Tresca on the the Oscars, part 1

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We are in a very interesting position this year when it comes to Oscar nominations compared to

last year. Last year, it was a two way battle for best picture between Boyhood and Birdman, but

this year it seems almost every single category is wide open for just about anyone to step in and

win. So let us begin our analysis of the major categories, and see who the Academy has snubbed

and who they have rewarded with a nomination.

Best Picture:

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant


Snubbed: It would have been nice for the Academy to reward some more mainstream films,

such as Star Wars or Creed, although the real snub is Carol, a film that many predicted would be

in this category, but the Academy noticeably left out.

Who Should Win: There is one clear winner in this group: the remarkable film, Spotlight. Quite

frankly, it is the best film of this year, as well as the most important film as it deals with a real

world issue. It is excellently acted, directed, and shot. The film is particularly genius in the way

that it captures raw human emotions.

Who Will Win: It is probably between The Revenant and Spotlight, but do not be too surprised

if the Academy happens to gives the award to The Martian or Mad Max.

Best Actor:

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo Dicaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Snubbed: The Academy is really weird in this category, leaving out expected nominees such as

Will Smith in Concussion and Johnny Depp in Black Mass. It is also upsetting that Samuel L.

Jackson has not been getting any talk for his nuanced and beautifully acted performance in The

Hateful Eight. The real tragedy for me is leaving out Jacob Tremblay in his truly

groundbreaking acting in Room. This 9-year old acts better than most professional actors could

ever dream to.

Who Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio is the clear winner. The Revenant was basically a

showcase of the extreme measures Leo was willing to go to for the sake of art.

Who Will Win: Most likely, it will be Leonardo DiCaprio. The Academy is known to give

awards based not only on the performance, but also on how deserving the actor is as a whole.

Leonardo DiCaprio has proved time and time again that he is fantastic actor, and it is kind of his

turn to win. Winning a Golden Globe isn’t a sure sign that you will win the Oscar, but it sure

helps. If not Leo, then perhaps the other Golden Globe winner Matt Damon will win the Oscar.

Although, I think it is Leo’s time to get the Oscar he has sought after for so long.

Best Actress:

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Snubbed: I know it would never have happened, but I wish Amy Schumer had been nominated

for her hilarious and heartbreaking performance in Trainwreck. She would have been a far more

worthy nominee then Jennifer Lawrence in her atrocious performance in Joy.

Who Should Win: The only two nominees that truly deserve to win are either Brie Larson

in Room or Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn. The other nominees are a little out there, but that stems

from a rather barren amount of strong leading female performances this year.

Who Will Win: Most likely Brie Larson for Room. The Academy loves to reward a woman who

can cry well. Larson not only cries well, but is also given an extremely meaty role that she was

really able to run with. She has swept almost every other major award show so it is unlikely that

the Academy will break that trend.



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Tresca on the the Oscars, part 1