This is gonna be a quick little update here.  There are two sound categories in the Oscars and we’re up to them.  I can rank them but I don’t know enough about this shit to really explain why.  Just that one sounds better than the other.  Instinct basically.  There’s also the Best Song Category, and I’m not really gonna write about them.  I’ll save you the trouble.  They all suck massive dick for various different reasons.  Music isn’t my forte, and after a disastrous job of reviewing music, I won’t review music no more.  It’s not for me.  All I can offer was if it was good or not, with not much specifics.  So they sucked.  Plain and simple.  So enjoy my missive on Best Supporting Actress.

Click for Part 1Part 2 and Part 3 from me

Click for Part 1, Part 2Part 3 and Part 4 from Mike


Best Sound Editing

Sound Editing

1. Mad Max: Fury Road

2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

3. Sicario

4. The Martian

5. The Revenant


 

Best Sound Mixing

Sound Mix

1. Mad Max: Fury Road

2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

3. The Martian

4. Bridge of Spies

5. The Revenant

 

Swap Out

Swap Out The Revenant for Sicario


 

Best Original Song

Original Song

“Earned It” by The Weekend- Fifty Shades of Grey

Simple Song #3 by David Lang & Sumi Jo- Youth

The Writing’s On The Wall by Sam Smith- Spectre

Til It Happens To You by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren- The Hunting Ground


Best Supporting Actress

Supporting Actress

1. Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

Quentin can write a bad guy.  There’s no doubt about that, with a two decade career proving that much.  He’s also been known to write great female characters for the most part.  Yet aside from Elle Driver in Kill Bill, he’s never really made a female the central villain of a story.  Elle was a henchmen essentially.  So when he decided to tackle hatred in America, the focus of hatred for women would become Leigh.  And he does it in an interesting way.  She’s definitely bad and deserves the hatred.  But by locking her up to a much bigger man and having other big men around her that could physically dominate her without being chained up, you start to actually feel bad for her.  Seeing someone still in chains by men getting abused is very pointed, especially in a movie that has racism as text.  It’s a hard role to make work, making the character pure evil but still fragile enough to not be a physical threat.  Can’t lean too far into the evil side as to make her worthy of the police brutality but not too sympathetic as to not care about her scumbag deviousness.  Leigh does that with aplomb.  Supporting roles are supposed to help elevate the story without it being all about them.  Leigh doesn’t have an arc or change.  She’s an inciting incident essentially, leaving the changing to Marquis Warren and Chris Mannix.  In a big rebound year for Leigh, this is the ballsiest and most interesting role she’s had to play.  A larger than life character that’s kept down to Earth.

2. Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Kate’s role is not flashy and not, on the surface, the most interesting role in the movie.  But more so than Jobs’ daughter, she helps to humanize and better Jobs.  There’s a well worn, regular person life to this character.  Not the self importance or genius of Jobs.  She’s smart but doesn’t flaunt it.  She’s a human being doing her job that is to wrangle this man into sort of a sellable shape.  You feel the care and the frustration she has for the miserable jerk.  It’s a real character and an interesting one, doing good work to make her physically feel like a human and not a caricature.

3. Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

This is a damn fine performance.  I wouldn’t argue otherwise.  But this is not a supporting performance.  The title may make you think that it’s in reference to the trans icon in the movie, but it actually falls to Vikanders role as the wife.  The ending is the biggest tip off that the whole movie was about her journey to deal with this drastic change.  The movie cares more about her emotions than Redmaynes.  Vikander is great though, so this middle ranking is a nice middle ground for me.  She nails the rough emotions of this kinda story, a woman dealing with her husbands identity crisis and trying to love him the whole way through.  I do think she was better in Ex Machina and (no joke) The Man From UNCLE, but that’s beside the point.

 

4. Rooney Mara – Carol

Rooney is good here, there’s no doubt about it. But compared to the other ladies above her here, I gotta say it’s a little lacking for me in the “great” department.  She’s an audience surrogate character, pretty much a blank slate until the end of the movie.  There’s good work by Mara to make her a little more human than the blank role she was given, but it’s that blankness that kinda defines the character.  By the end she’s given some much meatier stuff to work with and nails it, but it’s one that isn’t as special as the others.

5. Rachel MacAdams – Spotlight

Rachel doesn’t have much to work with here.  She’s not bad.  She imbues the role with humanity and enough intelligence that you get why she’s around.  But the role is the lesser of all the roles in the movie.  Billy Crudup is in the movie for 10 minutes and he smokes her out of the water thanks to having a much more interesting role.  Aside from everyone else in the movie, she doesn’t have a real motive to be involved other than being a journalist assigned to it.  No guilt for missing the case before, no outsider status to see past the geographical tradition of Catholicism, nor a crushing disappointment at the system that failed her.  It’s a decent performance that is shocking in it’s inclusion here.

 

Swap Out

Swap Out Rachel MacAdams for Angela Bassett (Chi-Raq)

This is a movie that has been surprisingly ignored in the wake of the Oscars So White movement.  Instead of beating the drum for the bad Will Smith movie, maybe sing the praises of this unsung gem from a revitalized Spike Lee.  Not only is it a smorgasbord of great performances from black actors, but for black females as well.  We’ll get to the lead in another entry, but I wanna single out Bassett.  She is a fiery character, showcasing the old guard of Chicago who is stunned at the hell hole Chicago has become.  But not content to just let it be, she’s a strong and intelligent woman who is ready to fight for progress.  Instead of simply becoming a mouthpiece for Spike, she’s a real character and Bassett kills it.

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