Best Picture Oscar Nominations 2015

Having now watcher all 8 nominations for the Best Picture Oscar, I thought I would give you a quick update on my feelings of all of them.

American Sniper

Ok, this is a weird one. Message aside, it’s a very technically gifted movie, with some tense moments and some very nice cinematography. But efficient filmmaking does not warrant a Bes Picture nomination. And then we have the message which comes across rather like “Everyone in Iraq is evil, and killing them is a good thing”. And people have genuinely gone out of the movie filled to the brim with racial hatred, just look a twitter.

My rating – 5/10

Birdman

Not only is Birdman a technical masterpiece, which for all the world would appear to be taken all in one shot, it is also a masterpiece in the exploration of the human mind. It’s one of the hardest films to explain over a short period of time, but it is absolutely terrific.

My rating – 10/10

Boyhood

The film I admire the most out of all of these, and the one that is going to win in the end. It is a truly brilliant piece of work, made even more impressive by the fact that they managed to find two young people who would turn into such good actors.

My rating – 9/10

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Probably Wes Anderson’s best film to date, and that is saying something. It’s what you’d probably call a romp, which is equal parts comedy, drama and thriller. At times you will be on the edge of your seat, others laughing and sometimes crying. But throughout you will just be in awe of the sheer beauty of it all. My personal favourite from all the nominations.

My rating – 10/10

The Imitation Game

A film about a very important story, that would appear to be a little bit too conscious of how important said story is, and so plays the movie quite safe. Having said that it is one of the most purely watchable films of the year, and manages to present some extremely important issues in the most accessible of packages.

My rating – 8/10

Selma

Without a doubt the most powerful of all these movies, Selma sets about giving the audience the intended message with very little sugar coating. It does then lack a certain enjoyability, but that’s not really the point.

My rating – 9/10

The Theory of Everything

This is a performance driven movie, it’s one that without the two central performers (Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones) would actually be quite ordinary. But between the two of them they propel it into being a very good film.

My rating – 8/10

Whiplash

Probably the most intense experience out of all of them, and a film that will demand your attention to the very last minute. I’m very glad it got nominated, although I’d probably say it is the 8th most likely to win (now I’ve said that, it’s probably going to win).

My rating – 10/10

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