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    no matter who is wining brooklyn will be always my favorite

    Yes, yes and yes. It is my personal Best Picture winner. Will always be. From the poll, The Big Short should (and will) win the Oscar. It is the most relevant film amongst the bunch. It is a film made by an ordinary director, about the ordinary person on the street, with a cinematic style of brilliance and a subject almost every american (and global citizen) experienced, went through and is still going through. And if by winning that Oscar, it means more people will see the film, know what happened and get educated about the system and how it works, than it deserves the Best Picture.

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    My personal choice…

    1. “The Revenant”
    It’s cinema and… that’s all!

    2. “Mad Max: Fury Road”
    If it wins i don’t mind at all! It’s an incredible movie. My runner-up.

    3. “Brooklyn”
    An elegant movie that reminds me another era of cinema with a remarkable character that we follow from the beginning until the end.

    4. “Room”
    A very good story with an impecable chemistry between the two protagonists. Full of sadness, compassion and hope.

    5. “The Martian”
    There is nothing new but it’s a good adaptation and my favorite movie by Ridley Scott in years.

    6. “Spotlight” 
    It’s pertinent and provocative but in the end it seems like a tv movie and nowadays there are plenty of better tv movies…

    7. “Bridge of Spies”
    This is a very polished movie but a very safe one as well… Spielberg needs to risk much more.

    8. “The Big Short”
    Confusing and completely overrated. I simply don’t understand all the love around it.

     

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    Mad Max by a mile. Mad Max was the last BP nominee this year that I watched. I did that because I wasn’t sure about its genre and felt that the media just overhype the movie. After I watched the actual film I’m moved. What an incredible action film it is! My least favorite BP nominee is The Revenant anyway

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    My vote would be for THE MARTAIAN 

    Great visual effects have always been more about the thoughtful technique than the big bang. They are specific details that convince the eye and suspend disbelief. And this year’s Oscar-nominated visual effects teams placed their most convincing elements deep under the skin of their creations or far out in the space around their characters .

    So I think  it should win .. 

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    I still have to watch Bridge of Spies (watching it on demand this week), but til then, my 1-7:

    1. Spotlight – I thought Spotlight was brilliant with it’s mix of mystery, outrage, intrigue, crusading, and caring.

    2. Mad Max: Fury Road – MMFR started as a popcorn film that became an allegory and had more depth than I imagined it could.

    3. The Martian – The Martian was so well done, Matt Damon doing a great movie star turn (more than just playing himself) and made you care about one man alone in space.

    4. Room – Room was just heartbreaking and beautiful. Brie Larson showed you the good bad ugly sad and redemption of her character, supplemented wonderfully by Jacob Tremblay.

    5. The Big Short – The Big Short took complex financial, legal, and ethical theories and turned them into slick digestable entertainment. Carrell was great.

    6. Brooklyn – Brooklyn was a sweet romantic movie and Ronan was luminous. But the part in Ireland felt way too rush and brought the movie down because of it.

    7. The Revenant – The Revenant, I just didn’t like it. Leo was good in a physically demanding role and the lighting of the shots was beautiful but overall it just left me cold (pun intended) and I didn’t care of Tom Hardy in his role. 

    #1 and #7 are pretty well set for me, while 2-6 are more fluid.      

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    Room or Spotlight

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    I still have to watch Bridge of Spies (watching it on demand this week), but til then, my 1-7:

    1. Spotlight – I thought Spotlight was brilliant with it’s mix of mystery, outrage, intrigue, crusading, and caring.

    2. Mad Max: Fury Road – MMFR started as a popcorn film that became an allegory and had more depth than I imagined it could.

    3. The Martian – The Martian was so well done, Matt Damon doing a great movie star turn (more than just playing himself) and made you care about one man alone in space.

    4. Room – Room was just heartbreaking and beautiful. Brie Larson showed you the good bad ugly sad and redemption of her character, supplemented wonderfully by Jacob Tremblay.

    5. The Big Short – The Big Short took complex financial, legal, and ethical theories and turned them into slick digestable entertainment. Carrell was great.

    6. Brooklyn – Brooklyn was a sweet romantic movie and Ronan was luminous. But the part in Ireland felt way too rush and brought the movie down because of it.

    7. The Revenant – The Revenant, I just didn’t like it. Leo was good in a physically demanding role and the lighting of the shots was beautiful but overall it just left me cold (pun intended) and I didn’t care of Tom Hardy in his role. 

    #1 and #7 are pretty well set for me, while 2-6 are more fluid.      

    OK, now have seen all 8

    1. Spotlight – I thought Spotlight was brilliant with it’s mix of mystery, outrage, intrigue, crusading, and caring.

    2. Mad Max: Fury Road – MMFR started as a popcorn film that became an allegory and had more depth than I imagined it could.

    3. The Martian – The Martian was so well done, Matt Damon doing a great movie star turn (more than just playing himself) and made you care about one man alone in space.

    4. Room – Room was just heartbreaking and beautiful. Brie Larson showed you the good bad ugly sad and redemption of her character, supplemented wonderfully by Jacob Tremblay.

