Best Picture Blunder Occurs At 89th Annual Academy Awards! Could It Be The Biggest One In Oscar History?

(PCM) Everyone is buzzing about the huge blunder that was made during the live telecast of the 89th annual Academy Awards when actor Warren Beatty and actress Faye Dunaway announced the wrong winner for Best Picture of the Year. The biggest award of the night was supposed to go to the film “Moonlight”, however after a few awkward on-stage moments between Dunaway and Beatty they announced that “La La Land” was taking home the nights biggest honor.

It seems that Warren Beatty was handed the wrong envelope as he and Dunaway headed on stage to present. The envelope in Beatty’s hand was from the previous award handed out that evening which read “Best Actress: Emma Stone for “La La Land””!  Opps!  You could tell by Warren Beatty’s face when he opened the envelope to announce the winner that something was wrong, but both the audience and Dunaway thought that he was just being funny.

It is at that point we feel that Beatty should have went off teleprompter and revealed that he may have been handed the wrong card. But, no! Instead he exchanges a few awkward moments with Dunaway before literally throwing her under the bus to read the name off the card. You can tell she only glanced at it for a second, saw the name “La La Land” printed there and just assumed. Of course it was not Beatty, nor Dunaway’s fault that they were handed the wrong card backstage, but Beatty definitely could have handled the situation more smoothly.

It was only midway through the “La La Land’ producers acceptance speeches that you could begin to see confusion erupting on the stage. We have to give the “La La Land” crew major props for handling the situation with both dignity and grace, as it was brought to their attention that they really didn’t win. The cast and crew of “Moonlight” was then brought to the stage to rightfully accept their award.

The Academy did release a statement from accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers in regards to the incident which read:

We sincerely apologize to “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.

We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.


Many believed that this was the first time that such a major blunder has taken place during the Oscar’s telecast, however a similar situation happened with presenter Sammy Davis, Jr. back in 1964. Davis, Jr. was handed the wrong envelope for the award of Best Score, which at that time was broken down into two separate awards, adaptation and treatment. Davis, Jr was handed the envelope for adapted which was to go to the film “Tom Jones” which was the next award, as he was supposed to reading the award went to “Irma La Douce” for treatment instead. Beatty should have taken some notes as to just how Sammy Davis Jr handled the situation!

Director M.Night Shyamalan arguably had one of the best tweets of the night in regards to the situation!

We are glad that the entire situation was cleared up, however we definitely feel for the cast and crew of “La La Land” as we are sure there can be no worse feeling that having the honor of winning Best Picture and then having that moment torn away, despite the fact that “Moonlight” was a truly deserving film.

Many can recall that back in 1993 rumors circulated that after Marisa Tomei won the award for Best Actress for her role in the film “My Cousin Vinny” that actor Jack Palance had read the wrong name off the secret envelope because he couldn’t see the correct one. This rumor turned out to be false, as Tomei won her Oscar fair and square, but to this day, many believe that the award should have gone to either Judy Davis or Vanessa Redgrave that year. The Hollywood Reporter ran a special feature titled “And the loser is: Bad oscar rumor” which read:

A rumor is currently making the rounds in Manhattan, fanned by no less than the former son-in-law of a distinguished Academy Award winner, to wit that last year Marisa Tomei received her Oscar statue by error, with a resultant scandal about it soon to be exposed, much to the shame of the Academy. (All of this quite erroneous, I hasten to add, but do read on.) According to the rumor, it happened because Oscar presenter Jack Palance hadn’t been able to read the name written in the secret envelope when he was on stage announcing 1992’s best supporting actress winner. Instead of asking for help, so sayeth the tale, Palance arbitrarily called out Tomei’s name instead of the actual winner. (Since the story is bunk, there’s no need to reveal the name of the lady who was/is being bandied as the “real” winner of that specific prize.) It makes for provocative gossip, all right, but it didn’t happen. And for a good reason: When the Oscar ceremonies first went public on television back in 1953, Academy officials were aware of the possibility that one day some presenter might make such an error, either accidentally or for some mischievous purpose. So ever since then, at each and every Academy ceremony — including last night’s event, and the preceding year’s — two members of the accounting firm of Price-Waterhouse, the company that has tabulated the final Oscar ballots since 1935, are present in the wings during each Oscarcast. In the event a presenter should err in naming the correct winner in any category, said P-W official has been instructed to immediately go to the podium and announce that a mistake had been made. So Marisa, stand assured that Oscar is adamantly yours, no matter what rumor may sayeth to the contrary.

