Before I go on about the just released nominations, would like to pay tribute to Alan Rickman. I most remembered him as the tortured and ultimately misunderstood Professor Snape from the Harry Potter series, and the shy, older Colonel Brandon who fell for Kate Winslet’s Marianne in Sense and Sensibility. And this just comes after the demise of David Bowie. I admit I am only superficially aware of the latter’s influence in pop culture and music and am ashamed to say that I am just starting to explore his discography proper.
Oscar nominations.They came and…they disappointed yet again not without springing up a few pleasant surprises. Gender representation is getting better based on the slate of nominations (Phyllis Nagy and Emma Donaghue! ) but diversity is still a huge problem.
An unexpected critically acclaimed biographical film with an all – African American cast chronicling the rise and fall of a hip-hop group, a successful reboot of a faltering sports saga starring an African-American protagonist and a LGBT romance film dominated by two female leads got TOTALLY snubbed from the Picture and Director categories (TODD HAYNES !!??).
Well here goes.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens | The Revenant | Carol | Mad Max: Fury Road | The Martian | The Big Short | Room
6/8 – Brooklyn and Bridge of Spies instead of Carol and Star Wars.
Seriously is the Academy adverse to stories outside the WhITE MAN’s TALE or they simply aren’t interested. I know they have been inducting fresh blood into the Academy but it seems the old white guard still holds fort. But I take heart that 3 of the nominees feature prominent female leads. Okay maybe Rachel McAdams too.
Ridley Scott – The Martian | Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant | Todd Haynes – Carol | George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road | Tom McCarthy – Spotlight |
3/5 – Lenny Abrahamson and Adam Mckay (erm) instead of Ridley Scott and ToddHaynes
This is ridiculous, denying Todd Haynes’ genius yet again after Far From Heaven. Pretty shocked that supposed front-runner Ridley Scott go snubbed despite getting DGA nom. The Martian was fun and entertaining but personally I didn’t fall in love with it. Rooting for George Miller to get this for his singular and searing vision in Mad Max. Plus I really dislike the narrative behind The Revenant’s campaign; intense suffering for art doesn’t necessarily makes it a masterpiece. The truth is Inarittu probably put his crew and cast through hell for his “vision”. That said, I love Birdman hee.
Brie Larson – Room | Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn | Cate Blanchett – Carol | Rooney Mara – Carol | Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
4/5 – Jennifer Lawrence instead of Rooney Mara
I guessed correctly that if Rooney failed to overcome Category Fraud, it’s JLaw’s spot to take. And yes..immensely delighted for Charlotte Rampling’s 1st nom , I truly hope she takes this one though Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan are the presumed frontrunners. Haven’t watched 45 Years but the trailer was so emotionally devastating and clips of her filmography in YouTube shows she’s an underrated gifted actress.
Leonardo DiCarprio – The Revenant | Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs | Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl | Matt Damon – The Martian |
Michael B Jordan – Creed
4/5 – Bryan Cranston instead of Michael B Jordan.
My wildcard guess failed lol. Just have to say that Trumbo looks awful based on the trailer.
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight |
Jane Fonda – Youth | Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina | Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs | Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
3.5/5 – Rooney Mara and Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl instead of Jane Fonda and Alicia Vikander in Ex-Machina.
*Category fraud lives on forever, boo. At least her role in Ex-Machina straddled the line between lead and supporting whereas in Danish Girl she is plainly a lead. Actors’ branch played into dumb campaigns instead of voting with much needed sense and evaluation. The likes of Jane Fonda and Cynthia Nixon (genuine supporting actress roles) might have gotten in instead argh. Still happy for JJL for her first nomination , her role as Daisy Domergue has being divisive but I will reserve my opinion till I watched The Hateful Eight.
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight | Jacob Tremblay – Room | Sylvester Stallone – Creed | Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation | Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
3/5 – Tom Hardy and Christian Bale instead of Jason Tremblay and Idris Elba.
Wow they snubbed Idris Elba , the only potential African American nominee (and probably the likeliest) to lend some diversity into this slate. Could it be that the film was too hard to watch or voters are still not welcoming to the Netflix’s model.
Spotlight – Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer | Straight Outta Compton – Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, & Alan Wenkus | Inside Out – Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, & Meg LeFauve | Ex Machina – Alex Garland |
The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarentino
4/5 – Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen instead of Quentin Tarentino
Really surprised about Quentin Tarentino’s omission. Thought he was a surefire nominee. Perhaps the backlash over his film being misogynistic and the fact that he already has 2 Oscars for this category (I really dislike Django Unchained by the way, even though he is one of my all-time favorite filmmakers) could explain this snub.
