PSYCHOLOGY OF THE OSCARS 2016: And The Winners Are …?

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I am a psychoanalyst who loves my work. I am also intrigued by what the characters in film can tell us about real human problems. This season, I’ve closely watched and written about all the Best Picture Nominees. I’ve also written pieces on several of the nominated documentaries and some of the films with nominated actors and actresses.

In my pieces, I’ve covered themes including the following: bulimia, divided selves, the dynamics of fear, how integrity can triumph over fear, humanizing revenge, homesickness, the dangers of living in a psycological bubble, what happens to a baby who isn’t loved, being love-starved, depression and mental tyrants, breaking the secrecy surrounding sexual abuse, the trauma of abandonment, and finding words for wordless trauma in therapy.

Below are the links to my Oscar-nominated posts. Click to read and comment. I’ll be watching to see who the winners are and I’m sure you will be too:

BEST PICTURE

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

Room

Spotlight

The Big Short

The Martian

The Revenant

BEST ACTOR

Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl

Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs

Bryan Cranston for Trumbo

Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant

Matt Damon for The Martian

BEST ACTRESS

Brie Larson for Room

Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Amy

He Named Me Malala

What Happened Miss Simone?

Here’s to the winners and to fun Oscar 2016 watching tomorrow on ABC at 7 PM!

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