Oscar nominations for 2015 movies have been announced. As a movie 'hobbyist', I do not claim to be a critic, but as as someone who sees a lot of movies, I do claim to have an opinion. That doesn't qualify me, but it motivates me. So, just like all those opinionated boobs who get paid to pontificate on the nominees, and those other boobs who are content to limit their opinions to 140 character messages on Twitter, I shall express my annual opinion on the movies from 2015 in relationship to the nominations in much more than 140 characters.
Having seen over 60 movies released in 2015 there are still some movies I haven't seen.
IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE:
1] Spotlight Nominated, Winner & My Choice Best Picture
2] Pawn Sacrifice
3] The Revenant Nominated Best Picture
4] Straight Out Of Compton
6] Room Nominated Best Picture
6] Black Mass
7] The Martian Nominated Best Picture
8] Jurassic World
9] Bridge of Spies Nominated Best Picture
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Ricki and The Flash
In The Heart Of The Sea
Women in Gold
Brooklyn Nominated Best Picture
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Mockingjay Part 2
Mad Max: Fury Road Nominated Best Picture
Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Far From The Maddening Crowd
The Big Short Nominated Best Picture
Rock The Kasbah
The Wedding Ringer
The Night Before
Crisis Is Our Brand
Walk In The Woods
Mission Impossible: RN
Run All Night
Steve Jobs: The Man and the Machine
The 11 Most Mediocre
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Agent 47 (this 1 sucks)
You can also see my list of movies seen in 2016 in the left-hand-sidebar of this page. Just scroll down.
The movies are listed from favorite to least favorite, but don't confuse what I select as my favorite movie with what I think is the 'Best' movie.
If they ever establish an Oscar for “Best Short Performance EVER” my winner would be:
George Savalas (younger brother of Telly) in “Kelly’s Heroes” as First Sergeant Mulligan. He’s on camera in only two scenes. In one scene he says one word two times, end of scene, about 20 seconds. In the other scene he delivers 53 seconds of recognition, angst, fear, panic, logic, humility, desperation, understanding, determination, and scared defiance.
My lifetime achievement award in the “Best Short Performance EVER” category would go to Don Rickles, who is also in Kelly’s Heroes. It seems that when you look at stars in one field transitioning to another field comedians seems to be the more successful professions at crossing over to film. Don Rickles, Robin Williams, Tom Hanks and others seem able to transition to emotional displays so much better than singers, musicians, writers, athletes and politicians.