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Academy Awards 2020: And the winner is … our customers

By: Dave Gunner

February 10, 2020

Preparations continue for the 92nd Oscars® on Saturday, February 8, 2020. The Oscars® will be presented on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre® in Hollywood, CA and televised live by the ABC Television Network.

If you’re travelling with us in the next couple of months you’ll have a huge selection of Oscar winning and nominated films to watch.

The Oscars, or the 92nd Academy Awards to give them their proper name, took place in Hollywood last night. It’s the biggest night of the year for an industry that’s close to our hearts…the movies! Last year our inflight entertainment and connectivity team brought you 270 new movies, 840 hours of new TV, 350 new albums, 30 exclusive interviews and 12 issues of Vera Magazine. The team are experts at choosing the best entertainment and, as always, they’ve managed to secure many of the winning and nominated movies from this years awards for you to enjoy in the coming months.

Vera highlights for February

Winning films onboard in February:

Judy – Leading actress Renee Zellweger
The Joker – Leading actor – Joaquin Phoenix
Once upon a time in Hollywood – Brad Pitt, best supporting actor
Rocket Man – Original song – Elton John
Toy Story 4 – Animated Feature Film
JoJo Rabbit – Adapted Screenplay
Hair Love – animated short

Nominated films:

Pain and glory
Harriet
Ad Astra
The Lion King
Maleficent: mistress of evil

More of the winning and nominated films, including Parasite and 1917 will be onboard in the coming months. 

Cathy, Mark, Rebecca, Josh, Gemma and Sharon

Ahead of the Oscars we went to find out a bit more about our inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) team. It’s fair to say they have a wide range of tastes in movies, plus some interesting things to say about our viewing habits!

Cathy Walters, IFEC senior manager

Describe your role in one sentence?
Managing a small but amazing team of individuals to deliver Vera, as the best Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity proposition possible

What was your favourite film of 2019?
2019 was all about boxsets for me – my favourite was Gomorrah

If you could recommend just one movie to our customers which would it be and why?
Maiden, the uplifting documentary about the first all-women team to enter the Whitbread round the world yacht race in 1989 – unbelievably not that long ago but feels like a lifetime away.

The film that was most uplifting or made you laugh the most?
Superbad – I just lurve McLovin’.

What’s your favourite soundtrack?
Baby Driver


Sharon Noyau, manager, film and publications

Describe your job in one sentence?
Movies, music and magazines (and some madness) – all the Ms.  Selecting movies is a dream job, although there’s more to it than just watching movies all day. We’re very deadline-focused because a selection of new movies and music go onboard Vera each month. Vera magazine is also published monthly so as you can imagine it’s a case of juggling a lot of work.

What surprises you most about your job?
Plane crash themed movies do really well onboard (Flight, Sully etc).

What was your favourite film of 2019?
American Woman… No change that, Jojo Rabbit… No change that, Animals… No change that, Zombieland: Double Tap… No change that… The Peanut Butter Falcon. Actually I can’t choose – there were too many.

Which film title describes you best?
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile on some days!

Do you cry at the movies and if so, which made you the teariest?
I don’t often cry at movies, and if I do it must be really tragic. I’d say something with a dying dog might do it!


Mark Cheyney, manager, IFEC development

Describe your job in one sentence? Ensuring our customers have the best IFE and connectivity experience possible!

What has surprised you most about your job?
People try and access a lot of naughty content on the inflight WiFi! Thankfully they can’t!

What was your favourite film of 2019?
Avengers Endgame

Favourite ever film scene?
The scene in Terminator 2: Judgement Day where Arnie walks into the bar, approaches the guy smoking and says the iconic line “I need your boots, your clothes and your motorcycle.” He then promptly beats up everyone in the bar.

Which genre are you most drawn to?
Action

Do you cry at the movies and if so, which made you the teariest?
Of course not… but **SPOILER ALERT** watching Tony Stark die at the end of Avengers Endgame got me right in the feels!

The film that’s made you laugh the most?
Tough one, but Team America always has me in stitches.

What’s your favourite soundtrack?
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 1.


Gemma Snazle, Manager, TV and production (Gemma didn’t get drawn into the Oscars predictions)

Describe your job in one sentence?
I research, screen and acquire all TV content for our IFE. I also look after all production elements for onboard, and produce our monthly highlights show, What’s on Vera.

What was your favourite film of 2019?
I loved Midsommar and the amazing documentary Hail Satan?

Favourite ever film scene?
I love the scene in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining when Danny is riding his trike down the corridors. It’s such an innocent scene, but so ominous with the sound of the wheels on the carpet and the floor, and the design of the carpet.

Which genres are you most drawn to?
Horror, indie and arthouse

The films you found most uplifting or made you laugh the most?
I say anything by Wes Anderson. He’s my go-to director when I want to watch something happy.

What’s your favourite soundtrack?
There are so many good soundtracks. My favourite ones include Donnie Darko, Pulp Fiction and The Lost Boys.


Josh Payne, manager, IFEC implementation

Describe your job in one sentence?
Making old IFE systems better and bringing new ones to life.

What was your favourite film of 2019?
Joker. Mostly because 90% of the films I saw this year have been targeted at 5 year olds!

Favourite ever film scene?
Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman in the “What’s in the box?” scene from Se7en!

Do you cry at the movies and which one made you the teariest?
I’m struggling with this one because I don’t remember the last time a film made me cry. My Girl scarred me for life when I was younger but more recently, I watched The Hate U Give (on Vera) and that was very sad.


Rebecca Notman, executive, content programming

Describe your job in one sentence?
Supporting Sharon with the new movies, selecting short films, e-sports and looking into new gaming trends. Hassling people….I mean posting updates on Vera’s internal forum, and lots of research!

What has surprised you most about your job?
What people say they like, and what people actually watch on board are two different things!

What was your favourite film of 2019?
Too many to pick… Bombshell, Marriage Story, Her Smell, In Fabric!

Which film title describes you best?
I Can’t Think Straight

If you could recommend just one movie to our customers which one would it be and why?
Arrival. It’s not just your standard space/alien movie. It is has a clever and subtle meaning about language and co-operation with a new race, showing the apprehensive side on both parts as well as the emotional. And Amy Adams was pretty good in it!

The film that was most uplifting or made you laugh the most?
The Dead Don’t Die – Tilda Swinton as a Scottish Samurai…enough said.


To explore this month’s onboard entertainment choices and download Vera magazine visit the entertainment section of our website

Dave Gunner

Dave Gunner

I love telling the story of our people, our planes, our places and our planet through Ruby Blog.