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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.

spotlight-movie-posterHello again lovely Collective reader, That Geek Online here again with a Best Picture nominee film review; Spotlight. I just got home from seeing this film, I have sat down with my tea, and the Spotlight soundtrack is playing on my headphones. Yes, this is my Oscar’s season ritual, and yes I know I am super weird. Being only the second film (out of eight) that I have seen, I can’t say it is my favorite YET, but it did catch my attention. And not only did it catch my attention, it KEPT my undivided attention for two hours and 7 minutes. Directed by Tom McCarthy, this true story of a team of reporters uncovering a child molestation cover-up scandal will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.

Spotlight has six Academy Award nominations this year: Best Picture, Directing, Supporting Sctor (Mark Ruffalo), Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams), Film Editing, and Writing (original screenplay). As far as acting goes, Mark Ruffalo shines in this film at Michael Rezendes. Both Ruffalo and Michael Keaton put extensive research into their roles, as this is a true story and it’s important that the actor be as similar to their real-life counterpart as possible. For example, Michael Keaton was able to get ahold of video and audio of Walter Robinson and did an impression of him on their first meeting. “How did you know everything about me, we just met?” was Robinson’s response. Mark Ruffalo was just as detail oriented with his character, asking the real Michael Rezendes to say his lines for him during every break. Their dedication to the performance is the driving force of this film and Ruffalo’s competition is tough for supporting actor, but he has a solid shot at the win. Walter Robinson summed it up perfectly when describing Keaton in the film; “It’s like watching yourself in a mirror, yet having no control over the mirror image.”