Mistakes can happen especially with live telecasts, however the blunder that took place at the 89th annual Academy Awards was definitely one that could have been avoided with a little more common sense. Seriously, you’ve had 89 years to get this right guys!

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5 Times When The Academy Awards Faced The Unexpected!


This year’s Oscar ceremony is almost upon when it takes place this coming Sunday on February 26th. It may be fair to say that the nominees, especially for categories such as Best Picture, are hardly appetizing but it will be interesting to see what else they can conjure to make the show an event to remember alongside Jimmy Kimmel, who will be host. It will be the 89th show since it’s birth in 1929.

The Oscars have, for the most part, been a glorious occasion in which some of Hollywood’s elite have been rewarded for their hard work and dedication to their craft of acting and other aspects of filmmaking. But there have also been moments that have shocked, raised controversy and just been plain weird!

We are going to look at five of the most shocking and unexpected times that viewers have found appalling, strange and out and out cringe worthy!

Marlon Brando refusing his Oscar award for The Godfather

Then James Bond actor Roger Moore was left stirred (but not shaken, thankfully) when actor Marlon Brando’s name was read out as the winner for Best Actor for The Godfather. An obscure actress by the name of Sacheen Littlefeather was requested by Brando to address everybody on stage to explain why he could not accept what should have been one of the most prestigious moments in his career.

The reason? Brando accused Hollywood of their supposedly bad portrayals of American Indians in movies at the time. While one can now look back and think that his act was rather noble, it was certainly one of the most uncomfortable situations that the ceremony has ever had to undertake.

Marisa Tomei winning an Oscar for My Cousin Vinny

The 65th Academy Awards back in 1993 have still got many speculating 24 years later as to whether actress Marisa Tomei deserved her award for her performance in comedy film, My Cousin Vinny, even going as far as suggesting that there was a mistake! Jack Palance, who presented the award, has been accused of reading out the wrong winner. Tomei, herself, even made a statement in 1994 insisting that there was no mistake but that has not seemed to have cooled things down much.

Whatever the case may be, Marisa Tomei’s shock win is a prime example of the underdog rising to seize the moment!

The opening act for the 61st Academy Awards

There is pretty much only one thing that the 1989 ceremony is mostly remembered for. Obscure actress Eileen Bowman and Rob Lowe, who was trying to recover from a sex tape scandal, came together to perform an awful duet that was overly decorated with an elaborate stage set together with a ten minute song that made faces go red! Bowman did confess that she could not wait until it was all over!

Allan Carr, who produced such hit musicals as Grease, made something that was so corny that even those that were sitting front row have not have good words to say about it decades later. Carr’s career in Hollywood was effectively ruined as well as Bowman’s, who wanted to pursue success in America’s most famous neighbourhood! Instead, her naivety and lack of experience was taken advantage of, although Rob Lowe didn’t exactly do too bad afterward.

Nude streaker during 1974’s Oscar ceremony

David Niven showcased how witty he can be in the moment when he knew he had to come up with something clever after a nude streaker by the name of Robert Opel stormed the stage in the buff shortly after the names for Best Picture were read out to an unsuspecting audience.

Shortly after Opel had his few seconds of fame, Niven stated: “Isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?” Normal duty was resumed shortly afterward.

It is not known for sure what compelled Opel to perform such a dare, but he was known for streaking a number of times, some of which were to protest some of then ongoing happenings.

