introducing different genres to your students. This year’s crop included thrillers in Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, a musical in Les Misérables, cartoons like Brave, dramas such as The Impossible and movies with a touch of comedy in Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained.

This month’s teacher-contributed lesson share B-Movies and Film Stars by Dimitra Eleftheriou-Ernst is a great activity to introduce students to different movie types, with speaking activities related to the Oscars and gives you a nice excuse to show some trailers in class. And there’s a nice tie-in looking at sentence stress in the activity Film Trailers on Macmillan English Campus, considering B-movies in particular are notorious for their exaggerated narratives, as this video suggests:

If you’re looking to get your own creative juices flowing, why not think about submitting your own lesson plan to the onestopenglish community page?

Onestopenglish has loads of other classic movie material from vocabulary, video projects and teacher tips on using films in class and can help bring some glitz and glamour to your next class Everyone likes films and it is a topic that always gets students talking. Using the Oscars, movies, cinema and television in class keeps things relevant, interesting and fresh with maximum personalisation and minimum prep time.


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