RT's 2016 Oscar Picks

by and | February 26, 2016 | Comments

While this year’s race has been mired in #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the Academy’s changes in the face of scrutiny, it’s still that time of year when we put our heads together, sift through the films that are nominated, and try to figure out who will win at this year’s Academy Awards. Last year we were 15/24, so here’s hoping we do a bit better this year — although it’s always nice when the Academy throws out a curveball! Watch the video below for a quick rundown of our choices in the bigger categories, or scroll down to read through the full list.

Best Picture: The Revenant


We can see timely films like The Big Short and Spotlight taking this prize, but ultimately it seems the tide is in favor of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s harrowing outdoor epic of survival, endurance, and revenge.

Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant


If Iñárritu wins — and we think that’s very likely, given that Best Director generally goes to whoever helmed the Best Picture winner (Argo and 12 Years a Slave are notable recent exceptions) — he’d be the first back-to-back winner of this award since the great Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1949 and 1950 (for Letter to Three Wives and All About Eve, respectively).

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

All the talk about Leo being due an Oscar is a bit overwrought, given that none of the following people have ever won an Academy Award: Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Sigourney Weaver, Brad Pitt, Samuel L Jackson, Will Smith, Harrison Ford, Scarlett Johansson, John Travolta, Glenn Close, Gary Oldman, Robert Downey, Jr., Idris Elba, Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Joseph Cotten, Edward G. Robinson, Rita Hayworth, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, and dozens more. That said, he’s totally winning this year; the Academy loves onscreen feats of physical prowess featuring glamorous stars de-glammed.

Best Actress: Brie Larson, Room


After wowing the critics in smaller films like The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12, Brie Larson solidified her status as one of the best young actors in Hollywood with Room. She’s close to a lock for Best Actress.

Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Creed

The two Marks could potentially steal this one, but we think the Academy is gonna go with Sly, the sentimental favorite.

Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

This looks to us like a “Nobel” Oscar, one that’s given to an actor or actress for his or her body of work rather than the film for which he or she is nominated. Long story short: Alicia Vikander is winning because she had a monster 2015.

Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight

What happened to Spotlight? Coming out of the Toronto International Film Festival, it looked like the movie to beat in the Best Picture race. It shouldn’t be counted out as a dark horse contender for the top prize, but at very least it seems like a safe bet here.

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short

Michael Lewis is the king of allegedly unfilmable non-fiction books that are subsequently adapted into wildly popular, critically praised, Oscar-nominated motion pictures: The Blind Side, Moneyball, and now The Big Short are all based on his work. Turning the dense, complex machinations of a group of financial wizzes into a mainstream, crowd-pleasing comedy pretty much ensures The Big Short’s victory in this category.

Best Animated Feature: Inside Out

Although this is a strong year for this category, with two outstanding examples of stop motion and two critically acclaimed foreign entries, Pixar’s Inside Out is one of the surest wins this season. It’s also the only film in this category with a screenwriting nomination, which shows it is a favorite in multiple branches.

Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul

While France’s Mustang and Hungary’s Son of Saul have both received strong critical receptions, Saul seems to have the most momentum, as well as eight wins in this category already, including at the Golden Globes.

Best Documentary Feature: Amy

With eleven wins – including at the Producer’s Guild Awards – Asif Kapadia’s chronicle of the rise and fall of the late Amy Winehouse seems all but unstoppable.

Best Cinematography: The Revenant

If the award goes to our projected winner Emmanuel Lubezki for his outdoor, natural light work on The Revenant, he will be the first person to win this award three years in a row and we definitely think this year will be one for the history books.

Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

While several films used editing in unique and creative ways, it is the editing in Mad Max: Fury Road that is the glue that keeps its frenetic ride together.

Best Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road

We heard a rumor that an early draft of the script for Brooklyn contained a scene featuring flaming guitars. Unfortunately, since the scene didn’t make it into the finished product, it looks like Mad Max is winning this category by default.

Best Costume Design: Cinderella

We think Sandy Powell will win this category, just for the wrong movie. A seasoned costume designer is likely to tell you that it’s harder to craft the wardrobe for a period film set in living memory; thus, Powell’s work on Carol probably deserves the Oscar. However, it’s hard to pass up pretty ball gowns, so we think Powell will win for Cinderella.