James Franco presenting the 83rd Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway

Was James Franco high from smoking too much marijuana before presenting in 2011? Who knows.

But he certainly looked just a little too chill with Anne Hathaway, which resulted in many uneasy moments caused by the lack of chemistry between them both. Hathaway, to her credit, looked more natural but Franco seemed as if he was struggling what to say over half the time.

He later stated that he felt trapped, although he also has said that he does not regret hosting. But one does not need to be a psychic to probably realise that James Franco will stick to just starring in movies in the future instead of addressing an audience.

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89th Oscar Nominees Have Been Announced

(AOTN)  Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, was joined by Oscar-winning and nominated Academy members Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe, to announce the 89th Academy Awards nominations.

For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Oscars website,

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Monday, February 13 through Tuesday, February 21.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

And the nominees are:

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”
Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington in “Fences”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel in “Lion”
Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Isabelle Huppert in “Elle”
Ruth Negga in “Loving”
Natalie Portman in “Jackie”
Emma Stone in “La La Land”
Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Viola Davis in “Fences”
Naomie Harris in “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman in “Lion”
Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea”

Best animated feature film of the year

“Kubo and the Two Strings” Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
“Moana” John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer
“My Life as a Zucchini” Claude Barras and Max Karli
“The Red Turtle” Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
“Zootopia” Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

Achievement in cinematography

“Arrival” Bradford Young
“La La Land” Linus Sandgren
“Lion” Greig Fraser
“Moonlight” James Laxton
“Silence” Rodrigo Prieto

Achievement in costume design

“Allied” Joanna Johnston
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Colleen Atwood
“Florence Foster Jenkins” Consolata Boyle
“Jackie” Madeline Fontaine
“La La Land” Mary Zophres

Achievement in directing

“Arrival” Denis Villeneuve
“Hacksaw Ridge” Mel Gibson
“La La Land” Damien Chazelle
“Manchester by the Sea” Kenneth Lonergan
“Moonlight” Barry Jenkins

Best documentary feature

“Fire at Sea” Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
“I Am Not Your Negro” Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck
“Life, Animated” Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
“O.J.: Made in America” Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
“13th” Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish

Best documentary short subject

“Extremis” Dan Krauss
“4.1 Miles” Daphne Matziaraki
“Joe’s Violin” Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
“Watani: My Homeland” Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
“The White Helmets” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Achievement in film editing

“Arrival”Joe Walker
“Hacksaw Ridge” John Gilbert
“Hell or High Water” Jake Roberts
“La La Land” Tom Cross
“Moonlight” Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Best foreign language film of the year

“Land of Mine” Denmark
“A Man Called Ove” Sweden
“The Salesman” Iran
“Tanna” Australia
“Toni Erdmann” Germany

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

“A Man Called Ove” Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
“Star Trek Beyond” Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
“Suicide Squad” Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

“Jackie” Mica Levi
“La La Land” Justin Hurwitz
“Lion” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
“Moonlight” Nicholas Britell
“Passengers” Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land”
Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“Can’t Stop The Feeling” from “Trolls”
Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
“City Of Stars” from “La La Land”
Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story”
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
“How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”
Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best motion picture of the year

“Arrival” Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers
“Fences” Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers
“Hacksaw Ridge” Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers
“Hell or High Water” Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers
“Hidden Figures” Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers
“La La Land” Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers
“Lion” Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, Producers
“Manchester by the Sea” Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, Producers
“Moonlight” Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

Achievement in production design

“Arrival” Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Paul Hotte
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“Hail, Caesar!” Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
“La La Land” Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
“Passengers” Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

Best animated short film

“Blind Vaysha” Theodore Ushev
“Borrowed Time” Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes” Robert Valley and Cara Speller
“Pearl” Patrick Osborne
“Piper” Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Best live action short film

“Ennemis Intérieurs” Sélim Azzazi
“La Femme et le TGV” Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
“Silent Nights” Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
“Sing” Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy
“Timecode” Juanjo Giménez

