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Oscars Week: Best Picture

After a long night, a night of jokes, of tears, of tributes? from Dave Grohl, and an appearance from Sacha Baron Cohen, we arrive at the most important nominee of the night, Best Picture.

There are no more jokes, there is only the envelope.

And the nominees are:

  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight

So out of ten possible films they chose eight, and they couldn’t include Carol? Really? It’s hard to pick one winner from the nominees deserving to win. Controversially, I think it’s absurd that The Big Short and Bridge of Spies are nominated for anything, never mind Best Picture.

I think The Revenant was a gorgeous, harrowing film, but to paraphrase Ann Hornaday, I loved The Revenant until suddenly I didn’t. The more time elapsed between myself and the viewing the less I liked it. Liking, and loving, a film, do not make a film great. (I love Superbad, but it’s not a Best Picture.) When we finally reached the end, I felt like my journey had been pointless. Maybe I’m cut out to be a real voter, because I’m happy to award Iñárritu Best Director.

And so, I award… Brooklyn. The butt of jokes for its name and its limited viewership, Brooklyn is a quiet, stunning film about finding yourself. It is the story of America, of immigration. I felt that movie so deeply. If Carol can’t win, why can’t Brooklyn?

Ditto to Katherine’s sentiment and add on no Creed??? Or any movie featuring a person of color?? tsk tsk. – Navani Otero

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Oscars Week: Best Actress

Which talented woman is destined to win tomorrow? Is it Jennifer Lawrence, the only nomination for David O. Russell’s Joy? Cate Blanchett, the Meryl Streep of her era?

And the nominees for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role are:

  • Cate Blanchett, Carol
  • Brie Larson, Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

What a difficult choice. Jennifer Lawrence was excellent in Joy, a film that was, I think, underrated. I think it would be wonderful is Brie Larson won, and Charlotte Rampling is a great actress (though if she lost, we’d enjoy a sliver of schadenfreude). Saoirse Ronan is Brooklyn. She is Eilis. But… Cate Blanchett should win.

The moment she appeared on screen I stopped breathing. I fell madly, incomprehensibly in love with Carol Aird. I knew it was Blanchett, but I was nevertheless ready to give up my life in 2015 Brooklyn for 1950s Manhattan. Carol was a beautiful, moving film. I desperately want it to win every award it’s been nominated for.

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Oscars Week: Best Actor

The buzz–from everyone–is that this is finally Leo’s year. It’s almost unfair to the rest of the nominees, except they didn’t wear an enormous pelt and bite into bison liver, and Leo did.

And the nominees for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role are:

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

…So The Revenant is the only film of these five that I’ve seen. Yet, it’s the only film of Leonardo DiCaprio’s that I’ve liked. It’s the only film that I felt like he deserved a nomination, and possibly a win. To Leo’s Crowd, who demands an Oscar, this one time, I finally declare… I agree.

I totally agree with Katherine’s sentiment. I may be biased since The Revenant is also the only film of those nominated I actually saw, but boy did it leave an impact on me. Leo’s performance cannot be contested here when he exemplifies the spirit of human resilience both on and off screen in this role. The bear may be CGI but the freezing temperatures Leo endured were not, nor the majestic scenes all filmed in natural light. He faced many physical challenges during the filming of this role so if ever he earned an Oscar win now is the time. #giveleoanoscar  – Navani Otero

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Oscars Week: Screenplays


And suddenly, there’s a bunch of strangers on the stage, making statements about the meanings of the film you did or did not root for, thanking God, and possibly an author.

The nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay are:

  • The Big Short
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • The Martian
  • Room

And the nominees for Best Original Screenplay are:

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Ex Machina
  • Inside Out
  • Spotlight
  • Straight Outta Compton


I’d love to see Spotlight or Straight Outta Compton, win Best Original Screenplay, which received only one nomination. I love that Room was written by Emma Donoghue, who also wrote the novel the film is based on. Like much of Room‘s nominations, I have no complaints but no vested interest. I have a big interest in Carol, as if that isn’t clear yet.
-Katherine M. Hill

I’m voting Straight Outta Compton all day for Best Original Screenplay and not JUST because this is the only award the movie is being nominated for. Okay maybe that is a small part of it. But seriously, I’ve seen this movie in the theaters three times that’s how much it moved me. Anyone who can take the real-life events of N.W.A, a group that was basically considered a public enemy and give them an honest, depiction is a winner in my book. Not only did they manage to give the characters depth but also throw in charm and relatability. The writers captured not just a biopic of a controversial group, but the beginnings of reality rap and a snapshot of America’s issues with injustice and police brutality, which sadly is still ever-present today.  -Navani Otero

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Oscars Week: Best Supporting Actor

Welcome to Oscars Week! The 88th Academy Awards will air Sunday, at 8:30 p.m. EST on ABC. While we anxiously await the telecast, the Scholars team makes their pics with the same fervency most reserve for Fantasy Football Drafts. We’ll be posting in the approximate order the statuettes are handed out; today we start with Best Supporting Actor.

And the nominees are…

  • Christian Bale, The Big Short
  • Tom Hardy, The Revenant
  • Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed

All of the nominees are fine actors, even Stallone, whose nomination is overshadowed by the shameful fact that Creed has been otherwise screwed out of deserving nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. Christian Bale’s performance in The Big Short was also fine, and Ruffalo did a great job in Spotlight, but neither actor stood out as greatly as Tom Hardy in The Revenant.

The award absolutely must go to Hardy, who is a terrifying, mighty hellion in The Revenant. Hardy (much like Ruggalo) has a way of committing fully to a film, regardless of its quality (Legend) or absurdity (Mad Max). Hardy practically stole the film from Leonardo DiCaprio, who himself deserves to go home with the Best Actor prize. Let’s start a tense night right with a little praise for Tom Hardy.