To my mind the biggest oversight in this year’s nominations was the lack of broader support for Ryan Coogler’s “Creed,” which managed to nab only a single nod, for supporting actor. The film was both respectful of the history of the characters and story it took over, while also newly energized and forward-looking. – Mark Olsen [Los Angeles Times]
MAYBE Leonardo DiCaprio will finally win the Oscar that he didn’t for “Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Departed,” “Django Unchained,” or “The Aviator.”
I’m still trying to get my head around “Straight Outta Compton” not owning some of these categories. Someone did something about it. Via Time magazine, focusing on the white guy might have gotten them an Oscar!
The nearly 3-minute clip released Friday by Super Deluxe tells the tale of the group NWA’s rise in the mid-1980s that revolutionized the hip-hop culture. However, the new trailer centers the story around the group’s white manager played by Golden Globes-winning actor Paul Giamatti and how he “risked it all” to spark a music revolution, the video’s description says. “He wasn’t afraid to take a chance and became the most important figure in hip hop history,” reads the description of the video titled, If Straight Outta Compton Was An Oscar Contender.
The other one that is sentimental to me is Sylvester Stallone. The story of his rise as a poor, struggling artist and writer refusing to let go of a property he knew only he could do justice is a lesson for anyone in the creative world.
As for Best Picture, “Spotlight” deserves it.
But the feminist narrative in “Mad Max: Fury Road” was the movie of the year for me.