Oscar Nominations: My Predictions

The nominations for this year’s Oscars will be announced this Thursday, January 14th.  Just waiting for them feels like waiting for paint to dry.

In the meantime, I’ve been gathering my predictions, which I have decided to post today.  The Golden Globes aren’t until tomorrow, and the nominations for the Directors Guild Awards aren’t until Tuesday, so it’s a pretty bold move on my part.  But bold people tend to make bold moves, don’t they?

Anyway, below are my final predictions…drum roll:

Best Picture:

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Spotlight

If there are 9 nominees: Room

If there are 10 nominees: Straight Outta Compton

Best Director:

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian
Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies

Other contenders:
Todd Haynes, Carol
Adam McKay, The Big Short

Best Actor:

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Other contenders:
Johnny Depp, Black Mass
Will Smith, Concussion

Best Actress:

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Other contenders:
Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best Supporting Actor:

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Michael Keaton, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Other contenders:
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
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

Other contenders:
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Best Original Screenplay:

Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out
Spotlight

Other contenders:
Straight Outta Compton
Trainwreck

Best Adapted Screenplay:

The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
Room
Steve Jobs

Other contenders:
The Martian
Trumbo

Best Cinematography:

Bridge of Spies
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Sicario

Other contenders:
The Hateful Eight
The Martian

Best Costume Design:

Brooklyn
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road

Other contender:
The Hateful Eight

Best Film Editing:

The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Spotlight

Other contender:
Bridge of Spies

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

Black Mass
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Other contenders:
Concussion
Legend
Mr. Holmes

Best Production Design:

Bridge of Spies
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Other contender:
The Danish Girl

Best Original Score:

Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Other contender:
Inside Out

Best Original Song:

“Love Me Like You Do” (Fifty Shades of Grey)
“See You Again” (Furious 7)
“Simple Song #3” (Youth)
“Till It Happens to You” (The Hunting Ground)
“Writing’s on the Wall” (Spectre)

Other contender:
“Earned It” (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Best Sound Editing:

Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Other contenders:
Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out

Best Sound Mixing:

The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Other contenders:
Bridge of Spies
Jurassic World

Best Visual Effects:

Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Walk

Other contenders:
Ant-Man
Ex Machina

Best Animated Feature:

Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Other contenders:
Minions
The Peanuts Movie

Best Documentary Feature:

Amy
Cartel Land
The Hunting Ground
Listen to Me Marlon
The Look of Silence

Other contenders:
Best of Enemies
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
He Named Me Malala

Best Foreign Language Feature:

The Brand New Testament (Belgium)
Labyrinth of Lies (Germany)
Mustang (France)
Son of Saul (Hungary)
A War (Denmark)

Other contenders:
The Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
Theeb (Jordan)
Viva (Ireland)

Agree?  Disagree?  Comment!

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