Well after a brief foray in to the world of blogging last year Sam and I are back on a shiny new page, with a proper domain name. Sadly we are minus our two friends who found themselves too busy to commit sadly, hence the demise of Rainy City. Anyway welcome to Dead Critics Society, a blog for film news, reviews and general chit chat! I don’t think at this time of year it is possible to open a film blog without writing a bit about the Oscars and that is exactly where I am going to start.
Before a single award has been handed out, this years awards have caused a serious uproar, with #Oscarssowhite dominating the discussion. Not for the first time, not a single non-white actor has been nominated in any of the four acting categories. There’s been a lot of discussion, with the majority of people saying it’s terrible and shows a lack of diversity in Hollywood, and a very loud minority saying “Well you have to win on merit not just because you are black.” Which is actually a fair point. I don’t think a single actor alive would want to win for anything other than their artistic merit. However that doesn’t mean the academy was right. In this post I will be looking at where I believe they nominated per
I wasn’t surprised by six out of the eight nominations in this category. The two that I was surprised about was Mad Max and The Martian, but not in a negative way. Mad Max, up until December, was the best film I had seen all year. The practical effects are unrivalled, the intensity was high and Tom Hardy is in it which is always a positive. The Martian was the most fun I’d had in a cinema all year, it was very funny, just touching enough in the right parts and the science parts where fascinating. Most of all though nominating Room was the best decision they made. It has easily been my favourite movie of the year, with outstanding performances from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, a haunting and original story and Lenny Abrahamson did a fantastic job. I don’t think it will win, but Room should be this years best picture.
Bridge of Spies. Don’t get me wrong this is not a bad film, there aren’t many films with Tom Hanks in that are. The Oscars are for celebrating outstanding films though. There is nothing outstanding about this film, but it’s Spielberg so it was always going to get nominated.
The Overlooked – Carol, Beasts of No Nation, Inside Out, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Probably not, probably just me being biased)
Best Actor in a Leading Role
This is the hardest part of this article I had to write. I can’t see much right with these selections. I will accept that Leo probably deserved his nomination, but I don’t want him to win. He was outshone in his own film by Tom Hardy this time around. The Revenant was a filmmakers film, not an actors.
The rest of them. Matt Damon was good, but really, he was just spinning off a decent script into a camera 60% of the time. Your average youtube star can manage that. Eddie Redmayne is the one I have a real issue with. Quickly becoming The Academy’s golden boy, despite the fact he managed to piss of most of the transgender community by being cast in the role in the first place. Other than that he was also very wooden and plain. Let’s get one thing straight, he also didn’t deserve his win last year. Very overrated in my opinion, just keeps getting Oscar fodder roles.
The Overlooked – Idris Elba, Jacob Tremblay, Steve Carell, Jason Mitchell, Samuel L Jackson (Again, probably not, but I loved him in Hateful Eight)
Actress in a Leading Role
I mean, I’ve probably made it very obvious already, but the best nomination probably in the entire roster is Brie Larson. She is likely to and fully deserves to win the Oscar and I personally am very excited to see where her career goes from here, after smaller roles in Don Jon and 21 Jump Street, she’s really stepped up in class. Cate Blanchett as per fully deserves her nomination however, but that really goes without saying.
Jennifer Lawrence. I love her usually, but Joy was a lifeless film, from a director who just keeps using the same actors even though he has probably got everything out of them he can. Also I get an honorable mention here, because I have not seen 45 years so I can’t pass judgment on Charlotte Rampling at all.
The Overlooked – Carey Mulligan (carried Suffragette on her shoulders), Amy Poehler (I don’t care if it’s voice acting)
Part 2 – Both Supporting Actor Categories and Best Director Categories – Wednesday.