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The 88th Annual Academy Awards were last night, and there are plenty of things to talk about. Who won? Who got snubbed? Here are my thoughts!
I was so glad to see Ennio Morricone win the Best Original Score Oscar for his work on The Hateful Eight. The score for The Hateful Eight was such an amazing work of art. Also, it’s about time that Morricone won an Oscar! If you don’t know, this is the same composer that did The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly fifty years ago!
Was anybody really surprised Inside Out won? There’s really not much to say about it that hasn’t been said before. Inside Out was by far the best animated films of the year, and it deserved this award. Inside Out is one of Pixar’s best; it’s such an original concept that was executed magnificently! If you haven’t seen Inside Out yet, do yourself a favor. See it!
I thought Star Wars was going to win this award. Which is why I was so excited to see Ex Machina take the prize! The visual effects in Ex Machina haven’t been talked about very much because a lot of people don’t even realize they’re there! These visuals fit into the film seamlessly! I’m glad to see a smaller film like this win this award! It’s like they always say, “sometimes less is more”.
I have absolutely no complaints about Alejandro G. Innaritu winning the Oscar for Best Director for The Revenant. That being said, I believe that the award should have gone to George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road. What Miller did with Fury Road made that film and experience. However, The Revenant does not work as well as it does without Innaritu's direction. Innaritu has won two years in a row now for amazing films. He’s a fantastic director, and I’m excited to see what he does next!
There’s not much that I can say about Alicia Vikander winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress because I haven’t seen The Danish Girl. However, I can say that she was awesome in Ex Machina. I'm thinking they gave her the award simply because they accidentally nominated her for the wrong film! If her performance in Ex Machina is any indication of how good she was in The Danish Girl, then she definitely deserved it.
Personally, I’m torn on the results of for Best Supporting Actor. If you read my Oscar Predictions, you know that I thought Sylvester Stallone would win for Creed, but Tom Hardy should’ve for The Revenant. Turns out, I was completely wrong. Bridge of Spies’ Mark Rylance ended up winning the award.
While there was definitely nothing wrong with Rylance’s performance in Bridge of Spies, it was definitely not the best of the year. If I had to rank them, I would put all four of the other actors in that category above him. I would have been much happier had literally anybody else won. But hey, what can you do?
Brie Larson winning Best Lead Actress for Room was easy to see coming. Though, that doesn’t make it any less special. Her performance in Room was by far the best performance by an actress all year, no doubt about it. She worked so well as this boy's mother and had such great chemistry with Jacob Tremblay! She absolutely deserves the award, and her career is only going up from here.
FINALLY! It’s about time that Leonardo DiCaprio has won an Oscar! All of the jokes, and all of the memes (although, they were pretty funny) can now end! While I personally would’ve awarded the Oscar to Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs, there is no argument against DiCaprio winning for The Revenant. He really deserves it, and all I can say is congratulations!
For a little while, I was starting to become afraid that Spotlight would not win Best Picture, as the film only won one other Oscar all night! I was beginning to think that The Revenant’s momentum would carry it all the way! I was relieved to see The Academy still give the award to the most-deserving film. Spotlight was a brilliant film that everybody needs to see! All of the actors and actresses in the film were awesome, the screenplay and the direction were amazing, and it’s just an overall breathtaking film! Spotlight deserves the Best Picture win!
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It’s finally time! The Oscars are this Sunday! 2015 was an awesome year for both blockbusters and dramas alike. People across the country are watching as many movies as possible before this Sunday and filling out their personal ballots. So who do I think is going to win big this Sunday night? Who should win? Here’s what I think!
Ex Machina was by far the most original and intuitive screenplay of 2015. It had a very interesting concept that was executed magnificently. Throughout the entire film, there are only about three characters, and that is all the story needed. You were invested in these characters. You were genuinely on the edge of your seat to see what was going to happen next. This is mainly due to the film’s fantastic dialogue. Ex Machina is one of the most original films in recent history, and it deserves this award.
