Here are the eight nominees: (Winner in Bold)
My Overall Thoughts:
Once again, this was a year where despite most of the nominees being quite good, it was a boxing match between two films that dominated all o the awards shows.
- 8. – The Theory of Everything – Very good story, but the performance of Redmayne is what makes this one memorable, not the rest of the aspects of it all.
- 7. – The Grand Budapest Hotel – Anderson likes to use rapid-fire techniques to try and keep things going, not my style, but the film is entertaining nevertheless with a great ensemble cast
- 6. – Whiplash – Powerful film mainly because of Simmons’ performance. The message about striving for greatness no matter the obstacles is done extremely well.
- 5. – The Imitation Game – Epic tale of WWII that is accentuated by the social message about intolerance
- 4. – Boyhood – Amazing technical achievement of film a movie over such a long period of time, but the story isn’t as gripping because it doesn’t mesh together well enough
- 3. – Birdman – Another amazing technical achievement making the film feel like one continuous shot. Holywood loves movies about the “industry” and that’s probably why this one in the end, but as with Boyhood, the story just doesn’t cut it well enough
- 2. – American Sniper – Great biopic that is so relevant to everything going on when it came out (and even now, two years later). Cooper is superb and the message of patriotism rings true throughout.
- 1. – Selma – IMHO, this was the best film of the year because it tells an epic tale of a real struggle and has some amazing peerformances by all involved. I don’t believe that since this was made by an African American Female director that it should have won due to “affirmative action”, but rather because it was the best of the lot and gives us a clear emotional tale about overcoming hardships in an intolerable society. Truly a shame that this film didn’t get more recognition because it is amazing!
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not at all! Birdman is a great movie, but Selma is so much more powerful a story and it was a shame that it got snubbed in so many categories.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!