So here I am, it took me quite some time to finish up all my homework but I am only 6 movies out to have basically completed the entire Oscar lineup of 2016. Nevertheless, I feel that now I have a good basis to join in on all those #OscarSoWhite and Why-did-this-one-get-snubbed? conversations. And I thought that the best post for starting my reporting on the Oscars would be a post of the biggest snubs in this years race.

The Shoulds

No.1 Victoria – Best Foreign Language Film

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Courtesy of http://filmint.nu/

I did not have to think for too long to post my top snub of the year (maybe with a little german bias). Anyways, Victoria will most likely make it to my Top 3 movies of 2015 – this movie is truly an experience like nothing before. When I think of my sentiment after this film, my jaw was on the floor. How did they pull this off? Shooting a film of this magnitude in just one take – (almost) every second of this film felt so real. You were in the film with the main characters and as the daylight broke and the situation escalated more and more, I was just completely at the edge of my seat. It truly is a shame that this amazing cinematic experience does not get the stage it deserves; and if the reason really is the “amount of English spoken in the movie” – well then I just don’t know what to believe anymore (sounds a little dramatic, I know).

No. 2 – Jacob Tremblay for Best Supporting Actor

Courtesy of https://hitflix.com

Courtesy of https://hitflix.com

My review for Room is still pending but this was probably one of the best movies, I have seen in this season (yes, I know I just said the exact same thing for Victoria). A big shoutout of my review will be praising the amazing acting performance by Jacob “Jack” Tremblay – I don’t even know how anyone is able to get such a multi-facetted performance out of the 9 (!!!!) year old kid. Jack was everything in this movie – happy, horrified, scared, loving, hating, screaming. And none of his acts seemed immature or staged at all. His acting was so believable and amazing – it made ME – a grown man – cry…twice.

No. 3 – Charlize Theron for Best Actress in a Leading Role

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Courtesy of http://www.stuff.co.nz/

Mad Max Fury Road seems like such a long time ago already, but I so vividly remember the kick-ass ride, George Miller took me in the theater. And as everyone knows by now, the movie should have probably been called Mad Furiosa – because Charlize Theron and her entourage (of which Tom Hardy became part of) really are the main cast of the film. And Charlize Theron’s heroic performance as the tough-as-nails female alpha of the group of the group was nothing short of at least a nomination for best actress.

No. 4 – J.J. Abrams for Best Director

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Courtesy of http://www.cinemablend.com/

Ever since the acquisition of Lucasfilms by Disney and the respective announcement of a Star Wars revival, there was probably no movie which was under so much scrutiny: Episode VII HAD to be good – the franchise would have probably not been able to recover from another Jar-Jar-Binks-Blow. So the pressure on the entire crew and mainly J.J. Abrams as the director was immense – in my opinion (before watching the film) it was mission which was poised to fail. Instead, we all know what happened – Star Wars Episode VII became one of the highest grossing movies of all times (and has Avatar in his crosshair), it received praises from basically every movie-going demographic. And the movie was not just great blockbuster entertainment, it was a great (even though not necessarily new) story with wonderful new characters and basically everyone can’t wait until the next installment hits theaters. All this post excitement would not be there if it wasn’t for J.J. Abrams great direction of the franchise – and I do believe that he deserves some recognition for this achievement.

No. 5 – Robbing Beasts of No Nation

wpid-film-review-beasts-of-no-nation1The review for Beasts of No Nation is still pending and granted that I think there were some issues with the script which make the movie fall short of a perfect pitch. So even if the Academy wants to completely ignore Beasts of No Nation as a best picture (which is fair) – it must not ignore Idris Elba and Abraham Atta. And against the popular opinion, I would even argue that Abraham Atta deserved it a bit more – his transformation from happy-but-poor child to hollow-and-torn-inside murder machine was just astonishing. And his Commandant Idris Elba gave a great performance as the blood-thirsty evil – but still weirdly loving – war lord. And he nailed that African accent like such a boss. But well by now, we all have learned through the very various channels that Beasts of No Nation as a whole is playing the poster child role in the next act of #OscarSoWhite – and I can only support the cause.

No. 6 – Ridley Scott for Best Director

Courtesy of http://vox.com

Courtesy of http://vox.com

As y’all know, I really dug The Martian (it did not deserve the best acting nomination – more about that later) but one thing is for sure – The Martian was a wonderfully paced and super entertaining crowdpleaser. The chemistry between the actors, the pacing of the storyline and (from what I can tell) the adaption of the book by Peter Weir was just masterfully executed. And here is this guy – Ridley Scott who is almost 80 (!) years old and still cranking out Hollywood blockbusters. A man who has directed masterpieces like: Alien (1979), Gladiator (2000), Thelma and Louise (1991) and was part of the Production credit for 107 (!) film or TV projects – and he still has not been able to win an Academy Award for Best Director ? Throw this guy a bone now, will ya.

 

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