It’s my belief that a serious Best Picture contender needs to say “this is how the world is,” and not “which view of the world do you prefer?” We all choose different versions of the stories we want to believe. It goes on all the time. And I don’t believe that a film that focuses for an hour on the basic rudiments of survival on an ocean-drifting lifeboat (finding food and water, not getting eaten by a Bengal tiger) can be compelling enough to earn a Best Picture nomination. I just don’t.