Oscars Day: Predictions, Snubs, etc.

 

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Right.

Oscars tomorrow. So many nominees(all white of course) to choose from, so here’s what should, what will take home the naked golden bald dude tomorrow morning/today night.

Also, shoutouts to films that didnt make the cut cause they didn’t have the  budget to push through an Oscar campaign are all included.

Let us proceed.

 

Best Picture

  • “The Big Short”- The scariest comedy you’ll see in a while.
  • “Bridge of Spies”- Beaaautiful Cold War drama. Pacing issues hamper it’s chances.
  • “Brooklyn”- English Vinglish with an Irish Girl.
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road”-What. A. Movie. No story though.
  • “The Martian”- “Funniest Comedy of the year”- Golden Globes
  • “The Revenant”- Dicaprio playing Man in the movie adaptation of Man vs Wild.
  • “Room”- Watch a 5 year old absolutely take the film by the scruff and run with it.
  • “Spotlight”- The film you will use as an example to justify not going to Church on Sundays.

Winner *Drumroll*

The Revenant. Purely cause it’s been marketed to all as the most difficult filming experience for a cast and crew in recent memory. Don’t get me wrong, it is the most intense film experience I’ve had in a while but is it worthy of  Best Picture? Errr..

 

Who should win: 

Spotlight is probably the best out of the lot. But the shitstorm that will accompany it if it does pull Best Picture out of the bag will be monstrous and the dinosaurs of the Academy don’t want the unnecessary drama.

 

What missed out:

Straight Outta Compton

It is criminal that this movie did not make the list this year. Right from the word go, this film sinks it’s teeth into you and doesn’t let go. Great performances, a tight screenplay and some terrific music courtesy N.W.A and Dre, this is one glaring omission from a list that could have easily held 10.

 

Ex Machina

HOW?? For those who haven’t watched the movie, please please I implore you. Pick it up when you’ve got the time. Fantastic performances all across the board and a great story line to keep you engaged for the 90 minutes of running time. Terrible that it’s not on here.

 

Hateful Eight

I loved this film. So much better than Django and so so much better than Brooklyn.

Best Actor

  • Bryan Cranston for “Trumbo”- Cranston being Cranston which is amazing for us all.
  • Matt Damon for “The Martian”- The most entertaining of the lot, hardly the best.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Revenant”- This is not Leo’s best.
  • Michael Fassbender for “Steve Jobs”- He tries to rise above the Sorkin-ness of it all, almost succeeds.
  • Eddie Redmayne for “The Danish Girl”-  Redmayne is brilliant in an otherwise average film. Does it top Theory? Nope.

Winner:

It’s Leo isn’t it? It’s a long time coming but it doesn’t feel right. It’s like when Scorsese took home Director and Picture for The Departed which is far from his best film. Leo’s had better performances and movies to boot, but  the sheer lack of competition this year has made him the unanimous decision for Best Actor.

Who should win:

He’s not on here and it’s a crime. Jacob Tremblay for Room. 5 years old and he is the life and soul of the movie. Had he been on it and had he won, The best and worst performances in the history of Cinema would be associated with two movies having the word “Room” in their title.

Who Missed Out:

Apart from Tremblay, two names stand out. One being Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation(Out on Netflix now) and Oscar Issac for Ex Machina. How they managed to overlook Issac for Ex Machina, I will never understand. It was ridiculous when he was overlooked for Inside Llewyn Davis(My favorite Coen Brothers film in a long time) and it’s absolutely hilarious how he’s not on here for Ex Machina.

Elba’s turn in Beasts of No Nation was brilliant and just cause it’s a “Netflix Production” does not make it a choice you can overlook, Academy.

P.S: Sam Jackson in The Hateful Eight. What a performance.

Best Actress

  • Cate Blanchett for “Carol”- The woman is phenomenal.
  • Brie Larson for “Room”- Her “Short Term 12” nomination is here.
  • Jennifer Lawrence for “Joy”- Good, but not the best.
  • Charlotte Rampling for “45 Years”- Err, haven’t seen it.
  • Saoirse Ronan for “Brooklyn”- She’s grown as an actress and it really shows here.

 

Winner:

Brie Larson: Easy. Best performance of the lot.

Who should win:

Brie Larson. No contest.

 

Who missed out:

Alicia Vikander for Ex Machina. Life and soul of the movie. Someone give the Academy a copy of the film and then proceed to beat the  shit out of them with it.

Charlize Theron for Mad Max. Not often you happen to be the best part of a movie where you play second fiddle to the lead character who the film happens to be named after.

Best Supporting Actor

  • Christian Bale for “The Big Short”
  • Tom Hardy for “The Revenant”
  • Mark Ruffalo for “Spotlight”
  • Mark Rylance for “Bridge of Spies”
  • Sylvester Stallone for “Creed”

Winner: 

Stallone. Nobody saw that coming. Nobody thought that was possible. Until Sly did what he did and blew us all away. Man was in Kambakth Ishq. Safe to say, a massive surprise for us all.

