Straight White Super Bowl 2016: Oscars Recap

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The Oscars were last weekend. Let’s see how my predictions did.

Best Picture, Best Director, Acting Awards (5/6)

I missed only one of the big six awards, with Best Director going to Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant instead of George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road. The lead acting categories went, as expected, to Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson. Media have reported Spotlight‘s best picture win as an upset, which makes me all the happier to have gotten it right.

Writing Awards (2/2)

Both Original Screenplay and Adapted Screenplay had clear favorites that ended up winning: Spotlight and The Big Short respectively. Adam McKay, the man who brought us AnchormanTalladega Nights, and Step Brothers, finally has the Oscar he deserves.

Technical Awards (1/5)

I missed completely on sound and visual effects. I had The Revenant taking both sound awards, but they went to Mad Max instead, and not without good reason. I had Mad Max‘s practical effects bonanza winning visual effects, but in one of the night’s biggest upsets, Oscar voters apparently preferred the refined visual storytelling of Ex Machina, a terrific sci-fi film that I was happy to see get a win. I picked The Revenant for both cinematography and film editing, hitting on the first and missing on the second, which went to Mad Max.

Production Design, Costume Design, Hair & Makeup (3/3)

I predicted the Mad Max sweep here. It was well-deserved for some of the most vivid and detailed world-building in the history of movies.

Animated, Documentary, and Foreign Language Features (3/3)

Perfect on these, but not exactly thrilled about it. While Inside Out and Son of Saul were the clear class of their respective categories, it hurts to see a daring and important documentary about Indonesia’s mass killings (The Look of Silence) lose to a music doc (Amy) again.

Short Films (0/3)

A complete whiff for me here. I’m fine with Stutterer winning Live Action, and I didn’t see enough of the short documentaries to pass judgment on Girl In the River‘s win, but World of Tomorrow losing to Bear Story is the worst thing that happened in the entire presentation.

Music (1/2)

I don’t think a lot of people had Sam Smith’s “Writing on the Wall” winning Best Song. An Oscar seemed inevitable for Lady Gaga and Diane Warren, so I don’t feel terrible about missing in the same direction as just about everyone else on this one. As expected, Ennio Morricone’s heavily favored score for The Hateful Eight won its category.

Overall: 15/24

Commentist Beer Barrel will resume next week, if I can find a guest reviewer.


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I can do the guest review- my first homebrew (Pope Mayhem’s X-treme Unction) is now three months old and ready for comparison testing.


That was pretty impressive that you got 15 out of 24. That’s a money-making-in-Vegas performance right there!

Not only that, but the posts were fun and informative. Great job!


Seriously, I agree with all the other DFooooooers here who say this entire series of posts was informative and entertaining as hell. I think that you really nailed a lot of the Oscar hype and predictions, without being condescending or overly technical.

Plus, you were funny, which is what I assumed our primary goal here at DFO is, when you get to the heart of things. Or the liver, if you’re Leo. A fantastic fucking job all around, and one I hope to see come back next year, unlike WBS’s herpes or a second season of Zoo.


You did an amazing job with this. It was a massive undertaking and your write ups were intelligent, thought provoking and very informative.
You may be stuck on Oscar duty from here on out.

One very enthusiastic thumbs up!

Seriously great fucking job.

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Well done AND informative. I’ll probably follow my usual pattern and see a few of these in the next ten years.


You earned your well drawn fake award for best Oscar drawings/predictions. I honestly learned more about this year’s movies from your posts than anywhere else.


That was supposed to be a poorly drawn Fake Award for Best Oscar Predictions and Drawings. Dammit. Now I have to take away my award for best Poorly Drawn Award for Best Oscar Predictions and Drawings….