Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)
Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)
Matt Damon (The Martian)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)
Christopher Plummer – Remember (2015)
My Overall Thoughts:
This was another competitive year, but it was basically between DiCaprio and Damon who both have been seeking their first Oscar on the mantle.
5. Michael Fassbender
4. Eddie Redmayne
3. Bryan Cranston
2. Matt Damon
1. Leonardo DiCaprio
5. Steve Jobs
– Amazing dialogue written by Sorkin, but the story itself doesn’t flow well enough and would have probably been much better if it had been filmed as a normal biopic instead of in three segments. Fassbender and Winslet are both great here but the material is a bit lacking.
4. The Danish Girl
– Too many scenes dragged on and part of the story doesn’t feel realistic enough. Redmayne is pretty good here, but I’m not sure this is one of the best performances of the year. Just because an actor or actress plays a member of the opposite sex doesn’t mean that it is award worthy. Makes me wonder why they needed to create a fictional account of his/her life instead of using the real story and Hollywoodizing it for the original book and subsequently the movie.
3. Trumbo – Excellent movie that shows the hardships and the repercussions that the Red scare of the 1950’s caused waves within Hollywood. Cranston is superb as Trumbo and has given one of the best performances of 2015. A great Hollywood biopic that shows everyone’s true colors during a very tense and volatile time in history.
2. The Revenant –
Much more enjoyable during my second viewing. I now understand why so many people love this movie. Great epic that comes close to equaling some of the great epics of days gone by. Excellent cinematography that is deserving of a three-peat for Lubezki. Excellent performance by DiCaprio eventhough it’s not his best performance.
1. The Martian
– Great movie about a lone man’s quest for survival against nearly impossible odds. Very good adaptation of the book but not perfectly transferred. Gave me the feeling of Apollo 13 (1995) with the way that people on Earth and space worked together towards the goal of saving a life in space. Damon is great here as the smart but wise cracking stranded astronaut. Scott is back to form and does an amazing job directing this film.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – I can live with it! I think DiCaprio did a nice job in this film even if it wasn’t his best performance ever. Damon was also great here and I woulda been happy with either of them winning.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!