 

Who should win:

Stallone. Why? For reasons mentioned above.

Who missed out:

Walton Goggins for The Hateful Eight. Goggins’ character in the film grows from a bumbling idiot to a man who takes complete control of the scenario unfolding in front of him. It could have been an absolute trainwreck of a performance, but Goggins’ sublime performance elevates the film by several levels.

Best Supporting Actress

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh for “The Hateful Eight”- Really really good.
  • Rooney Mara for “Carol”-  Lesbian card.
  • Rachel McAdams for “Spotlight”- Waste of a spot.
  • Alicia Vikander for “The Danish Girl”-One for the future, this one.
  • Kate Winslet for “Steve Jobs”- Probably the best part of the movie.

 

Winner:

Kate Winslet. She’s the perfect foil to Fassbender’s Jobs, playing off him perfectly in a movie that otherwise falls prey to Sorkin-isms.

Who should win:

Jennifer Jason Leigh. Why? Go watch The Hateful Eight and you’ll understand.

Best Director

  • Adam McKay for “The Big Short”- Surprising turn, won’t win though.
  • George Miller for “Mad Max: Fury Road”- Showed everyone how it’s done.
  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu for “The Revenant”- Iñárritu being Iñárritu.
  • Lenny Abrahamson for “Room”- Yea, no.
  • Tom McCarthy for “Spotlight”- Completely justified.

Winner:

Iñárritu.  Why? Cause The Revenant is a gem in the art of film-making. It is a beautifully done film which does not mean it is a beautiful film. That being said, it a brutal, visceral assault on the senses which will be used as an example in film schools all across the world for years to come.

 

Who should win:

The heart says Miller, the mind says McCarthy. Both wonderful films, I’d give it to Miller cause Mad Max was just that bit more engaging than Spotlight, which by itself is still a wonderful film.

Best Original Screenplay

  • Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen for “Bridge of Spies”
  • Alex Garland for “Ex Machina”
  • Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley for “Inside Out”
  • Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy for “Spotlight”
  • Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff for “Straight Outta Compton”

Winner:

Straight Outta Compton. Give that film the recognition it deserves.

 

What missed out:

The Hateful Eight. A two hour forty five minute film centered around 8 individuals in a cabin sounds like a terrible idea. Not if you’re Quentin Tarantino it isn’t. Horrible exemption.

Best Adapted Sceenplay

  • Charles Randolph and Adam McKay for “The Big Short”
  • Nick Hornby for “Brooklyn”
  • Phyllis Nagy for “Carol”
  • Drew Goddard for “The Martian”
  • Emma Donoghue for “Room”

Winner:

Emma Donoghue for Room. I’d have given it to The Big Short, but so much of it went over our heads. Did not translate well enough.

Best Cinematography

  • Emmanuel Lubezki for “The Revenant”

Removed all the nominess, cause Chivo here is a living god.

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Anomalisa“- Charlie Kaufman magic in Stop-motion. Beautiful film.
  • “Boy & the World”
  • “Inside Out”
  • “Shaun the Sheep Movie”
  • “When Marnie Was There”

Production awards to follow:

Best Costume Design

  • Cinderella

Best Film Editing

  • “The Revenant”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Original Score

  • Thomas Newman for “Bridge of Spies”
  • Carter Burwell for “Carol”
  • Ennio Morricone for “The Hateful Eight”- HANDS DOWN.
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson for “Sicario”
  • John Williams for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Original Song

  • “Earned It” (“Fifty Shades of Grey”)
  • “Manta Ray” (“Racing Extinction”)
  • “Simple Song #3” (“Youth”)
  • “Til It Happens To You” (“The Hunting Ground”)
  • “Writing’s On The Wall” (“Spectre”)

Best Production Design

  • “Bridge of Spies”
  • “The Danish Girl”
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road”
  • “The Martian”
  • “The Revenant”

Best Sound Editing

  • “Mad Max: Fury Road”
  • “The Martian”
  • “The Revenant”
  • “Sicario”
  • “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Sound Mixing

  • “Bridge of Spies”
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road”
  • “The Martian”
  • “The Revenant”
  • “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Visual Effects

  • “Ex Machina”
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road”
  • “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
  • “The Martian”
  • “The Revenant”

Best Foreign Language Film

  • “Embrace of the Serpent” (Colombia)
  • “Mustang” (France)
  • “Son of Saul” (Hungary)-Watch them all, but watch this first.
  • “Theeb” (Jordan)
  • “A War” (Denmark)

Best Documentary Feature

  • “Amy”
  • “Cartel Land”- Better than Narcos.
  • “The Look of Silence”
  • “What Happened, Miss Simone?”
  • “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”

 

And that’s a wrap, come back  tomorrow to see how many were right. If you’ve got snubs, or do share a different opinion about certain films, tell me in the comments below. Until then, toodles.

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