January 15 2016
Oscar Nominations 2016 – An analysis
Normally I stay out of the “so and so got snubbed” debate that follows every Oscar nominations announcement, but this year a couple odd things grabbed my attention.
To be clear, I have not seen every film and performance, and will try to note that where I feel necessary.
- The Big Short, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
- Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger
- Brooklyn, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
- Mad Max: Fury Road, Doug Mitchell and George Miller
- The Martian, Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam
- The Revenant, Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon
- Room, Ed Guiney
- Spotlight, Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust
Out of these I have only seen Mad Max and The Martian so far. As much as I loved Fury Road, for the life of me I can not figure out why it’s on here. Was it entertaining? Yes. Was it well made? Yes. Is it best picture quality? No.
Ex Machina or Carol could have easily slotted in to replace it and I would have been happy.
- Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
- Matt Damon, The Martian
- Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
- Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
- Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Here, I’ve only seen The Martian so far, and I think Damon could have been replaced by Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. Damon was great, and the movie was awesome, but Depp was riveting.
I think what happened here is people have begun to question Depp’s performances over the past several years, myself included. And while Black Mass was a movie with some significant pacing issues, Depp was at the absolute top of his game. This was not him focusing on some wacky character flaw or twitch, this was him completely embodying a role, and it works magnificently.
- Cate Blanchett, Carol
- Brie Larson, Room
- Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
- Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
- Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Only seen Carol so far, Blanchett was magnificent.
Best Supporting Actor
- Christian Bale, The Big Short
- Tom Hardy, The Revenant
- Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
- Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
- Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Not seen any of these yet, but it seems like Stallone has it in the bag.
Best Supporting Actress
- Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
- Rooney Mara, Carol
- Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
- Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
- Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Okay, this is the category that prompted me to write this post… what is Rooney Mara doing here for Carol? If anything she had more screentime than Blanchett, but from what I understand the studio put them forth for different categories in hopes of a double win. I think it’s going to backfire on them and these two very deserving performances are both going to lose.
Best Adapted Screenplay
- The Big Short, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
- Brooklyn, Nick Hornby
- Carol, Phyllis Nagy
- The Martian, Drew Goddard
- Room, Emma Donoghue
Carol should win. It probably won’t, but it should
Best Original Screenplay
- Bridge of Spies, Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
- Ex Machina, Alex Garland
- Inside Out, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
- Spotlight, Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
- Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff
Ex Machina should be win. Great story and film.
- Adam McKay, The Big Short
- George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
- Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
- Lenny Abrahamson, Room
- Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Only seen Mad Max, so very tough call.
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