Best Original Score: The Hateful Eight

Sure, Ennio Morricone won an Honorary Oscar in 2007, but he’s never won for an individual film. This is an outrage that the Academy must rectify immediately — and fortunately, the master is in fine form with the score for The Hateful Eight.

Best Original Song: Fifty Shades of Grey

It’s not the most egregious of the Academy’s many questionable movies this Oscar season, but the announcement that two of the five Oscar-nominated songs would not be performed during the ceremony is still pretty strange. (But hey, look on the bright side: that means there’s a one-in-three chance we’ll get this one right!) We pick the Weeknd, which would make Fifty Shades of Grey the most critically maligned Oscar-winning film in decades.

Best Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road

In a year with films featuring amazing CGI, Mad Max: Fury Road’s use of practical effects — with the occasional use of CGI — seems as refreshing as it is revolutionary.

Best Makeup & Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road

It takes a lot of work to make these folks look this busted. From Furiosa’s killer eye-liner, to the faces of the war boys, to the distinct hair of Immortan Joe and his cronies, Mad Max: Fury Road’s use of hair and make-up in its world-building is unlike anything else we saw at the movies this year.

Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road

This whole movie was practically one epic car chase through the badlands, with the sound of an entire fleet of unique vehicles recorded on the go.

Best Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Adding wicked (flaming) guitar licks, the pounding of the war boys’ drums, flowing water, and a multitude of other sounds to the epic car chase helped build the bombastic world that is Fury Road.

Best Animated Short: Sanjay’s Super Team

Look, it’s a big year for bears, so Bear Story would seem to be the zeitgeistian pick. However, Sanjay’s Super Team is from Pixar, and you don’t bet against Pixar on Oscar night.

Best Live Action Short: Shok

This tale of cross-cultural understanding in the midst of the Kosovo War is sure to tug the heartstrings.

Best Documentary Short: Body Team 12

The topical Body Team 12, about the Ebola crisis in Liberia, is both topical and moving, and we think it will resonate the most with Academy voters.

  • Hamza Joozer

    Just give Mad Max everything and call it a day Academy.

    • Louis Martin


    • Brent

      Most awful movie from 2015? Certainly not. But not that good, either. So, worst overrated movie of the year. As to it sweeping awards, that ought to go to a film worth seeing again — which Mad Max certainly isn’t.

      • dfsfdv

        And The Revenant is? It’s a pretentious borefest, even though I was expecting to love because it’s Inarritu. No one’s going to watch this movie twice.

        • Sorry, you’re wrong. I saw it three times 😉

        • Rodycaz

          But The Revenant at least has a story… you know, an actual story.

          • jfruedam

            Please, explain to us the supercomplex history behind The Revenant, the tale of a guy who is left for dead and spends the movie trying to find a man to kill….the end.

            And this is not a complain about that movie, is about double standards. If people are going to say **** about the lack of history in Mad Max, then the same should be said about The Revenant.

        • Eduardo Torres

          Fun Fact: I saw it twice.

    • NJ

      One of the most overrated films to ever be nominated for an Oscar. A bunch of crazy white people killing each other for no reason. Best picture? What a joke this award season is. Only looking forward to Leo winning and Chris Rock jokes.(which is saying a LOT)

    • Rodycaz

      That overrated action movie? No thanks.

    • Thrace

      A lovely day.

  • Demetra

    Mad Max winning that many would be insulting and disgraceful.

    • MontyPythonFanatic2

      You must be fun at parties. That is if you don’t just spend all your time making love to your Jean-Luc Godard DVDs.

    • Corey

      To who? You? Or are you electing yourself the representative of taste?

    • I have the feeling that due to bad timing and its general genre, Mad Max is going to snag a lot less of those golden trophies. And I think this will be the true insult. Mad Max is such an utter masterpiece and milestone in filmmaking.

      • Brent

        Mad Max, as being a at best a B-movie popcorn flick, is anything but either a masterpiece (please!) or a milestone in film making (where does that come from?). It is a long, boring, loud, mess of CGI piecing together an uninteresting, poorly concocted story.

        • So, just because it’s an action film, it a B-movie? Oh boy. And to not see the amazing craft that went into this film, the editing, the camera works, the production and character design, sound design, soundtrack, choreography etc, one must be quite blind and deaf (or simply ignorant). To not prefer a certain genre is totally fine, but Mad Max oozes quality. I loved watching it many times and think it’s one of the best action films ever created. Easily a classic.

