So, the Oscars happened, and whilst I'm relatively happy with the winners out of what was nominated, I myself wouldn't have nominated the same films. If you follow this account, you may have read an article on the nominations I would have chosen for the 88th Academy Awards. Now, I'm going to look back on those nominations with my choices of who I would pick out as the winner in the directing, acting, screenplay and picture categories. Before I begin, please may I remind you that these are my picks and they are influenced by my personal opinion, so leave now if you expect anything else. And without further ado, lets get on with the winners.
Best Director: George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road
Other nominees: Alejandro G. Iñarritu - The Revenant, Justin Kurzel -Macbeth, Ryan Coogler - Creed, Todd Haynes - Carol
Whilst the other nominees did stellar work in their fields in 2015, it was George Miller that really blew everyone away with his film, Mad Max: Fury Road. And whilst I strongly debated between Miller, Coogler and Iñarritu, it was Miller who really showed everyone what he was made of. The guy is in his 70s, and he produced work way more fascinating than people half his age. He managed to make a film with the pure adrenaline of someone much younger than himself, and I applaud him for that. But whilst I do appreciate how old he is, I haven't picked him based on this. I purely think he had the best direction and truly deserves this award.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin - Steve Jobs
Other nominees: Adam McKay and Charles Randolph - The Big Short, Drew Goddard - The Martian, Emma Donoghue - Room, Phyllis Nagy - Carol
Yes, this was a very tough category for me, but it has to go to Sorkin. Whenever the man writes anything it's a work of pure genius, whether it be a courtroom war drama, the true story of the creator of a social networking site, or, in this case, a biopic about one of the most influential people of all time. He painted Jobs perfectly through gripping and intense dialogue, showing the complexities of a slightly mean spirited man, but one that you understand and have a respect for. His script is masterful and phenomenal, bringing everything I've loved about his previous screenplays into one, brilliant biopic.
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino - The Hateful Eight
Other Nominees: Alex Garland - Ex Machina, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley - Inside Out, Taylor Sheridan - Sicario, Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer - Spotlight
Quentin Tarantino is a man I both admire and fear, as he is a master of storytelling, but also a man who is absolutely insane. The thing I love the most about the script for The Hateful Eight is that it incorporates both of these aspects. It is the perfect blend of his trademark dialogue and his trademark violence. It is, essentially, excellent. I love this movie, and it's mostly down to the dialogue. I can't get enough of the words coming out of Samuel L. Jackson's mouth, whether it be a witty one-liner or a graphic and strangely disturbing monologue about his dingus, it's fantastic. And it's all down to one man's script. That man being the infamous Quentin Tarantino.
Best Supporting Actor: Idris Elba - Beasts of No Nation
Other Nominees: Benicio Del Toro - Sicario, Christian Bale - The Big Short, Jason Mitchell - Straight Outta Compton, Oscar Isaac - Ex Machina
How do you not nominate Elba for this? He transformed himself for this role and gave it his all, convincing me of the absolute creepiness and menacing persona of the Commandant. He gave one of the most complex performances of the year. There were times were he made me feel for his character, and times where I wanted him dead. Seriously, he is a revelation in this film, and whilst I almost went with Benicio Del Toro, I just couldn't because of how much I thought Elba gave a career's best performance in this gritty and brutal African war drama. If you haven't seen Beasts of No Nation, please watch it, because you will see a performance from a man so deep that you will forget there is an actor behind the character.
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina
Other nominees: Jennifer Jason Lee - The Hateful Eight, Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs, Rooney Mara - Carol, Tessa Thompson - Creed
I originally thought I was going to give this to Rooney Mara, but I thought long and hard about it and came to the conclusion that not only did Alicia Vikander deserve this nomination, but Ex Machina also deserved something to it's name. Forget The Danish Girl, this was the film Vikander should have been nominated for. She owned this role, showing the human side of a programmed machine, and deeply exploring the possibilities of artificial intelligence in the process. She took the audience on a journey like none of the other nominees did, fascinatingly absorbing them into the world around her as she explored the realm of human emotion. She definitely deserves the award for this film.
Best Actress: Brie Larson - Room
Other nominees: Cate Blanchett - Carol, Charlize Theron - Mad Max: Fury Road, Emily Blunt - Sicario, Marion Cotillard - Macbeth
The first win that me and the Academy actually agree on, Brie Larson was astonishing in Room, showing the fragility of a difficult mother-son relationship, but managing to keep love as a running theme through her performance at the same time. It did help that she was widely complimented by Jacob Tremblay, who gave an equally fantastic performance that has not garnered nearly enough attention. In truth, Room was an insightful and brilliant indie film that would be nowhere near the same without the unique central performance of Brie Larson. I've talked again and again about her performance, so I'll stop now, but know that it is by far the best
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Other nominees: Jacob Tremblay - Room, Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs, Samuel L. Jackson - The Hateful Eight, Tom Hardy - Legend
Of course. You probably saw this coming from a mile off, but of course. Im so glad Leo won this at the Oscars, because his performance was both intense and awe-inspiring, and he's waited far too long for such an award. But seriously, we all knew this was going to happen. He put literally everything into this performance. Like seriously, he literally at a raw bison liver and slept in a dead horse. But I, like some people, don't think this was his whole performance. He managed to effectively show a tortured and broken, but furious and vengeful man in an amazing immersive cinematic experience that was basically him the whole time, so yeah, he deserves this.
Before I get to best picture I would quickly like to share some of the wins I would liked to have happened in other categories.
Best Animated Film: Inside Out
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki - The Revenant
Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone - The Hateful Eight
Best Original Song: Writings on the Wall by Sam Smith - Spectre
Best Visual Effects: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Production Design: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Hair and Make Up: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Okay, thats that all done. Now onto best picture....
Best Picture: Mad Max: Fury Road
Other nominees: Creed, Ex Machina, The Hateful Eight, Macbeth, The Revenant, Room, Sicario, Spotlight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Mad Max: Fury Road is not only the best film of 2015 but one of my favourite films of all time. It was one of the greatest cinematic experiences of all time. It was like an extremely artistic and visually stunning adrenaline high, and I can't get enough of it. I've seen it about 6 times now, and it just gets better every time. You're constantly noticing something new about the direction of the action of the visual style of the landscape, and it honestly never stops. It's the kind of film that you want to never end once it finishes and I love that about it. In a year filled with amazing and excellent films, this one stands far in front of all the other nominees and there is no competition here.
So, what did you think of the 88th Academy Awards? What was your favourite moment? Did they get the winners right? Was Chris Rock a great host? Make sure to let me know down in the comments and remember to go to my account and keep coming back for more if you liked my article.