As you might have noticed (or guessed if you didn’t watch), Chris Rock came out swinging at the 88th Academy Awards® this evening, ‘Welcome to the 88th Academy Awards, or as I call them, the White People’s choice Awards.’
The biggest news – above and beyond Rock’s subtle and unsubtle (and mostly very funny) raking of the Academy over the coals – was that Mad Max: Fury Road won six technical awards (shutting out Star Wars: The Force Awakens but losing Visual Effects to Ex Machina). That and Chivo (Emmanuel Lubeski) scoring the natural hat trick for his third consecutive Cinematography Oscar® for The Revenant – and Alejandro G. Iñárritu earning his second consecutive Oscar® as director for The Revenant.
Or maybe it was Mark Rylance winning Supporting Actor over the sentimental favorite Sylvester Stallone – or possibly Spotlight snatching Best Film from the slavering jaws of The Revenant’s Judy (yup, the CG bear is called Judy!).
Despite only three of the five nominated songs being performed live – and no weird, lengthy, puzzling song and dance routines, this year’s Oscars® still blew its tentative thee hour running time by a half an hour. (The more things change, the more they remain the same…). For a complete list of winners, follow the jump.
The Oscar® nominations were announced this morning and the Academy of Film Arts & Sciences did their usual job of mixing brilliant choices and WTF ones. Most were easy to see coming – The Martian and The Revenant picking up multiple noms; Stars Wars: The Force Awakens getting only a couple of tech nods – but in a year with so many great movies, how is it that there are only eight nominations for Best Picture? That makes no sense at all – I could name a handful of movies that would be as good as, or better than the official selections.
In terms of numbers, The Revenant led with 12 nominations, with Mad Max: Fury Road grabbing ten.
So! The Academy has spoken. For the complete (with occasional commentary) follow the jump.
Chris Rock will host the the 88th Academy Awards, live on ABC, on Sunday, February 24th.
The North American box office crossed $11 billion; two studios crossed $2 billion; franchises raked in bucks, and a lot of movies that should have done well, flopped. It was crazy.
Whether you were into superheroes, caper flicks, horror, comedy (rude or not), big budget or low-fi sci-fi, romance, or well done big dumb fun, it was available to you. Of course, there were bad examples in every genre, too. But here, we’re looking for the Good Stuff and there’s so much of it that the potential is for an honorable mentions list that could be a second Favorite Fifteen list. That’s how many good movies there were this year.
As always, these are my seventeen (!) favorites. Your mileage, etc…
We don’t usually note when a studio breaks a billion dollars at the box office – most of the major studios do it on a fairly regular basis.
However, when Warner Brothers Pictures breaks the billion dollar mark today, it will be for the record fifteenth consecutive year.
Another impressive aspect of this year’s numbers is that the billion was reached via a wide array of genres – war movies (American Sniper), Fantasy (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), disaster movie (San Andreas), post-apocalypitic thriller (Mad Max: Fury Road, and R-rated comedy (Get Hard) among them.
George Miller has done something genuinely impressive with Mad Max: Fury Road – he’s made Max part of an ensemble – and not even the biggest part of the ensemble – and it works. Brilliantly!
Fury Road is thinly plotted – a tyrant’s five breeding wives are taken to freedom by a formerly trusted female war chief – but its energy, ferocity and just plain gonzo goofiness take it up so many levels that you might have trouble breathing up there.
The 2015 summer blockbuster season has commenced! Accordingly, this week’s GeekScholars Movie News begins with a preview of May 2015, including the hosts’ Rotten Tomatoes and Opening Box Office predictions for: