First off, let’s begin by saying that the nominations haven’t veered too much out of line, but there were some big surprises. I was super excited for the nominations and I’m quite eager to share my thoughts with your guys as well. Feel free to discuss 🙂
Idris Elba was snubbed. BIG TIME. Just like Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler last year. And David Oyelowo. And Ava DuVernay. Need I say more?
Seriously??! This snub is so baffling but once you actually let it sink in, it’s pure discrimination. And that’s toxic. It’s no surprise that the academy is mainly made up of old and white men. But you can’t just disregard Idris Elba. WTF! His performance in Beasts Of No Nation was an absolute bomb. No one else nominated in the supporting actor category tonight could even come close. Pfft come on, if this isn’t racist I don’t know what is.
Lenny Abrahamson!!!!! YES! Todd Haynes out.
I raved about Lenny Abrahamson’s directing in Room because I felt that he was extremely versatile and ingenious. Within the claustrophobic confines of Room, he captured some great angles which made the story very personal and emotional. He was able to vary his style in the second half of the film as well. But perhaps my favourite sequence was the escape one, where all the blurry wonder and dramatic tension was encapsulated in one throbbing perspective. And the Oscars have recognized this 🙂 I’m just extremely happy that he’s being recognized for directing one of the most difficult and emotional films. It’s quite a surprise for most people, but yeah I’m stoked!
Todd Haynes, director of Carol, was conversely left out of the race. I hate to agree with the Oscars sometimes, but I have no doubts about this. I just really honestly don’t get the hype with Haynes. I see reviews about how he’s ‘remarkable’ or ‘subtle’, just don’t get what’s so great about his directing. Nothing personal, it’s just not my taste.
Ex Machina and Sicario didn’t leave with nothing. But I’m not impressed.
Ok so I was hoping that they’ll get Best Picture nominations. They’ve been nominated for the PGA awards but the Oscars probably deemed it as too radical. But its ok Academy, we know you don’t like films that make you think, are violent, or challenge your morality. Boring bunch really. However, these two highly underrated films got something, which isn’t too bad right? Ex Machina got Original Screenplay and Visual Effects. Sicario got Sound Editing and Cinematography. But clearly, Benicio Del Toro’s face here speaks for some of us. We’re not impressed. Had they been snubbed entirely, I can’t guarantee what La Muerte (personification of death) above would have done to the voters.
Peanuts Movie and The Good Dinosaur left for the dead.
The academy chose lesser known films Boy and the World and When Marnie was there. Hmm, I haven’t watched them so I can’t judge. But what I do know is that Leonardo DiCaprio has seen better. Hey, at least he came back from the dead ;0
Chivo Lubezki and Roger Deakins are the film industry’s Mozart and Salieri.
For those of you who don’t know these two legends, they’re extremely talented cinematographers. The shoot with an eye for image and motion, and the film is seen as they see it. I have immense amount of respect for both of them, their credentials speak for themselves. But I can’t help but think of the Mozart-Salieri narrative. Lubezki has won for Gravity in 2014 and Birdman in 2015 and would most probably win it again for The Revenant this year. Roger Deakins however, has not only lost out every time they compete but has been nominated 13 times and hasn’t won once. I feel kind of bad for Deakins, but Lubezki…he’s on another plane altogether.
Best Picture nominees were kind of what we expected.
- The Big Short
- Bridge of Spies
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- The Martian
- The Revenant
With the exception of Carol, which I again did not like. And the academy likewise didn’t nominate it. You can read my review here. This alignment of belief is starting to scare me abit, it makes me wonder if I’m morphing into one of those old boring academy voter archetype HAHAHA. Nah on a serious note, I thought carol would be the exact kind of movie that the Academy loved. It’s slow, subtle and harkens the romanticism of the 50’s with a modern perspective. Guess it didn’t work out as well.
Alicia Vikander in supporting? Jennifer Lawrence again? What is going on?
