Here it is, Geekettes! With the Oscar’s just around the corner (aka my favorite time of year) I wanted to leave you with my opinions on the nominees. From Irish love stories to Outer Space Adventures and even some car chases for good measure, this year’s Academy Awards offer quite a bit of competition to look over. So, if you need some help figuring out who to choose for your own personal voting ballot, here are some of my (hopefully) helpful opinions!
- The Big Short
- Bridge of Spies
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- The Martian
- The Revenant
Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road or Spotlight
Who Will Win: The Revenant
Man, do we have an excellent list on our hands! First off, huge surprise to see indie darling Room on here, as it had seemed that Carol was the big push in that category and had more attention. But clearly with Brie Larson’s beautiful performance, this movie has shined above and beyond its expectations, and climbed to the top. Another surprise is Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, which left me (and many other critics) feeling on the cold side of things, with a real lack of the Spielberg magic. Yet somehow, the Academy fell in love with it, but that is probably more an admiration for the film’s creative team than the project itself.
Of course, who should and will win are tough to chose, since many of these movies are excellent and more so. Personally, I’d love to see my top two movies of the year (Max or Spotlight) take the prize, as they are both true tour de force’s in their genres and transcended their expectations greatly. These are two examples of classic filmmaking at its best. Spotlight has a much more fighting chance in all honesty, mostly because it has gotten the highest praise from more critic circles. But considering The Revenant did well at the Golden Globes, that could be a clue into what the Academy votes for as well.
- Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
- Matt Damon, The Martian
- Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
- Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
- Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Who Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio
Who Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio
I think it is pretty obvious, to many, that this is the year for DiCaprio to take home the gold. Poor guy has been always nominated, but never a winner, and his performance in The Revenant is the one he should be awarded for. Sure, I have my own personal views on the movie, but that doesn’t detract from how much I loved DiCaprio’s performance in it. This guy has been a treasure in the film industry through most of my life, and I’d love to see him get his just desserts.
But as for who will win, there are many believing Leo could actually take it, but then there is Matt Damon. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is the Academy’s top pick, since they have been in love with Damon since his big debut with Good Will Hunting. Which of these two 90’s golden boys will take home the Oscar? Only time will tell.
- Cate Blanchett, Carol
- Brie Larson, Room
- Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
- Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
- Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Who Should Win: Cate Blanchett
Who Will Win: Brie Larson
As I’ve mentioned prior, I am a big advocate for Cate Blanchett’s performance in Carol. It was by far the best performance of her career, and I believe showed off her skills as an actress better than that of her Oscar winning role in Blue Jasmine. This is a much more grounded and structured turn for Blanchett, and shows how much of a class act she really is. And, much like The Streep, Blanchett can do no wrong.
As for Larson, though, she will likely be the winner. The buzz around Room has been strong, and well deserved. She has a great momentum from her win at the Golden Globes, and the support of the indie community, which has in recent years had an effect on the Academy’s votes.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
- Christian Bale, The Big Short
- Tom Hardy, The Revenant
- Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
- Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
- Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Who Should Win: Mark Ruffalo
Who Will Win: Sylvester Stallone
Like Blanchett, I am always a cheerleader for Ruffalo, specifically with his work in Spotlight. This is an actor that truly works his butt off, and if I could gift him every award possible, I would. He’s a little American indie loving treasure that I can’t get enough of.
But most likely, this year belongs to Stallone, though many people have their money on Rylance, with his devotion to the history and craft of filmmaking, Stallone has it more easily in the bag than any of the other nominees. He’s like the Uncle that comes to every party, regardless if he has a cold or not, and the Academy is always looking to give it to those good ol’ fashioned players.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
- Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
- Rooney Mara, Carol
- Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
- Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
- Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Who Should Win: Rooney Mara
Who Will Win: Alicia Vikander
This one is a toughy. For starts, Mara (in my opinion) had the better performance between her and Cate, and should have gotten the Lead nomination instead. But, since that card isn’t in the deck anymore, I would love to see her take the top prize. Yet there is competition in the wings, and her name is Vikander. Why does she have a chance? Simply put, Alicia is a star in the making. With her take in Ex-Machina and more films on the way, Hollywood might be trying to get her even more to the top, and an Oscar win could do that.
- Adam McKay – The Big Short
- George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
- Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
- Lenny Abrahamson – Room
- Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
Who Should Win: George Miller
Who Will Win: Alejandro G. Inarritu
One of the reasons why Mad Max was my favorite film this year had to do with George Miller. Why? The guy is 70 years old, and directs with the energy of a 25 year old, and he still hasn’t lost his cool. This movie, above all else, proves how much of a hero this guy has become to me – for 20 years people told him he wouldn’t ever get this movie made, and now he’s at the Oscars for his work on it. A great story? Obviously.
But unfortunately, I don’t see Miller taking the prize, since many will say that Inarritu could take the gold for a second straight year in row, after his much deserved win for Birdman. Personally, I’d rather see any of the other nominees take this one, since I am of the mindset this isn’t even Alejandro’s best work. But, maybe this’ll be a year of upsets, and Adam McKay will take it – you’d be shocked how sometimes the Oscars can surprise you.
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
- Boy and the World
- Inside Out
- Shaun the Sheep Movie
- When Marnie Was There
Who Should Win: Anomalisa
Who Will Win: Inside Out
This year’s Animation category is by far the most diverse and interesting group in a long time. And even though I want to champion for Ghibli taking home a much needed win, the movie that truly stuck out the most to me was Anomalisa. This is a movie that transcends its genre, and proves the animation can be used to tell stories outside of the tropes that American audiences are so used to, aka family movies only. This is an adult story, told in unique and beautiful way with its use of the stop motion technique.
But, there was also a Pixar movie this year, and a good one at that. Inside Out easily became one of my new favorite films from the company, and it deserves every award it can get. I just wish that these two excellent pieces were not competing against one another, as they both deserve to win. But then again, maybe we’ll have a tie, which has happened before, just not in this category.
- The Danish Girl
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- The Revenant
Who Should Win: Cinderella
Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road
As much as I adore Mad Max and want it to win everything, there is a part of me that feels the Academy needs to award not just one movie, but one very specific costume piece itself: Cinderella’s ball gown. Never, in my entire life of film going, have I ever seen a dress more beautiful than that one. Every time Lily James turned on the dance floor, you could see the incredible detail and layers within every tiny thread of that jaw dropping gown. All of these nominees deserve the gold, not none of them will be Cinderella in my eyes.
And these are just a few of the categories, but are the ones I’m personally the most invested in. So which do you think will take home the prize? Are you going to be betting on any particular movie? Who are you looking most forward to seeing on tonight’s telecast? Tell us in the comments below. And make sure you stay tuned onto our Twitter account for live reactions throughout the night! See ya at the movies.