          • Brent

            Different tastes. No need to get nasty about it. Action doesn’t have to equal B-movie; and my favorite movies are in the action genre. Just found this one over-hyped and a huge disappointment.

        • Cesar Pérez

          The thing about MAD MAX and why I think is one of 2015 best movies is that from top to bottom it’s an excellent film. It’s classical film making–tangible, difficult, on-location–with a clear narrative, well-defined characters in spite of a number of introductions, a great deal of world-building, a few layers of subtext about hypermasculinity, commerce, family, guilt, redemption. It’s a masterclass in cinematography, editing, sound, action, narrative… and it’s all because of some 70 year old who schooled everyone else this year on how it’s done.

        • David Gaillardetz

          There is very little of Mad Max that used CGI. That is kind of just a known fact. They were groundbreaking in the way that practical and realistic stunts and effects were used. I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie, but technically it is a pretty amazing effort.

          • Shadow Diver

            Speaking of CGI……how in the world would the academy give the best actor to DiCaprio, when it is a fact that the one shot per scene venture used new computer generated photoshopped sequences?

          • Brent

            Little difference if it looks like CGI.

        • jfruedam

          I don’t get the complains with the story. Please, explain me the superb story behind The Revenant and why it doesn’t receive that much hate: He killed my son, so I’m going to kill him, period.

          • Cordell Pattyson

            I’m trying not to deal with how ridiculous you sound…forget the fact that he:
            Survived a bear mauling
            Buried Alive
            Floating down a freezing river
            Going over a cliff on horseback while avoiding death at the hands of his attackers
            Multiple camp attacks
            …wait…we cant forget that because its absolutely incredible….don’t downplay the gravity of something because you don’t enjoy it…just because its not The Hobbit BOTFA and doesn’t have 40 characters each with 5 stories…

          • jfruedam

            It is not a critic to the movie, is to those who complain that MM has not story and say nothing about this one…double standars…

          • Cordell Pattyson

            Youre absolutely right….I personally think a story can be told both in silence as well as out-loud…MM and TR…they actually both had amazing stories….both of survival….determination

        • Michael Nelson

          Wow, Brent. talk about not paying attention to what’s in front of you. Go back and look at this movie again. Every frame is a masterpiece of composition. I guess you would say the Mona Lisa is an overrated, dull portrait of an average-looking woman.

          • Brent

            I would say the Mona Lisa is an overrated, dull portrait of an average-looking woman.

          • Michael Nelson

            Yeah, once again, let’s not pay attention to the artistry and the composition.

      • Rodycaz

        Nope, cool action movie, that’s it.

    • Adam

      I agree! I found the movie a huge disappointment!

    • jfruedam

      Well, let’s see what movie holds better with the time, I guess that’s the best recognition. Spotlight? The Big Short?….sure, the same way The King’s Speech and The Artist…

    • Randy Shick

      Why would it be insulting?The movie had the best makeup of the year, had some of the best editing and sound work, had some of the best sfx work and easily stood out with it’s production design.

      You can not like the move, but on a pure technical level it deserves many of these awards. anyone who can’t see that must not study or enjoy film.

  • Andrew M. Henderson

    “Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Sigourney Weaver, Brad Pitt, Samuel L Jackson,
    Will Smith, Harrison Ford, Scarlett Johansson, John Travolta, Glenn
    Close, Gary Oldman, Robert Downey, Jr., Idris Elba, Marlene Dietrich,
    Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Joseph Cotten, Edward G. Robinson, Rita
    Hayworth, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, and dozens more.”

    And Leo is better than everyone on that list, sans Oldman, Grant, and O’Toole…(Lol at having Travolta, Smith, Elba, and Monroe on that list.)

    • Richard John Paul Myers

      Elba is an amazing actor, the others are meh

    • I agree with Richard. Elba is an unbelievable actor, and he is slowly getting more and more recognition.

    • NJ

      I’m guessing you haven’t seen Beasts of no Nation.

  • Liam

    Nah, if justice is to be served World of Tomorrow will win Best Animated Short.

