Selena Gomez – The Fundamentals of Caring
My Overall Thoughts:
This is another year with 5 great nominees that all give great performances. They all stand out in their films yet, one of them had a leg up on the rest since she is more of a lead role than a supporting one and that helps make her performance even more powerful when comparing the 5 nominees and their work.
5. Octavia Spencer
4. Naomie Harris
3. Nicole Kidman
2. Michelle Williams
1. Viola Davis
5. Moonlight – Not as amazing as most people claim. The three stories help to give us a better view of his evolving and cyclical life, but the effectiveness of each stories wanes as we watch it all unfold. The first segment is the best and most powerful and I wish they would have just stayed with that story for the whole film. Ali is great and things might have been even more enjoyable had the film focused more on him.
4. Lion – Very emotional film that takes us on a journey of discovery. Great way that they split the film into two distinct parts that help us understand the character and how complicated his life and memories have become. Patel is great as the older version of the main character yet it’s fun to watch Pawar portray the character as a child. I started to well up with tears at the end because this film is such an emotional roller coaster ride. Kidman does a great job in a supporting role.
3. Hidden Figures – Great and emotional film that shows us how essential these women were in the success of the Space Program. Great cast shows the difficulties of that era, while still being able to spotlight the work done by these women. Costner once again proves how efficient he can be in supporting roles. Love the ambiguity of the title of the film because that in and of itself tells us so much about this film’s message.
2. Fences – Great dialogue driven film that is able to says so much just by the way the characters act and react to everything around them. This film’s ability to rely only on dialogue makes it so interesting to listen to because the scenery doesn’t change much, just the way the characters talk and feel about everything going on around them. Gives us a great impression of how black families felt during the 1950’s and how their think evolved over the different time periods this film takes place in. It is quite enjoyable watching Washington, Davis and Adepo interact on screen
1. Manchester by the Sea – Affleck is superb here and I really doubt anyone else could have been able to bring the emotional depth of this character to the screen as well as he does. The story is written and planned so well by Writer-Director Lonnegan that it is able to creep into our minds and effect us so much mainly because it seems so realistic. Loved the way that we are privy to most of the conversations but not all which gives us a bit of distance for the most intimate and emotional conversations. Definitely deserved it’s two Oscars and remains my favorite film of 2016.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! VD is superb in Fences, yet her role is more of a lead role than a supporting one and if one just looks at things from the perspective of being the best supporting role, then it should have gone to MW instead, but there is no doubt that VD’s performance is the most powerful of the 5 nominees.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!