Achievement in sound editing

“Arrival” Sylvain Bellemare
“Deepwater Horizon” Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
“Hacksaw Ridge” Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
“La La Land” Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
“Sully” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Achievement in sound mixing

“Arrival” Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
“Hacksaw Ridge” Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
“La La Land” Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth

Achievement in visual effects

“Deepwater Horizon” Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
“Doctor Strange” Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
“The Jungle Book” Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon
“Kubo and the Two Strings” Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould

Adapted screenplay

“Arrival” Screenplay by Eric Heisserer
“Fences” Screenplay by August Wilson
“Hidden Figures” Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
“Lion” Screenplay by Luke Davies
“Moonlight” Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Original screenplay

“Hell or High Water” Written by Taylor Sheridan
“La La Land” Written by Damien Chazelle
“The Lobster” Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
“Manchester by the Sea” Written by Kenneth Lonergan
“20th Century Women” Written by Mike Mills

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Full List of the 88th Academy Awards Winners

ChrisRock_TheOscars(PCM) The 88th Academy Awards aired on Sunday, February 28th, recognizing the best in film over the past year.

Hosted by Chris Rock, the Academy Awards show had its fair share of #OscarsSoWhite jokes and camera pans to the audience for their uncomfortable reaction shots and included a horribly awkward appearance from Clueless star Stacey Dash, wishing the audience a happy Black History Month.

There was also a handful of inspiring and touching moments throughout the night, including Lady Gaga’s powerful performance of the nominated song “Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground, during which she brought sexual assault survivors out onto the stage.

Mad Max: Fury Road had a stellar night, winning six Oscars including Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Production Design.

The Revenant also performed well, earning three Oscars for Best Direction, Best Cinematography, and Leonardo DiCaprio’s long-awaited Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar.

The biggest surprise of the night goes to Tom McCarthy’s investigative drama Spotlight for winning the Oscar for Best Picture.

See the full list of the 88th Academy Award winners below!


The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant


Spotlight – WINNER



Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant – WINNER

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl



Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room – WINNER

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn



Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies  – WINNER

Sylvester Stallone, Creed



Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl  – WINNER

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs




Boy and the World

Inside Out – WINNER

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There




The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant  – WINNER






The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road  – WINNER

The Revenant



The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant  – WINNER






Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom



Body Team 12

Chau, beyond the Lines

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness  – WINNER

Last Day of Freedom



The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road  – WINNER

The Revenant


Star Wars: The Force Awakens



Embrace of the Serpent


Son of Saul  – WINNER


A War



Mad Max: Fury Road  – WINNER

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out

the Window and Disappeared

The Revenant



Bridge of Spies


The Hateful Eight, Ennio Moricone  – WINNER


Star Wars: The Force Awakens



“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey

“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction

“Simple Song #3,” Youth

“Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground

“Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre  – WINNER



Bridge of Spies

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road  – WINNER

The Martian

The Revenant



Bear Story – WINNER


Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow



Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)


Stutterer  – WINNER



Mad Max: Fury Road  – WINNER

The Martian

The Revenant


Star Wars: The Force Awakens



Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road  – WINNER

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens



Ex Machina  – WINNER

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens



The Big Short – WINNER



The Martian




Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Spotlight – WINNER

Straight Outta Compton

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The Revenant: The Little Oscar Engine That Shouldn’t

The red carpets have been laid out and freshly steamed across a good stretch of Hollywood Blvd. A “who’s who” of Hollywood’s most photogenic, ambitious and legendary ready themselves to file into the Dolby Theater to see and congratulate who their peers have voted “the best of the best” for the 88th Academy Awards. In the hours leading up to the televised ceremony, the lines have been drawn by critics, cinephiles and casual moviegoers in their contrasting opinions over what film should take the coveted Picture statue home. Ranging from critical darlings Mad Max: Fury Road, Room and Spotlight to Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott returning to their classic elements with Bridge of Spies and The Martian, respectively, to The Big Short, an important film about the 2008 financial collapse told through an idiosyncratic style that’s perfectly ingenious, the Best Picture race will either be, depending on one’s perspective, either an inspired lineup or an expected one. But as of late December, one nominee has seemingly taken audiences and guilds by storm and it isn’t John Crowley’s charming Brooklyn.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant. A tale of searing vengeance in the frozen Northern Plains, Iñárritu’s follow-up to last year’s Picture / Director winner Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), seems poised to make history tonight for numerous reasons, including the potential of Iñárritu being the first director in sixty-five years to win consecutive Directing Oscars, not to mention being the first filmmaker to helm consecutive Picture winners. Legendary cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki will more than likely be taking his third Oscar in a row home after losing for Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men and Terrence Malick’s The New World and The Tree of Life, films and filmmakers that will be making later appearances in this op-ed, and, of course, Leonardo DiCaprio. The current frontrunner for Best Actor in a Leading Role will more than likely finally win the elusive Oscar his fanbase has been clamoring for him to have since his first nomination for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, back in 1993.

But is The Revenant deserving of all these acclaim and its position as the most nominated film at the Oscars? Professionally: No. Personally: Hell no! To explain why, I’ll divide my opinion into an analytical one regarding the film’s and Iñárritu’s chances followed by my own two cents on them:


Analytically, the last director to have consecutive Directing wins from the Academy was Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1950 for All About Eve, and before him, John Ford for How Green Was My Valley in 1941. As earlier stated, if he manages to pull off a second win here, Iñárritu will be the first director in sixty-five years to have pulled consecutive wins. Also on his side are his recent Golden Globe, BAFTA and DGA wins. But neither of the first two have been the most assured way to predict who will win the Oscar. Going by this decade, the BAFTA has lined up with the Oscar win only twice – for Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist and Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity, both of whom won the DGA; with the Golden Globes, only Cuarón went on to Oscar glory. On the other hand, a handful of pundits and analytical film fans have suggested online that Iñárritu’s fortune this year hasn’t been because The Revenant is the best of the nominees, but because those awards bodies wanted to make up for not giving him the wins the previous year where he was overshadowed by Richard Linklater and Boyhood, which may be a very plausible reason. After all, most people are of the opinion an actor or filmmaker tends to win more for the wrong film because of the “due” factor behind them. As a final note on this part, if he does win, this will also mark the second year in a row he has won over critical frontrunners. Last year was Linklater; this year would be George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road.

Another online argument supporting Iñárritu winning a second Directing award is the “Oscars So White” controversy. For the second year in a row, the Oscars have come under fire for predominantly white nominees in the acting and directing categories. And some online have suggested the Academy would gladly award the Latino director another win to demonstrate its acknowledgment of racial diversity and inclusion. Last year, when Ava DuVernay was overlooked for a Directing nomination for Selma in favor of Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum, there was reason to be “angry.” Selma was one of the most acclaimed movies of this decade while The Imitation Game was viewed as another well made but obvious Weinstein Company Oscar vehicle.

Of course, if this turns out to be the case, then the Oscars will have sacrificed a great deal of integrity by denying a generally deserving winner, regardless of skin color, in an attempt to be “inclusive” for the “Tumblr generation.”


Then there’s the matter of my own personal opinion: it just simply isn’t the best of the nominees this year. I wouldn’t go so far as to say of this decade, but even if I did, I would go back and remember a morning in the winter of 2011 when the world was completely dumbfounded by the announcement of the critically reviled Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close as a Picture nominee. What I’ve said doesn’t mean I think The Revenant is a bad movie. On a technical level, it’s quite an experience that you’d be hard pressed to find in most mainstream theaters nowadays, the performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy compliment each other well and Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto’s score for the movie is very haunting. There’s certainly the ambition and scope to support its nomination, but ambition and scope can only go so far when telling a story of this magnitude.

