|Best Picture Retrospective: Part 1 – Spotlight|
|Worthy||19 votes (79.17%)|
|Not Worthy||5 votes (20.83%)|
October 18, 2021 at 8:35 am #1204524386
Great thread.Would love to see one on Green Book just to see it get eviscerated .October 18, 2021 at 8:56 am #1204524404
Personally I loved Spotlight. It was one of the few films which really left me thinking and questioning things. I would have voted for it at 1 out of the nominees (I hated The Revenant and forgot what The Big Short was about in a week.) The thing that I liked the most was that how true and grounded it was-there was just one Oscar bait monologue and the cast was well rounded (unpopular opinion: I liked Rachel McAdams the most out of the cast). A really Worthy winner that makes a difficult yet important topic well versed to the audience (something which the Big Short failed in my opinion).October 18, 2021 at 8:58 am #1204524407
Feel free to express your opinions both on the movie Spotlight as well as the other nominees (you may make an argument for any one).October 18, 2021 at 9:00 am #1204524424
I liked it but it felt a bit artificial at times. As Manav noted above there were some oscar baity scenes / emotionally straining parts that just did not belong considering the type of movie it was aiming to be. They should have let the facts speak for themselves instead of trying to add dramatic heftOctober 18, 2021 at 9:15 am #1204524455
Completely deserving. So much better than The Revenant. One of the weaker Best Picture lineups though.October 18, 2021 at 9:24 am #1204524473
It’s a very good movie and gets way too much hate. With that said, Mad Max: Fury Road clearly should’ve won, out of the nominees. Miller losing Director to Inarritu was the epitome of ridiculousness and basicness.
Carol was my overall favorite of the year though. Connected more with it on a personal level. Its snubs for Picture and Director were ridiculous.October 18, 2021 at 9:44 am #1204524535
1. Mad Max, Fury Road
2. The Revenant
4 The Martian
6 The Big Short
8 Bridge of Spies
Only two Oscars, one of them for original screenplay, which is rather doubtful considering the basis of a Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Only Gran Hotel from 1931 had fewer Oscars than Spotlight …October 18, 2021 at 9:48 am #1204524544
As we can see from the testimony of others who’ve spoken above, Spotlight won due to the preferential ballot no doubt. It was on the no. 1/2/3/4 on the ballot for most people which greatly helped it’s chances. Else we’d have The Revenant as our winner (since it won Director, Cinematography and Actor).
That being said,it’s a shame the film has faded a lot in comparison to other Best Picture winners.October 18, 2021 at 10:08 am #1204524615
Spotlight was hands down my favorite to win that year, with Brooklyn not far behind though it was a surprise that got in at all, it wasn’t ever considered a threat to win.
In retrospect, Mad Max: Fury Road is obviously the bigger masterpiece, but Spotlight is a fantastic winner. Quiet, subtle (except for Mark Ruffalo). It’s still the best homage to journalism that I’ve seen in the last decade and there have been SO MANY since (The Post!)
Justice for Passing, Tessa Thompson & Ruth Negga.
The Power of the Dog / Jane Campion / Benedict Cumberbatch / Kristen Stewart / Kirsten Dunst / Troy KotsurOctober 18, 2021 at 12:21 pm #1204524924
A very weird year for BP, where most of the nominees, as usual, are crap, but that the one film which was actually deserving of a win was an Australian blockbuster sequel. I wouldn’t call myself a Fury Road-truther, or whatever, but it was certainly in a class of its own that year. A strange phenomenon that it was even in contention, though thank God it was. Miller’s direction is, even just six years later, already regarded as some of the best the medium has ever seen–a worthy plaudit in my book. It really is beautiful to behold.
The screenplay got a lot of flack at the time for being sparse and only containing half-thoughts, but as time has gone on I’m not sure that really holds up to scrutiny. I think all of its ideas are fully-formed, the “issue” (which, when it comes down to it, isn’t much of an issue at all if you just allow the wave to wash over you) is the sheer number of them feels off-balance with the literal plot as it unfolds. A road trip film, whose crux is a back-and-forth chase, tackles everything from misogyny to resource wars and all the loose critiques of capitalism in between. It’s simply a lot! Miller et al know exactly what they’re trying to say, and are largely successful in conveying their ideas; perhaps they are introduced so quickly, one after the other, that they don’t all have time to properly land and be felt. In the end, the thing holding Fury Road back from being an all-timer is that instead of being three and a half hours, it’s only two.October 18, 2021 at 1:19 pm #1204524994
Boring film. Nothing groundbreaking, subject matter had been tackled way better. The fact it beat Mad Max and Revenant is bizzare. Also, does the general public even remember Spotlight? It’s like among the most fogettable BP winner literally few people remember. Another case of the Oscars just down-right being out of touch and refusing to award an action flick like Mad Max Best Picture.October 18, 2021 at 2:01 pm #1204525055
A little too heavy on exposition for my tastes, personally. But of course after such an epic fail as snubbing an actual work of art like Carol (probably wouldn’t happen in today’s Academy), I guess it could’ve been worse.October 18, 2021 at 5:43 pm #1204525300
What would your above the line Ballots for that year look like (among nominees only)?
Mine would be:
Best Picture (preferential ballot): (1) Spotlight (2) Room (3) The Martian (4) The Big Short (5) Mad Max:Fury (6) The Revenant (7) Bridge Of Spies [Haven’t watched Brooklyn]
Best Director: George Miller,Mad Max Fury Road (cause he was the best of the lot)
Best Actor: Matt Damon,The Martian (Tom Courtenay and Jacob Tremblay should have been nominated)
Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years (masterclass performance.. by the way,what is Lawrence doing here?)
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge Of Spies
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet,Steve Jobs (I’m not voting for leads in this supporting category.)
Best Screenplay: Spotlight (original), Room (adapted)Not now
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