What would we choose as our top film picks if we were the Academy?
Pretty much every damning thing that could be said about the 2016 Oscar nominations and the Academy has already been said: the voters are out of touch, they don’t represent actual film audiences, the lack of diversity is a bigger industry problem. But what if we abandoned the Oscars altogether? Instead, maybe we should be measuring these films—critically acclaimed or not—by our own standards. Here at GOOD, some films caught our eye not for their acting or direction, but for their social value and implications. Check them out below.
Best Movie that Crushes the Bechdel Test, and Then Some: Carol
Best “Fuck the Patriarchy” Ending: Ex Machina
Best Use of Hydroponic Farming: The Martian
Best Ecofeminist Dystopian High-Speed Chase Thriller: Mad Max
Best Evidence You Don’t Need to Hire Eddie Redmayne to Make a Movie About Trans Women: Tangerine
Best Representation of Different Skin Tones: Inside Out
Best Film Where the Talented, Sexy Black Star Gets Overshadowed by an Old White Dude: Creed
Most Earnestly Post-Racial Cast: Furious 7