For the 2016th and final year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will pick the winners of Best Picture, the most coveted prize in cinema (besides being backed by a Jewish financier). Let’s celebrate by self-congratulatorily celebrating OYIT’s longest running feature and pretending we’re allowed within 500 feet of a movie theater.
2015 Best Picture Nominees
Bridge of Spies
Jake says…You had me at bridge, lost me at of, and then sold me on spies. I love bridges and very rarely burn them. That's why I'm so popular!
Glenn says… Once my parents vouched for this one, I promised to never see it. No chance to win Best Picture if it can’t appeal to 30something manchildren.
Jake says…I live in a room. I certainly can relate to this picture.
Glenn says… I loved this one! Unfortunately more and more these days, films about a white man holding a woman prisoner ask the question “is art imitating life or the other way around?” Though Brie Larson is a strong frontrunner for Best Actress, I’m not sure if the movie can escape the obvious parallels to the Tommy Wiseau ur-classic “The Room.”
Jake says…Hey, I'm from Brooklyn over here. Just kidding, I'm from Indiana. But I still thought that this was certainly a movie. It fit all of the defined criteria. Cool film over here. Just kidding.
Glenn says… This was a wonderful romance about two uber hipsters from Williamsburg - one agnostic/spiritual and one uber Orthodox Jew. Saoirse Ronan, with her unpronounceable name, shines so bright that some of the Orthodox Jewish women consider taking off their thick black cloth to be more comfortable. I nearly wept at the ending. Definite contender.
Jem And The Holograms
Jake says…We live in an age where anybody can transition into a hologram. My brother became a hologram. Jem is truly outrageous.
Glenn says… the AVClub review of this film delivered an epic takedown of this film but not nearly as epic as the film itself. Not epic in scope, but in length: Jem clocks in at 243 minutes not counting the music video that plays after the credits or the commercials that play before the film. The Academy has never given Best Picture to a film this long and famously gave 1981’s Das Boot their first and only “Razzie” award for Worst Film.
Jake says…This is the only movie I have even heard of, but it's always in a way that suggests, “What the fuck does ‘revenant’ even mean?” It may be because that's literally what I hear as I take tickets at the local AMC.
Glenn says… Another anti-bear, pro-Native movie. Frankly I’m sick of having this, and other things, forced down my throat. The movie itself was fine, though it wasn’t nearly as violent as I expected and have been conditioned to think I deserve. Leo DiCaprio, that little prettyboy, will surely win his first Best Actor Oscar for this one but I don’t think the film degrades itself enough to win Best Picture.
Jake says…I don't watch movies about making shoes. Suck a dick, Hollyweird.
Glenn says… If you don’t know much about Hollywood you would think Director T. McCarthy’s OTHER film this year, Spotlight, was more deserving. While Spotlight was about journalism and religious sexual abuse, the Cobber was about shoes and secular sexual abuse. Also featuring several characters from award (Grammy) winning You Shant Mess With the Zohan, it participates in the “shared universe” craze that excites low testosterone beta males.
Jake says…This movie being nominated really shows you how out of touch the Academy truly is. This flick came out in the 1980s! Sure, it was before we knew that Mel Gibson was a racist asshole, but that's no reason to give it an Oscar.
Glenn says… This was, of course, the best movie of the year. The entire movie was a chase scene! Haven’t seen that much chase in a film since the 1994 Charlie Sheen vehicle “The Chase.” The question is not whether Mad Max deserves the award, it’s whether Immortan Joe will allow it. That’s a reference to the movie, shitheads - and he’s the new president of the academy.
Jake says…This should have been nominated as a Short film. Get it? The word “short” is in the title and it stars Martin Short.
Glenn says… I liked the asides in the movie that explained things to me. Will the Academy see it as an insult of their great intelligence? Yes - and that’s why it won’t win. Plus all the crypto-Jews in Hollywood will be lobbying against a movie that so needlessly condemns financial fraud.
Glenn says... What a great year for films about powerful women (Room, Brooklyn, Mad Max) and powerful men (The Revenant, The Cobbler, Mad Max). Since they will cancel each other out, it leaves an opening for a gender non-conforming movie like Jem and the Honorgrams to win, which it will. Sorry to Bridge of Spies.
Jake says… These old white cis male motherfuckers are gonna give a statue to Mad Max because Mel Gibson tried to cut his ex-wife’s head off because she got him too drunk. Fuck the Academy Awards.