Ridley Scott – The Martian
My Overall Thoughts:
This is another great year filled with really deserving nominees. 4 of the 5 could have won this award and I personally would have given Scott the nomination instead of McKay.
5. Adam McKay
4. Lenny Abrahamson
3. Tom McCarthy
2. George Miller
1. Alejandro G. Iñárritu
5. The Big Short – Still can’t believe this got so many Oscar nominations. The story just wasn’t told in the right way and instead of trying to dumb down it all, they should have told it in a straight fashion. Was done too pretentiously and I didn’t enjoy the tone of it at all.
4. Mad Max: Fury Road – Crazy-fun action movie that truly is a fun filled non-stop two hour car chase. Amazing production and technical work transports us into a new but very “lived in” world. Characters are strong enough that they don’t need words to explain their actions, sometimes a grunt or scream is enough. The story itself is simplistic, but works within the context, but could have been even better if it was more engaging. Not amazing, but still pretty good.
3. Room – Jacob Tremblay, though an experienced actor, could not bring himself to yell at Brie Larson in the scene where he is angry about his birthday cake having no candles. Finally the director had the entire cast and crew start jumping up and down yelling and screaming until he was able to do it himself.
2. The Revenant – Shot chronologically on an 80-day schedule that took place over a total principal photography time period of nine months. This unusually long production time was due to the cold weather conditions, the remoteness of the locations and director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki’s aesthetic plan to shoot only with natural light for maximum realism. Only a few shooting hours were available every day and had to be carefully planned in advance.
1. Spotlight – Amazing film that really deserved its Best Picture win in 2015 because it tells such a captivating story in a clear cut yet exciting fashion. All star cast does an amazing job here but the true lead character is the story itself. The ability to keep such an event secret for so many years says so much but the courageousness of the reporters to break the silence says even more. Even more enjoyable every time I watch it because of the boldness of it all. The events portrayed here have had such a ripple effect over the years to the point where it’s so scary to think about the thousands (if not more) who’s stories were kept secret for so long with no help or even acknowledgement in sight.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! I still don’t believe that The Revenant is the best film of the year yet its direction is amazing and is clearly the best of the nominees.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!