With the Oscar nominations and Critics’ Choice winners just announced and a number of other awards events coming soon, our forum posters are reacting to the latest developments and debating the nominees and winners to come.
Among the hottest topics, posters in our movies forum are discussing the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations. Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith have already announced they will boycott the Oscars ceremony over the whitewashed acting nominations, but should host Chris Rock follow suit, or should he use the platform to criticize the academy?
Looking even farther ahead, our music forum commenters are wondering whether David Bowie will posthumously win Album of the Year at next year’s Grammys. Just two days before his death on January 10, he released his final album, “Blackstar,” which earned critical raves and subsequently debuted atop the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Read our posters’ comments about those topics and more below, and click on each forum topic title to jump directly into that conversation.
PoweR: They picked the perfect person to host [the Oscars]. He’s going to have a field day and ruffle some feathers. He shouldn’t drop out, and he also should go as hard as he can. It’s going to be a moment. (Will Chris Rock decide to pull out of hosting after #OscarsSoWhiteAgain?)
benutty: [Regarding “Carol‘s” Oscar shortfall,] I don’t think the academy has a homophobia problem — I think it’s much more aimed at gender bias and anti-feminine. If it was anti-gay we would have seen many less nominations below-the-line for both it and “Brokeback Mountain,” and a loss for Sean Penn in “Milk” and probably not a nomination for Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl.” But that’s the thing… “Brokeback,” Penn and Redmayne are MEN in MALE-CENTRIC gay films. “Carol” is a film about women, both literally and in its subtext. It has female producers and a female writer and a director that has a uniquely female-driven perspective on the world and in his art. (“Carol” was too queer and feminine for Oscar voters)
FreemanGriffin: If they had campaigned Jacob Tremblay in lead I think he would have Matt Damon‘s [Best Actor slot at the Oscars]. His speech was the best of the night by far. And his performance [in “Room“] was the second best by a lead actor for 2015 … I really want him to win at SAG! (Jacob Tremblay At The Critic’s Choice Awards)
BrandoObsession: I don’t think “Brooklyn,” “The Martian” or “Bridge of Spies” are going to win anything. Best shot of the three is Mark Rylance for “Bridge,” but unless he wins SAG or BAFTA, I think the [Sylvester Stallone] train is taking off. “The Martian” will most likely lose their tech nods to the power combo of “Mad Max” and “Star Wars,” and “Brooklyn,” my favorite film of the year, has no real chance anywhere now that Brie Larson is almost as solid for a win as Leo. (Will all eight Best Picture nominees win Oscars … AGAIN?)
Halo_Insider: Got to go with “Eternal Sunshine,” which is also my favorite film that she has been a part of. Would have loved for her to have taken it that year, even though my personal number-one choice from that year flip-flops between her and Imelda Staunton [in “Vera Drake”]. (Kate Winslet’s Best Oscar NOMINATED performance)
Vincelette: In “Titanic”, Kate Winslet is phenomenal! Her performance is probably one of the best performances I’ve seen, full of depth and originality. Definitely her strongest work.
(Kate Winslet’s Best Oscar NOMINATED performance)
RinoloTwenty-two: Following David Bowie’s death on January 10, his last album “Blackstar” debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200 chart. Also, the album received acclaim from music critics. Considering Grammy voters love albums like this one, an experimental rock album with some jazz, I have a feeling this could beat Adele‘s “25” because I think it’s too soon to give her another AOTY and it’s just stupid that Bowie’s only Grammy is for Music Video. I think a posthumous AOTY shouldn’t surprise anyone. (Could David Bowie’s “Blackstar” beat Adele’s “25” for Album Of The Year next year?)
james14: It’s not been very often that a major recording legend has died in the same year they’ve released a critically-acclaimed album eligible for the Grammys. Most major music artist deaths haven’t had a release so timely accompany them. As tragic as Bowie’s death is, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him make a major Grammy impact this year as a result. (2017 Grammy Award Discussion)
moviefan61794: On the comedy side, I am pleasantly surprised to see “Master of None” take the big prize. An unexpected win, but a good one, although I personally would have loved to see “Transparent” or “You’re the Worst” win. Jeffrey Tambor winning was expected, but not undeserved. Rachel Bloom has won me over with her acceptance speeches this week, so I might have to check out “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend“! (Critics’ Choice TV Awards Reactions)
Awardsfunyay: I’m more surprised that neither Carly Chaikin nor Portia Doubleday have shown up [in any awards nominations for “Mr. Robot“], because I think they both give excellent performances. I think Chaikin is playing a character that could be so one-note and giving her complexity and levels. Doubleday provides a different storyline which is a quite nice opposite to Elliot. I would love to see either of them pop up at the Emmys. (Critics’ Choice TV Awards Reactions)
Make your predictions beginning with Best Picture to the right or at the bottom of this post.
Photo Credits: Chris Rock by ABC; David Bowie by Owen Sweeney/REX