    • Arpan Vinayak

      Agreed. Amazing movie by Don Hertzfelt. His “Its such a Beautiful Day” is the best movie I have ever watched. Life changing.

  • Brent

    If these predictions are near the mainstream, good decision to skip watching the show or checking the results the next day. Of course, to some degree felt this way about some of the nominations.

  • LuKas Kasdan

    Although Mad Max didn’t resonate with me, I would love to see George Miller get the Oscar for his direction.

    • jfruedam

      That one and I would be more than happy, even if it doesn’t win anything else. Say what you want about the movie, the best directional achievement this year was delivered by Miller. I am actually pissed they are going to give the damn thing again to Iñarritu.

  • Mark

    Mad Max is clearly paving the way for future action films. I predict a Fast and Furious sequel to be a Best Picture nominee someday because of its inclusion. But, why Star Wars VII isn’t nominated is very odd. As well as Jurassic World. They all deserve to be lumped into a very special category called, It’s not fair. So, please, Academy, don’t over look the rest next year thinking one can stand for them all. Be honest. Ten nominees in every category is a reasonable expectation. And hire blacks and Hispanics and Asians, not just Jews and whites for things like crying and decapitation. Thanks.

  • Camilo
  • phylos

    Not that I wasn’t already expecting to be indifferent to these Oscars:
    – The frontrunner movie I outright hated.
    – The movie with the second highest number of nominations I found merely passable.
    – The one who deserved Best Director (Ridley Scott) wasn’t nominated.
    – The writer who deserved Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) wasn’t nominated.
    – Jacob Tremblay wasn’t nominated.
    – Inside Out wasn’t nominated for Best Picture.

    But now it seems like the only nominee I was at least slightly rooting for (Jennifer Jason Leigh) might not win, even though she gave one of the best performances in a supporting role in years.
    Vikander is lovely, but she wasn’t supporting in The Danish Girl and she did not deserve to be nominated for that melodrama anyway, she did better work elsewhere.
    Oh, and Fassbender did a far better job than DiCaprio.

    • Personally, even in the animated feature category Inside Out is the weakest film. A pretty average and quite unoriginal affair. Boy and the World is way deeper, much more creative, and with a much bigger emotional impact. You could exchange pretty much all late Pixar/Disney characters between their films and it wouldn’t stick out, since they all look and feel the same. The world of animation has no boundaries, still their films look endlessly restricted.

      • phylos

        … What exactly were you expecting to accomplish with this reply? Your opinion is wrong and matters far too little to me to even consider anyway.

        • My opinion is not wrong, it’s simply my opinion. And I won’t like a movie more or less because someone else says so. I also don’t expect you to do that, don’t worry. But I also am quite sure you didn’t even see all nominees. Nah, I shouldn’t be part of discussions about taste. No matter, what kind of art it is about. So, consider me silent from now on. Oscar night won’t change anything about the movies we like or hate. Enjoy the event.

          • phylos

            It’s never not odd and funny to see someone engage in something they acknowledge as futile.
            Oh, and I did see all nominees (besides documentaries and shorts, which I wisely didn’t comment on), what were you expecting to accomplish with that comment? Artificial attempt to give yourself more authority? So transparent…

          • Because it simply IS futile to discuss with you. So, you win. You’ve got your favorites, I’ve got mine. Of all the nominees, I loved Mad Max, The Revenant, Boy and the World, World of Tomorrow and The Force Awakens. I liked Son of Saul, The Big Short, The Hateful Eight, Anomalisa (although I still don’t really know, if I really like it or not, hard to get a clear stand with this movie, but at least it was quite impressive), The Look of Silence, When Marnie Was There. That’s about it.

          • phylos

            And you acknowledge it as futile and yet you keep doing it, like I said. Odd and funny, like seeing dogs bark at nothing.
            And why are you now telling me what movies you liked? I don’t care. I thought I had made that clear.
            By the way, I thought you were “silent from now on”, clearly you’re also a liar.

          • It’s a public commentary and I shared my top film picks with all readers. And at least I’m not writing angry comments just to erase them quickly afterwards 😉 Ever heard of email notifications? Yes, Mad Max was by far my favorite film of the year. Won’t change, I really like it. Sorry. And also sorry for not keeping my word. Will leave the last comment to you, if it’s important. Enjoy and good bye, angry man 😀

          • phylos

            “It’s a public commentary and I shared my top film picks with all readers. ” only works if it’s your main comment, buddy, not in a reply thread. In a reply thread you’re doing just that, replying to me, and with your worthless opinions. It’s just sad.