    5. The Big Short – The Big Short took complex financial, legal, and ethical theories and turned them into slick digestable entertainment. Carrell was great.

    6. Bridge of Spies – Nicely done historical record type of film. Hanks was solid as usual. Not getting the Oscar love for Rylance. Good yes, but I still liked Stallone more.

    7. Brooklyn – Brooklyn was a sweet romantic movie and Ronan was luminous. But the part in Ireland felt way too rush and brought the movie down because of it.

    8. The Revenant – The Revenant, I just didn’t like it. Leo was good in a physically demanding role and the lighting of the shots was beautiful but overall it just left me cold (pun intended) and I didn’t care of Tom Hardy in his role.  

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    1.  The Big Short   – Inventive filmmaking, inspiried writing, amazing performances and takes both a timely and difficult subject and makes it accessible, entertaining and infuriating.

    2.  Room – Truthful filmmaking and acting told simply and without clutter or gimmicks.

    3.  Bridge of Spies – Speilberg’s best work since “Schindler’s List,” and told without pulling from his deep bag of manipulative tricks.  In a world where people think Donald Trump could/should be president, a cautionary tale of what diplomacy really is.

    4.  Brooklyn – The fact that the entire third act makes its lead character act in such an uncharacterist way should disqualify it, but the amazing performance of Soiarse Ronan holds this tender love story together.

    5. Spotlight – Strongly written and performed, but told from a distant and clinical viewpoint which works against the storytelling. 

    6.  The Revanent – I loved the cinematography, the sound, the sets and costumes, but the story comes off as so over-the-top and “see me suffer for my art” indulgence, I was never sure if the film wanted to be taken seriously or if it was some outrageous parody. 
     
    7. Mad Max: Fury Road – Incredible action set pieces held together by one of the stupidest scripts ever for a Best Picture nominee (even worse than “Ghost” if that is possible!)

    8.  The Martian – A workmanlike, serviceable, popcorn flick.  But did you ever really fear Matt Damon’s character would actually die?  No?  Me either.  So why did this drag on for two-and-a-half hours?   

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    1. Spotlight — Economic storytelling, tight, precise, a true ensemble, great rhythm. A film that doesn’t cross the melodramatic line even in its final minutes. It’s not a gloryfying film, it’s a film about the process and its moral implications and as such, it’s a great one. 

    2. Mad Max: Fury Road — For its sheer inventiveness. Just take a look at most films of this genre. And then watch Mad Max! I know it’s a cliche, but it truly is an opera.

    3. Room — For the performance of Jacob Tremblay alone. Yes, its second half is rather predictable and gets into a tired coping territory, but the first half is a terrific experience.

    4. Brooklyn — Ronan is a true Hollywood Golden Age leading lady. I love her aura in the film. I love how old-fashioned it without ever being ironic or even self-conscious. And while it’s rather predictable in terms of storytelling and the turn of events relies too much on melodrama, Ronan and the great ensemble as well as the beautiful visual approach make it worthwile.

    5. Bridge of Spies — It’s a film that works dramatically. For all its weaknesses, it’s a film that caught my interest for two hours. Rylance is splendid and the crafts / techs are quite good. But I really had issues with Spielberg’s simplistic use of symbols, especially the kids who climb the walls in the US at the end of the movie. And Amy Ryan was terribly underused. Rylance was the only actor in the fiilm who could sell its humor.

    6. The Martian – It’s an entertaining popcorn movie but that’s what it is. It’s fun, it’s engaging, but it’s a film that relies on a formula and there are no real characters but tools here. 

    7. The Revenant – Ambition galore, which I respect, but there is no coherent narrative, the performances are average and chunks of the story are absolutely unbelievable. You would say: It’s a true story, but I made the research and Innaritu didn’t follow the real story all the time, certainly not there.

    8. The Big Short – It has its moments. I loved the energy, but visually, it does stuff that has been done much better on TV. And while I respected the accessability of presenting the events, I need human beings to connect. And there were no complex human beings. The closest we got to that were cliches. 

    I love my # 1.
    I respect my # 2, #3, and #4.
    I am rather ambivalent about #5 and #6.
    I dislike the last two.

    Spotlight is on my best of the year list alongside films such as Phoenix, Carol, 45 Years, Timbuktu, The End of the Tour, When Marnie Was There, Ex Machina.  

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    Should: “Room”
    Will: “The Revenant” (possible spoiler “Spotlight”) 

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    The Big Short. Today, tomorrow, everyday. It will win it, and it deserves it. And to the handful of snobby critics who will be running their mouths tomorrow after the Oscars about how it is apparently “one of the worst” Oscar wins: The Academy award is not only for the high-brow and ostentatious. It is not only for the Spielbergs and Zanucks. Those ordinary, frowned upon directors who dare to make something inventive, who dare to make something special, emotionally resonant about the everyday person, deserves to be upon that stage. They can call McKay and The Big Short all they want. It is one hell of a remarkable film. From the writing, editing, directing and performances. And for that, for once, the Academy will choose substance over high-brow, baity Oscar fair.

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    Should win : The Big Short
    Will win  : The Big Short  

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