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The Unpredictable Academy: Snubs and Wins (2015)

Every year the Academy slips in a frowned spurn at a movie that is on everybody’s mind. This time ‘Boyhood’ became the bait. The coming-of-age tale that spread brilliantly over the span of 12 years, was a sure shot per se. But alas! the Oscars have a reputation in doing the unthinkable. ‘Birdman’ beat Linklater’s panache not only in Best Picture and Original Screenplay categories but also in Best Direction. The latter managed to hold its ground thanks to Patricia Arquette’s Supporting Actress win.

Not long ago when the Academy had pressed its Oscar sheet, the snubbing of great movies like ‘Foxcatcher’, ‘Big Eyes’, ‘The Lego Movie’ and great actors like Amy Adams, Jennifer Aniston, David Oyelowo, Helen Mirren, Bill Murray, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz, had caught a lot of moss. Putting out Selma flame was a big rebuff this year since people claimed it to be a distinction on Academy’s part, not to mention the fact that a majority of voting members in the Oscar team are white.

Apart from the biggest surprise of the night, some more were strewn all along the event. Academy chose to ignore the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise once again giving precedence to ‘Big Hero 6’ in the animation department. Best Editing went to ‘Whiplash’ which again was a pie in the face for ‘Boyhood’. ‘American Sniper’ losing to ‘Whiplash’ in Sound Editing was another one. ‘Interstellar’ managed only one out of its five nominations. Surprise was Zimmer’s stunning score bowing down to Desplatic rhythm. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes overlooked in the Visual Effects department came as a big blow. However, it was a close call since Interstellar’s visuals were quite brilliant as well. It was great to see Glory glorified and Feast winning the Best Short Film Animated category. Winston just had to win 😉

Here is a short summary of what happened:

  • The Imitation Game (had 8 nominations, bagged 1)
  • Boyhood (had 6, bagged 1)
  • American Sniper (had 6, managed 1)
  • Birdman (had 9, got 4)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (had 9, got 4)
  • Whiplash (had 5, got 3)
  • Interstellar (had 5, got 1)
  • Foxcatcher (had 5, received none)

‘Foxcatcher’ was overlooked big time. Given the amount of work Bennett Miller had put in to create the beauty, he needed a little Academy respect and attention. Steve Carell’s transformational looks as John du Pont at least deserved a Makeup and Hairstyling accolade.

Rumours have continuously surrounded the Academy owing to its big decisions which seem pretty biased sometimes. The one that exemplifies the obvious perfectly – Incessant snubbing of Leonardo DiCaprio despite outstanding performances throughout his life. Academy even failed to recognize exceptional knacks of Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater last night. Both are yet to bag an Oscar, and that is just sad.

I picture Academy as one old crude witch, who just loves to see the world burn. If you have a favorite the Academy would snub it and shout “In your face!” in your face. Mainstream movies never even make it to the list.

Whatever the hammer says hardly bothers us though. We know for sure, nothing is really lost. The shattered are still celebrated. We still have incredible movies to watch thanks to sensational efforts put in by excellent directors, actors and the remaining crew.

If you didn’t make it, we don’t really care. Academy is just a bunch of people with their scathing point of view. If you consider all of us – people who watch you from every corner of the world, who care about every single thought you conceived to carve something beautiful, who praise your extraordinary efforts to create what we can only imagine, those who really love your work, who really encourage you do the exceptional, the real movie buffs, for us, you are still our winners! You will never lose! Let us raise one to that!

American Sniper Review (2014) | A rad biopic on Chris Kyle’s life

American Sniper is an engaging glimpse into the head of an iconic soldier Chris Kyle , a Navy Seal veteran and a badass sniper. The biopic juggles between his love life, his sniping badassery, his fame and the mental state aftermath war that had him vexed for a while. American Sniper goes on to show how war gradually takes its toll on soldiers. It manifests through the yearning eyes of Kyle how he would always prefer an explosive battlefield to a quiet time home.

Prologue Jitters (Spoilers Ahead)

As soon as the screen goes dark and the movie begins, we are subjected to an enthralling booming bass that echoes power and might, depicting annexing right. All thanks to the boom operators of the flick. A tank shows up, an apt manifestation of annihilation like a devastating predator crushing rocks. It walks alongside soldiers on a mission. Not far away a sniper rests in a prone position on a roof alongside another soldier searching his target with rapt attention, cracking jokes.

Entry a lady hiding a grenade earnestly waiting for the convoy to arrive. She is accompanied by her son to whom she slips the grenade. The child rushes towards the American convoy, fully fledged, unaware of the cross-hair and bang! The deafening noise takes us to the past to the hunting grounds where a father is busy teaching his son to shoot.

Still of Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in American Sniper Movie

Such brilliant direction! The prologue is so beautifully shot that you almost know that you are in for a treat. The story captures every aspect of the ‘Legend’ with whom American soldiers felt invincible. The flick features all his four major tours. There is a beautiful melodramatic side story showing his wife wanting his husband home. What it also beautifully captures is the aftermath of war-turmoil in a soldier’s head.

Amazing Moments from American Sniper

One of the most exhilarating scenes from the flick is when Kyle takes off his belt to smack his dog without realizing it. Also, when he takes his longest shot that ranged around 1920m and executes it to perfection. It’s the one that places him at the 8th spot on the global meter of champs.

“I want you to be human again.”

There are many other gorgeous subtle bits in the movie. Like, slaying a woman and a child wasn’t how Kyle imagined his first kills to be like. Apt coverage is given to that to make you feel his sorrow. Some beautiful dramatic pieces like Kyle shouting at the nurse to tend to his baby, asking his wife to move on if he doesn’t return, his post-traumatic disorder, perspectives of people he met on war, Kyle’s recovery and the final goodbye lap it up further bringing quality to this great biography.

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Downsides

A lot of hoopla surrounds the American Sniper movie owing to the delicate topic it touches viz. Iraq War. As a result, weird rumors and a lot of plot holes quickly showed up for this one. Some of the facts have been altered for movie viewing.

But if we overlook everything that raises brows and focus merely on how good the biopic really is, and experience the emotional quotient of the drama entailed, we would see how marvelous American Sniper movie really is.

A definite watch for everybody.

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