The 2016 Oscar Roundup

So, the Oscars are over. As the 2016 Academy Awards ends, it leaves me with mixed feelings. While in some categories I’m extremely happy with the winners, on the other side I’m disappointed by a few. So, today I will do a simple dissection of the winners of some few selected categories from the Academy Awards 2016.

So, let’s start with my favorite category, Animated Feature Film. Now this is one category in which I am disappointed every year. This year too, a Disney/Pixar production Inside Out, won the Oscar. Well, while Inside Out was good, no-doubt, but there were more worthy contenders in the category. And as it seems, the Academy people are strongly resolute against giving Oscars to the French. This year, I feel Boy in a World was the gem. Anomalisa too was a good contender. But, alas, it seems that the Academy Panel watches the animations wearing spectacles Made in America.

Next let’s analyze the Animated Short Film category. Here I am not too confident about commenting, as I haven’t watched the winning short film. But out of the three I have watched, Sanjay’s Super Team, We can’t Live without Cosmos and World of Tomorrow, I vouched for We can’t Live without Cosmos to win. But while watching the Bear Story’s trailer, I find no reason that it couldn’t have been worthy to win.

Moving on the Visual Effects category, Ex Machina won. Worthy, no doubt. Creating the all metal humanoid having a human face, is pretty note-worthy. Other films that were nominated in this category, mostly had VFX that is more of a general demand, be it the sandstorm in The Martian, the bear mauling scene in The Revenant, the extreme violence in Mad Max: Fury Road or the all over VFX of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Nowadays VFX has become so advanced in terms of making something seem real, that keeping something unrealistic and robotic, seems to be the tougher job.

Coming next, to the Music (Original Score). Well as a keen admirer of good music, this is a category, I am thankful that it is in the Oscars. Starting off, Earned It was nominated from Fifty Shades of Grey which did not seem all that impressive to me. Manta Ray from Racing Extinction is good, though its goodness only lies in the background symphony, nothing much in the song. Simple Song #3 from Youth is a good one, though I found some similarities with the Prometheus music in places, and it gets boring too quickly. Till it Happens to You from The Hunting Ground is also a worthy contender. The singer’s voice has a texture which is too good. But Writing’s On The Wall from Spectre, is clearly the winner. Right mix of singer, composition and music makes it the winner in this category.

Now, in for both the Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) and Directing (Alejando G. Iṅărritu), The Revenant is the winner. Which again is worthy, I would say. One of my friends, after watching The Revenant, exclaimed “Lubezki is mad!”. He did so, of-course, praising his cinematography, but the point is, that, so seamless was his work, that it lifted that movie to a whole new level. As for The Revenant’s director, winner of the Oscar last year as well, I would thank Iṅărritu, for giving us such a great movie.

For the Actress in a Leading Role. Brie Larson is a worthy winner for her performance in Room. Her acting is both riveting and soft as and when required. But having said that, I also feel that, Charlotte Rampling could also have been the winner for her performance in 45 Years. Saoirse Ronan portraying the new-girl-in-the-city in Brooklyn was great in her role. And so was Cate Blanchett in Carol and Jennifer Lawrence in Joy. But that doesn’t mean that I have any regrets for Brie Larson being the winner.

This time around in Oscars, Actor in a Leading Role was a pretty interesting category. This time it was the 6th Nomination for my very favorite actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, and to add more to the mix, his performance in The Revenant just blew me by awe. All the more reason I watched the complete live cast of The Oscars. Other actors in this category were equally amazing, all being very strong actors themselves. Eddie Raemayne’s performance in The Danish Girl was note-worthy. Michael Fassbender was very successful in portraying Jobs. Matt Damon correctly held up his position in The Martian, and Bryan Cranston, as always, was great in and as Trumbo. But, whatever be the debate, Leo stands out a clear winner in this category.

And, now for the biggest category, the Best Picture. Well here as well, my opinions doesn’t seem align with those of the Academy. Spotlight, highlights an issue lurking in the slimy underbelly of the church system, but I think it did not have the edge, as present in other films of the same genre. The Martian was a good adaptation of the book by Andy Weir. The Big Short was an eye opening documentary style movie. Brooklyn and Room both had some strong performances from their lead actresses. Mad Max: Fury Road, though too violent for me to watch, was a good movie overall, and The Revenant was a movie that I hanged on to for a long time after watching. Mainly due the performance by its lead actor. Though I never was certain about the winner here, I never thought it was going to be Spotlight.

Ok, so with this I would end my dissection. No more pecking at the Academy. I know I have missed out many categories. The sole reason being my unawareness about the nominees.

So, in all, I would conclude that this time, the Academy Awards were good, with lot of babbling about the black people. Leo won his cherished Oscar after 22 years of his career. And that brought a smile to my face.