The Oscars are just days away. Movie fans and lovers alike are all excited to see who wins. Best Picture is a tough award to win, the 6 nominated movies are all very fantastic. Lets see what the fans and critics gave each of these movies, shall we? According to Rotten Tomatoes-
American Sniper: Powered by Clint Eastwood's sure-handed direction and a gripping central performance from Bradley Cooper, American Sniper delivers a tense, vivid tribute to its real-life subject. Critics: 73% Fans: 87%
Birdman: A thrilling leap forward for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman is an ambitious technical showcase powered by a layered story and outstanding performances from Michael Keaton and Edward Norton. Critics: 92% Fans: 83%
Boyhood: Epic in technical scale but breathlessly intimate in narrative scope, Boyhood is a sprawling investigation of the human condition. Critics: 98% Fans: 83%
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas. Critics: 92% Fans: 86%
The Imitation Game: With an outstanding starring performance from Benedict Cumberbatch illuminating its fact-based story, The Imitation Game serves as an eminently well-made entry in the "prestige biopic" genre. Critics: 89% Fans: 93%
Selma: Fueled by a gripping performance from David Oyelowo, Selma draws inspiration and dramatic power from the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- but doesn't ignore how far we remain from the ideals his work embodied. Critics: 98% Fans: 87%
The Theory of Everything: Part biopic, part love story, The Theory of Everything rises on James Marsh's polished direction and the strength of its two leads. Critics: 79% Fans: 85%
Whiplash: Intense, inspiring, and well-acted, Whiplash is a brilliant sophomore effort from director Damien Chazelle and a riveting vehicle for stars J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller. Critics: 95% Fans: 96%
That is what the critics and fans of Rotten Tomatoes think. But what about everyone else? We all have our own opinion on who should, I have mine for sure. But this is which movie actually deserves the win. If you go by ratings alone, clearly Whiplash wins, with Selma not far behind.
This will be a tough choice, all these movies have their own unique values, and those values got them on this list. Out of all these, which one is my favorite? American Sniper. I have huge soft spot for war movies, Bradley Cooper was phenomenal as Chris Kyle. I would love to be a Sniper in the Marines one day if I could, but it isn't an easy task. But that's why I loved this movie so much, Chris Kyle went through so much and this movie depicted it pretty well.
But that's just my opinion. Which movie actually deserves to win? I would definitely say Whiplash. J.K. Simmons definitely deserves an Oscar, as does Whiplash. From beginning to end, it was suspenseful, powerful, riveting and very inspirational.
Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons were great, both gave very powerful performances. Simmons was noticeably better, but he brought everything to this role. It made his role in Raimi's Spider-man movies look like a Kindergarten teacher. He was relentless, he never let up, it is certainly one of, if not, his best role.
From the start, you know how energetic and vigorous this movie will be. The opening scene of him playing, then Simmons walks in and already you know how much of an asshole he'll be. He's already criticizing him, he doesn't even know him and he's doing it.
Throughout the movie, Teller's character is trying to prove himself to Simmons. Simmons doesn't give him a break, he's always criticizing him in one way or another. But Teller kept pushing himself to the limits to where he was bleeding all the time. But he kept going to prove himself, he was relentless.
Towards the end, Teller was apart of a concert that he was prepared for. Simmons humiliated him in the 1st song, surprisingly playing one he didn't know. after the song, Simmons went to introduce the next song, and Teller started playing it. He didn't stop even after the song was over, the sweat was drenching him, and he was proving himself to be a worthy for Simmons.
Whiplash deserves this Oscar. Not only did it get the highest ratings, it was such a unique movie that you wouldn't expect to like if you're not into music like some people are. I am in shock at how well done Whiplash is, I'm excited for it to come out on DVD.
What do you think? I hoped enjoyed reading this. Let me know in the comments below, i want to know what you think!