            And my writing and deleting the comment accomplished its purpose, didn’t it? I never intended to carry a discussion with an obnoxious fan of that movie about that movie, but I did want you to read how you had used the wrong word.
            I deduced, correctly, that you didn’t know how to turn off disqus’s email notifications. Unless you like spam, given how much you comment.
            Both options are funny for me.

            And you do know that the angriest person in a discussion is the first one to call any other person “angry”, right? Why do trolls always resort to that? Is it some sort of emotional projection to try to make yourselves feel better? Chap, the wrong opinions of random… people in the internet matter for me too little to get worked up about.

            The fact that you were so bitter about my comment you couldn’t reply to that you had to reply to something entirely different just looking for a discussion, and the fact that you couldn’t stop even after you said you would, already shows that angry I’m not the one here.
            I only keep humoring you because you’re funny.

      • jfruedam

        Inside Out didn’t do it for me neither (people say I’m dead inside xD), but I understand the appealing and it would be a worthy winner.

    • Cordell Pattyson

      You sound fun…and…while accepting your opinions…still….nope.
      To address your first point in an appropriate manner….
      It doesn’t matter what you hate….the world over has acknowledged The Revenant as an incredible feat of film-making and story telling….period sound like you belong as a film critic…not as a someone who should be commenting on threads…your personal taste would be better accepted there…seeing as how you think the Top 2 movies are currently just…meh.
      You also seem like someone who cant be please and simply for the reason of public domain.
      Ridley Scott and The Martian are the essence of over-rated films…forget the fact that they coasted through by being put into the wrong categories…COMEDY…what a joke….RS did a great job but did not capture the trials and tribulations of space and life on Mars to the degree many felt he should have…while MD did an amazing job….he acted as well as he did in his Bourne movies so that’s should tell you something. Ridley got many things wrong while trying to be as accurate as possible…as far as space movies go…Interstellar was far was gravity…because they were able to portray to the audience the one thing The Martian was not…! ….the stakes…..
      Furthermore….stop making shitty movies about Steve Jobs….MF barely covered up his accent when doing SJ so lets not pretend here…

      • Cordell Pattyson

        All youre doing is trolling this thread and trying to hide behind proper grammar and 4 words when 1 will do.
        We’ve seen it before and its about as unimpressive as a dog that can fetch.

        • phylos

          This is my only comment in this article and is a reply to nobody, it’s a thread starter, chap. Thus, by very definition, you are trying to troll me, with both of your accounts.
          Why? I don’t care, but it is pretty funny.

      • phylos

        You created another account just because I called you out on your not keeping your word. And you upvote yourself.
        This is freaking spectacular.


        > “The world has acknowledged the revenant blah blah blah”
        Well, the human in mass is stupid, chap. But good for you for being part of the masses.

        > “seeing as how you think the Top 2 movies are currently just…meh.”
        Now, now, I only think wacky races version death metal is “meh”. The Revenant is outright terrible.

        > “You also seem like someone who cant be please and simply for the reason of public domain.”
        On the contrary: I loved Ex Machina, The Martian, Spotlight, Room, Steve Jobs, etc…

        > “Ridley Scott and The Martian are the essence of over-rated films…”
        If I think a popular movie is bad I’m deluding myself for defying the masses but if you do it then it’s “overrated”? If you’re going to use a narrative, buddy, stick to it.
        And no, the director of Alien and Blade Runner is not overrated.
        Also, there’s no division by drama and comedy in the Oscars.

        And not that Fassbender didn’t do a very good accent; even if he hadn’t, he still was the most expressive and committed among the nominees. He makes one forget he doesn’t look all that much like Jobs.
        Actually, just the fact that the accent was the only thing you could mention is already a testament to the performance.

