It’s that time of year again where the nominations for the Academy Awards (this year, the 88th awards) have been released! Last year I did a run down of a couple of categories so I thought I’d carry on the tradition. Also, last year, I was disappointed because my favourite actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, wasn’t in any films in order to be nominated. This time around he’s been in The Revenant, which has been incredibly well received so far. I’m hopefully seeing it soon – this year Louise and I have agreed to make a real attempt to watch all of the Best Picture nominees before the awards themselves.
Actor In A Leading Role
I’m not surprised about this list at all. I had a feeling Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Eddie Redmayne would be up for the award, and I’m not surprised about Michael Fassbender. Naturally my heart is promised to Leonardo DiCaprio, but I have a distinct feeling the Academy will select Eddie Redmayne as the winner. I haven’t seen The Danish Girl yet but apparently he gives a fantastic performance, and the Oscars tends to honour films that push the boat out a little, and a film on the very current issue of transgenderism does exactly that. But again, until I see them I can’t really judge fairly!
Once again I haven’t seen any of these movies. I’m mostly not surprised by this list, although I was kind of expecting Star Wars: The Force Awakens to be on it. The Revenant was nominated for 12 different awards and I’m wondering if it can do a clean sweep – although, Mad Max: Fury Road has had a huge reception from the public and critics alike, and I can see it taking the award. I have to admit that because of the overexposure (on my Tumblr timeline, at least) I was a bit uncertain about seeing it at all. But in the interest of fairness Louise and I are going to have to try and watch them all!
Other Bits & Pieces
Obviously I’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens twice now, and I really enjoyed it both times, and honestly I’m quite surprised at the snubbing. I would have thought that Oscar Isaac would have a nod for Actor In A Supporting Role, but apparently not. Also, Inside Out is up for Best Animated Feature Film which is really exciting and I hope it does well because it deserves it!
On another note, for the second year in a row, no performers of colour were given a nod at all for the acting roles. This whitewashing has meant the re-emergence of the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite for people to vent. There have been plenty of great performances from various actors of colour in the past year so there isn’t a reasonable explanation for it, and it’s such a shame because they really are widely regarded as the ultimate acting prize.
The Oscars are taking place on Sunday, February 28th, 2016. A full list of the nominees can be found on the official Oscars website.