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28 February 2016 @ 08:33 pm
Oscars 2016  
(I'll just keep adding to this post as the night goes on...)


I'm still hoping it wins at least one big above-the-line award, but I'll be happy if it sweeps the techs. (What if George Miller won, though? What if it won Best Picture, though?)

Kinda wanted Jennifer Jason Leigh to win just because she's great, but honestly I hadn't seen any of those movies so it was kind of hard to say.

ETA 1: EHHHH Lubezki won for Cinematography again. I was really hoping John Seale would win for Mad Max (duh). Not only was it an absolutely stunning, gorgeous film, but Seale was also the primary camera operator, which is just some baller shit, let me tell you. The Oscar for Cinematography covers pretty much everything that's the visual component of the film, and Mad Max also had the best color timing I've seen since LOTR. So, disappointing.

Here comes editing...better be Margaret...FUCK YEAH MARGARET SIXEL FUCK YEAH LADY EDITORS FUCK YEAH MAD MAX guys I'm so excited.

ETA 2: Y'all those montages for Sound Editing! That's what sound editing is! For everyone who has ever been like, hahaha what's sound editing what's the difference between sound editing and sound mixing yur yur lol I work in the film industry I don't even know haha THAT IS WHAT SOUND EDITING IS. So obviously I'm glad that one of the nominees that wasn't just Most Gunshots won. MAD MAX HOLLER.

MAD MAX SOUND MIXING tonight has been very shiny and chrome so far, I must say.

ETA 3: Aw, it's my perfect mocap pocket prince Andy Serkis, I love you sweet babby, some day they will properly appreciate your talent.

VFX like any of these movies could win...will it be Mad Max...I mean...it's my movie bae this year...waiting patiently...Ex Machina? Ehhhhhhhhhhh I roll my eyes at obvious "we liked this movie so we'll throw it a win" wins. Like it's fine I guess, but nowhere as impressive as literally any of the other nominees.

ETA 4: Oop we're at the boring part of the ceremony. No offense to these categories and the artists represented therein. But it is boring. I'm cross-stitching.

ETA 5: Holy shit Mark Rylance won Supporting Actor! Wow! That is a fucking shock! I for sure thought Stallone had that locked up. I haven't seen Bridge of Spies, and honestly don't really know Mark Rylance, but I'm so honestly chuffed to have an honest-to-God surprise for a change. With all the critics awards and precursors, there aren't that many surprises in the big categories anymore, so this was quite fun.

ETA 6: I can't watch the In Memoriam this year. I can't.


ETA 8: *angrily weeping about Inarritu (I'm on my tablet so I can't do diacritics) winning Director damn it he won last year and like normally I would say whoever was the best should win regardless of other considerations but DAMN IT I WANTED GEORGE MILLER HE DESERVED IT INARRITU GOT IT LAST YEAR I'M NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS* no it's okay it's okay I was prepared...I didn't...still...have hope...*weepily weeping*

ETA 9: Brie and Leo, no surprises there.

Best Picture...



I mean, first of all, if a movie about child sex abuse in the Catholic church was gonna win Best Picture, why couldn't it have been Doubt? Second of all, eh. I'm sure it's good, but eh. Third of all...at least it wasn't The Revenant haha.

Goodnight, folks!
dunderklumpendunderklumpen on February 29th, 2016 03:08 am (UTC)
I'm always happy when people win who weren't really expected - like the Mad Max crew. Good for them!
But... even if I almost don't dare to say anything here... MM was the most overrated, boring movie I've seen. I went and saw it and wanted to like it but I was epicly disappointed and just don't get all the hype. Sorry!
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on February 29th, 2016 03:01 pm (UTC)
Heh, no worries - we all like different things, and Mad Max is a really specific movie, it seems like people either love it or hate it. I totally get why it's not everyone's cup of tea. I think I'm still just really, really happy that even though it's "just" a big, loud, weird chase scene, essentially, the amount of work that went into it and the creativity and the absolute ballsiness of the whole thing were acknowledged.
dunderklumpendunderklumpen on February 29th, 2016 03:44 pm (UTC)
The Acadamey often turns up its nose at commercial successes like MM and prefer the "deeper" movies. That's why I'm happy for the MM crew. They put the same work ethic into the project as all the others, so they should have the possibility to win as the others.

That they did is kind of satisfying in that regard.
enigmaticblues: mark ruffaloenigmaticblues on February 29th, 2016 03:42 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Bridge of Spies, so Mark Rylance may have totally deserved that win, but man, I really wanted Ruffalo to win! He was so great in Spotlight, and it was such a great movie.
Shannon: office whicka whatkungfuwaynewho on February 29th, 2016 03:57 am (UTC)
Actually, when she said "Mark..." I screamed FLUFFALO!?!! So yeah.
enigmaticbluesenigmaticblues on February 29th, 2016 04:00 am (UTC)
Same. I really thought this might be his time.

The In Memoriam just about killed me this year. David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Leonard Nimoy...and so may others.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on February 29th, 2016 03:03 pm (UTC)
I have no doubt we'll see Mark up there again. He's just tremendously well-liked, and he picks good projects, and that leads to noms.

(I still think he should have been nominated and won for Zodiac, but Zodiac was criminally under-respected at the time, sigh.)

I couldn't watch the In Memoriam this year. I hid the TV with my tablet screen, and I still cried anyway, just thinking about it.
Martine: TGBHla_loony on February 29th, 2016 11:13 am (UTC)
The Mad Max sweep was beautiful! I was okay with Lubezki, it was either him or Seale for me, both deserved it. I wish ties would be more common in cases like these tbh.

OMG I KNOW THOSE SOUND EDITING MONTAGES <3 I was so proud anyway that I finally got the difference before I watched the show (I never quite grasped it before but was just happy for whoever won) and then they made it like this <3 A friend of mine was meh about Mad Max sweeping, especially in costume, and I don't know why I never realized it sooner, that people do not get the detail and work that goes into costumes on movies like Mad Max, since it's not all about elaborate dresses etc.

The should've given Vikander the Ex Machina win in acting instead of Danish Girl (she was good there too, but the lead and not supporting and good god the category fraud this year *rollseyes*)

Serkis intro was the best, though I want him in more things where I can see his facexD

I was in shock that Morricone had no win till last night! Made me extra happy for him :)

I was hoping Inarritue would apologies to his cast and crew for the conditions they filmed the movie in, just cause they campaigned so much with that stuff it was time to say sorry for itXD

lol I would've flipped if Revenant had gotten Best Picture. Was rooting for Mad Max, though I figured Spotlight probably had it in the bag since it won it a bunch of times already. Will see it on Thursday.

Edited at 2016-02-29 11:15 am (UTC)
Shannon: lotr silhouettekungfuwaynewho on February 29th, 2016 03:08 pm (UTC)
Lubezki's good, I agree, but he's won three years in a row! Compared to Seale's work and Deakins' ALWAYS WORK AND NO OSCARS, I just didn't think what he did was so revelatory as to earn a third in a row. Anyway...

I was kind of annoyed by the Vikander win because it's just the usual, really, of the two female actor categories one is almost always a doe-eyed ingenue who turns in adequate work but probably wins because of her looks more than anything else. Like, I'm sure she was fine in The Danish Girl, but nothing I've seen from her is like "omg this is Oscar-worthy acting."

Yeah, I think the incessant "look at how we suffered for our craft" stuff around The Revenant really turned me off. Like, congrats you treat your crew like shit? I...care? IDK, I just end up irrationally disliking a movie in the Oscar race every year and this year was TR, so I'm still pleased it didn't win, even though I'm still kinda perplexed by Spotlight taking it.

But yeah, overall, I'm just so satisfied by Mad Max winning as much as it did. And the costumes! I mean, Sandy Powell would definitely have been worthy winning for Cinderella, as that's an impressive amount of work, and the dresses were gorgeous. But to be able to have stylized costumes like they did in Mad Max, big and weird and colorful, and yet still somehow utilitarian and looking like they were made during the end of the world, is quite a feat.
Martine: THG/Cressidala_loony on February 29th, 2016 05:35 pm (UTC)
I was a bit floored by the third win in a row when they mentioned it, I forgot he did Gravity.
I get it though, people winning that many times in a row makes things go stale real fast and feals unfair to other people who work hard and deliver amazing things.

I think that's why they pushed her into supporting, she was good in Danish girl but wouldn't have gotten in this year as lead, even though she was the female lead. I was secretly rooting for McAdams, just because I like herxD

I was glad the Mad Max crew wasn't campaigning, since they could've pulled the "look at how we suffered for our craft" card as well and I do not want to think about the idea of being annoyed by that movie just because the Award campaign is stupid.
I got a bit over my meh feelings for The Revenant when I watched a doc about how they made it, but mostly because I love behind the scenes stuff and that was not so heavy in their suffering, it mentioned it but not in this 'look look look we are suffering for art' kind of way.

I haven't seen Cinderella, so I could only judge by the glimpse they showed and the trailer that we got during the commercial break here since we don't get the US commercials, only the ABC show feed. Anyway what I wanted to say is costumes is always a lot of work, either it's elaborate like those dresses or very detailed and hard to maintain like on Mad Max. And I like it if they don't always go for the elaborate stuff and showcase the more subtle work.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on March 1st, 2016 12:23 am (UTC)
I would have loved to see McAdams, and honestly Rooney Mara would have been a good choice, too, but it was the same thing, which her basically being a co-lead in Carol. It's too bad, because with lead roles getting shoved into supporting, you often end up missing out on the actual supporting performances.

Not that a lot of work doesn't go into big fancy dresses, but I'm always secretly pleased when something else wins, just because that's not the only type of costume that's a good costume, you know?
Martine: Loki/helmetla_loony on March 1st, 2016 08:02 am (UTC)
Yeah I think they should just make more room in the acting categories to avoid category fraud like that.
I read a few honest ballots and people just didn't seem to get Maras character in Carol and were all about 'she is too quiet, why would Carol fall in love with her, she is such a stoic downer'...at that point I was surprised she even got the nom when people didn't seem to grasp her character.

Abbsolutely! I can't speak for people in the industry but judging from what my friend said I think people outside of the industry only see obvious costums like fancy dresses and probably think everything else is just regular clothes without much thought behind it when you compare it to the fancy dresses.
cath822cath822 on February 29th, 2016 03:07 pm (UTC)
I had the least amount of opinions this year, since I only saw The Martian, Big Short, and Mad Max, and most of my my favorite films this year were...well, movies. I'm glad Leo finally won, I guess, if only so that he can stop killing himself for these roles, jeez. It would have been nice of Miller won, but I was impressed by all of those technical wins.
Shannon: tng picard commandkungfuwaynewho on February 29th, 2016 03:12 pm (UTC)
I would have liked to see The Martian win at least one or two, but I really think it was the case of "the nominations are the victory" for that movie. People still have the weirdest prejudice against comedies or "lighter" movies, like the characters being able to crack jokes automatically makes it a less meaningful or "good" movie.

I'm not really a Leo fan, so I just sorta rolled my eyes. The whole meme with him never winning irritates the shit out of me and has for years, because there are a lot of actors way better than him that never won, or were never even nominated, or only had one nomination for their whole career, who didn't carry on and act like they were being persecuted for it or something. Maybe now we can all stop hearing about him, IDK.

I said before the show, I don't really think MM:FR will win Best Pic, but if George won Director or Margaret won Editing, I would be happy, so. The near-sweep of the techs was icing on the cake.
cath822cath822 on February 29th, 2016 03:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, totally - every time I read about all the great actors who have never won (Sigourney Weaver, Will Smith, Glenn Close, Sam Jackson), Leo's lack of wins before this year isn't that surprising. I think it was just interesting to people because he tends to take roles, especially with Scorsese, that seem like they are destined for awards; historical, mentally ill, physically transformative, etc.

I liked The Martian a lot; it was one of my favorite movies of last year. But yeah, God forbid a comedy won, and it was hardly a comedy.
Shannon: firefly paranoidkungfuwaynewho on March 1st, 2016 12:24 am (UTC)
I was super-impressed with how adroitly The Martian was adapted, and how uniformly great the cast was, and how good I felt after watching it. Like, I felt inspired! But of course it wasn't ~serious enough, so. Bah.