This year...I felt like they forgot to make enough good movies and had to go back and select a few at random to fill their list. Nothing on the Best Picture list is particularly terrible, but nothing screamed "must see" or "new and exciting" in the same way that Birdman did last year, or how Her offered a new take on modern concept, or how Avatar broke all the records and set a new standard, or how Lincoln created one of the seminal interpretations of Abraham Lincoln. This year...there were just a lot of decent movies, interesting movies, and good movies, but nothing great. I'm not sure there's a reason for it, it just wasn't an exciting year for films...Star Wars being the exception.
The Oscar predictors say the winner will be either The Big Short, The Revenant, or Spotlight. I think they're right. Nevertheless, here's my list:
8. Brooklyn- Basically a movie about nothing. A girl comes to America in the 1950's, then leaves, then returns again.
7. Bridge of Spies- The title does little more than give away the ending of this super-predictable piece of Oscar Bait
6. The Revenant- While the cinematography was impressive, and it was probably chilly to film, there's not much to see.
5. The Martian- Definitely a fun movie to watch, but there's not really any sense of danger in this modern "disaster film"
4. Room- One of those movies that's good, and you only want to see once. It was what it was.
3. Mad Max- I've read this was very difficult to film especially due to all the speed, though it's really just one big chase.
2. Spotlight- Like All the President's Men, this journalism story is definitely well told...though they made it all seem easy.
1. The Big Short- Funny and informative, though not entirely new info. It's the best of the bunch, but by default.
Do I think The Big Short will win tonight? Who knows; as I said, this is a fun year because there's actually some uncertainty at the top. Looks like I'll actually be staying awake to watch the finale this time...