150 Best Picture Nominees: Ranked

Best Picture Nominees RankedI want to preface this article by saying that I like about 90 percent of the movies on this list. There’s only about ten out of all of these I don’t like, and that’s just because these really are the best of the best. So if you read this thinking “Wow, how is that movie so low on this list?” The answer is simply because when the average quality is so high, the rest will suffer by comparison. That being said, the Oscars are something that people either hate because they mainly talk about movies which aren’t blockbusters, or people hate them because they don’t choose the right small films/blockbusters to talk about.

Just look at the last three years for a perfect example of this, as on the day nominations came out, people will flood twitter with “SNUBBED” this and “OVERRATED” that. So because school is over, I’m furloughed for another month, and the cabin fever is setting in, I’m going to put all 150 of the nominees I’ve seen in order from worst to best.

I also know that I still have a lot more to watch (There have been 563 nominees over the 92 year history of the Oscars, so I’m barely at the quarter mark) and this list leans heavily on the current history of the Oscars (47 films being from the 2010s), but that’s just because it’s a lot easier to find a movie from today than it is to find Captains Courageous or Twelve O’Clock High. Now, because we have 150 movies to talk about and we’re supposed to have a word limit, let’s get into Tier Five. Continue reading

Alternative Oscars 2020: The Winners

Alternative Oscars 2020 WinnersForeword by Adam Brannon: And just like that, the 2020 Alternative Oscars have drawn to a close. Looking back at an incredible decade of film, myself, Daulton, Jesse, Joe and Emily have picked our favourite films, directors and performances over the last 10 years and let you vote for the ones you feel are most worthy at taking a trophy.

Nearly 1,100 votes were cast this year, throwing up all sorts of surprises in each of the categories available to choose from. Without further ado, let’s announce the winners of this year’s Alternative Oscars. Continue reading

Alternative Oscars 2020: The Nominations

Alternative Oscars 2020Voting is now closed, but be sure to check out the winners of the 2020 Alternative Oscars!

Foreword by Adam Brannon. Can you believe we’re here again? Now into its fourth year, the Alternative Oscars has become one of my favourite times of the year, as we put the best films to the test for a shot at winning one of our coveted awards. I’ve always felt like blockbuster movies haven’t received as much recognition as they deserve.

After all, some of these films have been a labour of love for their directors and leading men and women. This year, however, we’re mixing things up a little with an Alternative Oscars of the Decade! Continue reading

Alternative Oscars 2019: The Winners

Alternative Oscars Winners 2019When the Alternative Oscars were set up three years ago, it was as a two-fingered salute to the Academy Awards. You see, I was fed up with the Oscars only honouring films that were technically brilliant, but weren’t overly popular with cinema-going audiences.

I never expected for my little awards to become successful, but it appears many of you reading this agreed with my stance towards the Academy. In its first year, I was pleased with just over 300 people taking part and last year I was ecstatic for just under 1,000 individuals to share their thoughts.

This year, with the help of a small advertising budget and an increased word of mouth, the Alternative Oscars received bang on 1,600 votes! To say I’m thrilled is an understatement. So, without further ado, let’s crown this year’s winners. Continue reading

Unpopular Opinion: Black Panther Isn’t Worth Its Best Picture Nomination

Unpopular film opinionsOn January 22nd, 2019, the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced, and… I am pretty shocked by them. Roma leading the pack with 10 nominations, including two acting nods, Timothee Chalamet left out, and Bradley Cooper snubbed in the Director category in favor of a foreign language film, one of two on the list! However, even after all the buzz and promotion, the one that shocked me the most was the fact that even with just 8 nominees for Best Picture this year, Black Panther was on the list.

Now we have been hearing about how good it is all year, and rightfully so. Black Panther is a well made movie that deserved all the other nominations it received like Sound Editing, Costume Design, and especially for it’s great score. Best Picture however… let me, a white male, tell you why Black Panther should not have been nominated for Best Picture. Continue reading