The Oscar goes to…
The 2016 Oscars have been dominated by the row over racism in the film industry and the fact no black actors have been nominated for awards for two consecutive years now. We’ve had a quick look at some of the nominated movies and here’s our viewpoint on whether or not they’re worth all the hype:
Spotlight is tipped to be the winner of the Best Picture award and this journalistic thriller has the actors and grittily realistic story to make it, with its take on historic child abuse within the church environment. Spotlight features great performances from Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo, yet it’s the realistic portrayal of child abuse and grooming which makes this film so watchable.
The biggest competitors Spotlight faces are all blockbusting studio epics, The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian and The Big Short. The Revenant has already scooped three Golden Globe awards and Leonardo di Caprio’s performance has been hailed by critics. Stunning visuals and cinematic landscaping of this wilderness epic may well be likely to steal the scene at the Oscars; this is the type of film the American critics adore.
The Big Short is hyped up to be an award winner but this film is truly a little tedious and relies upon its big name stars Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling to make something of the story about the financial crisis of 2008. The ten nominations for Mad Max: Fury Road show just how popular this film has been at the box office, however, although it’s an exciting and action packed romp it probably shouldn’t deserve too much credit for ingenuity.
The Martian is a nice film, but outstandingly nice? We don’t think so. We feel Spotlight should win but it’s more likely The Revenant will capture more awards this year; it’s been nominated for 12 awards in total.