I take a look at the 2016 Oscar Nominees

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Well, the academy released the Oscar nominations for this year’s Academy Awards.  Again, some surprises, some not so surprising.  I usually like to take a look at the most popular categories and give you some of my thoughts on the decisions.  Looking back, I see I’ve done this recap since 2007 (for the 2006 movie year).  If you want to see those previous articles just click the Oscar’s Wild banner above to go to my Oscar’s Wild archive page.

I already posted my favorite movies of 2015 and usually by now I’ve posted my least favorite of 2015.  However I don’t think I’m going to do a least favorite this year because there was really only one, maybe two, movies that I could put on that list and I don’t think I’m strong enough against those movies to even put them on the list.  So, don’t expect a least favorite list this year.

Anyway, back to the Oscar nominees for this year.  You can find the full list of nominees at Oscars.org.  Now, let’s take a look at the “money” categories and judge how the Academy did this year.


Fury Road

The Big Short – I really want to see this. What a great cast. I tried to explain to my wife what this was about and as soon as I got out “…the mortgage crisis…” she said, “I’m out.”

Bridge of Spies – Speilberg and Hanks. 100% the reason to see this. Otherwise, I’d probably say, “No thanks.”  But I guess I’m saying, “Yes…Hanks.”

Brooklyn – There is nothing about this movie’s synopsis that in any way makes me want to watch it.

Mad Max: Fury Road – I never thought the Academy would put this on the list.  WOW.  I think it’s no hyperbole to say that this is probably the best movie ever nominated that will NEVER win the Best Picture. I can’t conceive of a situation where the Academy would vote this movie the winner unless every other movie in this category (and a few other categories as well) immediately forfeit.

The Martian – This is on my must see list. I can’t believe I haven’t seen it yet, but I will. SOON. I would have seen it before now, but as Jeeg would say, #RealLifeProblems.

The Revenant – This has great actors, but it looks like one of those movies where it is trying to make the viewer uncomfortable for nearly 2 hours.

Room – I have no desire to watch a horrific re-enactment of a horrific real life ordeal. If I want that I can watch the news. It’s not why I see movies.

Spotlight – Another movie about child abuse?

Notable Snubs: Only eight this year? Not 10? Where’s Hateful 8? Or Creed? Or even, Heaven forbid, Star Wars The Force Awakens?



Steve Jobs

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo – This looks pretty good. I hadn’t heard about it. It’s got a great cast besides Cranston, whom I love; John Goodman, Hellen Mirren, Diane Lane, etc, etc. I’m in. I’ll watch.

Matt Damon, The Martian – It looks like Damon crushed this one. More often than not, I’m in on Damon’s movies unless he’s doing a “message” movie like Green Zone or Promised Land. But even then I think he’s a pretty great actor.

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant – I’m a fan of Leo. I have no doubt he deserves this. But I don’t have a desire to watch the movie which looks like a punishing way to spend 2 hours.

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs – I love Fassbender and I think this movie looks great. I’m a little surprised that no one has said anything about an Irish-German actor playing such an iconic American personality. People love to argue about that on the Internet. But…nothing. Ditto goes for Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams. How is there no one on the Internet getting righteously indignant about this? Remember the sh*t storm that brewed when a the traditionally white comic book character Johnny Storm was played by a black guy? In a movie just last year?!  It was crazy.  And that character was fictional!  Regardless, I think Fassbender AND Hiddleston are going to be great.

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl – I really like Redmayne in Theory of Everything and I’m really excited to see him in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, I don’t really care about this movie. I’m sure he’s great in it, but I just don’t care.

Notable snubs: Michael B Jordan should be here for Creed. At the very least he should be in Supporting Actor, but I really think he deserves to be here.




Cate Blanchett, Carol – I haven’t seen this yet but I love Cate Blanchett and I’ll see nearly everything she’s in. No, I don’t really want to see this movie, but I probably will.  I felt the same about Blue Jasmine and she’s great in that.