I personally felt that Alicia Vikander’s performance in The Danish Girl deserved a Best Actress nomination. I mean come on, she was fantastic! And they put Jennifer Lawrence, who has been nominated countless of times, again in Best Actress? Oh please! Give Alicia a chance! Alicia’s Ex machina role should have been in supporting as well. Alicia Vikander gets the shadow nomination…Oscars screws up again.
The winners are Star Wars, The Revenant and Mad Max.
For fans of these movies, you guys should be celebrating! Star Wars has 5 nominations (mainly technical), Mad Max has 9 spanning mostly all categories except the acting and screenplay ones, The Revenant has 12(TWELVE. HOLY). I can imagine all of you squealing like BB-8 right now. Personally, I’m pretty happy that The Revenant has chalked up its nominations. It totally deserves them. Really happy for Star-Wars too, it was a nice ode to the old franchise while adding new touches and nuances. The rebel characters Rey and Finn really did it for me. They added a nice layer of deviance which resonated with me. And of course, BB-8!! So cute!
And finally I want to dedicate this to all who I thought gave brilliant performances but ultimately did not get nominated for their work.
- Idris Elba for Beasts Of No Nation: I’ve said this at the start. And I’ll say it again. TOTALLY ROBBED. He gave a dictator an air of charm and charisma, so warped and depraved and yet so rousing and sympathetic. The very best supporting performance this year. And not even a nomination.
- Mya Taylor for Tangerine: Mya Taylor’s Alexandria in Tangerine is the character I felt the most connected to. She was hilarious but also evoked a bittersweet feeling that holds on to you. She being a transgender and the film being in limited release probably made her nomination more difficult. That just proves what Tangerine is trying to say. But kudos to Mya. It was my favourite supporting role of the year 🙂
- Steve Carell for The Big Short: The only thing that made The Big Short more entertaining and varied. His offbeat humour extends to scenes where you’d expect some level of graveness or seriousness, but Steve Carell has this, I don’t know how to describe it…this subtle aspect which makes the scene unexpectedly funny. Whether it’s giving the ‘What the f***’ face or the face of indignation or annoyance or disbelief, his wall-street character never ceases to amuse and be amused. But he knows when to get really serious and depressed, and the narative about how his has this inner guilt that stems from his past experiences with his deceased brother makes his characterization complete.
- Carey Mulligan for Far From The Madding Crowd: Carey Mulligan is one hell of an actress. And though the movie was not even in the oscar discussion(which it should have been!), her acting deserves a nomination. Yes, it was a strong field. But the independence and vulnerability she portrays as Bathsheba that’s uniquely hers. And uniquely affecting. I would replace Charlotte Rampling with Mulligan.
- Cary Joji Fukanaga for Beasts Of No Nation: This director is one talented lad. If you’ve seen the sequences in Beasts Of No Nation, you’ll know what’s intense. Pulsatingly shot and beautifully paced, Fukanga’s directing evokes extremely powerful emotions that definitely make him one of the best director’s this year.
- Emily Blunt for Sicario: I’m honestly very shocked that emily Blunt’s not even in the discussion for a nomination. She was riveting in so many ways. Not only has she risen above the machismo of her male counterparts, her display of both feminine strength and innocent weakness humanizes her performance in a movie that is so deathly. From the bloody shower to the car raid to the neck strangle scene, Emily Blunt is second only to Brie Larson in my opinion.
- ‘See You Again’ by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth for Fast And Furious 7: The best song this year in film. It was such a touching song that really brings a flood of emotions. Fantastic tribute to the late Paul Walker. Real heartless voters.
It should be a very exciting race between the three films Star Wars, The Revenant and Mad Max. Given that they overlap in many technical categories, it’ll be interesting to see whether Star Wars’ vast galaxial saga, Inarritu and Chivo’s brutal and yet ravishing wintery survival revenge-epic or Mad Max’s ridiculous post-apocalyptic waste-land will will impress come oscar Night. And who will win for Best Picture? Spotlight? The Revenant? It’s going to be close. I’ll be rooting for Room for all its categories because that’s just how good I think the film is. I’ll post my oscar predictions in another post pretty soon 🙂
So how did you feel about the nominations?