What it’s up for: Supporting Actor, Film Editing, Original Score, Best Picture, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay
I know I heard some talk of discontent surrounding some of the historical accuracy of this film, but right now, I don’t give a flying rat’s patootie about any of that. It was an excellent movie. I was enthralled from beginning to end. I didn’t know anything about the Iranian Hostage Crisis before watching this (although the name “Tony Mendez” did ring a bell). I was glued to the screen the whole time and got butterflies in my stomach and everything towards the end. Incredible.
Let’s start with Alan Arkin’s nomination for supporting actor. Everyone in the movie did a fantastic job, Arkin included. Honestly, though, I’m not sure why Brian Cranston wasn’t nominated instead. Not only did he have a role with more airtime, but it was a much more significant role that required a lot of skill there at the end.
Film editing. Loved it. It definitely stood out. The transitions between different viewpoints and types of shots were seamless and added a lot to the film. The production value was so high all around. Sound editing and sound mixing were incredibly important for what was going on in the movie and they were done well enough that I didn’t notice anything that didn’t fit well. The score was FABULOUS. I loved it. It’s one of those that I’d like to own. It definitely deserved the best adapted screenplay nomination. I thought it was incredibly well-written, not only for the dialogue itself but for how the dialogue interacted with what else was going on in the scene.
One of my favorite things about this film was seeing the comparisons between shots from the film and shots from actual footage of the crisis. The accuracy (at least, the visual accuracy) was astounding. Loved it all around.