2016 Oscar Favorites and Snubs

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Michael-FassbenderMost of us associate February with Valentines Day but for one night it will be all about celebrating the year’s biggest achievements in film On Sunday, February 28 the stars will be out in full force. The Oscars which gave out it’s first award in 1929 will be hosted in Hollywood, California. We want to share our favorite nominations and mention a few really
talented actors that we feel got left out.

By now we’ve all seen the Oscar nominations and most were dominated by 3 files. The Revenant led the way with 12 nominations, followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with 10 and then The Martian had seven nominations. With such dominance it’s a bit challenging to select favorites but these were amazing films so here’s who we like.

Actor in a Leading Role

While there were many well known actors who were nominated including Leonardo DiCaprio who is favorite to win with The Revenant,  we absolutely loved in Steve Jobs. The 38-year-old who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 12 Years A Slave in 2013 played a compelling and complicated role in the highly anticipated film depicting the highs and lows of the tech-geniuses life. While the movie itself failed to break even, Michael’s role was both compelling and complicated and we thought he played the part beautifully.

 Actress in a Leading Role

Our pick for best Actress in a leading role is who portrays Joy Mangano in the rags-to-riches saga of a hard-working woman who gave the world the Miracle Mop. The amazing cast included Robert De Niro, Diane Ladd and Bradley Cooper. Jennifer really gives a strong lead performance playing a character that was undermined by her family around every corner but remained resilient, strong willed and determined to become a self-made millionaire. The film itself was a bit busy at times and unconventional but Jennifer was the star from start to finish. She single handedly carried both her family and the movie along will brilliance and grace.

We haven’t forgotten you

Jacob-TremblayIt happens every year doesn’t it? You watch an awesome movie with incredible actors and actresses that you fall in love with but they get overlooked when it comes time to hand out the hardware. This year is no different. Our biggest snubs were all over the place but a quick list.

Johnny Depp (Black Mass) for Best Actor
Idris Elba (Beast of No Nation) for Best Supporting Actor
Ridley Scott (The Martian) for Best Director
Jacob Tremblay (Room) for Best Supporting Actor
(The Peanuts Movie) for Best Animated Feature

The reality is that awards don’t determine which movies will be loved and considered classics when it’s all said and done. There have been tons of classics that never won Best Picture and incredible actors and actresses who never won an Oscar. It’s us, the movie buffs and fans who determines the best pictures of the year, not the Academy.

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