This year’s favourite for the big awards, The Revenant will see Leonardo Di Caprio win because no one is finally better than him, and Mexican duo Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezski will continue their award streaks.
Nominated for: Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design, Cinematography, Make Up and Hairstyling, Costume Design, Editing, Visual Effects
The Verdict: An invigoratingly brutal survival epic for the modern age, The Revenant is a leviathan that aims so high its flaws could be inspirational.
Mad Max: Fury Road
The undisputable fan favourite of 2015, Mad Max’s return after 30 years in the wilderness was simply too electric to ignore and why I personally hope it beats The Revenant.
Nominated for: Picture, Director, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design, Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Costume Design, Editing, Visual Effects
The Verdict: Such a barrage of action mayhem has set Mad Max: Fury Road on course to attaining legendary action status, not to mention the fact that George Miller has instilled new life into his revolutionary series.
A wonderful Film that is definitely overrated, The Martian is lucky to be this much in the limelight because it’s not like it was better than Interstellar, which was hardly nominated last year.
Nominated for: Picture, Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design, Visual Effects
The Verdict: A blatant scientific advertisement for life on mars, even though The Martian is more comic than dramatic, the ending’s thrilling appeal will leave you dumbstruck with awe.
The Big Short
Adam McKay’s shift from comedy into drama is the reason The Big Short has been given the light of day because if it weren’t for McKay’s inventiveness, this bloated film would have dwindled into memory.
Nominated for: Picture, Director, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Editing
The Verdict: Despite being irreverently funny, delightfully inventive and made with purpose, The Big Short is still an overwhelming experience that remains mostly flat and complicated.
The most gut-wrenching film of the year, Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay work wonders for the rewarding experience that is Room.
Nominated for: Picture, Director, Actress, Adapted Screenplay
The Verdict: Tragic. Exhilarating. Poignant. Life-affirming. Room is truly an accomplished work of art, thanks to Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay’s magical chemistry, that transcends its position as a film and relishes the importance of living life.
A well-made film that handles the lurid facts efficiently, Spotlight is a good film, but it is half the film of the others in contention, and I still can’t get my head around why it has been praised like no other. It has the critics on its side, but not the audience!
Nominated for: Picture, Director, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, Editing
The Verdict: Unbelievably researched and devastatingly told in such depth that the child sex abuse scandal by the church is given a painstakingly overwhelming, yet point-blank honest depiction.
Elevated by magnetic performances, Todd Haynes produces a remarkable adaptation of a classic novel that shockingly missed out on a Best Picture nomination.
Nominated for: Actress, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Score, Cinematography, Costume Design
The Verdict: Guided by Haynes’ confident direction and Blanchett and Mara’s passionate performances, Carol successfully adapts Patricia Highsmith’s novel, A Price of Salt, into a vintage quest for romance during a time where lesbianism was disapproved.
HIDDEN GEM #3
Son of Saul
The undeniable winner of Foreign Language Film this year, director László Nemes’ film about the burning of the dead in Auschwitz is unforgettable viewing that will strike Hungary their first Oscar win.