The Academy Awards are quickly approaching, and if you’re anything like us, you’re scouring the best picture list to finish your viewings. It’s possible to learn something new about ourselves or others from watching a movie.
In our opinion, we should all have these experiences more frequently. You can’t imagine what it’s like to go hungry unless you’ve experienced it yourself. Although many of us have experienced being hungry for lunch or having to skip a meal, few of us have experienced not knowing where or how we would acquire our next meal.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of films appropriate for the whole family that you should add to your Oscar watch list. It’s a great way to teach your kids about empathy and compassion for other people.
1. Inside Out (PG, 2015)
The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature went to this lovely film in 2016. By telling her tale through the eyes of these characters, a little girl learns how to deal with difficult times in her life. Even in a film on walking, talking emotions the value of all emotions is well-illustrated. Understanding the sentiments of people and empathizing with them is a crucial life skill.
2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (PG, 1982)
E.T., a timeless film about a boy’s friendship with an alien stranded on Earth, is one of the all-time greats. Empathy, compassion, and understanding are the primary themes of the film. As a result of his inability to speak with others and the fact that he is so different from them, the main character develops a close bond with a mysterious person. It’s crucial to speak up for those who are frequently misunderstood, and this film does just that.
3. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG, 2019)
We follow Fred Rogers’ real-life interactions with a journalist who was writing a piece on cultural icons about him. Throughout the film, we see the reporter get closer to all the father figures in his life as well as his own.
4. Beauty and the Beast (G, 1991)
As the first ever animated picture to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, “tale as ancient as time” made history. Belle is initially repulsed by the beast, but eventually falls in love with him when she discovers that he is a loving and gentle soul.
5. Freaky Friday (PG, 2003)
When a mother and daughter can’t seem to connect, they switch bodies, forcing them to walk a mile in each other’s shoes in this family comedy. When they are forced to live one other’s life, they learn more about each other and themselves.