While Ex Machina should win the Oscar, the Academy will give it to Spotlight. Which I have no problems with. Spotlight is a brilliantly written film. It also has fantastic characters and even better dialogue. The only reason I prefer Ex Machina is because Spotlight was based on a true story. That story had actually happened, so obviously the screenwriters had something to go off of. Ex Machina was a purely original film. Therefore, it should win the Oscar for Original Screenplay.
Should Win: Ex Machina
Will Win: Spotlight
When the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards were announced. I was convinced that The Martian would win the award for Adapted Screenplay. But then I saw a little film called Room. Now, I believe that Room will win the Oscar, deservedly so.
Room has arguably the best screenplay of the year. I haven’t read the book, but I’ve heard the book is just as good. The concept of Room is one that could very easily bite off more than it can chew. However, this film managed to pull it off extremely well. It’s going to win the Oscar, and I’ve no objection to that.
Should Win: Room
Will Win: Room
The Oscar for visual effects is usually a difficult one to predict. However, this year a little film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out. Star Wars is known for its advancements in visual effects. The Force Awakens used a mixture of practical and digital effects to great effect. Also, the Academy received a bit of backlash from the mainstream movie audience when The Force Awakens wasn’t nominated for Best Picture.
However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t deserve this Oscar. This Oscar deserves to go to Ex Machina. While there weren’t a lot of visual effects, those that were there were seamless. You don’t notice them at all, which is kind of the point of visual effects. They have to be believable. Which Ex Machina’s definitely were.
Should Win: Ex Machina
Will Win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Music (Original Score)
The music in a film is one of the most important parts. A good musical score can turn a good film into a great one. One of the best musical scores in history is that of Star Wars. It’s such a fitting score to such an amazing series. All of the classic scores and new ones in The Force Awakens worked perfectly. That is why Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to win this Oscar.
That doesn’t mean that it should win. Personally, I believe that The Hateful Eight should win the Oscar for Best Original Score. The music in Quentin Tarantino’s latest endeavor worked incredibly well. It was so unnerving, and it really helped build the tension in this film. It deserves to win the Oscar. If Star Wars hadn’t come out this year it would have.
Should Win: The Hateful Eight
Will Win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Oscar for Best Animated Feature has been decided for about eight months. The moment audiences saw Inside Out, they knew it was going to win. There is simply no question about it. If I had to put money on one film winning the Oscar this year, it would be Inside Out for Best Animated Feature.
Inside Out is one of Pixar’s best films, and that’s saying a lot. This film was loads of fun, but it also had a very emotional story to it. It was a film that everyone can enjoy, no matter who you are. Inside Out will go down in history as one of the best animated films. Period.
Should Win: Inside Out
Will Win: Inside Out
The director is the most important person in a film. A great director can really make a film an experience. When you think about what film was truly an experience in 2015, Mad Max: Fury Road has to come to mind. That is why George Miller should win the Oscar for Best Director. With the extreme story and all of the stunts that came with it, only a fantastic director could have pulled it off. Also, take into account that he pulled it off at the age of 70!
However, while Mad Max: Fury Road was nominated for quite a few things this year, it isn’t the typical film the Academy likes to award. So, they’ll give it to the next best. Alejandro G. Innaritu is going to win for The Revenant. Just like Mad Max, The Revenant does not work as well as it does without its fantastic direction. While Innaritu did an amazing job directing The Revenant, Miller was just a bit better.
Should Win: George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Will Win: Alejandro G. Innaritu (The Revenant)
While Rachel McAdams was great in Spotlight, and Jennifer Jason Leigh was one of the best parts of The Hateful Eight, the best supporting actress of the year was unquestionably Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs. Her performance was one of the many factors that made that film as magnificent as it was.
Admittedly I have not seen Carol or The Danish Girl. So, I cannot comment on the performances of Rooney Mara and Alicia Vikander. Although, had Vikander been nominated for Ex Machina this would be a very different conversation. Kate Winslet is the obvious winner here.
Should Win: Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
Will Win: Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
The race for Best Supporting Actor could potentially be the most divisive category this year. There is a legitimate argument to be made for all of these actors. If it were up to me, the award would go to Tom Hardy in The Revenant. Hardy disappeared into his role in that film. Honestly, I forgot I was watching Tom Hardy, and I’m a huge Tom Hardy fan! He gave arguably the best performance of the entire film in The Revenant, and he was acting opposite Leonardo DiCaprio!
