BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The nominations are out and everybody is asking themselves who will be the big winner at the 2016 Oscar Awards? The nominees for “Best Movie” category are The Revenant, The Big Short, Brooklyn, Spotlight, and Mad Max: Fury Road. All five of them are exceptional movies with an original background and equal fighting chances. But who will be the big winner at the 2016 Oscar Awards Ceremony? Let’s take a look at the contenders.
Is this Leo’s year? I actually hope so since Hugh Glass is one of the most difficult roles he ever had, I mean, the man wrestled a bear and then spent months in a frozen wasteland trying to get back home. And Leo, the man that continued to act when his hand was dripping with blood, has the leading role. But, and it pains me to admit it, the other four nominees are strong suitors for the prize. Spotlight is a controversy on its own. It’s a movie that further deepens the mistrusts that has gathered around the Catholic Church in the late years. It’s a must see, and from what I’ve heard, a must win. I actually don’t want to know how the Academy members are feeling right now because all five of the nominees are strong.
Among the favorites is Spotlight. The movie is not only based on a true story, it is based on a real world-class scandal that shook the very foundations of the Catholic Church. Avenger’s Mark Ruffalo, The Notebook’s Rachel McAdams, and Birdman’s Michael Keaton play a group of investigative journalists that are on to a story that will change Boston forever. The movie follows the characters as they dig deeper and deeper into information about corrupt lawyers and pedophiliac clergymen. But you can’t just upset the entire Catholic Church and not expect repercussions. Director Tom McCarthy outdid himself with this historical, biographical drama and chances are an Oscar will be in his hands this February.
People are praying for years for an Oscar in the hands of Leonardo DiCaprio. While we simply can’t guess if he will finally be awarded the statue he deserves, we can take a better look at the movie that might actually perform the miracle. The Revenant is yet another biographical drama, but this time, the main character is driven not by a thirst of truth, but by a superhuman need of revenge. The movie focuses on the story of a fur expedition gone terribly wrong. The leader of the team gets mauled by a bear and some members leave him to die in the woods. But Hugh Glass is not that easily defeated and he will climb mountains, swim in frozen lakes and eat raw meat just to get back to the ones that abandoned him. Director Alejandro Gonzales Iñárritu, who last year brought home 3 Oscars for Birdman is on a continued rise ever since his 2006 Babel.
It seems that Tom Hardy is on fire. The English actor stars in two out of the five movies nominated for “Best Movie” at this year’s Oscar Awards. He may not be the one swimming in frozen waters in The Revenant, but he is the one fighting for water in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. With a rare Metascore of 89/100, the Sci-fi Adventure movie is a breath of fresh air among all the dramas that usually take up the nominations at the Awards. George Miller didn’t only managed to succeed on directing a worthy sequel to the Mad Max cult movies, he managed to do it so well he got himself an Oscar nomination for it. But this just proves how many things you can achieve with a masked Tom Hardy, and a bald, robot-armed Charlize Theron. Any attempt at a synopsis is futile. One only needs to remember the dude with the flaming guitar on top of the monstrous truck that was speeding through a desert.
Yet another biographical drama, The Big Short, made it to the list. Adam McKay gathered up top names such as Christian Bale, Steve Carell, and Ryan Gosling and brought to life the struggling times in the mid-2000s when housing credits collapsed. While there are serious contenders to the title of “Best Movie”, nobody cannot deny the genius of a movie in which Cristian Bale plays a barefoot drum playing nerd with a $2 haircut that exposes the imminent collapse of the American economy due to fraud in the banking system. And ladies, Ryan Gosling plays a banker. Let the votes come.
And last, but not least, Brooklyn. The story of an Irish woman that falls in love with an Italian man in Brooklyn, New York. The news of her mother’s death leaves her with a choice. While the story is not based on real events, the fantastic acting of both Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen makes it look as real as the drama in the life of refugees in Brooklyn in the 50’s. If John Crowley’s Brooklyn doesn’t get the much-lingered statue, it still has a fighting chance in the “Costumes” category.
In conclusion, who will be the big winner at the 2016 Oscar Awards? Nobody knows, but everybody has a favorite. Who are you rooting for?