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  • Bee
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    Spotlight had preferential ballot (without it, The Revenant would’ve won for sure) and it was the one nobody hated. A film has to be the one everyone likes to win.

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    Indeed, the preferential ballot won the day for Spotlight. The Revenant detractors strategically ranked it dead last, much like Three Billboards haters probably did this year.

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    ENGLAND
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    Spotlight is such a horrible win. It’s like a long episode of Law & Order. The worst win this decade thus far.

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    SHT L
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    I think preferential ballot did indeed help in that The Revenant couldn’t win on a plurality there. Spotlight didn’t have competition when it came to having another film that people liked and didn’t have much detractors unlike this past year where there were a few movies that fit that bill among the passion picks that had extreme receptions (loved or hated) like Three Billboards. In retrospect, The Big Short wasn’t well-liked enough to play spoiler even if can be seen as another choice that people didn’t hate…but people didn’t really love/like either. I think Spotlight actually had a few ardent supporters. I mean winning those critical awards have to show SOME passion no matter how out-of-step people think critics are.

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    Bee
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    And the importance factor.

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    Thomas Eagan
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    It won because it was a very good movie with a very important story to tell and the acting was terrific.

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    Lord Freddy Blackfyre
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    It is the most bland film to win Best Picture since Out of Africa. Spotlight win is even worst than A Beautiful Mind in 2001 and that was the worst of the five nominated film that year.

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    It shouldn’t have been a surprising win. The Revenant was certainly too divisive to win, and I don’t know if the big short was that divisive, but I think it’s pga win was a fluke, it just emerged too late. Spotlight was the movie no one really disliked. Like all BP winners there’s been a lot of backlash since its win but there wasn’t any backlash at the time so it was pretty easy to predict. I still think it’s a really good movie, it’s just forgettable compared to other BP winners.

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    Loved “Spotlight.” So glad it won BP against the odds.

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    Spotlight is overrated as fuck, but it certainly has some excellent ensemble performances, in spite of the eventual two that got nommed for the film.

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    Spotlight is overrated as fuck, but it certainly has some excellent ensemble performances, in spite of the eventual two that got nommed for the film.

    The performances were standard but nobody was awards worthy.

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