In a short time, the Academy will be crowning it’s best-of-2015. Everyone will be gussied up in classy-yet-mostly-boring evening wear. We will watch while Hollywood lauds its same-old, self-congratulatory product. We will hope it doesn’t, but it will. And I will hope and pray to the last second that The Academy has the sense to give Mad Max: Fury Road its top prize.
Seriously, I have less than zero interest in seeing The Revenant. All the press about it just seems to me like a bunch of Southern Californians stressing how hard it is to be outside in the winter.
Suck it up, bitches.
Or also about how Leo “deserves” an Oscar because “it’s his time.” Not because of his performance. Because he was outside for a few months in the winter, and “he’s had enough nominations for his other (better) performances, so how is it he doesn’t already have one? we should give him one for this.” Happens all the time.
When it happens for Sylvester Stallone, I will weep with joy. The man has had an amazing career in a lot of directions, and his Old Rocky was still the sweethearted meathead we’ve spent decades loving, even through his new challenges. I’m tearing up just thinking about it now.
Sure, there’s the solid contenders, about Real Life Headlines, starring some fantastic ensembles. But how unexpectedly beautiful and topical and feminist af was Mad Max??? I mean....
I lived in the desert. I have a strong dislike of the desert. The desert never looked as gorgeous as it did in nearly every shot of that film.
There’s never any romantic anything between the leads. As someone said, it’s a bromance between a man and a woman. There are bigger things requiring attention than tingles in their pants. People have compared the bad guy to Trump, and it’s not that much of a stretch, really.
The Academy doesn’t like sci-fi/fantasy. It doesn’t like action movies that please the masses. It doesn’t like sequels. It is just fine with nominating them, but they’d rather award official originality. IMO, this was back-to-the-drawing-board original. It was a feminist action movie, for crying out loud! It was set in a world that had been established, but also was different and strange and creative af. The story was strong, the action was great, the characters were fully fleshed out. The world-building was familiar yet different—crazier than I remembered. The tribes were clearly different. The cinematography was top-notch. It really is surprisingly good. And that should be rewarded.
I’m hoping that even if it doesn’t win all the prizes it has earned, it will still be lauded among the best of the 2010s, and inspire some spectacular, forward-thinking shit.
PS—I love you, Bette Midler!