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My Oscar Nomination Predictions, 2016

Greetings, world! It has been a very long time since I posted– since last year’s Oscars, as a matter a fact. For those of you who don’t know me, I stopped maintaining this blog when I moved to Los Angeles, because writing all day long for work and simultaneously keeping this blog up-to-date would be impossible (if you check the dates on some of the older reviews, it was becoming quite difficult for me even before I began writing full-time).

However, as I’m an apt consumer of the joy and pain of awards season, I figured I would continue to dispense my predictions for the Academy Awards, both for the nominations and then later for the awards themselves. (Maybe I’ll also do what I did last year and post my ideal-world Oscar nominations tomorrow.)

If you’re interested in my very brief thoughts on the 110+ movies I saw in 2015, I strongly encourage you to follow my film-going diary, or at bare minimum to follow my Twitter, where I frequently post my insta-thoughts about films and/or anything else under the sun.

Without further ado, my picks for tomorrow’s Oscar nominations (with a dark horse that could sneak in for each category). Last year, I got 72.6% of my picks right (the sound categories always kill me). Here’s hoping I top that mark this time!

BEST PICTURE:

  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight
  • DARK HORSE: Straight Outta Compton

BEST DIRECTOR:

  • Todd Haynes, Carol
  • Alejandro Inarritu, The Revenant
  • Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
  • Adam McKay, The Big Short
  • Ridley Scott, The Martian
  • DARK HORSE: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ACTOR:

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
  • DARK HORSE: Johnny Depp, Black Mass

BEST ACTRESS:

  • Cate Blanchett, Carol
  • Brie Larson, Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
  • DARK HORSE: Lily Tomlin, Grandma

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

  • Christian Bale, The Big Short
  • Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
  • Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed
  • DARK HORSE: Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara, Carol
  • Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
  • Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
  • DARK HORSE: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

  • The Big Short
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Room
  • Steve Jobs
  • DARK HORSE: The Martian

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Ex Machina
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Inside Out
  • Spotlight
  • DARK HORSE: Straight Outta Compton

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

  • Anomalisa
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Inside Out
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • DARK HORSE: The Prophet

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

  • Amy
  • Cartel Land
  • The Hunting Ground
  • Listen to Me Marlon
  • The Look of Silence
  • DARK HORSE: The Best of Enemies

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE:

  • The Brand New Testament
  • Labyrinth of Lies
  • Mustang
  • Son of Saul
  • Theeb
  • DARK HORSE: A War

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Sicario
  • DARK HORSE: Bridge of Spies

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Cinderella
  • Crimson Peak
  • The Danish Girl
  • DARK HORSE: Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST EDITING:

  • The Big Short
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Spotlight
  • DARK HORSE: Bridge of Spies

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mr. Holmes
  • The Revenant
  • DARK HORSE: Black Mass

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • Crimson Peak
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • DARK HORSE: The Danish Girl

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Inside Out
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • DARK HORSE: The Danish Girl

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

  • “Love Me Like You Do,” Fifty Shades of Gray
  • “See You Again,” Furious 7
  • “Simple Song 3,” Youth
  • “Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground
  • “Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre
  • DARK HORSE: “Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Gray

BEST SOUND EDITING:

  • Mad Max: Fury: Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Sicario
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • DARK HORSE: The Hateful Eight

BEST SOUND MIXING:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • DARK HORSE: The Hateful Eight

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • The Walk
  • DARK HORSE: The Revenant
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~ by russellhainline on January 13, 2016.

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