With the Academy Awards coming up at the end of this month, everyone is letting fly their Oscar predictions as to which artists will be taking home those coveted golden statues.
Even Fandor video essayist Kevin B. Lee has a few of his own — or rather, a few reflections on the work of the 5 nominees for Best Director, Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Lenny Abrahamson (Room), Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant), Adam McKay (The Big Short), and George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road).
Check out Lee’s video below:
I’m not really in the business of trying to predict Oscar winners, but Lee brings a lot of great insight about what works and doesn’t work in each of these directors’ films. Spotlight, for example, hops on the prosperous TV train with its narrative — ripe with a great story and dialog, but unfortunately rides that train a little too far with its repetitive (and eventually predictable and boring) shot-reverse shot cinematography, which is common in TV shows.
But hey — I guess I’ll take a swing at this predicting business.