The main narrative of the film’s awards campaign has been all about how Iñárritu opted to shoot the entire film chronologically on location in America, Canada, Mexico and Argentina using primarily natural light, aside from one small scene Emmanuel Lubezki says required electric light, and how the cast and crew suffered during the making of the film due to the extreme weather conditions and the director’s “temperamental nature,” leading to several crew members walking off the set and a day where actor Tom Hardy physically attacked Iñárritu, the image now being immortalized on t-shirts being sold online. That’s honestly a horrible narrative to push about a film in order to spark peoples’ interests or get an award. Speaking from personal experiences, all sets are hard. You have to get everything accomplished by a certain period of time, which puts the crew under emotional duress to get it right. I imagine it must have been difficult to pull off a majority of the action sequences in Mad Max: Fury Road, but you don’t hear George Miller or Charlize Theron running to Variety to give them headlines about difficulty. A movie should be effective by what it says on screen, not by what everyone off screen said happened.

And that’s without my defining opinion of The Revenant that’s been problematic to me about it since seeing the film in late December. The Revenant not only looks like Iñárritu taking a number of ideas and cues from legendary filmmakers like Terrence Malick and Andrei Tarkovsky, but arguably making the movie look like a compilation of deleted scenes taken from Malick’s The New World. Not only does Iñárritu seemingly have Lubezki recreate the look of the The New World, but he also use a number of Malick’s key crew members – along with Emmanuel Lubezki were production designer Jack Fisk, costumer Jacqueline West, all of who worked on The New World and were nominated this year for The Revenant – helping further cement the Malick-ian feel of this frozen world we spend two and a half hours in. Compare the work Lubezki, a cinematographer whose talents are undeniable and can bring an audience into any filmmaker’s world with ease, does with Iñárritu to what he’s done with Malick (not just “The New World” or “The Tree of Life”, but Malick’s recent film “Knight of Cups” showcases a number of stunning sequences featuring landmark Los Angeles and Las Vegas locations in a whole new light) or Cuarón with Children of Men, where that film took one-take sequences to a new level. With those directors, Lubezki has crafted a set style that makes it easier to identify the filmmaker whereas his work with Iñárritu feels almost identity-less. I think it’s important for a director-cinematographer collaboration to have their own distinction

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Now that I’ve said my piece about Iñárritu and Malick, we’ll move on to Iñárritu and Tarkovsky. In early February, a video was posted by YouTube vlogger Misha Petrick highlighting an extensive number of key Revenant scenes that were meticulously inspired stylistically by a number of Tarkovsky’s films (the link –, inspiring another debate about how original the look and style of The Revenant was. If Quentin Tarantino had done something like that, he would have been taken to task by the online communities. And he has for a number of his films in the past. Over the course of this month at his New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, Tarantino has organized screenings of John Carpenter’s The Thing, Sergio Corbucci’s The Great Silence, Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch” and his own Reservoir Dogs to screen alongside his recent film The Hateful Eight as he wears his heart on his sleeve about his cinematic inspirations for his own movies. Homage is not a terrible thing in film because it allows us, the audience, to discover a wider range of films, such as what Tarantino does with films like The Hateful Eight, but in the case of Iñárritu, when a filmmaker seems to be coasting on ideas and key features from others and passing them on to an audience uneducated or interested in those filmmakers, that’s where another one of my problems lies.

And where does Leonardo DiCaprio himself fit into this? It’s easy to think highly of the performance when taking the physical extremes that were used to portray Hugh Glass into consideration. To think of what DiCaprio is able to achieve with his body against the frozen wilderness he crawls and stumbles through for a majority of the film’s 156 minute running time is incredible. But again, much like ambition, physicality doesn’t make a performance. For me, an example of a stronger leading male performance this year was Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. His job is arguably easier, but it still takes a lot to get into the head of such an infamous figure in modern pop culture and find the humanity in him. When DiCaprio wins, it will be less because he is the most deserving of the five nominees (which he arguably isn’t) and more for the same reasons Julianne Moore finally won her first Oscar for Still Alice last year–an overdue actor / actress in a role that’s just too good for the Academy and audience members to pass up. Moore’s performance as a linguistics professor whose life is changed when she’s diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s was a quietly devastating performance, but — and I mean no offense to the late director Richard Glatzer and his directing partner Wash Westmoreland — when the performance is far stronger than the film it’s a part of, for me, that’s another thing I take into account.

