Tom Hardy (The Revenant)
Jacob Tremblay – Room
My Overall Thoughts:
This was another year with some great nominees, but the race was clearly between SS and MR up until that envelope was finally opened.
5. Christian Bale
4. Tom Hardy
3. Mark Ruffalo
2. Sylvester Stallone
1. Mark Rylance
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. Creed – A Rocky film back at the top. This movie deals so much with the theme of identity and it really resonates so much throughout. Great job by Jordan in the lead and it was so much fun watching Rocky back on screen again despite now being much older. Stallone shows here that he knows how to take the back seat when necessary and deserving was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in this film despite not winning the award in the end. Great fighting scenes that show how modern things have gotten, yet keep the fundamental aspects of a boxing film throughout. Can’t wait to see where they plan to take this story in the coming sequel.
3. 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.
2. Bridge of Spies – Superb performances by Hanks and Rylance make this so thrilling to watch. Subdued tension keep the momentum going throughout. Spielberg knows how to create days long gone and make us believe we are really there.
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! MR is superb in this film and was the most deserving of the nominees based on this amazing performance.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!