Spotlight ,The Oscars 2016

Tom Hardy in Mad Max Fury Road.

The Oscars: What They Got Wrong, What They Got Right, and Who I like

BY STEVEN PANZARELLA (@PROCREATESTEVE)

The Oscars nominations have finally been released and with that we have all of the predicable hits and misses of the nominations list.

 

The biggest and saddest theme again this year is the awful lack of diversity within the 4 acting categories whether it was missing Will Smith or Idris Elba or Benicio Del Toro the lack of diversity is one of the more glaring issues we have and it seems to have become a tradition.

 

We also find names like Tarantino (The Hateful Eight) and Sorkin(Steve Jobs) that are missing from the nominations for Screen play and Ridley Scott and Steven Speilberg are just 2 of the glaring omissions at Best Director. Thanks to Scott and Speilberg being left out of the Best Director field that all but kills the chances of the two acclaimed directors getting Best Picture wins for The Martian or Bridge of Spies (Both films made it into the Best Picture category) as only 4 films have ever took home the Best Picture Oscar with the films director being left off the ballot the most recent one was Ben Afflecks Argo. You can count Ryan Coogler and Michael B Jordan as Oscar snubs after Sylvester Stallone coming into the Oscars as the front runner for Best Supporting actor. Coogler directed one of the best sports movies in recent memory

 

The biggest trends we found at this years awards are the academy giving plenty of love to the Action films, Mad Max Fury Road came away with the second most nominations of the year, no acting nominations but Best Picture and Best Director make it a contender. The Revenant came away with the most nominations of the year with 13 and that includes Picture, Director, Actor for DiCaprio and a surprising nomination for Tom Hardy as supporting actor. Below I have the entire list of nominations as well as my early favorites.

 

BEST PICTURE

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

Let's Start with the biggest one of them all this was a very tight category but The Martian and Bridge of Spies being left off Best Director makes gives you a much clearer image. The Martian would have really been the sexy pick in this spot but replacing it is Mad Max Fury Road, Spotlight is my pick but The Revenant and The Big Short are the other two carrying the most weight into Oscar Night. 

BEST ACTOR

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


You might be asking yourself where are Will Smith, and Jacob Tremblay? You'd be correct but this is a 2 man battle between DiCaprio and Damon with Cranston being the guy who can crash the party and end DiCaprio's gold statue dreams. I think Leo finally gets his moment and he has damn well earned it with The Revenant.

BEST ACTRESS

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

This for me is the easiest one Brie Larson in Room is perfection, she gives the strongest performance in this category and while Jennifer Lawrence or Charlotte Rampling could play spoilter I think Larson is a mortal lock. 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

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


Mark Ruffalo is the sexy pick in this category with Mark Rylance being a relative unknown to some (He is a wonderful classic actor who is just getting his moment here in the states an on the silver screen) and Tom Hardy being a gate crasher to the party It would be a shame to not see Sylvester Stallone leave Oscar night empty handed in one of the most emotional performances of the year. Sly is awesome in this role and deserves the golden statue.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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


Probably the tightest race as none of these actresses seem to be carrying the type of buzz that would create the proper front runner. I love the year Alicia VIkander and I think she will not only win this year but be back. It will be telling the kind of night Spotlight will have, if Rachel McAdams comes away with the surprise win I think it'll be a big night for Spotlight but Vikander is having the type of year that has her come away with the big win.

DIRECTING

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


Would the Academy follow in the footsteps of The Golden Globes and give Alejandro Inarritu the win? Not sure I think Tom McCarthy wins if the academy descides it's Spotlights night, if not I think they hand it to Adam McKay or George Miller.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  • Anomalisa
  • Boy and the World
  • Inside Out
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • When Marnie Was There


Inside Out, easy, next.

COSTUME DESIGN

  • Carol
  • Cinderella
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant

How can you get past Mad Max Fury Road? What an incredible film and I think it takes home many of these more technical awards

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Amy
  • Cartel Land
  • The Look of Silence
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?
  • Winter on Fire


Was there a higher regarded Documentary then Amy this year? The Amy Winehouse doc takes home the win.

 

MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
  • The Revenant

Mad Max wins again here. 

ORIGINAL SONG

  • "Earned It" - Fifty Shades of Grey
  • "Manta Ray" - Racing Extinction
  • "Simple Song #3" - Youth
  • "Til It Happens to You" - The Hunting Ground
  • "Writing's on the Wall" - Spectre

I guess a lot of people really liked the new Bond theme, I can't believe Fifty Shades of Grey gets to call itself and Oscar Nominee. A glaring snub here for the Paul Walker/ Furious 7 theme See you Again but with all of that being said the Love for Sam Smith continues with Writings on the wall. It would be funny to think that with a win here for Lady Gaga's Til it Happens to You she would be a Tony away from the EGOT...Just a thought.

ANIMATED SHORT

  • Bear Story
  • Prologue
  • Sanjay's Super Team
  • We Can't Live Without Cosmos
  • World of Tomorrow

Sanjay's Super Team was awesome, I'm rooting for it. 

SOUND EDITING

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Sicario
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

The scene in Juarez in Sicario is one of the best scenes on film this year, that being said I love The Martian here even if the it could point toward The Revenant. 

FILM EDITING

  • The Big Short
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

If the winner of this award is the same as the winner for Best DIrector then that movie has a great shot to win Best Picture, so in this case it has to be Spotlight. 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Embrace of the Serpent
  • Mustang
  • Son of Saul
  • Theeb
  • A War

At this point this seems like a fairly big lock. 

ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Sicario
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

You can't beat Morricone's score for The Hateful Eight, it's beautiful and classic and everything you could have hoped for. 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Mad Max wins again here. 

VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I loved the gorgeous effects in Star Wars and The Martian but Mad Max is going to leave with a number of technical awards and this should be one of them. 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • The Big Short
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • The Martian
  • Room

I love nearly every film in this category, and I love the Martian here even if it goes to The Big Short every film here is deserving. 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Ex Machina
  • Inside Out
  • Spotlight
  • Straight Outta Compton

Would have loved to see The Hateful Eight here but it'll be Spotlights night and a win for original screenplay should be a nice touch. 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Sicario

 The Revenant and The Hateful Eight are equally gorgeous but the shots in The Revenant set the tone for the rest of the film and it's the best cinematography of the year. 

 

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Steven Panzarella: ProCreate Film Critic

Steven Panzarella has been reviewing movies for as long as he can remember, but his passion flourished while working at 88.7 FM WRHU, and writing for popgoestheweek.com.

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It's Oscar Season and I love Spotlight, and Mad Max Fury Road to make a big splash with Leo DiCaprio and Brie Larson leaving with much deserved Best Actor/Actress awards. 

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