Here at MNL Film Club, we like to pretend that we are bona fide Academy members who can vote and influence the results of this year’s event.
As a product of wishful thinking, here are this year’s Oscar Best Picture contenders, as evaluated and listed (from least to most probable winner) by some of MNL Film Club’s resident movie buffs.
#9 Captain Phillips
FOR IT: The film is effectively exhilarating but is that the kind of film Academy voters go for? Barkhad Abdi’s breakout performance might win voters over.
AGAINST IT: Tom Hanks was snubbed by Academy voters – a bold move from the people who gave him a back-to-back win in 1993 and 1994. No love for director Paul Greengrass either. The film has been compared a lot of times to Argo which just won last year.
MNL FILM CLUB SCORE: 1.5
#8 The Wolf of Wall Street
FOR IT: The Leonardo DiCaprio-Martin Scorsese tandem is always a force to reckon with. Leo IS overdue.
AGAINST IT: Although well-made, the film is raunchy and vulgar. Remember: the Academy voters are a conservative bunch. It might turn them off.
MNL FILM CLUB SCORE: 1.75