Lets go with a little Oscar talk shall we?
This year we have Jim and David, and no, there will be no dance numbers and you won’t have to wait 90 minutes to get to the categories you care about.
Q: What Movies have you seen?
Jim: I know you wait on the edge of your chair every year for this. As always, I issue this standard disclaimer. I haven’t seen nearly any of these movies. I have a 7 year old, so if it isn’t animation, I usually don’t see it. In the adult categories, I saw Straight Out of Compton and Star Wars last year. In the animation category alone I saw Inside Out and Shawn the Sheep. So that being said, I also have about a 90% accuracy over the years picking the Oscar. Because honestly, there are rarely any surprises. The voters have their patterns, and I pick up on them pretty well.
David: I’ve seen a few, with 5 kids, its also hard to get to the movies with any regularity. I try and post reviews when I can. I’ll list the ones I have seen in the individual categories, cause to be honest, I couldn’t tell you if a movie is 2014 or 2015 most times.
Jim: Shawn the Sheep was my absolute favorite movie of the year. No spoken words. Just an incredible feat to make a movie so good without dialog. But Inside Out will win, and I have no problem with that. It’s a really good movie.
David: Looks like the Wallace and Grommit movie, so of course it looks British, so its better than anything in America to Oscar voters. No spoken words? Oh if only one of the sheep looked like Meryl Streep and Sean Penn!
Best Supporting Actor:
Christian Bale – The Big Short as Michael Burry
Tom Hardy – The Revenant as John Fitzgerald
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight as Michael Rezendes
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies as Rudolf Abel
Sylvester Stallone – Creed as Rocky Balboa
Jim: It’s an easy one this year. Sylvester Stallone will and should win for Creed. And nothing will make me happier this year. He absolutely deserves it for a lifetime achievement from nothing to everything to amazing over 40 years of the same character. He’ll get a standing ovation, and deservedly so.
David: Yeah, its Rocky VII. I’m a little ticked I didn’t get to see it yet, but I don’t think anyone else has a chance, unless Mark Ruffalo gets a protest vote. By the way, see how many of these guys do comic book movies?
Best Supporting Actress:
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight as Daisy Domergue
Rooney Mara – Carol as Therese Belivet
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight as Sacha Pfeiffer
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs as Joanna Hoffman
Jim: Honestly, I don’t care. Nothing movies with nothing performances. So why not Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl.
David: I almost want to go with Alicia Vikander as well, simply because she’s got the cool name and Oscar voters might think this counts as diversity. But I’ll go with Kate Winslet- maybe the Academy wants to keep her away from the Divergent movies.
Jim: If Brie Larson doesn’t win for The Room, then they should just stop the show and go home. She should, and she will. Everyone else will show up for the after party. Brie will take home gold.
David: Brie Larson. Next! But it would be funny to see Jennifer Lawrence win.
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo as Dalton Trumbo
Matt Damon – The Martian as Mark Watney
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant as Hugh Glass
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs as Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl as Lili Elbe / Einar Wegener
Jim: DiCaprio will win, but only because the voters think he’s been screwed over so many times. I won’t waste my time with this movie. If I want to see a guy miserable in the woods, I’ll go camping and look in a mirror. Damon should win for The Martian. But hey, the Oscars love awarding a single year award for life time achievement. Scorsese won Best Director for his worst movie. But he was due. So is Leonardo.
David: I’d like to see the Revenant , but I tell you. Matt Damon was AMAZING in the Martian. I almost wonder if there might be a Cruise-like backlash for trying to get that Oscar. I think there is too much a push to make it happen. I almost think Fassbender might take it as a protest vote. If that happens, expect Leo to play a gay Englishman who loses a leg to Stalin- or maybe even make the Dreyfus Affair as a movie. (look it up, that’s Oscar bait)
Jim: Adam McKay has given us some of the funniest movies in history. I love his work. And you don’t win for comedy. But you can win for The Big Short. And he should. But Alejandro Inarritu has been winning everything for The Revenant, and he’ll win it here too. Sadly.
David: You can read my thoughts on Fury Road here. Its the only one of the 5 I have seen, and visually, it was AMAZING. I almost wonder with the watering down of Best Picture, if this ends up being the “big prize” in a few years.
The Big Short – Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner
Bridge of Spies – Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, and Kristie Macosko Krieger
Brooklyn – Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
Mad Max: Fury Road – Doug Mitchell and George Miller
The Martian – Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, and Mark Huffam
The Revenant – Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, and Keith Redmon
Room – Ed Guiney
Spotlight – Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Blye Pagon Faust
Jim: The Revenant is getting all the press, but The Big Short is getting all the love. Look for it to win it all. Now, as for which should win…The Room. But it won’t.
David: I want to see the Room, I really do, but I’ve only seen two of these, and The Martian was by FAR the more superior feature. I look to the Room to win, and for Spike Lee to go nuts when Brooklyn loses, again.
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