...By and large, major
Oscar nominees in the modern era have looked more alike than different.
Which brings us to
this year, and why it’s so significant — you could even argue historic.
…"Mad Max” was named to the Producers Guild of
America's short list. Thatisa strong bellwether for the
Oscar best picture nominees; in fact, in each of the six years since the
best-picture expansion, the academy has drawn no more than two movies from
outside the PGA list. Joining "Mad Max” were "Sicario” and "Ex Machina,” movies
that come in genres — a drug-cartel thriller and high-concept sci-fi — that (a
lion like Scorsese excepted) haven’t seriously been part of the Academy Awards
conversation for years.