Our Reel vs. Real offering for all you cinephiles this week is a 2004 biopic exploring the life of American business magnate, aviator, film maker, and aerospace engineer Howard Hughes.
While primarily an important personality in the realm of 20th century aviation, Howard Hughes was also a wealthy businessman, investor, and avid filmmaker. However, behind all his successes, wealth, and accomplishments, the American aviator struggled with obsessive-compulsive disorder and eventually turned into a recluse later in his life. This is the story told by the 2004 biographical drama film The Aviator.
The film directed by Martin Scorsese starred Leonardo DiCaprio the famed aviator, filmmaker, and businessman, alongside actresses Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn and Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner, two of his best known lovers.. The Aviator explores the life of Hughes from the late 1920s up to 1947, and touches base on the events and challenges that shaped his life: his love for film, even greater passion for aviation, accidents, love interests, and tragic mental illness.
The Aviator was well-received and garnered 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Martin Scorsese, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. It went on to win Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction, and Best Supporting Actress for Cate Blanchett.
Watch the trailer for The Aviator below:
A series made for cinephiles, Reel vs. Real highlights some notable biographical films that you may or may not have watched, and puts the biopic actors side by side with their real life counterparts.