Brie Larson, Room – I really like Brie Larson. I mainly know her from the first 21 Jump Street movie. I bet she’s great in this but I’ll never know. I just don’t think I could stomach watching this movie.

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy – I love JLaw, I really do, but this feels like Silver Linings Playbook Part II.

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years – Wow, this is so cool. Charlotte Rampling was on the last season of Dexter as Dr Vogel. And she was pretty awesome. But she was also a big deal back in the 70s starring in Zardoz, Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories and Orca: The Killer Whale. She was quite the looker too.  I’m so glad she’s here.

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn – Oh man, I love all these actresses but I don’t want to see any of their movies. Saoirse is great. I really like her in things like Hanna, Lovely Bones and Atonement, regardless of whether I liked those movies as a whole. I think she’s a great actress.

Notable Snubs: Charlize Theron in Mad Max Fury Road? Or how about Daisy Ridley in Star Wars The Force Awakens?




Christian Bale, The Big Short – I like Christian Bale, I don’t love him. There are several other awesome actors in this movie that I bet also deserve this spot.

Tom Hardy, The Revenant – Tom’s great. But is he the supporting role? I saw him as the co-lead of this movie.

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight – Ruffalo. HULK. I like him. Don’t care about this movie.

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies – Who?

Sylvester Stallone, Creed – I love this movie. I love Sly in this movie. Sly 100% deserves this. He is awesome in Creed.

Notable snubs: What about Walton Goggins from Hateful 8?  He was awesome in that movie.  And seeing as how Sly gets a nom for playing Rocky again (totally deserved) why not Harrison Ford for Star Wars The Force Awakens?



Hateful Eight

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight – She’s great in this movie. 100% deserves it.  Why isn’t Hateful 8 in the Best Picture category?  It’s f**king awesome!

Rooney Mara, Carol – I mainly know Rooney from Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in which she kicked all kinds of ass. So I’m sure she’s great here mixing it up with Cate Blanchett.

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight – I like Rachel. That’s about all I got.

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl – Oh, this is the chick that played the AI robot in Ex Machina and the love interest in Man from UNCLE. Okay. Still don’t want to see this movie.

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs – I love Kate Winslet. SO. MUCH.  I can’t wait to see this movie.

UPDATE! – I completely forgot directing.



The Revenant

Adam McKay, The Big Short – Not seen this but I like Adam McKay and I like that he’s getting some recognition after being mostly known for comedies.

George Miller, Fury Road – YES. ALL THE YESES.

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant – I do not doubt that Alejandro directed the sh*t out of this movie.

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight – Ugh, these child abuse movies.

Lenny Abrahamson, Room – Please. Just stop.

Notable Snubs: Personally I’d love to see JJ Abrams here, but I realize that’s unrealistic. What about Quentin Tarantino? It’s about time he got one and Hateful 8 is deserving of that honor.

BONUS! I’ll add in Adapted and Original Screenplay as well.



The Martian

The Big Short – Yep, this just solidifies that I need to see this.

Brooklyn – Ugh, now my wife will have more ammo to make me see this.

Carol – The love for this movie in this year’s Oscars makes me want to see it a bit more than I originally did.

The Martian – I get it. I should have seen this. I’ll rectify that ASAFP.

Room – NO.



Straight Outta Compton

Bridge of Spies – Still lukewarm on this movie. But I’ll see it eventually.

Ex Machina – I really do want to see this. Especially after this screenplay Oscar nod.

Inside Out – All the feels. Wow, a legit screenplay nom.

Spotlight – Nope.

Straight Outta Compton – *Spit Take* WHA-?!?! I am so happy this made it here. I never thought this movie would get a nod for anything. Holy crap. This is awesome.

Notable Snubs: I totally get why it’s not here, but I’d like to see George Miller here for Mad Max Fury Road. I’d also like to see Lawrence Kasdan and JJ here for Star Wars. But that may be just me.

Those are what I think of the noms this year. I will try to catch up with at least The Martian, Steve Jobs, The Big Short and maybe Carol before the Oscars are broadcast on Sunday, February 28.


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