5 Lines (or Less) Movie Reviews: Oscars 2016 Winners Edition

Racism, sexual abuse and climate change; these were among the multitude of issues that were addressed in 2016’s Academy Awards ceremony. Despite the fact that this years Oscars were surrounded by the racial discrimination controversy (which was tackled throughout the event by the delightful host, Chris Rock.) it was the best Oscars ceremony I’ve seen in a long, long time.

Oscars 2016
Credit: http://www.facebook.com/TheAcademy

Why? Because my favorite movies won 😀

From Inside Out winning Best Animated Movie to Mad Max: Fury Road being the front-runner with 6 huge wins, and Brie Larson winning Best Actress for my personal favorite movie of the year: Room; the most awaited moment was when the Best Actor category arrived. Oh yeah. History was made, and the internet lost its mind 😉

I can NOT forget how hard I was clenching my fists when the Best Actor category came on, and my screaming, jumping, clapping and cheering on top of my lungs when Julianne Moore said these 7 magical words “And the Oscar goes to…. Leonardo DiCaprio.

Leonardo Oscar Win
Just look at him smile when he won. Just… look at him. :’)

This win wasn’t special to me because Leo is my favorite actor of all time. It was because this was an inspiring moment for me. I was rooting for him because that guy has taught us that what is the fruit of resilience. That when you love what you do and keep doing it with undying passion even though you don’t get the due-recognition you deserve (and have deserved for so many years), then it eventually pays off in the end. Leonardo DiCaprio’s career is an inspiration for us all. I know an Oscar (or any award or recognition) is not the determinant of greatness, but my tears of joy for that man were because all of us has a Leo inside us, and today he won; someday we will win too 🙂

Now let’s get to the reviews. So I won’t be talking about the movies I haven’t seen by now (DUH!) and have already reviewed, like my Mad Max: Fury Road Review  and Inside Out Review. For the rest of the 5 big winners, here is 5 Lines or Less. Get ready to see a lot of Potahtos being handed out!


Credit: http://www.filmvilag.blog.hu

Room takes a gravely heartbreaking topic and turns it into a beautifully moving story of the relentless love between a mother and a son that transcends the worst of obstacles. Seeing the world from the innocent perspective of a brave child is not only sublime but also life-affirming. Brie Larson’s performance moves you to tears, and guys, keep an eye on Jacob Tremblay; one day he will be a force to be reckoned with.

Oscars Won:

  1. Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Brie Larson

Potahto Rating:

10 out of 10 Potahtos

The Revenant:

The Revenant
Credit: http://www.rollingstone.com

A grueling tale of survival and revenge, the Revenant reveals the power of human spirit and resilience in the most jarring and ruthless of conditions. It’s realism is shocking and jaw-dropping. A standing ovation to Alejandro G. Iñárritu for keeping the Art of Cinema alive with his unbelievably phenomenal direction and Leonardo DiCaprio for giving the performance of a lifetime that will be remembered for generations to come.

Oscars Won:

  1. Best Achievement in Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki
  2. Best Achievement in Directing – Alejandro González Iñárritu
  3. Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role – Leonardo DiCaprio

Potahto Rating:

9 out of 10 Potahtos

Bridge of Spies:

Credit: http://www.independent.co.uk

Isn’t it weird that a movie based in the era of the Cold War leaves you with such a warm feeling inside? Bridge of Spies has a LOT of heart! Every time Tom Hanks is on-screen, his positivism, his ethics and his bond with the (lovable) Soviet spy constantly makes you smile despite the fact that the story is set in a time where the tiniest of mistakes could result in nuclear warfare. Well, it’s a Spielberg movie, perfection was imminent.

Oscars Won:

  1. Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Mark Rylance

Potahto Rating:

9 out of 10 Potahtos


Credit: http://www.youtube.com (review by Kevin Falk)

Spotlight makes you feel uncomfortable as it shows such a side of one of the most respected institutions in the world that is unthinkable to the masses. It depicts the real story of how the media can be used for raising your voice for the good and bringing justice to the affected victims. Stellar performances, an audacious script and exceptional direction make Spotlight a worthy winner for Best Picture.

Oscars Won:

  1. Best Motion Picture of the Year – Michael SugarSteve GolinNicole RocklinBlye Pagon Faust
  2. Best Writing, Original Screenplay – Josh SingerTom McCarthy

Potahto Rating:

9 out of 10 Potahtos

The Big Short:

Credit: http://www.collider.com

Financial analysts, housing bubble collapse, corporate corruption and a LOT of banking terminology sure sounded like something that’ll bore me to death, but surprisingly enough The Big Short was a delight to watch. Powerhouse performances from some of my favorite actors along with astounding direction and amazingly well-written script that even a lay-man can applaud, The Big Short is definitely among the best of 2015.

