Oscar Nominee: Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress: Steve Jobs

Next in my Oscar nominee reviews I am reviewing Steve Jobs, which is nominated for Best Actor; Michael Fassbender and Best Supporting Actress; Kate Winslet.

As the title reads, this movie is about Steve Jobs, but not the whole life on Steve Jobs. This movie mainly takes you through three of Steve Jobs product launches and what happened in between. The first launch in 1984 which was the Macintosh computer, and also the beginning stages of him and Apple. In 1988 the NeXT computer which he made when he was out of Apple during that time period. The film ends in 1998, with the iMac computer.

Now let me discuss what I liked about the movie. I liked that the movie focused primarily on 3 products which was essentially 3 acts. It made the movie more intimate and smaller in scale. The performances was simply outstanding especially for Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet. I also want to point out Jeff Daniels who I feel was snubbed for Best Supporting Actor and another snub was for Best Screenplay and Aaron Sorkin. Aaron Sorkin did a brilliant job dividing the movie in three acts and of course his dialogue was amazing as always.

In regards to predictions. I think Michael Fassbender was a chance to upset Leo Dicaprio for Best Actor. Also Kate Winslet’s Golden Globe win can also help to win Best Supporting Actress.

Grade: A

 

Oscar Best Picture Nominee: Spotlight

Next in my countdown to the Academy Awards I am going to review Spotlight which starts Rachel Mcadams, Mark Ruffalo, Micheal Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber, and John Slattery. It details the reporting of the Boston Church sex scandal that was going on from 2001-02.

The main strength of this movie is that it focuses primarily on their investigation, and uncovering a story how several priests sexually molested children and how the Archdiocese covered it up. When interviewing several survivors, they were able to learn about the psychological affects it took on them.

The cast is also really great in the movie and both Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo deserve their Oscar nominations. Also there is not really any “Oscar” scenes in the movie and that what makes the movie great is that they are acting as any journalist uncovering this scandal would react. The ensemble really shines in the movie and everyone plays their part extremely well.

As someone who was living in Boston at the time of this scandal I liked I was able to see the behind the scenes aspect of the story.

In terms of Oscar predictions, I think it could win Best Picture and also Screenplay. I have a lot more films to go through.

Grade: A