The most iconic moments in cinema: King’s Speech, Lord of the Rings, Gladiator and Taken all in list

Many of us have a favorite movie – whether it’s because of the story, the acting, or the iconic sequences that live on in our minds long after we’ve finished watching. As EE explained this week, Brits are incredibly passionate about film and debating what we think are the “greatest cinematic moments ever” can lead to heated debates.

New research released today, ahead of the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), charts the country’s film-watching habits over the past quarter-century. He revealed that while there is a wide variety of legendary films, there is one clear favorite for British audiences, when it comes to iconic cinematic moments. The end of The King’s Speech – winner of no less than seven BAFTA awards – was the most voted scene, winning an impressive 10% of the vote.

This was closely followed by the moment Gandalf (Ian McKellen) says “You shall not pass” in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, who won 9 percent of the votes – and the final of Harry Potter (also 9 percent). The moment Maximus (Russell Crowe) shouts “Aren’t you entertained” in Gladiator and Liam Neeson’s signature line – “I have a particular set of skills” – as Bryan Mills in Taken was also in the top five.

EE, which commissioned Atomik Research for the study, also asked the Brits to rank the best remakes of all time, with A star is born comes first, followed closely by Ocean 11, The jungle Book and Charlie and the chocolate factory.

Top-Ranking Film Genres:

  1. Drama
  2. Polar

  3. science fiction

  4. The comedy

  5. Horror

“Film you would like to see remade with modern special effects”:

  1. Wizard of Oz
  2. Titanic
  3. HEY
  4. Jaws
  5. the Lord of the Rings

Other research findings include that the average person takes about 16 minutes to decide on a new movie to watch, which means it’s perhaps no wonder moviegoers often return to tried-and-true classics – in in fact, on average, Britons have watched their favorite film. about 12 times.



Winner: Colin Firth with his Bafta for The King’s Speech

Plus, with so many ways to access movies these days – both in theaters and at home – for some of us, the choice is almost too much. One in 10 people end up watching different movies on multiple devices just to keep the peace, and six percent of hotheads get carried away or argue if they can’t agree on what to watch.

Asked about the research, Pete Jeavoirs, EE’s director of marketing communications, said: “This research reveals that even though the way we watch movies has changed over the past 25 years, our love for it remains the same. Our sponsorship of the BAFTA Film Awards is one of the UK’s longest running arts partnerships, and we couldn’t be more proud to have launched the EE Rising Star Award seventeen years ago.”

The EE BAFTA Film Awards are set to take place this Sunday and to add to the magic of this year’s ceremony, for those watching the BBC One broadcast from home, EE is hosting a Watch Party. This will be streamed live on EE’s Twitter channel and will feature programming including: Drag Race UK star Bimini Bon Boulash; the Clara Amfo broadcaster; film critic Ali Plumb; and movie vlogger Daniel J. Layton.

“Wherever you are, or however you tune in on Sunday,” says Pete Jeayants, “we look forward to celebrating another year in partnership with BAFTA.”

The EE Watch Party will be broadcast live on EE’s Twitter channel at 7pm on Sunday 13 March 2022 alongside the ceremony on BBC One.

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