Although there are some of the typical overtly violent movies among the 2015 Academy Award nominated movies, there are some well-done movies as well.
Here are my picks to receive the Oscars:
Best Picture – “Spotlight” and “The Big Short”
Both are excellent and are actually about something rather than gratuitous violence. As a journalist, I was thrilled to see a journalism investigative team have the time and money to delve into a complicated subject, the sexual abuse of Catholic priests in the Boston area.
On “The Big Short,” what a great topic for consumers. When I heard about the film, I didn’t think I’d like the humor used in parts of the film. However, it’s complicated to try to explain the financial instruments that led to the collapse of the housing market and the Great Recession of 2008.
“Brooklyn” also is excellent as is “Bridge of Spies.” “The Revenant” is terrible. Way too violent. I could hardly wait until it was over. I don’t see how it received the most nominations. Also awful are “The Hateful Eight” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” due to excessive violence.