Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today we’re talking about the Oscars!

Movies are an extremely common topic in IELTS Speaking and Writing.

You could be asked about movies or television anywhere on the IELTS exam.

Today you’ll learn high level vocabulary words to describe them.

We’ll also give you insights to use about the recent Academy Awards in Speaking Part 3.

What vocabulary is used to talk about film award shows?

  • Nominee: A noun, the film or person who is put in the category and considered for the award
  • Won an Oscar/Academy Award: verb phrase to discuss who won the award

Movie, Film, Motion picture: these are all parallels for movies

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What was the biggest news from the Oscars?

A foreign film, Parasite, won Best Picture for the first time in history.

Some of the conversation about awards shows focuses on the lack of diversity.

The Academy is mostly white men, now with a few women.

This is a big deal for a foreign film to win this award!

Which award winners were noteworthy?

Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for his leading role in The Joker.

  • Lead actor/main actor: the story revolves around them; they are in the main role of the film
  • Supporting actor: actors who have smaller, supporting roles

Phoenix is well-known for his method acting.

  • Method actor: a performer who goes into character and never gets out of character

Changes to the film industry

Many films now are produced by streaming services and are never released to theaters

If you are asked a question on the Speaking exam:

What changes are being experienced by the entertainment industry?

“Netflix streaming entertainment is changing the landscape of how we see movies.”

  • Changing the landscape: making changes to the way something happens

Model Speaking Part 3 answers

  • What sort of films usually win awards in your country?

Listen to today’s episode for Lindsay’s excellent answer!

“…a different narrative is starting to escalate.”

  • different narrative: the way we tell a story and the types of stories
  • escalate: getting bigger, becoming more important in size or how we think of something

Talk about the most recent, relevant thing you know. 

Even if the question is general, get specific!

  • What films do you think deserve more attention?

Jessica starts her answer with an excellent filler phrase for Speaking Part 3!

“Well, this is interesting because…”

Listen to Jessica’s model answer!

Link your answer to the bigger picture and what’s happening in the world.


Read it and practice speaking in English about your own culture and current events.

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