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GHcool 
"Forever a curious character."

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Posted - 16/01/2016 :  12:23:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here are my reactions to this year's Oscar nominations (I'm only commenting on categories where I have a strong and informed opinion):

Best Picture
What Should Win: Mad Max Room
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: The Revenant
What Was Snubbed: Inside Out

Best Actor
What Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
What Was Snubbed: Jake Gyllenhaal, Southpaw

Best Supporting Actor
What Should Win: Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Tom Hardy, The Revenant Christian Bale, The Big Short
What Was Snubbed: Paul Giamatti, Straight Outta Compton Jacob Tremblay, Room

Best Supporting Actress
What Should Win: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Rooney Mara, Carol
What Was Snubbed: Oona Laurence, Southpaw

Best Director
What Should Win: George Miller, Mad Max
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
What Was Snubbed: F. Gary Grey, Straight Outta Compton

Best Cinematography
What Should Win: The Revenant
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Carol
What Was Snubbed: Bridge of Spies

Best Film Editing
What Should Win: Mad Max
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: The Revenant
What Was Snubbed: Straight Outta Compton

Best Score
What Should Win: The Force Awakens
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Carol
What Was Snubbed: Mad Max

Best Sound Mixing/Editing
What Should Win: Mad Max
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: The Revenant
What Was Snubbed: The Good Dinosaur

Best Production Design
What Should Win: Bridge of Spies
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: The Revenant
What Was Snubbed: The Force Awakens

Best Visual Effects
What Should Win: The Force Awakens
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Ex Machina
What Was Snubbed: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Best Adapted Screenplay
What Should Win: The Martian Room
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Carol
What Was Snubbed: Creed

Best Original Screenplay
What Should Win: Straight Outta Compton
What Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Bridge of Spies
What Was Snubbed: The Gift

So, where does that lead us? The Revenant is a fine film, but the story is almost non-existent and will be remembered mainly a technical achievement (similarly to how Birdman is starting to be forgotten except for the technical achievement). Carol is an utterly forgettable, confused, and unappealing film that if it weren't for Cate Blanchet's performance, would have been totally unnecessary. Straight Outta Compton was among the most complex films of the year in terms of both theme and production values, and yet it only got one award nomination. On the other hand, I'm glad to see the level of respect mad Max is receiving.

Edited by - GHcool on 26/01/2016 16:46:09

Sludge 
"Carpet Diem, Dude."

United States

Posted - 22/02/2016 :  09:17:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting call with Christian Bale. In general I think he's exceptionally disciplined and has the gift. This sunk in for me with "Harsh Times" which was a snubbed film IMHO. I think the tension in this is constructed better than for Training Day.

But to the question of The Big Short, yes he nails the performance but is it a Top 5, even against other supporting cast? I think I'm with you on this.

I haven't seen Room - it looks amazing. Best actress?

I also agree with your top ten list elevating Mad Max and The Force Awakens.

Here's decent run through for Oscar cramming this week.

Thanks as always for these insightful posts, GH!
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