Mark Kermode’s Oscar Winners: A Secrets of Cinema Special – BBC4

Film critic Mark Kermode looks back at past winners of the prestigious Oscar Award, and celebrates some of the most memorable performances

Mark Kermode applies his Secrets of Cinema formula – deep research, sharp scripts, thoughtful views – to the Oscars in this Secrets of Cinema special.

Is there a secret formula that connects Rain Man to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Rocky to Platoon, Terms of Endearment to 12 Years a Slave (see picture, above), or Darkest Hour to The Hurt Locker?

Or is 
it more a case, as screenwriter William Goldman once said, that when it comes to picking winners in Hollywood, ‘nobody knows anything’?

Mark Kermode's Oscar Winners: The Hurt Locker

Explosive: The Hurt Locker

With the Oscars just days away, and the far from typical Roma hotly tipped, Mark dips a toe in waters that are very murky indeed.

TV Times rating: ****