Academy Awards Blogging

I’ve now seen all 8 films nominated for Best Picture.  I’m kind of a film buff.  Usually, I have one movie that I latch on to, that I root for in almost every category.  This year, not so much.  But I did enjoy most of the movies.  Here are my “in a nutshell” thoughts on the Best Picture nominees, in order from my favorite to least favorite.

  1. Room – A heartbreaking film and a breathtaking adaptation of the novel.  The performances of the two leads (Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson) were outstanding.
  2. Spotlight – I am a bit of a dialogue nerd, and I thought the screenplay was excellent.  It’s a very “talky” movie, and those can be boring sometimes.  But Spotlight avoided those tropes.  Wonderful cast.  I will not be upset if this wins Best Picture.
  3. The Martian – Okay, so maybe it’s not a comedy, but it’s fun.  It’s exciting, not a typical space movie.  And it’s got one of the best casts out there.
  4. Brooklyn – A very sweet, heartfelt film.  Saoirse Ronan sparkles.  And I loved the color and composition.
  5. The Revenant – These types of movies aren’t my cup of tea.  That being said, I think this film was extremely well-done.  Cinematography and scope was INSANE.  Leo better win that Oscar finally! (I won’t be upset if this wins Best Picture either.)
  6. Bridge of Spies – It was fun seeing Mark Rylance with a big role in a movie.  And who doesn’t like Tom Hanks?  It was good–intriguing–but not my favorite.
  7. Mad Max: Fury Road – Visually, this movie was fantastic.  The performances were fine.  But I didn’t like the plot.  It was weird.  I’m sure this is because I never saw the 1980s movies.
  8. The Big Short – I hated economics when I took it in college.  This was a unique approach to the market’s collapse, but I couldn’t follow it.  And those wigs?  How terrible were they?

Special shoutout to my favorite movie of the year: Ex Machina – How was this movie not nominated for everything?  It was thought-provoking and intriguing and creepy as all get out!  I can’t stop thinking about it.

What was your favorite movie of the year?

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