Oscar Predictions: The Kids Are All White

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N: Well, here we are. The Superbowl of Movies is back, so of course, we’re here to pre-judge it, make a bunch of predictions, insist they won’t come true, and then I’ll cry about Jon Hamm. He’s not even nominated, but that’s just something I do from time to time.

B: Take your Jon Hamm sadness and stick it up your Trumbo, THIS IS THE OSCARS, PEOPLE. Will Sylvester Stallone get some Oscar love? Will Leonardo DiCaprio yet again be torn asunder at the mercy of the Oscar Gods? Who in the hell will actually win Best Picture? In what is one of the most unpredictable races in recent Oscar history, it’s time for us to make our presumptions, and pick who should/will win this Oscar Sunday!

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Best Picture Profile: Bridge of Spies

Mark Rylance plays Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy arrested in the U.S. in the dramatic thriller BRIDGE OF SPIES, directed by Steven Spielberg.

As we come closer to the Academy Awards, we’ll be posting short profiles of each Best Picture nominee, attempting, in our own ways, to not only sum up what the movie is about, but why we believe it scored one of the eight coveted nominations, and why it could possibly take home the big prize come Oscar night. Enjoy!

In 1975, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws was released, and it’s pretty magnificent that more than forty years later, Spielberg is still delivering high quality films, or at the very least, films that can hold an audience’s attention. Bridge of Spies aims to achieve something higher than what it actually attains. It ain’t Lincoln, but it sure ain’t Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It’s a respectably made, well-acted historical thriller, with a few key elements that make it Oscar worthy.

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Best Picture Profile: The Martian

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As we come closer to the Academy Awards, we’ll be posting short profiles of each Best Picture nominee, attempting, in our own ways, to not only sum up what the movie is about, but why we believe it scored one of the eight coveted nominations, and why it could possibly take home the big prize come Oscar night. Enjoy!

“Journey to the Unknown” is definitely an apt description of The Martian, which is, quite literally, a film about a man journeying into a hostile environment he understands but needs to learn to navigate. Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney, a botanist accidentally left behind and presumed dead on the surface of Mars, completely alone at a base camp previously occupied by his entire team.

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Best Picture Profile: Spotlight

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As we come closer to the Academy Awards, we’ll be posting short profiles of each Best Picture nominee, attempting, in our own ways, to not only sum up what the movie is about, but why we believe it scored one of the eight coveted nominations, and why it could possibly take home the big prize come Oscar night. Enjoy!

Of all of this year’s eight nominees, Spotlight is your Best Picture.  I don’t mean that it’s the best movie of the bunch, no (We’ll get to that one in a few columns from now). I don’t even think it’s a sure-lock for the award either (It’s something of a three-way tie with The Big Short and The Revenant right now). But of all eight of the films nominated, Spotlight is the one that most easily fits the Best Picture Oscar model. It’s an all-around great film, completely inoffensive in construction, and generally pleasing to the movie-going audience. In any other year, Spotlight would be a sure thing.

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Best Picture Profile: Room

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As we come closer to the Academy Awards, we’ll be posting short profiles of each Best Picture nominee, attempting, in our own ways, to not only sum up what the movie is about, but why we believe it scored one of the eight coveted nominations, and why it could possibly take home the big prize come Oscar night. Enjoy!

As Ben discussed in his first Best Picture Profile of the year, we usually try to find some kind of theme to unify the Best Picture nominees, and this year, we settled on “Journey to the Unknown,” since we feel that, in one way or another, each of these films features characters struggling to come to grips with a new reality, new information, or anything that lies beyond what they already know.

It should go without saying, then, why Room falls squarely into that category, perhaps more so than any other film this year, in that this movie focuses on two people trapped in the tiniest of spaces, one of whom only finds out that the unknown exists at all just before he’s thrown into it headfirst.

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