Well August is about to end, and we all know what happens now. It's Oscar season. Tis the season of the Oscar! For some reason a lot of great and noteworthy films come out at this time. In turn they get acknowledged at that little ceremony called the Oscars.
So here are the films I'm thinking will get a nomination nod, just based on the names involved, and the quality of the advertised product. The films I am listing here are yet to be released except for one, the reason that particular film makes the list is self explanatory when you see it.
So without further a do ...
Starring the internet's favorite actor. Leonardo DiCaprio. I'm serious, take one swoop at the community on 9gag, you'll see how much they love this guy. But apart from being loved by virtually everyone, he happens to be an excellent actor. He constantly teams up with excellent filmmakers as well. This time he has Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu guiding him through the snowy forest.
Innaritu and Lubezski, both coming off of Oscar wins last year, seem to be front runners in the race. The Revenant though, for my tastes looks massively pretentious, in the way it was filmed and made. Innaritu and Lubezski stuck to natural light and story order when it came to shooting the film. Which reportedly enraged the crew of the film.
Sicario, which translates to Hitman is directed by Denis Villeneuve, one of the most meticulous film directors today. I learn something new every time I see Prisoners (2013).
This film boasts an impeccable cast which includes an Oscar winner in Del Toro, a nominee in Brolin and a Golden Globe winner in Emily Blunt. Combine them all, have the film set in Mexico and a storyline that has an air to conspiracy, all shown in one of the best trailers of the year, and you have an Oscar hopeful.
Danny Boyle. Aaron Sorkin. Micheal Fassbender. Steve Jobs. I am in.
I for one never understood the lore and popularity of Steve Jobs, I certainly don't think he should have TWO movies in the past five years. I just don't think his story is interesting enough, neither are the products. But, Aaron Sorkin, as much as I believe his style of bickeri--- erm, I mean writing is getting stale and annoying; seriously does anyone smile in a Sorkin script? But, Sorkin working with Danny Boyle has me intrigued.
Bridge of Spies
Tom Hanks. I'm sold.
Tom Hanks, who was shafted of an Oscar nomination two years ago, looks to correct that in working with the god known as Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg's always a good and safe bet to gain a nomination. His choices are boring me, such as War Horse and Lincoln, seriously those films can cure insomnia. As great as they are, I miss the Spielberg of the old, who made blockbusters. Maybe, I'm being biased, since my favorite Spielberg film is Minority Report (2002).
Woah, got off track there. Nevertheless, Bridge of Spies looks solid, it carries heavy themes, and involves Tom Hanks. Sure fire Oscar nomination.
Woah. Hold on to your pitchforks. Now before you call me an idiot, remember. Rocky took home the trophy in 1976.
I'm glad you put your pitchforks down, fellow co-pilots.
I believe this film is being a bit underestimated and rightfully so, there are far fewer good Rocky films than bad ones. But, I'm being a bit hopeful. Oscars like boxing films. The Hurricane (1999), Ali (2001) and Cinderella Man (2004) were all nominated for an award, not best picture, but those films did get some love in different categories.
Plus, Michael B. Jordan is the real deal man. His performance from Fruitvale Station still brings tears to my eyes. The film's writing and pacing had a big part to play in conveying that feeling, but doesn't take away the fact that he was a big piece of that puzzle.
The only thing stopping this film from being fantastic is if the band Creed did the soundtrack.
Skyfall in 2012 made a lot of noise, surprisingly amounted to nothing though.
I for one, want to see more action films make the cut. If Spectre is anything like Skyfall or even better, I hope it gets it's time in the spotlight. It'll be massive for the action film genre as well.
Speaking of the action film genre ...
Is there anything negative to say about this film at all? Granted it's not the preferred genre of films for the Oscars, which promote arthouse flicks. But, come on. It's undeniable how great of a film Mad Max: Fury Road was.
It featured subtle commentary on our world of today, what with the Nestle and Water issues in California. It arguably made Mad Max a secondary character in his own film, pushing Charlize Theron's Furiosa in to the limelight. The cinematography by Jon Seale is impeccable.
This film not only deserves to be with the nine other films in the best picture category, but it's earned it.
Oh Oliver Stone, where have you been?
Real stories have always held a soft spot for Oscar voters, this film's subject matter is current enough and powerful enough to gain votes, plus it has former Oscar winner Oliver friggin' Stone.
This is my most anticipated film of the remainder of the year. I wrote an article about this a while ago, if you can read it, that'd be awesome.
Gravity and Interstellar were looked at heavily last year. Gravity even won the Best Director trophy. This is directed by Ridley Scott, who for some reason has yet to win an Oscar. Along with Scott, the film's cast is pretty impeccable as well.
There is a high chance, however that this film will be forgotten in the conversation.
For some reason Jennifer Lawrence has an Oscar for best actress. That still makes no sense to me. What's even more senseless is, how David O. Russell doesn't have a trophy. Ever since The Fighter (2010), the guy seems to be in tunnel vision. He wants that trophy, and Joy seems like yet another attempt.
It brings back the cast of The Silver Linings Playbook and had fantastic trailer earlier this year.
So that's it fellow co-pilots. Those are my picks and predictions as to the films that will be in the prestigious ten spots next year around February.