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Matt's Thoughts on The 89th Academy Awards

Feb 17, 2017

In preparation for our 3rd Annual Oscar Pre Show Extravaganza Special, I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a film “Best Picture.” I know, I know… every year, a bunch of old white men vote on movies they’ve never seen to determine the ones they like the most. Or whose name they recognize. I’m not talking about the process. Those are thoughts for another day.

I’m approaching this as if I have a vote, which hopefully I will someday. Do I judge Best Picture by how much I like the story? That seems more like the category for Best Screenplay. What about how much I like the acting? Hmm, nope. That’s Best Actor/Actress. What about the way it looks? Wrong, that’s Cinematography. I think you see where I’m going with this.

Here’s my theory. I will use last year’s nominees so I don’t give away my picks before our show. Last year we had eight nominees, but let’s narrow that down to the three I considered the front runners: The Revenant, Room, and Spotlight

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: The Revenant is the most beautiful film I’ve ever seen. Leonardo DiCaprio was great in it. Amazing directing by Alejandro Iñárritu. The story is interesting, but at times does not seem fully developed. It did not win Best Picture.

Room was a heart-wrenching story that made me cry multiple times. Brie Larson is fast on her way to being one of my favorite actresses working today. Jacob Tremblay might be the cutest child actor in history (sorry Jonathan Lipnicki). The overall look of the film has that indie vibe that I love, but can sometimes appear amateurish. It did not win Best Picture.

Spotlight was a riveting true story that was brilliantly told. It had performances that were off the charts by the whole cast. It was shot in a way that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It won the Oscar for Best Picture because it ticked all those boxes, and many more.

So which nominee ticked all the boxes for you this year? Let us know by emailing us at and tune in next week to hear our picks.