Oscars Won:

  1. Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay – Charles RandolphAdam McKay

Potahto Rating:

8 out of 10 Potahtos


20 thoughts on “5 Lines (or Less) Movie Reviews: Oscars 2016 Winners Edition

    • A.B Mood March 13, 2016 / 12:19 PM

      Okay now have you watched Room by now? Please say yes! Room is a movie the entire WORLD should see. Especially us women ❤

      Liked by 1 person

    • A.B Mood March 13, 2016 / 12:15 PM

      Hey cool ^_^ How did you like The Big Short? I wasn’t aware of the real reasons behind the housing bubble collapse until I watched this movie.. What they teach us in the finance text books is so different than the reality sometimes 😀

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      • Janice Wald March 13, 2016 / 1:19 PM

        I remember it vividly. Wouldn’t have believed the film if I hadn’t lived through it.

        Liked by 1 person

      • A.B Mood March 26, 2016 / 8:54 PM

        Yeah I totally understand 😦


      • betunada March 25, 2016 / 9:05 PM

        i still don’t understand how. why: we all get. and anger/bitterness that NO-1 who really profitted was punished? and the gov gave certain firms/banks our $$$ to bail out? (w/lotsa bonuses for U-NO-HOO). but i understand a little more. i’ll ask my son, the banker!

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      • A.B Mood March 26, 2016 / 9:29 PM

        Yeah I don’t understand that as well 😦 Plz let me know if your son knows the answer 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  1. Akhiz March 4, 2016 / 11:00 PM

    Leo win’s yayyyy…. world is safe for Riots atlast. Your reviews are always insightful, been trying for a long time to write one myself on one of my fav sitcom but having difficulty to find the time even now came back to bloggin after 2 months.

    Liked by 1 person

    • A.B Mood March 13, 2016 / 12:11 PM

      Awh don’t worry about it. Life always gets in the way of blogging 😦
      And hehe thanks ^_^ I’ve been watching soooo many movies lately and can’t find the time to write for them all. Err, gonna have to manage my time.
      Btw which sitcom you wanna write about? I’m sure I must have seen it ^,^


      • Akhiz March 22, 2016 / 4:22 PM

        i highly doubt that ….. its “Perfect Strangers” 😛 right on top of there with friends as my most Fav comedy series…. there is no third place there obviously as per rule. I would be hugely surprised if youv seen it you weren’t even born whn it started its first season, even i wasn’t even born then (well i was born after a year).

        …. its hard to get a dvd set of it, was available on youtube but now its been removed frm there as well…. but still torrents zindabad, took me 4 months to get all 29 GB’s of it.

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      • A.B Mood March 26, 2016 / 9:28 PM

        OMG I haven’t seen ittt.. You were righhtt 😀 Hahaha but I so want to now coz I was just Googling it and it looks really interesting. And haye 29GBs, that’s a whole lotta downloading :O But oh well PTCL Broadband zindabad 😀

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      • Akhiz March 28, 2016 / 3:34 AM

        … and PTCL EVO murdabad :/ …. yup do watch it highly recommended 😀

        Liked by 1 person

      • A.B Mood April 13, 2016 / 6:16 PM

        😀 You know I used that Evo bullshit for just one month.. Had no resale value so had it thrown in the trash. Completely useless.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. dgkaye March 8, 2016 / 4:14 AM

    Great rundown here. And I have to say, I’m thrilled for Leo, who was so overdue for this recognition. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • A.B Mood March 13, 2016 / 12:08 PM

      Exactly! I know there are other actors too out there who haven’t won and Oscar yet and deserve it too, but I have a soft-spot in my heart for Leo ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  3. C.S. Wilde March 16, 2016 / 1:06 AM

    Agree with all of them, Potahto! ❤ I really loved Bridge of Spies though, because of, you know, Tom Hanks lol
    I cannot for the life of me dislike any movie he's in.

    PS: Yassssssssssssss Leeeeooooo!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. betunada March 25, 2016 / 9:08 PM

    (ain’t got no “tasty … juice”, but : ) my wife and i watched most if not all those mooveez: (well, Revenant is still in our NetFlix Queue) but one thing we heartily agreed on: MAD MAX was a total waste of time, silly, point-less, not-at-all “entertaining” nor interesting, etc. (the emperor has no clothes) syndrome. we were horrified @ the Oscar (w)recognition!

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    • A.B Mood March 26, 2016 / 9:31 PM

      Hahaha yeah either you love Mad Max or you strongly despise it 😀 It’s just a matter of taste 😛 And 6 huge Oscar wins was a little hard to believe for me too 😀 I wanted Room to win more :3


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