That being said, I believe that Oscars are going to give the award to Sylvester Stallone for his performance in Creed. He’s never won an Oscar in his entire career. In fact, the only other time he was nominated was for this same character of Rocky Balboa. The Academy does like to give awards based upon their previous missteps, so chances are they’ll give it to Stallone. That’s not to say he doesn’t deserve it, I’m just saying that may sway them a bit.
Should Win: Tom Hardy (The Revenant)
Will Win: Sylvester Stallone (Creed)
This category is very similar to the Best Supporting Actress in that there is a clear winner here. Brie Larson was definitely the best actress of the year for her performance in Room. She took that character and brought it to a whole other level.
Brie Larson was able to portray every single emotion that character was feeling fantastically. For a majority of the film, she was acting opposite a kindergarten-aged child, and she still gave a better performance than every other actress this year. This Oscar is a well-deserved award to Larson, and she will be winning it come Sunday.
Should Win: Brie Larson (Room)
Will Win: Brie Larson (Room)
When it comes to winning an Oscar, momentum is one of the most important factors, and Leonardo DiCaprio has a lot of momentum right now. His performance in The Revenant was great, considering he had very limited dialogue. This really looks like it could finally be Leo’s year. DiCaprio is very much in the same boat as Sylvester Stallone. He’s most likely going to win simply because he hasn’t before.
However, I believe that this award should go to Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs. His performance in that film was breathtaking. He was utterly fantastic in that film. That performance paired with Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue made on one of the best performances in recent memory!
Should Win: Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Here it is, the big one. This year’s Best Picture race does not have a single frontrunner. It seems like every day there are new reports saying which film is going to win. Personally, I think Spotlight is going to win. Spotlight is a film that every person needs to see. It shows the truth of what is happening in the world. Things that are happening, but nobody talks about.
Spotlight deserves to win Best Picture because it is undoubtedly a brilliant film. It features a terrific cast, great music, and a story that just needs to be told. Originally, I had picked The Revenant to win Best Picture; however, because Birdman won last year I believe that dramatically hurts its chances. Both are Alejandro G. Innaritu’s films, and the Academy isn’t too keen on giving back-to-back awards to the same person.
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This year’s Academy Awards are less than a week away. As I started to make my predictions, I thought Leonardo DiCaprio was a lock to win Best Lead Actor for his performance in The Revenant. Then I started to hear rumblings about Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs. I’d never gotten the chance to see the film in theaters, so with its recent release on DVD and Blu-Ray, I decided to see what all the buzz was about.
Steve Jobs is directed by Danny Boyle and is written by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. It stars Michael Fassbender as the titular genius, as well as Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels. This film tells the story of Steve Jobs through three different events in his life. These occasions are the unveiling of three separate products Steve created. So does this film live up to the hype, or does Leo really have some competition?
Steve Jobs is an utterly fantastic film! Unlike most of the films 2015 had to offer, Steve Jobs doesn’t rely on great performances to make you love it. While the performances were amazing, the true stars of this film are screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and Director Danny Boyle.
The dialogue written by Aaron Sorkin is some of the best dialogue that I’ve seen in several years. Everything that comes out of these characters’ mouths is so interesting to hear that you are thoroughly entertained by this film that is mostly people standing around talking. The way that this film portrays Steve Jobs as this guy who can really be a jerk sometimes and people hate to work with him. Yet, he has methods for his madness, as this film truly makes you understand why Steve feels the way he does. He may be a jerk sometimes, but his being a jerk helps portray his passion for what he does.
The style that director Danny Boyle used for this film was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. As I mentioned above, the film takes place during three separate events. However, when the film jumps forward in time, it also changes in how it was filmed. In the first event, this movie was filmed using 16mm film. In the second event, it uses 35mm film. Finally, in the last event, this film is shot using the modern digital route. All three of these together made for a very interesting viewing experience.
