Larry Mantle and KPCC FilmWeek critics congregated to campaign for and criticize the 88th Academy Awards nominees in front of a live audience at the historic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
They duked it out over Best Picture nominations that include box-office hits such as "The Martian" and "Mad Max: Fury Road," the polarizing feature "The Revenant," the heavy indie "Room" from young distributor A24, and more.
The critics brought their deep knowledge of films to weigh all the major categories and overlooked gems including the highly debatable Original Screenplay noms of "Straight Outta Compton," "Spotlight," "Inside Out," "Ex Machina," and "Bridge of Spies."
Did they rally around Leonardo DiCaprio and Sylvester Stallone for overdue Oscars? Did critics come to blows over "Anomalisa?"
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Lael Loewenstein, Film Critic for KPCC
Andy Klein, Film Critic for KPCC and L.A. Times Community Paper Chain
Claudia Puig, Film Critic for KPCC; she tweets from @claudiapuig
Amy Nicholson, Film Critic for KPCC and Chief Film Critic, MTV News; she tweets from @TheAmyNicholson