By The Collectress

The Oscars are just a few weeks away, and here we go with our yearly assessments of the Best Picture nominations. When The Collective team were figuring out the assignments for films, I really had no idea what “Three Billboards was about” so I kinda turned to the Mutineer, shrugged and said, “yeah, let’s go watch it and then we can figure out who will write about it.”

I had no clue that this film would completely change the way I view quirky independent films. On its surface, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri should be a quirky small-town dramedy that packs an emotional punch to the gut, and while it is small-town, it is not quirky, but raw, and it really packs a wallop. 

hacksaw-ridge-poster

Can you feel it? There has a been a disturbance in the force. It’s the pre-awards show season where all the dramatic, oscar-bait movies are released. I’ve been reeled in with their bait, and have been spending ALL my extra time at the movies, which is even more of an issue because I work at a movie theatre. My co-workers probably think I’m nuts. Oh well.

Property of Disney/ABC
Property of Disney/ABC

The 2016 Academy Awards took place on February 28, and though I have watched the awards for many years, I think that this may be my favorite ceremony in recent memory. So without any ado, here are some of our favorite moments.

The Collectress’ Favorite Moments

Ben Affleck’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

While this technically didn’t happen during the Oscars broadcast, I was looking forward to Kimmel’s after-Academy Awards special almost as much as the ceremonies themselves. Why, you may ask? Well, push play on the clip. The answer appears at 1:03.

Chris Rock’s Opening Monologue

After the controversy surrounding this year’s lack of diversity in the acting nominations, I was glad that Chris Rock opened with tackling the issue head-on, and he didn’t let up on it the entire night. It made some of the guests (and viewers) squirm in their seats, and I delighted in every second of it. Hopefully, Rock’s frank discussion of the problem in Hollywood will ensure that future award shows will be #OscarsSoDiverse. 

The Collective’s foray into the 2016 Oscars continues with Bridge of Spies, nominated for six Academy Awards. Based on the true events surrounding the U-2 Incident in 1960, the film stars Tom Hanks as American lawyer James Donovan and Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy.

When Abel is captured due to espionage-linked evidence, Donovan is asked by his firm to represent him. While the case against Abel is substantial, it is important that the American justice system be seen as fair by the rest of the world; though he knows that he will lose the case and likely be reviled by many for representing a communist, Donovan takes the job as part of his patriotic duty. He tells his wife that the bar chose him because “they want to show that even a spy gets a capable advocate.”

Before the film has even truly began, we are already wondering what it means to represent one’s country, and the implications of being a betrayer.

“You can’t accuse Abel of being a traitor; he’s not an American.”

banner-brooklyn-Brooklyn_Film_844x476

Hello again, lovely Collective readers. I am back once again to go over one of the Best Picture nominees; this time, it’s Brooklyn. Brooklyn is the story of Eilis Lacey (Saiorse Ronan), a young woman who is unable to find work in Ireland in the 1950s. Her sister Rose arranges for her to emigrate to Brooklyn, New York where she will live in a boarding house and work in a department store. Despite her homesickness at the beginning, Eilis falls in love with Tony (Emory Cohen) and starts to feel at home in America. But when a family tragedy strikes, she returns home to Ireland and catches the eye of Jim (Domhnall Gleeson). Who will she choose in the end? Which country will she choose? While it has the makings of a dramatic love triangle story, Brooklyn is actually a very sweet and happy film, which is why it is one of my favorite nominees of the season.