This film features some of the best acting performances of 2015. Almost everybody in this film does a fantastic job. Kate Winslet portrayed her character extremely well. You really understood that under her somewhat calm demeanor she was really stressed about making sure everything is on schedule and keeping Steve in check. Come Sunday, I have a feeling that she’s going to be walking away with an Oscar for her mantle. Surprisingly enough, Seth Rogen was really good as Steve Wozniak. Seeing him really stretch his acting ability outside of the comedy genre was good, and I’m excited to see what he does with his career following this film. However, Michael Fassbender was far superior to all other actors/actresses in this film. Fassbender’s performance as Steve Jobs was nothing less than breathtaking. You believed that he was Steve Jobs, which is even more impressive when you consider how the two look nothing alike. He was absolutely brilliant in this film, and he could potentially upset Leo and win the Oscar for this performance. This is the best Michael Fassbender has ever been, and his performance alone is worth watching this movie for.
Although this film isn’t perfect, it comes really close. The only really problems I had with it are really just little nitpicks. Some of the characters didn’t really stand out from each other, and they seemed to bleed together a bit. Also, the ending wasn’t as strong as I would’ve liked it to be. You can kind of tell the film is coming to a close, but then it just sort of stops. Other than that this film was nearly perfect.
I absolutely loved Steve Jobs! Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet both have very good shots at winning Oscars for their individual roles. It’s a shame that Aaron Sorkin wasn’t even nominated! This film should have been nominated for Best Picture over either The Big Short or Bridge of Spies. Steve Jobs is one of the best films of 2015, and I would certainly recommend it!
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Once upon a time, biopics based upon major historical figures were always huge successes. However, over the past few years, this trend has started to decline. Recently, films such as 42, Love and Mercy, and The Danish Girl, were all critically acclaimed. Yet, they failed to excel at the box office. Even films based upon more recent celebrities such as both of the Steve Jobs films have failed to crack even $40 million worldwide. While these films may not be as successful as they used to be, Hollywood still churns them out relentlessly.
Race is the true story based upon American-Athlete Jesse Owens. He was an African-American track star that was breaking records during a time of racial dispute in the U.S. Not only that, but he competed in the 1936 Olympics that took place in Nazi Germany. So does Race manage to stand out among a plethora of other biopics?
Race is a good movie. It’s well acted, it’s written and directed well, and the actual races in the film got your heart pumping a bit. But, Race fails to be fantastic. In fact, I would even hesitate to call it great. It’s a by-the-books biopic that we’ve come to expect every few years or so. It comes and goes and nobody seems to notice.
Let’s start with the acting. All of the actors in this film suited their roles well. However, none of them stood out as being fantastic. They were all very serviceable in their roles. I would like to point out that it was nice to see Jason Sudeikis step out of his comedic shell. It’s always interesting when comedic actors decide to stretch their legs a bit and do a drama or two. Sometimes is works fantastically, as in Steve Carell’s case. Other times, not so much.
The writing in this film was a little here and there. Some scenes were a bit boring because the dialogue that was written wasn’t really that interesting. Then there are other scenes that worked extremely well and would’ve been an emotional train wreck to the audience, had we been more invested. That brings us to the biggest flaw, you never really care about the characters. Yeah, you can see that they’re good people, but you never actually want to sit down and hang out with them. You don’t want to interact with these people because they seem a bit boring. So, when you don’t care about the characters, these would-be emotional train wrecks don’t pack as big of a punch as they had the potential to.
The scenes of Jesse Owens running, however, were really exciting. You actually were interested in who was going to win and who wasn’t. You breathed a sigh of relief whenever they would prevail. The thing about that is, with a film like this, you’re supposed to be standing up and cheering in those moments. Because the races and jumps don’t last long, you never really develop the level of nervousness as you’re supposed to. So, while the races were exciting, they were very short lived.
Race is the type of movie that you watch in a High School history course. It keeps the class’s attention, but it doesn’t necessarily make the class exciting either. It is decently acted and directed, and the races are fun, but they don’t last long enough for you to actually care about them. I would recommend you watch Race if you’re a history buff, or if you really don’t have anything else to do this weekend.
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