Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Oscar Post Mortem 2016

Another Oscar night is in the books and I had an okay year - In the end it was Doug: 16, Oscar: 4. That's 80%, which isn't my best, but is still pretty good.  Here's how it turned out. My correct picks are bold:

Best Picture: Spotlight
Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Actress: Brie Larson

Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander
Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short
Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Cinematography: The Revenant
Best Score: The Hateful Eight

Best Song: "Writing On the Wall"
Best Art Direction: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Costumes: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Makeup: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina
Best Sound: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Sound Effects Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Animated Feature: Inside Out
Best Documentary Feature: Amy

With The Revenant getting the most nominations and Mad Max close behind, I figured one of the two would get Best Picture, but didn't account for the power of a strong ensemble cast getting a sizable push from the large actors' wing of the Academy. Supporting Actor, Best Song and Visual Effects were just old-fashioned surprises. 

Still, I'm pleased that Mad Max went home with the most awards of the night. The final score was Spotlight: 2, The Revenant: 3, Mad Max: 6, everyone else: 1. 

I'm also thrilled for the great Ennio Morricone, who won his first competitive Oscar after 50 years of writing film scores. And it was exciting to see him get a standing ovation.

I enjoyed the show overall and thought that Chris Rock did a fantastic job hosting. Sure, there were moments that dragged and the pacing was a bit off and they did nothing to rectify the snubs in last year's In Memoriam (Joan Rivers, Jan Hooks, Taylor Negron), but it was a good broadcast. I won't go into opinions about fashion because there are so many others here on the interwebs who do such a better job than I ever could.

Better luck next year! Now back to our regular programming about orchestra music...