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'Tense' Oscar-winning film with perfect rating that had viewers 'clenching their butt cheeks'

'Tense' Oscar-winning film with perfect rating that had viewers 'clenching their butt cheeks'

It's one of only six documentary films to ever sweep 'The Big Four' critics awards

The Oscars rewards some of the best films from the past year with the most prestigious industry awards available on the planet.

But not every winner is an easy watch, with one particular winner leaving fans 'clenching their butt cheeks' for the entire film. Extreme stuff.

On Sunday (10 March) all eyes will once again be on Hollywood as Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 2024 awards show live from Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre.

The big award on the night will be Best Picture, with frontrunner Oppenheimer looking to beat the likes of Poor Things and Maestro to the top gong.

Director of Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan, will face off against Killers of the Flower Moon's Martin Scorsese and Poor Things' Yorgos Lanthimos in the Best Director category.

And his leading man in the historical epic, Cillian Murphy, will be hoping to make it a clean sweep for the awards season by picking up Best Actor.

He faces strong competition from Paul Giamatti and Bradley Cooper for their roles in The Holdovers and Maestro, respectively.

Oppenheimer has a total of 13 nominations, with the film expected to win a good chunk of those.

The film is a tough watch, with it following the real-life creation of nuclear weapons and the danger they have posed to the world ever since.

Uncomfortable viewing experiences is common among many winners - just look at one from 2008.

It's a tense watch.
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At the 81st Academy Awards, Slumdog Millionaire won the big one after scooping Best Picture, with its director Danny Boyle securing Best Director.

But it's the winner of the Best Documentary Feature that got fans really uneasy in their seats.

Boasting a certified fresh perfect 100 percent rating with Rotten Tomatoes critics, one audience viewer posted: "This is so good, awesome story. I was clenching my butt cheeks whole time."

People were gripped.
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Another said: "The best documentary movie ever made."

A third wrote: "Flawless. Everything a film should be - funny, touching, honest, gripping, well-paced, inspiring, original, and so, so memorable. I have watched this numerous times and never fail to cry and laugh out loud. Deserving of the untold accolades that came its way."

The documentary film is Man on Wire, which documents Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center.

See the trailer below:

Based on Petit's 2002 book To Reach the Clouds, Petit was just 24 when he performed the stunt.

He spent 45 minutes dancing, kneeling, lying down and walking on the wire that he and some mates had strung between the two rooftops.

Petit was joined by good friend Jean-Louis Blondeau, who documented the walk with much of his work used in the film.

I can barely look.
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It was later turned in to a 2015 feature film, The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley.

Top critic Catherine Wheatley, of Sight & Sound, said: "The tension builds incrementally, reaching almost unbearable heights at its dizzying climax."

You can watch Man On Wire on demand over on Apple TV, costing £1.99 to rent. It's also available on Google Play and Curzon.

Featured Image Credit: Icon Film Distribution/Magnolia Pictures

Topics: Oscars, Academy Awards, TV and Film, Documentaries, US News, History