First of all, Winning six awards was Mad Max: Fury Road (Best Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Film Editing, and both Sound Mixing and Editing). So, if you were to ask me, then I’d say we have the most complete film right here. Not only was Charlize Theron snubbed for Best Actress in Leading or Supporting Role (which let’s face it, she owned that movie). It’s just a little surprising that a movie can win so many technical awards but the actors not get nods. Also, a movie done largely with practical effects, it does surprise me that it was beaten by Ex Machina. Don’t get me wrong, that film looked great, but they’re just pushing the limits of CGI, and hopefully they don’t go bankrupt. At least Mad Max did get a Best Picture Nomination.
Already talked about Leo, so off to Best Picture: Spotlight. You can find our thoughts on this film here and just to warn you again, it’s squeamish. Much like The Big Short, which we did not get around to reviewing, it told a real story that was haunting and it caused an extreme emotional response. Did the Academy get it right? With competition like The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Brooklyn, and Bridge of Spies…I’m inclined to agree with the Academy. I picked The Big Short to win it, but with performances like Mark Ruffalo’s and Rachel McAdams’, it’s hard not to think of Spotlight as the best film of 2015. Just a shame the actors and director who made it all happen were no where to be found on the Award Winner’s list. A problem that occurs all too often.
And yes, above is how my dearest Ben looked last night. Sad, dejected, and unable to even find a tie or smile. Looks like he came in character as Batman instead of himself. Thankfully the bromance he and Matt Damon share got him through the night. A real moment happened between longtime friends, just a simple hug, as reported, but nothing else. I’m just kidding, did you see Jimmy Kimmel Live after the Oscars?
Then this happened:
Yeah, I think our Dark Knight is just fine. You have to give it to friends that can take on an over ten year old inside joke and make it work on a night in which there isn’t often anything interesting to report.
I will say this, it brings up a point that I believe is just a bit too odd not to comment on. Why would a film win Best Picture and that film’s director not win Best Director? It happened to Ben with Argo and now the talented Tom McCarthy gets the same treatment with his film Spotlight.
We can’t, and won’t argue that he’s made TERRIBLE decisions as an actor, with such gems under his belt like Mike Meyer’s sad attempt at recapturing the initial Austin Power’s magic in The Guru, or in 2010’s winner, Little Fockers, which should have just stopped after the second film. But with all that, it should diminish his accomplishment with Spotlight. Congrats Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant, but I don’t think a troubled production should earn you an award.
No real thoughts for these award winners: Best Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson for Room. Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies. Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl. All fine choices. Just disagree with all of them. How would I have called them? It’s go time:
- Best Actress in a Leading Role: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn (she’s done nothing but amaze, seriously, have you seen Hannah?)
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight (not going to lie, I actually think his performance was the best of the entire year, the anger, the passion. Just the best.)
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Rachel McAdams, Spotlight (again, one of the best performances this year, she really seemed invested and wanted to investigate, lines were blurred.)
- For “Stars and Tickles” (patent pending on Family Safe alternative to Sh**’s and Giggles), let me tell you who I thought should have won Best Actor in a Leading Role: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs. You can see our review and know that Magneto was every bit the arse that the real Steve Jobs was and more. In a Biographical film, you want the actor to be the person it’s about. And he nailed it according to everyone who worked under the genius tyrant.
We can’t end without congratulating Disney/Pixar for winning Best Animated Feature Film with Inside Out. No one will disagree with you there. As I mentioned earlier, the team behind Ex Machina pushed the boundaries for CGI effects by winning Best Visual Effects, but I’m sure Weta Digital will have something to say when The Jungle Book and Independence Day: Resurgence this year.
One of my favorite awards is Best Original Song, which was won this year by Sam Smith for “Writing’s On The Wall” (from Spectre). While that particular Bond movie didn’t make much sense, this tune is certainly fantastic:
And just for Stars and Tickles, let’s listen to Adele’s “Skyfall” from Skyfall. These two are the only ones that have won Best Original Song from Bond films. Think about that…over 50 years of Bond flicks and only two songs won this category…guess they just needed two London-based artists.
Given the controversy and just in general how boring the Oscars are to watch, there were a few things to say about the overall experience. I’m pretty sure I’ve said them all.
Didn’t read my fancy words, here is the short version:
It’s the Oscars. They don’t mean anything to us common folk. After all, if you asked the Earth’s population, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of only three $2 Billion revenue driving films ever, was deserving of the award that counts: profit.
Oh, and as for the fashion aspect, all I have to say is “Dat Jennifer Lawrence”: