Oscars 2016: Did Spotlight hold up to its name?

The Oscars happened last night and Spotlight was declared as the best movie for 2015. It won two Oscars total.

Spotlight is a great movie, none can say it isn’t so, and, it’s a film about an issue that is relevant to so many people. But, for a movie that won the Best Picture award it sure didn’t shine at the Oscars, it barely sparked and died right there.

Check out the complete list of winners!

First it only got the original screenplay Oscar at the very beginning of the ceremony, and it also closed the Oscars by winning the Best Picture award.

Everything in between was nothing about Spotlight. It was either Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant and, of course, the diversity issue at the Oscars. Best Picture OScars 2016 Spotlight

Everybody that won an Oscar for Mad Max: Fury Road didn’t forget to mention that George Miller is a true genius and a visionary that stood behind a spectacular movie. And even now, I still don’t know who directed Spotlight.

It’s fine that the Academy is trying to spread out the Oscars and make it about more movies, but somehow it also feels weird that the best film of the year didn’t win any of the acting Oscars and not even the one for directing.

One would wonder how the Academy members think and vote.

I mean, Ok, I like how the actors act, but not as good as the actors in the other nominated movies, I like the directing but not like in the other nominations, we’ll make this the Best Picture of the year.

This also happened at the 86th Academy Awards when Gravity won 7 Oscars including the one for directing, but not Best Picture, and it clearly should have, while 12 Years a Slave won only 3 Oscars (Best Pictures, Actress in supporting role and Best adapted screenplay).Mad max: Fury Road Oscars 2016

It is true that both Gravity and Mad Max: Fury Road won mostly awards in technical categories, but it’s not like the actors did a terrible job and the storytelling was horrible so they didn’t deserve the Oscars for Best Picture.

And personally I believe that Fury Road’s theme is as relevant as it will ever be, Leonardo DiCaprio spoke of it in his acceptance speech and Jenny Beavan, who won the Oscar for Costume Design for Mad Max: Fury Road said:

…it could be horribly prophetic, Mad Max, if we don’t stop polluting our atmosphere, you know, it could happen!

It just doesn’t add up! That’s all I am saying.

Complete list of winners of the 88th Oscars!

Leonardo DiCaprio wins the Oscar! He can start doing mediocre movies now and the internet needs to find something else to nag about.

Chris Rock hosting the 88th Academy AwardsSo, Alejandro G. Inaritu is the third director in history to won the Oscar for directing in two consecutive years. Brie Larson as expected won the Oscar for actress in a leading role and Leonardo DiCaprio for best actor for his monumental role in The Revenant.

Spotlight was acknowledged as the best picture of the year. It comes of a little weird that the best picture won only one more Oscar, for best original screenplay.

You could say that this year the Oscars had no obvious and strong dominant winners, apart from Mad Max: Fury Road which won all technical awards. The Revenant and Spotlight were the other two movies to win multiple Oscars.

The final score in numbers:
Mad Max: Fury Road: 6 Oscars.
The Revenant: 3 Oscars.
Spotlight: 2 Oscars.

Full list of nominees and winners:

BEST PICTURE
Spotlight – WINNER
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room

Alejandro G. Inaritu wins Best Director at the 88th Academy AwardsDIRECTING
The Revenant – WINNER
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
Room
Spotlight

Leonardo Dicaprio wins Oscar at the 88th Academy AwardsACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant – WINNER
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Brie Larson wins OScar at the 88th Academy AwardsACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Brie Larson, Room – WINNER
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies – WINNER
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl – WINNER
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Inside Out – WINNER
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Revenant – WINNER
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario

COSTUME DESIGN
Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
The Revenant

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
Amy – WINNER
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – WINNER
Body Team 12
Chau, beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Last Day of Freedom

FILM EDITING
Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER
The Big Short
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Son of Saul – WINNER
Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
Theeb
A War

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out
the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
The Hateful Eight – WINNER
Bridge of Spies
Carol
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
“Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre – WINNER
“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction
“Simple Song #3,” Youth
“Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
The Martian
The Revenant

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
Bear Story – WINNER
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
Stutterer – WINNER
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Shok

SOUND EDITING
Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

SOUND MIXING
Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER
Bridge of Spies
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

VISUAL EFFECTS
Ex Machina – WINNER
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
The Big Short – WINNER
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
Spotlight – WINNER
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Straight Outta Compton

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Fifty Shades of Grey and Fantastic Four worst movies of the year!

Just a day before the Oscars we get to see the worst movies of the year “acknowledged” at the Razzie Awards.

This year Fifty Shades of Grey (Box Office hit) and Fantastic Four (Box Office bomb) share the title for Worst Picture of the year.

Fifty Shades of Grey Worst Pciture RazzieFifty Shades of Grey also won the award for worst actor, worst actress and on screen combo for Jamie Dornan and Dacota Johnson. With the award for Worst Screenplay, which makes total of 5 Razzies.

Fantastic Four Worst Picture RazzieFantastic Four got the Worst Director Razzie (Josh Trank) and Worst Remake, Spin-off or Sequel, so it only has three Razzies on top of not making any money.

Eddie redmayne in Jupiter AscendingIt is interesting that Eddie Redmayne got the Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor for his role in Jupiter Ascending, while being nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor with big chances to win.

Jupiter Ascending was also nominated for Worst Director, Worst Picture, Worst Actress and Actor but got of easy with just one Razzie won.

The only positive award at the Golden Raspberries is The Redeemer award, which is given to an actor who previously won a Razzie, but has moved on to more appreciated and critically acclaimed movies. This year the award goes to Sylvester Stallone for his role in Creed, but we doubt it will improve his chances in winning the Oscar for Best Actor.

The full list of “winners:”
Worst Picture: Fantastic Four and Fifty Shades of Grey
Worst Actor: Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey
Worst Actress: Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey
Worst Screen Combo: Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey
Worst Supporting Actress: Kaley Cuoco, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip and The Wedding Ringer
Worst Supporting Actor: Eddie Redmayne, Jupiter Ascending
Worst Director: Josh Trank, Fantastic Four
Worst Screenplay: Fifty Shades of Grey
Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel: Fantastic Four
Redeemer Award: Sylvester Stallone

See you at the Oscars!

Oscars 2016 predictions and favorites, Mad Max or The Revenant?

The voting for the Oscars ended on Tuesday and now we need to wait until Sunday to see the results of the Academy’s voting. Meanwhile here’s a reminder of the nominees and our predictions/favorites on who will win the golden statuette.

In short the prediction is that it’s going to be (mostly) The Revenant’s night sharing the bounty with Mad Max: Fury Road.

Oscars 2016 Mad Max vs. The RevenantMad Max: Fury Road will win the most Oscars, 5-7 in numbers, all in technical categories. The Revenant should have at least 3 including the one about Best Picture.  If Mad Max was released later in 2015 probably would have own the night completely.

What’s fun is that Tom Hardy is in both films and in both he is kind of in a supporting role, even though he is the titular character in Mad Max.

Below you will find a more detailed explanation.

Best Picture

best picture oscar 2016 nomineesIf we rule out the obvious non-winners we’re left with three choices: The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian. Of these three, The Martian has the least chances to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

We want it to be Mad Max: Fury Road, but it will probably be The Revenant.

Directing

directing oscar 2016 nominees
Alejandro G. Iñárritu and George Miller lead the battle for Best Director. Now, Iñárritu won last year for Birdman and historically only two directors have won the Oscar for directing in two consecutive years. He could be the third as The Revenant is a really strong film, both artistically and philosophically, unlike Mad Max: Fury Road where the philosophical implications are lying under heavy action scenes.

However we believe that George Miller will be the Academy’s choice this year and it will balance out with the winner for Best Picture which will most likely be The Revenant.

Prediction and a favorite: George Miller. Slightly less chances to win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Actress in a Leading Role

best actrees oscars 2016 nominees
Brie Larson vs. Cate Blanchet with Saoirse Ronan as a possible surprise. While Jennifer Lawrence as Joy is the public’s choice, we don’t really feel that her performance was strong enough, nor that the film was good enough to deserve the attention it got. Carol on the other hand is a critics favorite and both Brie Larson and Cate Blanchet were nominated for a Golden Globe, with Larson winning, and Lawrence also wining in the Comedy/Drama category.

This one is difficult to predict, but we stand by Brie Larson.

Prediction and a favorite: Brie Larson.

Actor in  a Leading Role

best actor oscars 2016 nominees
Will it be Leonardo DiCaprio’s year? Maybe, if only Eddie Redmayne wasn’t on the list.

Eddie won last year for The Theory of Everything, again, there are only two actors in the history of the Oscars who won consecutively in two years, this might play against him or just be a confirmation for his strong acting abilities.

Both strong performances, but we lean towards Eddie Redmayne.

Prediction: Eddie Redmayne. No favorites.

Actress in a Supporting Role

actress in a supporting role oscar 2016 nominees
Considering that The Hateful Eight has only three Oscar nominations, shows that the Academy wasn’t inclined to the latest Tarantino film, but Jennifer Jason Leigh‘s performance didn’t go unnoticed. Alicia Vikander could be the only rival to Jennifer, but she was opposite Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl which makes her performance difficult to shine.

Prediction and a favorite: Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Actor in a Supporting Role

actor in a supporting role oscars 2016 nominees
It’s either Christian Bale or Tom Hardy. Bale had much more screen time in The Big Short than Hardy in The Revenant, which basically features DiCaprio almost exclusively. But, Christian Bale’s character was really one dimensional and feels like a deja vu to many of his previous roles, so perhaps Tom Hardy will win this Oscar.

Sylvester Stallone could be a surprise, but very slim chances.

Prediction: Christian Bale. Editor’s favorite: Tom Hardy.

Best Animated Feature Film

animated feature film oscar 2016 nominees
While Anomalisa is considered the animation art piece for 2015, the heavy depressing themes that overlay the film, makes it suitable to be nominated for Best Picture if only it wasn’t an animation film. Inside Out on the other hand won the hearts of adults and kids alike, even if the kids didn’t quite understood what is going on with the loony characters that are suppose to be the basic human emotions. So, Inside Out it is.

Prediction: Inside Out. No favorites.

Original Song

original song oscar 2016 nominees Ok, this one is way too easy, Writing’s on the Wall for Spectre, by Sam Smith.

Visual Effects

Visual Effects oscars 2016 nominees

Mad Max: Fury Road owns this category solely by the fact that all visual effects are practical and minimal CGI is used throughout the movie. Surprises are not excluded, Ex Machina for example.

Prediction and a favorite: Mad Max: Fury Road.

CinematographyCinematography oscars 2016 nominees

Also an easy category to be predicted because of Tarantino’s “glorious 70mm” film. The Hateful Eight is filmed in the widest possible format and theaters had to be retro fitted with special equipment for the movie to be projected correctly, as the director imagined.

Prediction: The Hateful Eight. Favorite: Mad Max: Fury Road.

We have omitted categories that were too technical to be observed just by one watching of the movies and categories for movies we didn’t get the chance to see yet. Also, we did try to give the best unbiased judgement.

What are your thoughts?

The Box Office sequels battle – week 2

Will How To Train Your Dragon 2 provide enough dragon power to top the Box Office in its second week of showing in cinemas across America and beat Tatum and Hill in 22 Jump Street.

We had an interesting situation last weekend where two sequels were premiering, one was the sequel of the action comedy 21 Jump Street titled, of course, 22 Jump Street (creative, non?) and the second was the How To Train Your Dragon sequel, titled the same with a the number 2 at the end  (even less creative).

By the end of the weekend 22 Jump Street ended up at the top with $57M while HTTYD2 grossed enough for the second spot $49.5M. Both filmed outperformed their originals, with 22 Jump Street gaining 22 million dollars plus, but HTTYD2 had only a “little improvement” in revenue when back in 2013 grossed almost $44M.

channing tatum and jonah hill in 22 jump streethow to train your dragon 2 poster

Last year these two films premiered within two weeks so there’s no place for real comparison, but still let’s make one :).

httyd2 vs 22jump street

Now if we look at the total box office results for the previous two films we can see that even though the opening weekends are not that far apart in gross revenue $44M to $35M the grand total of the two films are 494 million dollars for How To Train Your Dragon (2013) double to that of 21 Jump Street which is 201 million dollars.

total box office results

If we consider that this week there are no new big players at the box office (Think Like A Man Too and Jersey Boys premiere tomorrow 20 June) chances are HTTYD2 and 22 Jump Street will still be at position 1 and 2. What I am wondering is whether HTTYD2 will have enough dragon power to slide past 22 Jump Street and emerge as victor in the second week of their worldwide release.

Let’s not forget the fact that movies like 22 Jump Street tend to have a huge drop in revenue the second week, while animations tend to keep that change small. Frozen for example remained in the top 5 for almost two months after it’s release date, which is kind of achievement these days.

What do you think? Would you go and see 22 Jump Street or HTTYD2?