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The 2016 Best Picture Nominees Ranked

So, I’ve finally watched all eight of the best picture nominees from last year. 2016 was a pretty solid year for movies, and I’m glad that I have undertaken this challenge. So far, I think my favorite one has to be The Revenant.

The Revenant was amazing. The cinematography alone makes this my favorite of the year. The acting was spot on, and the action was intense. This was definitely a film made for the big screen. I haven’t watched it a second time since then, but I feel like it will hold up on the home screen as well. Leo also finally got his Best Actor, and Domhnall Gleeson starred in his thirtieth film for the year. Give this one a watch, if you haven’t already.

Second place has to be Mad Max: Fury Road. This movie was fucking metal. It is literally metal in film form. Not just thrash, which is the ultimate form of metal, but we see punk rock, death metal, and more. The action is never ending, and the special effects are incredible. This movie is gorgeous. The only reason I put it second is the story. It fit the universe just fine, but was fairly thin. Still definitely worth a watch.

Spotlight, the winner of the prestigious Best Picture Oscar, takes a close battle for third place. This film was excellently directed, and very emotionally charged. How else can a film dealing with such a topic be? I really loved the performances of Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton, and the screenplay was excellent. It was very reminiscent of All The Presidents Men. This was confirmed intentional in a conversation last night with co-host Joseph DeGolyer. While this wasn’t my favorite film of the year, I definitely see why it won Best Picture.

Fourth place belongs to Ridley Scott’s The Martian. This one was pretty damn funny. I feel like Matt Damon and Ridley Scott have good chemistry, and the tone of the film felt perfect. There was just enough tension to keep things quick. I did find myself wondering when and how Sean Bean was going to die, but I feel like it may have been an illogical fear planted by years of Bean backlog. Regardless, I found this one to be enjoyable. Kind of weird that it won best comedy, but whatever. I suppose it was going to win SOMETHING this year.

Next up, The Big Short. This movie was hilarious. I know that the collapse of the housing market was no joke, and I’m thankful that I was too young to be severely affected by it. That being said, this movie was great. The cast was diverse and entertaining, and Steve Carell plays his character extremely well. I really enjoy this guy for his serious roles. I will note that when I stepped out of the theater, I was voting for this film, or the Revenant for my favorite. But, I’ve seen a few others since then, and it has fallen in the rankings just slightly.

Bridge of Spies, directed by legendary Steven Spielberg, takes the next spot. This man knows his way around a World War II era film, and he definitely knows how to get Tom Hanks to deliver. Not that Tom Hanks ever DOESN’T deliver, but still. I found the story quite gripping, and enjoyed the exploration of nationalism within the film. Hanks argued that Mark Rylance’s character wasn’t a bad man for serving his country, even though he was gathering intelligence to combat his own. I also enjoyed how this film explored the personal end of things, as we see with Tom Hanks’ family being harassed for him taking the case. This is definitely a realistic outcry, and it’s refreshing to see it on the screen. I haven’t seen Creed yet, but I’m definitely okay with Mark Rylance getting the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He was on fire for this one.

Brooklyn is next. And I know that this is fairly low on my overall list, but these are generally accepted as the best films of the year… That being said, Brooklyn was good. I liked seeing America for the first time through the eyes of an Irishwoman. I did find her relationship with the Italian kid a little rushed, but I guess that’s the way of things. Also, when I started to feel like she wasn’t coming back, I started getting upset at the film. Everything worked out in the end, and this was a film worthy of the money Alexandria spent on renting it. 😀

Last, and certainly least, is Room. This film was pretty intense for the first half. They had been held captive in a Room for years, and they were finally going to escape. The intensity was raw, and perfect during the escape scene. But then the movie lasted another hour, and it felt like it’s feet were stuck in the mud. Brie Larson was incredible in this movie. By the two thirds mark, I was repulsed by the way she was treating her son. If an actress can provide this kind of disdain, she’s doing something right (I’m looking at you, Lena Headey)! I know that Joe feels that Brooklyn was the weakest link this year, but I disagree. Room had some pacing issues, but was still worthy of a 4.5/5 on Rotten Tomatoes.

I’d also like to give honorable mentions to both Black Mass, and Ex Machina. These films were excellent, and would have easily replaced Room and Brooklyn if I were running the show. But, alas…

That’s a wrap! Comment below on your favorites for the year! How does your list compare to mine? Do you feel like anyone got snubbed?


2 thoughts on “The 2016 Best Picture Nominees Ranked

  1. Skoll Hati says:

    Haven’t seen all of them, but definitely agree with the first four! Pretty sure it showed Sean Bean getting hit my a random piece of debris falling from space in the after credits scene, don’t tell me you missed it?!?!?!?! :O

    1. Dude… I totally missed that! Gonna check it out on YouTube!

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