2015 offered plenty of good-to-great films (not as many “great” films as one would hope but still a good year in cinema). Some of my personal favorites were Mad Max: Fury Road, Spotlight, The Big Short, Creed, Straight Outta Compton, and The Hateful Eight.
My first reaction when I saw who was nominated was “so, the Oscars are still super white?!”
- Best Picture
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
- Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
- Best Actor
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Matt Damon, The Martian
- Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
- Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
- Best Supporting Actress
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
- Best Original Screenplay
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight
Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie del Carmen Inside Out
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus, Straight Outta Compton [via Vulture]
Just by reading the nominations, I found it HILARIOUS that literally the only white thing about Straight Outta Compton (other than Paul Giamatti) is who wrote the screenplay. The cast is black, the director is black, but the white screenplay writers get the Oscar nomination? Maybe that just amuses me. I mean, the portrayal of N.W.A. and the direction was practically flawless.
Let’s talk about Creed, I didn’t think Michael B. Jordan’s performance in it was nearly as good as his performance in Fruitvale Station, so him not getting nominated wasn’t really bothersome to me. I liked that Sylvester Stallone got nominated because I loved his performance — hell, he should win! But I also thought Tessa Thompson should’ve been nominated as a supporting actress in Creed, she had a very powerful performance in a semi-limited role.
The Academy can nominate up to 10 films for Best Picture, yet they only nominated eight. I thought The Martian was wack! Straight Outta Compton was highly-praised but yet was still snubbed. Director of Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray, and director of Creed, Ryan Coogler, also deserved consideration (along with Quentin Tarantino) but I understood the choices made in that crowded category.
I don’t think anyone wants an affirmative action-like system in award shows, where nominations are just made simply to diversify the award show but it is baffling how it seems racial-minorities are so frequently snubbed.
This is why I hate award shows and the announcement of the nominees, just give the award out to who you picked as the best movie and keep shit moving.
Award shows are money-grabs, they nominate so many films so the big stars will come to the event and networks will pay hellacious amounts of money to broadcast the event and advertisers will pay even larger amounts of money to get their ads ran during the event on the network. And none of this is surprising when you look at the article The Atlantic posted in 2014 saying out of all of the Oscar voters: 94% are white, 76% are men, and the average age is 63-years-old (although the president of the Academy is Cheryl Boone Isaacs; a black woman).
Did I mention there will be a black host? And it’s Chris Rock of all people? I hope Rock rips the Academy a new asshole! Haha