In the style categories, Oscar voters have almost always preferred candidates who show and tell.
The juxtaposition of courtship and violence is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies's one true coup, but it still mistakes weaponry for agency.
Joel and Ethan Coen's idiosyncrasies elevate Hail, Caesar! above the level of a mere creative exercise.
Brie Larson, in Room, fights back tooth and claw from the brink just as much as the frontrunner in the Oscar race for best actor.
The false narrative about the peril posed by The Revenant's shooting conditions will work against it in categories where the film is most worthy of acclaim.