Carol – Phyllis Nagy | The Big Short – Adam McKay and Charles Randolph |
Steve Jobs – Aaron Sorkin | The Martian – Drew Goddard | Room – Emma Donoghue
4/5 – Nick Hornby instead of Aaron Sorkin
Happy and ecstatic for Emma Donoghue and Phyllis Nagy. Totally deserving even if this means booting out Aaron Sorkin (who last won for The Social Network). One of my favorite categories, featuring 2 female screenwriters and 3 films with female protagonists.
Roger Deakins – Sicario | Ed Lachman – Carol | John Seale – Mad Max: Fury Road | Emmanuel Lubezki – The Revenant | The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson
5/5 – 😀
My only perfect score lol! I am actively rooting for Roger Deakins for his gorgeous and intense palatte in Sicario, this is is 13th nom without winning for goodness’ sake! And Chivo already has 2 consecutive wins.
Margaret Sixel – Mad Max: Fury Road | Tom McArdle – Spotlight |
Pietro Scalia – The Martian | Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Mary Jo Markey & Maryann Brandon | Stephen Mirrione – The Revenant
4/5 – Hank Corwin over Pietro Scalia.
Mad Max: Fury Road please.
Mad Max: Fury Road -Colin Gibson, Katie Sharrock, Lisa Thompson |
Carol – Judy Becker | Bridge of Spies -Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich| Star Wars: The Force Awakens -Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales | The Martian – Arthur Max, Celia Bobak, Zoltan Horvath
3/5 – Eve Stewart/Michael Standish and Jack Fisk/Hamish Purdy over Judy Becker and Rick Carter, Darren Gilford and Lee Sandales.
Star Wars: The Juggernaut Awakens was such a thrilling and exhilarating experience, and that includes its production sets. Oh well.
Carol – Sandy Powell | Cinderella – Sandy Powell |
Brooklyn -Odile Dicks-Mireaux | Mad Max: Fury Road -Jenny Beavan | Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Michael Kaplan
3/5 – Jacqueline West and Paco Delgado over Odile Dicks-Mireaux and Michael Kaplan.
The Revenant again? What’s good?
The Hateful Eight – Enno Morricone |
Spotlight – Howard Shore | Carol – Carter Burwell | Straight Outta Compton – Joseph Trapanese | Bridge of Spies – Thomas Newman
3/5 – Jóhann Jóhannsson and John Williams over Howard Shore and Joseph Trapanese.
Pleasantly surprised over the Sicario inclusion. Have been listening to it at work along with Ex-Machina and Carol’s soundtrack. Its quiet boding of danger culminating into a sense of dread just creeps into my gut and brings me back to the desert landscapes ofthe film. I am anticipating Enno Morricone’s score but will only do so after viewing the film as Quentin tends to include soundbites in his soundtrack containing spoilers. Would be elated to see Morricone, Burwell or Jóhannsson taking this.
Love Me Like You Do – Fifty Shades of Grey | See You Again – Fast and Furious 7 | Till It Happens To You – The Hunting Ground | Simple Song #3 – Youth | Waiting For My Moment – Creed
2/5 – Earned It, Manta Ray, Writing’s On The Wall instead of Love Me Like You Do, See You Again and Waiting For My Moment.
So other than a Golden Globe winner, Lady Gaga is now an Oscar nominee. Earned It instead of Love Me Like You Do? What?
Mad Max: Fury Road – Mark Mangini and David White | Star Wars: The Force Awakens -Matthew Wood and David Acord | The Martian – Oliver Tarney | Sicario -Alan Robert Murray | The Revenant -Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
5/5 – 😮
Oh so I have another 5/5! Strong category with The Revenant being the only film I have yet to watch.
Mad Max: Fury Road | Star Wars: The Force Awakens | The Revenant |
Straight Outta Compton | The Martian
4/5 – Bridge of Spies instead of Straight Outta Compton.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens | The Martian | Mad Max: Fury Road | Ex-Machina |
4/5 – The Revenant over Jurassic World.
Inside Out | Anomalisa | Shaun The Sheep Movie | When Marnie Was There |
4/5 – Boy and The World over The Prophet.
Foreign Language Film
Son of Saul – Hungary | Mustang – France |
Ladyrinth of Lies – Germany | Theeb – Jordan | The Brand New Testament – Belgium
3/5 – A War (Denmark) and Embrace of The Serpent (Colombia) over Ladyrinth of Lies (Germany) and The Brand New Testament (Belgium).
Amy | The Look of Silence |
The Hunting Ground | What Happened, Miss Simone | Cartel Land
4/5 – Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom instead of The Hunting Ground.
A pity about The Hunting Ground snub, it’s nomination might help increase exposure over the rampant sexual assaults going on in American colleges.
Hair and Makeup
Mad Max: Fury Road |
Black Mass | Mr Holmes
1/3 – The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared and The Revenant (again??) over Black Mass and Mr Holmes.
I have never heard of The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared to be frank.
Well to cap things off: