A moment for the best pictures not nominated for Best Picture
2015 was a remarkably strong year for film. So strong, in fact, that there’s an alternate, but equally-strong Best Picture race being run in a parallel Los Angeles, featuring none of the films currently vying for a trophy. Some were early favourites that dropped off, some received bafflingly-average reviews, others were near-locks right up until they weren’t.
Without further ado, the Alternate Oscars.
My picks for the closest Oscar race in years
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
From Jaws to Bridge of Spies: why Steven Spielberg still doesn’t get his due
It’s a curious thing. On one hand, you’re the most successful director in cinema history with over $9.1 billion in worldwide grosses; you’ve got a pair of Best Director Oscars, plus a third for Best Picture; your resume reads like a cultural ‘best of’ list from the last three decades. On the other, you’re arguably the most underappreciated director around.
Such is the case of Steven Spielberg.
Making a Murderer is riveting. And depressing as hell
Netflix’s Making a Murderer is the scariest thing on television in recent memory. It was also a fitting dénouement to a year that’s already see the internet obsess over Serial’s Adnan Syed and The Jinx’s Robert Durst, alongside a never-ending stream of police violence and corruption. It’s a ten-hour white-knuckle ride that ends not in redemption or victory or really anything that might resemble justice, but rather with a profound sense of hopelessness.
For a moment, as change.org racks up hundreds of thousands of signatures for a ‘free Steven’ petition; and Reddit burns through alternate theories, True Detective-style; and Anonymous claims to have uncovered new evidence; it’s possible to imagine that maybe we the people might actually have some impact. Then you remember the institutions involved, and the hopelessness comes rushing back.