        • Cordell Pattyson

          Wow….you’ve been going off haven’t you. This is the shit I wake up to…utter non-sense…..I’m tucking this in and sending it straight to bed with no dinner.
          The phrase…drawn on and dragged down..comes to mind.
          I have deactivated accounts…didn’t create one…just signed into one that I had created some time ago that has nothing on it so no point in deactivating.
          So…easy guy…you don’t know everything and…as much as you may have sounded half decent before…you’re guessing game is making you look bad.
          Also…I’ve no idea what you’re talking about regarding an up-vote…whatever that is…
          You had made good points before…I think people were just annoyed by how you talk and the silly words you used…..but now you’re just being weird….humanity is stupid…? …ok…
          Stop arguing for the sake…MM was an incredible visual feat and a testament to doing things the old fashioned way…building set pieces and incredible action sequences by the actors…raw…uncut…visceral.
          As was The Revenant……whether you like them or not…..
          Those are all great movies which surprises me as to why you don’t like MM or TR…..I do see the pattern in these two against the others as…less dialogue….maybe a less complex plot….but within themselves and through the silence..their stories were incredibly complex in their own way.
          Ridley has declined is recent years…there is no doubt…Prometheus was not all it could have been and many were left disappointed….Also..I was referring to the GG’s….in which they coasted through in the wrong categories….IMO.
          I really cant agree with your take on Fassbend…I love the guy…he is a fucking monster man…Magneto all day long….but I think Leo’s performance would have been more emotionally/physically/mentally draining based on…obviously…the setting and circumstances.
          Its not hard to act like Steve Jobs…but I get it…only a handful of people resemble the guy….Fassbend did the absolute best he could….whereas Leo was fortunate enough to create his own rigorous character vision.
          Don’t be so hostile…you’ll have better conversation.
          Until next year…..take care.

          • Cordell Pattyson

            Oh…and I’m not coming back to this lol so you might as well deal with the possibility that I may never read your response.
            Take care.

          • phylos

            Don’t kid yourself, you’ll just switch accounts and reply yet again, with increasingly stupid vernacular.

          • phylos

            You basically admitted to switch accounts just to continue arguing? What kind of moron are you? The hilarious kind.
            Again, your opinions on fury road and the revenant are worthless and mean nothing to me. It doesn’t matter how much you go on about how you think they’re good. To me, your opinions are no different than random ads on the street. Just background noise. They hold no merit for me and can’t convince me otherwise.
            Fury Road is still just a passable movie and The Revenant a bad one.

            Same with your opinions on Fassbender and Scott. They don’t matter.

  • NJ

    For it’s impact alone, I feel The Big Short should not only win Best Picture, but should be required by all business schools across the country to be viewed. Very timely important film about that state of our economy.

    • William Bennet

      agreed… i was a mortgage broker during this disaster. i saw investor after investor disappear. the Big Short was both funny and intense.

  • Rodycaz

    The Revenant might not be the greatest movie ever or anything but out of all the nominees, it does deserve to win the big one.

  • Neil

    Most internet comments before Nominees announcement: “Mad Max deserves to win best picture, but those octogenarian snobs at the Academy will never do that. They’re way too pretentious.”

    Most internet comments after Nominees announcement: “Mad Max?? This overrated POS is up for best picture? Well, the Oscars never had any legitimacy anyway.”

  • Caio Gomes

    Freaking love all the recognition this article gives to Mad Max. I’ve seen the film twice, and really enjoyed it. Best movie of its genre ever made. I can understand why it wouldn’t appeal to so many people too though. It’s a small niche of people that can enjoy a post-apocalyptic road-rage type movie with loud rock guitar like operas going on throughout most of the movie.

    It was awesome. Hope they make a new one soon with Tom Hardy.

    • Brent

      Reasonable assessment. Some people (small niche that apparently includes the Academy tonight) liked this movie. Guess I missed all the technical prowess — but didn’t care what happened and couldn’t wait for the film to end. But, as RT regularly shows, lots of films get made, there’s something to enjoy which apparently people care to make, and (largely, not exclusively) the lower the RT score the more likely I like the movie.

  • Lorenzo Castellani

    I just saw Mad Max (third time) in a theater. Best picture of the year, end of the story.

  • Ambien Barry

    Mad Max was just not that good. Wish I wore earplugs to the theater, then I might have tolerated it better.

  • Mark

    I hope those Oscar voters don’t vote for those 70’s retro-style action films, MAd MAx, and Star Wars, and vote a sweep for The Revenant. In a year with only one race up for awards, the IMAGE presented should be as revisionistic as the protesting.

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