2016 Oscar Winners leaped ahead!
written by Souranath Banerjee
It is that time of the year when decisions are made and a few extraordinary artists take the leap ahead with the golden statues shining in their hands.
Yes, the time for the 2016 Oscar winners!
The competition was exceptionally tough this year (just like any other year), and though we always like to say that everyone nominated are all winners but then sadly, only some people actually win.
Here are the movies that ruled the Oscar stage yesterday and a flashback of all these films for a quick recap.
Spotlight (Won 2 awards)
Category: Best Picture and Original Screenplay (Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy)
‘Since All the President’s Men in 1976, I think this film here, Spotlight, has taken the theme of ‘reporters unveiling a conspiracy theory’ to a new height of extraordinary.’
‘Written and directed by Tom McCarthy (his directional debut The Station Agent is one of my all time favorite), and here also, he has done a tremendous job. The pace and the overall effect of the film is so intense that it gives you the feel of a classic thriller. ‘
The Revenant (won 3 awards)
Category: Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Director (Alejandro Inarritu) and for Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki)
‘there is an immense amount of expectation for Mr. Iñárritu’s latest film The Revenant, and then again, when the ever-impressive Leonardo DiCaprio is in the lead, tagging with him all that debate about – can this be finally Leonardo’s Oscar moment or not?’
‘the film is shot by ace cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki who has already won two Oscars for his brilliant camera work in films Birdman and Gravity.’
Mad Max: Fury Road (won 6 awards)
Category: Best Editing (Margaret Sixel), Best Sound Mixing (Chris Jenkins, Greg Rudloff and Ben Osmo), Best Sound editing (Mark Mangini and David White), Best Production Design (Colin Gibson), Best Costume Design (Jenny Beavan) and Best Make Up and hair Styling (Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin).
‘A two hours non-stop action extravaganza, a roller coaster ride of brutal excitement, insane adrenaline rush and high-octane drama.’
‘a super-fast editing by Margaret Sixel and Jason Ballantine perfectly complements the mood of the film.’
‘Minimal use of dialogues, quick introduction of characters and real horrific violence – Mad Max: Fury Road is a treat for action genre lovers. Undoubtedly the best action flick of recent times.’
Category: Best Actress (Brie Larson)
‘Specially Brie Larson who as the protective mother, dealing with her certitudes and also her vulnerabilities has given one of the best performances I have seen in a long time!’
‘Essentially it’s a thriller that involves the account of a daring attempt to slip away from the clutches of a ruthless kidnapper but on a deeper note the film is a complex sensitive drama and an expert dissection of human psychology.’
Category: Best Adopted Screenplay (Charles Randolph and Adam McKay)
‘Based on the book with the same name by financial journalist Michael Lewis, co-writer and director Adam McKay has been successful in adding enough humor to dilute the financial jargon and make the film coherent for everybody.’
‘focuses on a group of people who noticed and predicted the devastating financial crisis well ahead and even profited from it!’
Category: Best Supporting Actress (Alicia Vikander)
‘Only such powerful acting could hold the film together with enough distinction.‘
‘to an utter surprise to his wife Gerda, Einar has a sudden urge to change his sexual orientation and reveals that he actually wants to be Lili in her real life; he claims that he seems to be a women trapped in a man’s body!’
Category: Best Supporting Actor (Mark Rylance)
‘Bridge of Spies is actually a biopic on American insurance-attorney James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks)’
‘Firstly, he had to defend a captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) in the American court of justice and then, he was recruited by the CIA and sent to the-then hostile Germany (Berlin being partitioned) to negotiate a spy-exchange mission between the two rival countries – America and Russia.’
Category: Best Visual Effects (Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett)
‘But the real winner in this 1 hour 48 min futuristic drama is the brilliant use of visual effects. The amazing special effects give the film it’s much necessary believability.’
‘A bit slow paced maybe, and mostly dialogue based but in spite of not being personally a fan of Sci Fi movies, i find it pretty impressive.’
Category: Best Original song (Song: Writing’s On The Wall, music and lyric: Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith)
‘Though music by Thomas Newman is as usual effective and blends well with Hoyte Van Hoytema‘s cinematography.’
‘Spectre starts with a thrilling helicopter sequence in Mexico that promises a power pact film but unfortunately, by the end of it’s almost two and a half hours run time, the film struggles to keep you entertained.’
Category: Best Animated Feature Film (Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera)
‘This 94 min film gives the children their beloved world of funny characters and colorful fantasy but at the same time it offers enough scope for serious thoughts (and admiration) for the grown-ups.’
‘Superb voice overs by a variety of talented artists. Animation quality at it’s best but again that is kind of expected from a Pixar feature. But the best part of Inside Out is its concept – so brilliantly innovative!’
Bear Story – Animated Short Film (Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala)
The Hateful Eight – Original Score (Ennio Morricone)
Stutterer – Live Action Short Film (Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage)
Amy – Best Documentary – Feature (Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees)
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – Best Documentary – Short Subject (Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy)
Son of Saul – Best foreign language film (Country: Hungary; Directed by László Nemes)
Poster courtesy: www.impawards.com, oscar.go.com.