February 22, 2016 at 10:20 am #217905
Who should win the Academy Award for Best Picture ? Part of the poll, and explain your choice !February 22, 2016 at 11:00 am #217907
It should be either Room or Spotlight. I ended up going for Spotlight because it stands the better chance – that’s all I could decide it for between the two.
It takes such a difficult issue that could have been done really cheesily/garishly/immorally but McCarthy, with the help of Singer, has created a film that is very classy in the way it handles such a complex topic.
Also, looking at the others:
The Revenant – it’s very good, but not quite the 5* calibre of Room and Spotlight.
Mad Max – style over substance that only deserves technical category appreciation at most.
The Big Short – decent enough, but nothing special by any stretch. Loses its way in what it’s trying to achieve.
Room – fantastic performances, script and direction. So captivating to watch – it just doesn’t stand as great a chance as Spotlight, so I went for that for this poll.
The Martian – a brilliantly comic sci-if adventure that I’m sure I’ll enjoy watching again and again. It just doesn’t have that ‘prestige’ feel I think an Oscar winner should have.
Brooklyn – great, simple story beautifully told. Ronan is wonderful, and you just get sucked in without even realising it. I loved it, but it didn’t stay with me as much as Spotlight and Room did.
Bridge of Spies – men sitting in rooms talking. It shouldn’t work but it does. Gripping to the end, great central performances from Hanks and Rylance, but it’s just missing that *something* I can’t put my finger on from making it stellar.
My ranking of them:
4. The Revenant
5. Bridge of Spies
6. The Martian
7. The Big Short
8. Mad Max: Fury RoadFebruary 22, 2016 at 11:18 am #217908
February 22, 2016 at 11:52 am #217909
- “The Revenant”
- “Mad Max: Fury Road”
- “The Martian”
- “Bridge of Spies”
- “The Big Short”
Simple, elegant and moody. Beautiful performances by Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen. Strong direction, nice script, emotional score. I felt really connected. Unfortunately this film is just too good and insignificant for Americans to win over the other “important” films. But at least this film is here among the nominees because of the quality.
2. “The Revenant”
Incredible depth and a fantastic performance by Leonardo DiCaprio. The cinematography is outstanding and the direction is just splendid. I wouldn’t mind seeing this taking the Oscar.
3. “The Martian”
Unlike most Hollywood films it’s not melodramatic, but more like self-ironic and simple. Matt Damon is good, but the whole ensemble is spot on. Very worthy nominee. Nice visuals, too.
Not original by any means, but Jacob Tremblay is just excellent and carries the film on his shoulders all the way through. Good script, nice score, strong direction! Worthy Oscar-nominee.
5. “Bridge of Spies”
Well-acted, well-directed and well-put. But that’s probably all. It’s a good film, it’s just not remarkable.
A lifeless and badly written film with a decent ensemble. An exact example when the real life story is just too important to be ignored.
7. “Mad Max: Fury Road”
A good action flick with nice technicals, but that’s all. There is no actual script or a decent storyline, and it’s lack of depth, Bad characterization as well. Most overrated film of the year.February 22, 2016 at 11:54 am #217910
Fury Road hands down. Incredible visual achievement. And when I say “visual” I don’t mean “style over substance”, but substance within the style. Nearly everything narrated through visual elements – from each costume piece to Charlize Theron’s eyes. There’s density there, perceptable to anyone who pays the minimum of atention to it. Miller is such a smart guy and is admittedly (and visibly) inspired by silent movies.
Just one not: there’s no BAD film nominated this year. Even the weakest of them is fine. On the other hand, the only GREAT one is Mad Max.February 22, 2016 at 12:32 pm #217911
I think it’s hilarious that The Martian has 0 votes so far. I say The Big Short should win due to its cultural relevance and inventive deliverance of exposition, not to mention its spectacular performances and characters. I’m still predicting The Revenant to win Best Picture, but I honestly hope I’m wrong on this one.February 22, 2016 at 3:41 pm #217912
I would like to see Spotlight win but I prefer to see something different win for once, and that would be Mad Max Fury Road.February 22, 2016 at 3:58 pm #217913
This is the first year in the last decade that I don’t feel passionate about anything in BP lineup.
I enjoyed Spotlight quite a lot when I first watched it, but it didn’t stay with me like great movies usually tend to, and also, hmmm, it’s a confusing situation. Would you vote for something that takes so little risks and handles it well or something that is too ambitious for its own good that results with a hot mess? This year’s lineup is all about that distinction for me. Unoriginal movies all around. It turned out that a year without any frontrunners was not as good as it looked to be.
I know Birdman wouldn’t have won with that subject matter if it wasn’t about industry but it was still a cool winner. I guess this year, I’d be okay with a Mad Max win.February 22, 2016 at 4:38 pm #217914
Will Win: The Revenant
Should Win: Fury RoadFebruary 22, 2016 at 6:09 pm #217915
Good to see the actual best film winning here.February 22, 2016 at 6:14 pm #217916
Good to see the actual best film winning here.
Lol. I didnt know what you meant here until I checked the poll results.February 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm #217917
Good to see the actual best film winning here.
Lol. I didnt know what you meant here until I checked the poll results.
And your favorite – Spotlight – is tied with the disgusting The Revenant. Let’s change that lolFebruary 22, 2016 at 6:38 pm #217918
Mad max it completely changed my view on the action genre. I thought it was the film with the least flaws and left me satisfied. I’ve watched the film 4 times now and it gets better and better. It has no chance to win BP but it sure is uniqueFebruary 22, 2016 at 8:44 pm #217919
^Fury Road, is a master work of pure film-making. A masterpiece.
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