With no movies coming out in the near future, all we can do is look back to the past. The past decade was a great one for movies, but was it a great one for Oscars? I dive in here to give what I, and twitter via poll, think what was the best and the worst wins of the 10s.
My Pick: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
- Casey Affleck’s closed off and subtle performance was hauntingly good. This was a weak year for Best Actor wins, but this is one of the best wins of the century. The absolutely broken and closed off performance that Casey gave, and the heartbreak he was able to portray as well was so human and emotional. The scene from the police station absolutely destroyed me.
Twitter’s Pick: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
- Joaquin Phoenix was incredible in this movie. He had a way to bring this ambiguous character to life in a way that is different than what we have seen from the villain. He fully holds this movie on his shoulders, because without him this movie would be a flop. No matter what you think about the story or the meaning, one thing that is not questionable is Joaquin’s performance.
I think it is pretty easy to just say Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody. I didn’t allow twitter to vote for it, so I am not going to pick it either. I just think this will be an overwhelming pick.
My Pick: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
- This is a massively controversial pick, especially with the overwhelming amount of bad wins this decade, but this one just doesn’t sit right with me. First off, The Revenant is not good. The story and direction and technicals are incredibly interesting, but it is built far too much on physical situations than a good performance. Tom Hardy, who was nominated as well, was far better than Leo in this. Leo only won because he was “overdue”, which I agree. He is a fantastic actor and should have already had a few wins, but to just throw him a bone with a performance like this. I’m not buying it. Also, the “overdue” aspect is so stupid. So many people are overdue, but they aren’t getting wins for average performances.
Twitter’s Pick: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
- I actually really like Eddie’s performance in this movie, even though the movie isn’t all that great. This film really brings back A Beautiful Mind vibes, and while both movies have great performances, both are just boring movies overall. However, knowing he beat Michael Keaton’s phenomenal Birdman performance hurts. Eddie was good, but he was not THAT good.
Next will be lead actress. If you would like to vote, head on over to my twitter @Tberry57 and look out for the poll.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.