Every year around this time, a number of great films and talented people are passed for the prestigious award that is an Oscar. This year is no different as the nominees are in and have been confirmed by the Academy and there is no less criticism than years prior, but who were the snubs? Who belonged and who didn’t? These are questions I will answer right… NOW!
NO NON “WHITE” ACTORS OR ACTRESSES NOMINATED:
I’ll say this again, those who were nominated absolutely deserved to be nominated, but it’s shocking there was no Benicio del Toro for Sicario, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E from Straight Outta Compton aren’t on any lists for awards for Best-Supporting Oscars or not, and it’s actually quite shocking. These were some consensus picks for best film of the year thanks to specifically the craftsmanship of the stories then the actors/actresses themselves so it pains me to not see them on the list.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR/ACTRESS IS STACKED AGAIN:
This has been a great category full of impressive actors every year and this one is no different. It’s great to see Tom Hardy on here for The Revenant because he was just magnetic with his performance while Mark Rylance, Mark Ruffalo, Sylvester Stallone, and Christian Bale were equally as impressive in their own rights, but I’m still hoping it comes down to Ruffalo for his captivating performance in Spotlight, Stallone in Creed, and Hardy in The Revenant.
For the women, this was a year of outstanding performances across the board and it usually is, but it goes to most women being in “smaller” films that many get to see via the mainstream, but let me tell you, these women are kicking some serious ass in the acting categories. Kate Winslet for me is the front-runner for the trophy this year, but it’s Alicia Vikander who was the breakout star of 2015 but she wasn’t nominated for the film I thought she did the best in and that’s Ex Machina. Instead, she was nominated for her role in The Danish Girl which was just as deserving, but was not the better film she was in.
SORKIN AND TARANTINO NOT EVEN NOMINATED FOR THEIR SCREENPLAYS
This was a blow for a guy like me i.e. the writer because these two are always great and that hasn’t changed one bit, but it just goes to show that even if you are either of these men, you are not a shoe in. Sorkin for sure seemed like the viable pick if not front-runner for the award on his work on Steve Jobs, but it goes to show that if a movie tanks even a little bit from your standards the Academy sees that, and the same goes for Tarantino.
MAD MAD: FURY ROAD GETS SOME LOVE IN 10 CATEGORIES
This is one of the few blockbuster genre films we see every so often get a butt-load of awards. In the past it was films like Lord of the Rings and I think that Mad Max has a fair chance of taking home plenty of technical awards as well as possibly a Best-Director award for George Miller, and that excites me. It was one of the best films of the year, no question, and it is being recognized as such which is great for the film and film in general.
THE BEST-ANIMATED FEATURE IS DIVERSE YET AGAIN
Animation is a beautiful medium for all things entertainment and movies are the best canvas for the wide variety of styles and stories people want to tell and this year we have everything. Making an impressive appearance on the list is Charlie Kaufman’s Rated-R love story Anomalisa while we were given a Pixar film (Inside Out), an anime film (When Marnie Was There), a movie I’ve never heard of (Boy and the World), and an underrated gem that is Shaun the Sheep.