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  • Tom O’Neil
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    #196616

    Here are the top contenders according to our Oscar experts:

    http://www.goldderby.com/odds/experts/300/

    Blast away. Which ones don’t deserve to be ranked high up? Cite film/ star/ director … and WHY you think so!

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    FilmGuy619
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    #196618

    Johnny Depp for Black Mass. He was good, but I don’t know where these raves are coming from, saying it is best in years or best work overall. It is a solid effort from Depp but that’s it. Just Depp glaring for 2 hours while talking in a dodgy Boston accent. 

    i also have a feeling I’ll be saying Jennifer Lawrence for Joy. I have yet to see the film, but nothing about her perfomance seems to scream Oscar #2. 

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Johnny Depp for Black Mass. It’s not a “bad” performance, it’s just not Oscar-worthy. Out of the films I have seen that have serious Oscar potential for nominations, Black Mass left me cold and Depp’s performance evaporated quickly after leaving the movie theatre. The problem was the director wasn’t strong enough for the material. Depp has two really effective scenes, yes, but it’s not a fully rounded brilliant performance, such as ones by John Cusack, Paul Dano, Matt Damon, Jacob Tremblay (if he’s in his rightful category of Best Actor!)… of corse, I haven’t seen most of the contenders yet, so it all remains to be seen… (and it’s nowhere in the league of Michael Fassbenders”s work in Steve Jobs).

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    #196620

    Gravity… even though it was two years ago.

    For this year, I will say Carol or The Danish Girl. 

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    AMG
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    #196621

    Johnny Depp in Black Mass.

    He isn’t even dominant on the screen that much. There is one scene with Julianne Nicholson in which he is actually brilliant, but that is kind of it. If anything it is frustrating to see that he is capable of that depth, but the film prevents it from shining.

    Having also seen other contenders for Best Actor who aren’t thought to have as strong a chance at a nomination than Depp be better in their films, yet remain lower in many predictions is annoying. 

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    benutty
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    Room is being placed way too high on people’s predictions. Not only is it an uneven film (the first section is far and away stronger than the second), but many have also noted that Larson disappears toward the end of the film and the script, direction and design don’t go as far as they could considering the amazing premise and source material they were given.

    Aside from the questionable merits of the film, Room also lacks the precedent and pedigree to justify the “frontrunner” status that many pundits are prescribing it. We all know that female-driven films have a tougher time finding a foothold with Academy voters. A24 failed to score any nominations for A Most Violent Year last year, so they’re still an unproven distributor for awards season. Larson’s acclaim is due, at least in part by my assessment, to leftover goodwill from Short Term 12 and Jacob Tremblay, arguably the lead, is being campaigned in the wrong category when it’s already tough for young males to get nominations. 

    Look, if voters had 10 slots to fill when nominating Best Pictures then maybe Room would make it in on the wave of support that something like Winter’s Bone did, but it’s unlikely that the film festival audience awards translate into enough Oscar voters naming it their top film of the year.

    And if you ask me, it’s HIGHLY curious how it couldn’t even get a nomination from the Gotham juries instead of something like Heaven Knows What or Tangerine. I think a lot of weight is given to it based on the precedent of the TIFF Audience Award winner being BP nominated so much, but we have to keep in mind that film festival audiences are a very specific demographic, and the first actual sign of awarding bodies SELECTING it when compared with other titles, it came up short. Real short. Proof that maybe it just doesn’t hold up all that well.

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    rstang00
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    #196623

    Carol (Blanchette & Costumes being exceptions)
    Sicario (Del Toro being the exception)
    Trumbo
     

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    AviChristiaans
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    #196624

    Jane Fonda (Youth) is seriously going to be the single most undeserved nomination in years. I watched the scene over and over, and there is nothing! She rants. For 5 minutes. Gets angry the last seconds of the 5 minute rant. Gets up and walks off. Overrated as hell. Carol is the Boyhood of 2015. Very beautiful, yet so subdued and meagre it baffles why it is ranked so high.

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    Tom O’Neil
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    Carol (Blanchette & Costumes being exceptions)
    Sicario (Del Toro being the exception)
    Trumbo
     

    You’re insane, Ralph. Trumbo is terrific — especially the script language and Cranston’s theaterical perf (just like Trumbo in real life). Yeah, the story is sugar-coated, but lollipops are tasty, eh? 

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    benutty
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    LOL at all these Carol = Boyhood comments. Completely unfounded? Carol does *not* have the critical swell that Boyhood had, nor does it have the IFC-indie-darling dark horse narrative, or child actors…. 

    Link me to anyone overpraising Carol because I feel like it’s the most UNDERappreciated film in the race so far.

     

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    manakamana
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    #196629

    Steve Jobs is what I’ve been most underwhelmed by so far, though I like the acting in it. 

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    #196630

    I love Lily Tomlin, but the enthusaism for Grandma is more for affection for the underappreciated actress and the opportunity to call her Oscar winner Lily Tomlin than it is to recognize a superior piece of work.

    The film itself is lazy. Decisions are made that are not in character. Elle Reid wipes herself out financially on an emotional whim? Lazy writing. Elle Reid visits her former husband for the first time in decades on a related matter that ended her marriage? Lazy writing. Elle Reid buys her granddaughter’s argument that she cannot reschedule a medical appointment till next week when a paycheck arrives? Lazy writing.

    I will gladly concede that Lily Tomlin is luminous and labors diligently to make this lousy screenplay seem valid, but this is not a memorable performance like Linnea Reese in Nashville that will haunt the viewer for decades.

    Sadly, Tomlin’s work, though heroic, is not of the caliber to rise above the work of the crowded field this year.

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    rstang00
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    #196631

    [quote=”Ralph_Galvan”]
    Carol (Blanchette & Costumes being exceptions)
    Sicario (Del Toro being the exception)
    Trumbo
     

    You’re insane, Ralph. Trumbo is terrific — especially the script language and Cranston’s theaterical perf (just like Trumbo in real life). Yeah, the story is sugar-coated, but lollipops are tasty, eh? [/quote]

    Oh c’mon. The first 30mins were a damn mess where it had no idea what type of film it wanted to be and even Cranston seemed lost during that point. Now, after all of it settles then it’s actually pretty great and Cranston is his usual awesome self in – you’re absolutely right – a very theatrical performance. Still, not something Oscar should salivate over so therefore overrated. We can both agree tho that it’s light years better than the snorefest that is “Carozzzzzzzzzzz…

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    #196632

    My mind is seriously blown by the fact that, not only is The Martian in the top five of predictions for the Best Picture race, but that no one on this thread has mentioned it yet.  Like… how?

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    Adam Rock
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    #196633

    For me it’s probably The Martian. It’s a fine movie but not exactly sure why people are taking this as a serious Oscar contender. Matt Damon, last time I checked, is ranked 5th for Best Actor!?!? He essentially just plays himself. If Interstellar couldn’t get into any of the major categories last year (which was a far better movie in every way) than there is no way The Martian can.  

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