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There’ve been major awards contenders featuring protagonists with little background and development where you’re still able to find a connection with them by the end of that, something that I just never had with Hugh Glass from the get-go. I feel for the situation he finds himself in because he’s been horribly mauled by a bear, his son is killed in front of him and he’s left for dead in a ditch, but he honestly brings the bear situation on himself by constantly provoking the enraged mother bear who’s only protecting her cubs from his gunshots, the addition of the fictional son and family is a cheat to play on peoples’ emotions (this isn’t the first film to play “fast and loose” with a real life protagonist’s history and it sure won’t be the last) and the situations Glass finds himself in to return to civilization and find his enemy borderline on comedic by the third act and detract from the heart and message Iñárritu is trying to convey. Even anonymous voting members of the Academy aren’t taking “the bait,” with opinions posted on the Hollywood Reporter ranging from exhaustion listening to the cast and crew talk about the extreme shooting conditions to the unbelievability of Glass’s journey.

So far this decade, we’ve seen the Academy declare stuttering kings, shamed film stars and wrongfully enslaved free men the stories that have added to the pantheon of incredible cinema. This year will possibly see the potential of one lone man surviving an apocalyptic wasteland in the hunt for his humanity and, unfortunately, it won’t be the right Tom Hardy movie. Personally, I think if they want to give Iñárritu wins for this, the Academy would do better to build a time machine, return to 2005, and give infamous Picture winner “Crash”’s nominations for Picture and director Paul Haggis to Terrence Malick. But regardless of whether The Revenant is a repeat of Birdman’s awards success for Iñárritu this year or, by some shock, goes the route of American Hustle, i.e. the big event movie that enters the theater guns blazing and leaves with nothing to its credit, it is a film that will have a long life amongst filmgoers and critics over its potentially controversial place in the annals of American cinema.

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Age of the Nerd’s 2016 Oscar BATTLE!!!

With the 88th Academy awards mere days upon us, the staff of Age of the Nerd have convened to give our pics for the culmination of 2015’s awards season. There’s been a lot of build-up to this years Oscars ceremony, with many (other than ourselves) pretty much expecting The Revenant to take the night’s top prize going into this year’s awards race. But as the awards season rolled on, we learned something–this has been amazingly diverse year for film.

Unlike many previous years in recent memory, this year’s academy awards seem more split than ever. With the sudden emergence of such awards-contenders as The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, and The Martian coming into the best picture race, it’s really tough to tell who will come out on top after this Sunday’s ceremony. If our picks are any indication, this year is sure to be one of the most split years in Oscar history. Suffice to say that we probably won’t be getting any movie with 10+ wins this year.

So, without further adieu, here are our staff picks for this year’s oscars ceremony:


Jason ‘s Picks —

Best Picture: The Martian
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Actress: Brie Larson, Room

Supporting Actor: Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Supporting Actress: Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Animated Feature: Anomalisa
Cinematography: Mad Max: Fury Road
Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Director: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road 
Documentary:  Amy
Documentary Short: 
Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Foreign Film: 
Make-up & Hair: 
Original Score: The Hateful Eight
Original Song: “Til It Happens To You”, The Hunting Ground
Production Design: 
Animated Short: 
Short Film: 
Sound Editing: 
Sound Mixing: 
Visual Effects: The Martian
Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short
Original Screenplay: Straight Outta Compton


Pete’s Picks —

Best Picture: The Big Short
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Actress: Brie Larson, Room

Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Supporting Actress: 
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Animated Feature: Inside Out
Cinematography: The Revenant
Costume Design: 
Mad Max: Fury Road
Director: George Miller, 
Mad Max: Fury Road
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Documentary Short: Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Foreign Film: Son of Saul, Hungary
Make-up & Hair: Mad Max: Fury Road
Original Score: Ennio Morricone, 
The Hateful Eight
Original Song: “
Til It Happens To You”, The Hunting Ground
Production Design: The Revenant
Animated Short: Sanjay’s Super Team
Short Film: Day One
Sound Editing: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road
Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short
Original Screenplay: Spotlight


Chris’ Picks —

Best Picture: The Revenant
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Supporting Actor: Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Animated Feature: Anomalisa
Cinematography: The Revenant
Costume Design: Cinderella
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
Documentary: What Happened, Miss Simone
Documentary Short: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Film Editing: The Revenant
Foreign Film: Theeb
Make-up & Hair: Mad Max: Fury Road
Original Score: The Hateful Eight
Original Song: – “Earned It” Fifty Shades of Grey
Production Design: Bride of Spies
Animated Short: Sanjay’s Super Team
Short Film: Ave Maria
Sound Editing: The Martian
Sound Mixing: The Martian
Visual Effects: Ex Machina
Adapted Screenplay: The Martian
Original Screenplay: Straight Outta Compton


Kristyn’s Picks —

Best Picture: The Revenant
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Actress: Brie Larson, Room

Supporting Actor: 
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Animated Feature: 
The Revenant
Costume Design: 
The Danish Girl
Director: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Documentary: The Look of Silence
Documentary Short: Body Team 12
Film Editing: 
Mad Max: Fury Road
Foreign Film: 
Son of Saul
Make-up & Hair: 
Mad Max: Fury Road
Original Score: 
The Hateful Eight
Original Song: “Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre
Production Design: 
Mad Max: Fury Road
Animated Short: 
Short Film: 
Day One
Sound Editing: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Sound Mixing: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road
Adapted Screenplay: Room
Original Screenplay: Straight Outta Compton


Sean’s Picks —

Best Picture:The Revenant
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Actress: Brie Larson, Room

Supporting Actor: Slyvester Stallone, Creed

Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Animated Feature: Inside Out
Cinematography: The Revenant
Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Director: George Miller
Documentary: The Look of Silence
Documentary Short: Last Day of Freedom
Film Editing: The Revenant
Foreign Film: Son of Saul, Hungary
Make-up & Hair: The Revenant
Original Score: The Hateful Eight
Original Song:”Earned It” 50 Shades of Grey
Production Design: Bridge of Spies
Animated Short: Sanjay’s Super Team
Short Film: Day One
Sound Editing: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Sound Mixing: The Martian
Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road
Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short
Original Screenplay: Spotlight


Taylor’s Picks —

Best Picture: The Big Short
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Actress: Brie Larson, Room

Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Animated Feature: Inside Out
Cinematography: The Revenant
Costume Design: Cinderella
Director: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Documentary: Amy
Documentary Short: Last Day of Freedom
Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Foreign Film: Son of Saul
Make-up & Hair: The Revenant
Original Score: The Hateful Eight
Original Song: “Writing’s on the Wall”, Spectre
Production Design: Bridge of Spies
Animated Short: Sanjay’s Super Team
Short Film: Day One
Sound Editing: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Visual Effects: Ex Machina
Adapted Screenplay: The Martian
Original Screenplay: Straight Outta Compton

So there you have it readers! These our 2016 Oscar predictions. We thought we could bring some fun to this hollow spectacle, by once again making a game amongst the Age of The Nerd editorial staff. Very simple: whoever has the most correct number of predictions wins. The winner will gets to skip out on news coverage for a week, and focus on a passion piece. The LOSER (whoever comes in dead last) will have to write up our “Oscars Recap Article”. Should it feature their personal, and most likely controversial breakdown of #OscarsSoWhite? Let us know your predictions in the comments section below!

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