Oscars easier to call without seeing the movies
You might find yourself looking at the long nike mercurial superfly cheap lists of categories and nominations and wondering how you can possibly pick the winners when the only movie you saw in the theatre in all of 2015 was an Adam Sandler groaner because Star Wars was full, and Sandler isn’t even nominated. Not that he ever had a chance. Comedies almost never win Academy Awards. It’s discrimination, pure and simple. Follow the pushback on Twitter at OscarsSoSerious.
And don’t worry about competing in an Oscars pool if you haven’t seen all or even any of the nominated movies. There are about 60. To watch them all would take three regular workweeks. That’s more than most people can manage, including the people who vote on the Oscars. Like anyone else, they have other things to do, important things, such as binge watching Making a Murderer on Netflix. Then one day their votes are due and they still haven’t seen The Danish Girl, say, a British biopic about a Danish transgender artist in Paris in the 1920s, struggling with her sexual identity. The film has two nominations for best actor and best supporting actress. They are brilliant, I’m sure, but the subject matter is difficult. Netflix beckons.
To predict the Oscar winners, if not to vote on them, seeing the movies is almost a disadvantage. Your view then is coloured by personal preferences. You might think a movie is terrific, but remember, the awards are for the best, not for the most entertaining. In this case, “best” is what reflects most favourably on the people who vote. They want the winners to be movies that make them look good. Then they can spend the next year walking around with their chests out instead of defending their choices.
Consider, for instance, the award for best picture. If it nike mercurial superfly cheap was decided purely on entertainment value, Mad Max: Fury Road would certainly win. It’s a total blast. Academy members, however will not support Fury Road. They won’t want to be explaining for the rest of their lives that Mel Gibson wasn’t in this one.
The choice that needs no explaining is The nike mercurial superfly cheap Revenant. It celebrates courage, perseverance and gruesome special effects, all of which reflect well on the film industry. The Revenant also celebrates Leonardo DiCaprio, a genuine movie star who off screen stands against all the right things. The Revenant also is shockingly violent, so no one can accuse the Academy of playing it Nike Hypervenom Phelon TF safe. Is The Revenant the best movie? I don’t know, but it is perfectly cast in the role of best movie.
Fury Road will do better in categories like cinematography and visual effects because no one remembers these awards and voters will feel bad about not giving it the best picture award when Mel Gibson wasn’t even involved.
You can apply this analysis to all of the categories. Consider the award for best foreign language film. This is perhaps the most difficult of categories to predict since almost no one has seen any of the entries. As usual, they all are punishingly grim. The nominees: A Hungarian film about Auschwitz; a Colombian film about the last surviving member of an indigenous tribe; A French Turkish film about sisters growing up in repressive rural Turkey; a Jordanian film about a Bedouin orphan buffeted by the turmoil of the First World War; and a Danish film about Nike Hypervenom Phelon TF a soldier accused of war crimes in Afghanistan. Anyone who watched all these would need counselling.
Predicting the winner from this jolly fare is easier. It will be the Colombian entry about the last surviving member of his tribe. The award will signal Hollywood’s particular displeasure with aboriginal dislocation, while acknowledging a 98 per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
When you fill out your Oscars pool, just imagine that the films are books. Which ones would you leave lying around your apartment to impress a visitor? Those are your winners nike mercurial superfly cheap.