We are back at it again with Thursday Movie Picks. This is my fifth full year participating this wonderful series created by Wandering Through the Shelves and I don’t plan to stop yet. If you also want to participate you can find the 2021 list of themes here! As you can see from the title there’s an added theme going on in 2021, Oscar Winners. It will be definitely a difficult theme for me to navigate but let’s give it a go, shall we!? First up we have Best Picture winners.
Using my last years banner atm because I didn’t have time to finish the new one.
Maybe it’s just me but I think Spotlight was so underrated during that year’s award season. But of course it was a hell of a year. We had Fury Road and Brooklyn, we also had that infamous bear scene which finally gave Leo his Oscar. Yet Spotlight took the Best Picture here and honestly, I was not mad. The movie is very lowkey powerful and has good performances. Mark Ruffalo is great, Michael Keaton is memorable and Rachel McAdams as well. Most powerful though? The end credit scene with all those names…
Yes, you guessed it, I’m sort of going for Michael Keaton here. While I didn’t like this as much as Spotlight it still had an interesting story to tell. The one shot element worked here but years later 1917 will go on and make it work better in my opinion. Edward Norton here for some reason was the most memorable for me. I’m not sure why but I don’t see myself rewatching this any time soon either. The ending and the themes are just too depressing for right now.
I ran out of Michael Keaton picks so I went with Michael Shannon instead. The Shape of Water seems like the strangest choice here and it is. It’s also the laziest win of that year with so many other movies standing out more. Dunkirk should have won and Nolan should have gotten his Oscar. Oh well, it’s not like Oscars have gotten it wrong before, right? Anyway, Shannon, god, he is such a great actor. I should have added him to the Hidden Gems challenge.. or I should just watch more of his movies for fun.
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