kubrick97 (AKA Brian) (kubrick97) wrote,
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My 11th Annual Oscars Picks and Wishes, 2016 edition for the 2015 movies

This Sunday night is when they will televise the Oscars. Once again, i did my job as a movie geek, and saw all 8 the Best Picture nominees. Here's how it will go, i'll say an Oscar category, who's nominated, how many i saw, then, who i think SHOULD win, and who i think WILL win. This is just for fun and maybe i will do a recap and see how good i really am at picking the winners..

Of the 24 different Oscar categories, i only deal with the serious 8 categories (4 acting, 2 writing, best director, best picture). Who cares about best sound mixing, or sound editing, (although i did read an article today explaining the difference. "Mad Max Fury Road" for sound editing, and "Star Wars" for sound mixing) or best costume, or best documentary--short subject? But i'll also throw in a couple guesses for fun. But i always keep the best picture pick and wish for the very end. So, lets knock this out.

I should say that unlike last year, or previous years, this was a GREAT year for movies. Maybe it was because I went to a lot more than usual, but really, it was because I saw a lot more great movies. Last year, i only saw one movie worthy of 4-stars, and that was "Whiplash". This year, i saw 7 or 8 that were 4-star movies, and some of those just happen to be nominated for Best Picture. So, despite what Chris Rock will joke about this Sunday about the Oscars being so white, it was a very good year for movies. Now, let's knock out some nominations.

BEST ACTOR

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Never saw "Steve Jobs" or "The Danish Girl"

Should win--(not nominated, but Jacob Tremblay for "Room")
Will win--Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

You get raped and mauled by a bear, and i believed it. Good job Leo, you get the Oscar.

BEST ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Never saw "45 Years"

Should win--Brie Larson, Room
Will win--Brie Larson, Room

Great performance, great movie, this is a total LOCK. SHE WILL WIN.

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Saw all nominees

Should win--(not nominated, but Jacob Tremblay for "Room")
Will win--Sylvester Stallone, Creed

"Rocky" won Best Picture of 1976, it's only fair that 40 years later, the creator wins himself an Oscar for the character he created. But really, it should be the kid in "Room" that should be nominated... It was the biggest Oscar snub of the year. That kid's performance will last forever. I already forgot what the others did in this category.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Once again, did not see "Steve Jobs" or "The Danish Girl"

Should win--Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Will win--Rooney Mara, Carol

I don't really have a strong opinion on this one. I will say, it's a shame Alicia Vikander did not get nominated for her amazing performance in "Ex Machina".

DIRECTING

Adam McKay - The Big Short
George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro G. Iñárritu - The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson - Room
Tom McCarthy - Spotlight

Saw all nominees

Should win--Lenny Abrahamson - Room
Will win--Alejandro G. Iñárritu - The Revenant

Don't feel too strong about this one; this category has the true potential for an upset as you can easily make the case for everyone. Maybe a lifetime achievement award to George Miller, or Tom McCarthy get's it for having so many A-List actors in his movie, or McKay for breaking the fourth wall (Director's choice) throughout The Big Short. Tough call.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

Saw all nominees

Should win--Room
Will win--Room

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

Saw all nominees

Should win--Ex Machina
Will Win--Inside Out

I hate that 3 of the 5 movies under original screenplay are actually true stories. They need a new category for this issue. I want true originals, not biopics or based on true stories.

A few quick hit thoughts on other categories:

Original Score--The Hateful Eight
Visual Effects--Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Foreign Language Film--Son of Saul (never saw it)
Animated Featured Film--Inside Out

BEST PICTURE

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Saw all nominees

Should win--Room
Will win--The Revenant

So I was not lying when i said 2015 was a great year for movies. Of these 8 movies nominated, The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room, and Spotlight were to me all 4-star movies. The Revenant got 3 1/2 stars for dragging and that mystical bullshit about Leo's wife. Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, and The Martian were entertaining 3-star movies. If I had my way I would have chucked those three out and replaced them with the far superior movies Inside Out, Ex Machina, and Straight Outta Compton. But this is the Oscars and things will never be perfect with so many old ass voters who don't see all the movies and a joke of a voting tabulation. Upsets happen at the Oscars because the system is fucked up and maybe we should wait a few years, see who is still watching these movies, and then hand out the best picture.

I am just happy that a bad movie is not nominated for Best Picture. There is no "Les Miserables" this year. Nor did i have to sit through a movie like "The Danish Girl". I recommend all of the movies this year up for Best Picture. If you are reading this and have not seen some of these movies, force yourself to spend a couple of hours and be entertained. You'll be a better person because of it.

Brian's Big Thought of the Day:

I think Great Movies can make us become Great People.
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