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The 88th Academy Awards or the Oscars is being held currently at the Dolby Theater Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US. The host is Chris Rock and Producer David Hill, Reginald Hudlin, Director Glenn Weiss. The Revenant starring Leonardo Dicaprio has been nominated in 12 categories. According to the recent news Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins best actor Oscar for The Revenant. Here are the other nominees.
The Big Short
A biographical comedy-drama, this movie focuses on the 2005 US mortgage housing crisis and is based on a book of the same name. Starring Christian Bale, Stave Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, it received critical acclaim for its detailed approach to a serious issue which rocked the world and indeed its greatest admirer is none other than Bernie Sanders, the Democrat hopeful for US Presidential elections.
A historical period drama film based in 1952, based on a novel of the same name, this movie showcases the life of a young Irish woman who migrates to Brooklyn, New York and falls in love. But life takes a turn and she has to decide between the two nations and paramours and the distinct lives that exist within them. This Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson starrer is surely a favourite to rake up its claims for an Oscar with its showing in BAFTA awards.
Bridge of Spies
This Steven Spielberg’s Cold War historical drama thriller is loosely inspired by U-2 incident in 1960s. The movie revolves around the complex geo-political rivalry between US and erstwhile USSR at its peak, and manifested in the spies exchanged between the two powers – a pilot whose u-2 plane was downed in Russia and a captive Russian KGB spy under US custody. Nominated under 6 categories including Best Picture, Supporting actor and Original Screenplay, it received global acclaim for its unbiased work from lead actor Tom Hanks and Spielberg.
Mad Max: Fury Road
An action thriller at its core and set against an apocalyptic background in an inhospitable future desertlands of Australia where gasoline and water are scarce commodities. This 4th instalment in the Mad Max franchise is arguably the best in the series. Though initially meant to be a computer animated film, the producers went for a live action movie, and now is considered by some as among the best action movies ever made. The 1st in Mad Max franchise to get Oscar nominations, it has nominations in a whopping 10 categories. Critically acclaimed for its seemingly real action and stunt sequences.
This science fiction based on Andy Weir’s novel on the same name, starring Matt Doman showcased human endurance and struggle to survive in another planet. An astronaut who is presumed dead after a storm and left behind by fellow astronauts, who later find that he is indeed alive. The way Mark Watney survives with only meagre supplies in a hostile planet using his skills and ingenuity was a salutary attempt at capturing human spirit. Recently awarded Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture and nominated in 7 categories in Academy Awards, it is also nominated for Best Actor category for Matt Doman’s superlative performance.
This Leonardo Di Caprio starrer has been in the news ever since it released – set in 1820s, it eloquently puts forth another surviving tale of a frontiersman who has been attacked by a ferocious bear while on a fur trading expedition and left to fend for himself by his group. Based on a novel of the same name, this endurance drama has been noted for its shooting in extremely hostile conditions – sub-zero temperatures and using only natural light. The movie received critical acclaim, especially for Iñárritu’s direction and Di Caprio’s gritty performance and has catapulted him to be one of the strongest contenders for this year’s Best Actor nominations. Revenant has been nominated for 12 Academy awards, most for Oscar 2016 edition. Many find this to be Di Caprio’s toughest performance ever, and hope that Best Actor choice for this year finds his way, nominated for 5 times but hasn’t won a single time yet! He has already grabbed Best actor award at Golden Globe, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild award and Critics’ Choice Movie Award.
Another movie nominated this year based on a novel of the same name, this drama movie stars Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen among others and is based on their experience of outside world after a 7-year captivity in an enclosed space with his mother, portrayed by Larson. A child who visualizes the whole world in his living room only but is equally comforted by his loving mother that he is enthusiastic at all times. Their risky plan to escape their confinement was hailed as a psychologically appealing movie and portrayal of a brutalised but positive mother played by Larson. Nominated for Oscars on 4 counts including for Best Picture, Director, Actress and Screenplay.
This crime drama about the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team on their investigative reportage about systemic child sex abuse in Boston area by Roman catholic priests. Based on a real Spotlight team which earned the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, its ensemble cast featuring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery among others were praised for their outstanding portrayal of a real, sensitive issue and has been nominated on 6 counts for this year’s Oscar including Best Picture, Director, Actor (Ruffalo) and Supporting Actress (McAdams).