I have now seen all the Best picture nominations, probably more than most of the voting academy members can truthfully say! Being a part time amateur film blogger doesn’t earn academy membership so rather than voting I get to sit on the outside looking in and bitching about poor choices. If I did have a vote for the Best Picture Oscar I would struggle to chose between five films, my favourite five films eligible for this years Oscars. Unfortunately three of my choices haven’t been nominated, making it a straight choice between two films. Interestingly my two favourite nominated films are polar opposites; one is the most low key and down to earth, the other is the boldest, brightest, brashest and most outlandish. In a few words, here are my thoughts on the nominated movies and their chances of picking up a little gold man on February 28th.
Spotlight: The comparisons with All the President’s Men (1976) are obvious, however where the Watergate movie was edgy and cinematic, this is a more staid and old fashioned film. That said it is fantastic, if the was an Oscar for best ensemble cast it would be a shoe in! It would be a worthy winner and had a lot of positive buzz a few weeks ago but that seems to have passed. Like All the President’s Men, I think it will have to settle for a nomination.
The Revenant: Where Spotlight is very introspective and contained, The Revenant is all about the wide open spaces. When I first saw it I thought it would win but no one seems to agree with me. This makes me think it won’t win, it should however get cinematographer and best actor.
Room: Not a bad film but beyond a fantastic lead performance I am not sure why it is getting so much love. I think it is making up the numbers.
Brooklyn: The period setting makes it a very Oscar friendly film. However I don’t hear it being mentioned in Oscar conversations, like Room I think it is making up the numbers.
Bridge of Spies: I am really glad to see this get a nomination as it is so much better than many people are giving it credit for. Unfortunately it isn’t being talked out about so its probably another one making up the numbers.
The Martian: A sci-fi film with a lot of comedy in it, how did the academy let this upstart slip in? The simple reason, it is fun and hugely entertaining, it may not be the best motion picture of the year but it is probably the most fun. I don’t think it will win, but if it does, it will probably be because it is lots of people second or third choice on the ballet.
Mad Max: Simply my favourite film on the list but it is so un-Oscar I don’t see it having a chance, but it would be so great if it did.
The Big Short: The film seems to have divided opinion, a comedy about people who profited from the housing market crash. The word we hear a lot of at this time of year is momentum, and this film has lots of momentum. I really liked the film but don’t think it is the best film on the list, but I think it is favourite to win.