by Alan Yudman
How did I do?
Between “My Picks” and “My Predictions” I got them all right except for Cinematography. That noise you hear is me blowing my own horn.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
MY PICK: SPOTLIGHT
MY PREDICTION: STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
See, sometimes you should just go with what feels right. More on Spotlight later in my Best Picture recap.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
MY PICK: CAROL
MY PREDICTION: THE BIG SHORT
Like I wrote in my preview, I really “felt” Carol, but The Big Short was original and made a dull subject interesting. Also gave a nod to the fact that the film won the Producer’s Guild award.
MY PICK: CAROL MY PREDICTION: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Wrong and Wrong.
The Revenant was visually stunning. The way Emmanuel Lubezki conveyed intimacy and expanse, sometimes in the same shot, really made the tone of the movie work.
This was the second toughest category to predict because all five nominees were outstanding.
MY PICK: George Miller
MY PREDICTION: Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu
Sometimes logic has to outweigh sentiment. It would have been something of a lifetime achievement award for Miller.
Gonzalez Innaritu has had this sewn up for a couple of months. That’s two in a row for the talented director.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
MY PICK: Rooney Mara
MY PREDICTION: Alicia Vikander
Mara was in the wrong category.
The pre-Oscar buzz surrounding Vikander paid off. She is very talented. Here are the movies she was in in 2015: Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Danish Girl. Great range.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
MY PICK: Mark Rylance
MY PREDCITION: Sylvester Stallone
I take no pleasure in being right.
Ok, I take all pleasure in being right.
This was the toughest category in which to be nominated. Five great performances.
Rylance is a fabulous actor and the Academy rewarded subtle greatness over bombast.
MY PICK: Brie Larson
MY PREDICITION: Brie Larson
If there was a no brainer this year, this was it. Even more of a sure thing than DiCaprio’s best actor win.
If she had lost it would have been a Trainwreck (see what I did there? See? Get it? No?)
MY PICK: Michael Fassbender
MY PREDICTION: Leonardo DiCaprio
Two points here.
This was the second surest thing of the night.
The voters awarded physical transformation over a more nuanced portrayal of a cultural icon.
DiCaprio went from brooding to brooding and angry. It was an above average performance. Ok, way above average. But I would like the voters to prize acting skill as much as not eating, working out or getting fat for a role.
MY PICK: SPOTLIGHT
MY PREDICTION: THE REVENANT
I was genuinely and pleasantly surprised by Spotlight’s win. See, sometimes the voters do get it right.
Spotlight absolutely moved me more than any other film I saw last year. Maybe in several years. I was tearing up very early in the movie and my outrage and emotional investment grew.
All the pieces of a great movie came together. Great screenplay. Subtle, yet effective directing. A fantastic cast doing outstanding work.
Well done Academy. Well done.
A couple of notes:
Congrats to Ennio Morricone on winning his first Oscar. The score for The Hateful Eight was perfect.
I would have to go back and review all the Best Song winners, but I am guessing this will be among the worst ever. Ugh. What a horrible song.