Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Final Predictions for the 88th Annual Academy Award Nominations

This is definitely a bit of a rush job, so I apologize for that, but below are my final predictions for the Oscar nominations tomorrow morning. I haven't been able to keep up with the season's pandemonium as much as I have in the past, so several of these are just shots in the dark. Keep that in mind if you're making last-minute bets: I could definitely be wrong, but if I'm right, well, bully for me.

Anyway, check them out and be sure to check back here tomorrow for a full rundown of the actual nominees.

BEST PICTURE

I'm predicting nine:


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

If more than nine, then...

Inside Out



BEST ACTRESS


Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Rooney Mara, Carol

After originally posting this, I realized that I left off presumed frontrunner Brie Larson (Room). I'm very much rooting for her, don't get me wrong, and I honestly just forgot about her when I was slapping these predictions together. But you know what? I'm running with it. Mara is going to be nominated, giving us two nominees from the same film in this category for the first time since 1991, and Larson will go down as an Affleck-for-Best-Director level snub, which will then propel Room to a Best Picture win. You heard it here first!

BEST ACTOR


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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Joan Allen, Room
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


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

BEST DIRECTOR


Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, The Revenant
Ridley Scott, The Martian
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Todd Haynes, Carol
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY


Carol
The Martian
Steve Jobs
Room
The Big Short

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY


Spotlight
Inside Out
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Son of Saul

See the rest after the jump.


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Inside Out
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
The Peanuts Movie
The Good Dinosaur

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Revenant
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
Carol
The Hateful Eight

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Cinderella
Carol
The Danish Girl
Crimson Peak
Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE


Amy
The Look of Silence
Cartel Land
We Come as Friends
Best of Enemies

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Claude Lanzmann: Specters of the Shoah
50 Feet from Syria
Chau - Beyond the Lines
Body Team 12
A Girl in the River - The Price of Forgiveness

BEST FILM EDITING

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

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Son of Saul (Hungary)
Mustang (France)
Theeb (Jordan)
Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
The Brand New Testament (Belgium)

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Mr. Holmes

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

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

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

"See You Again" (Furious 7)
"'Til It Happens to You" (The Hunting Ground)
"Writing's On the Wall" (Spectre)
"Simple Song #3" (Youth)
"Cold One" (Ricki & the Flash)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Room
Carol
Bridge of Spies
Crimson Peak
The Martian

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

World of Tomorrow
Sanjay's Super Team
If I Was a God
Bear Story
My Home (Chez Moi)

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

Winter Light
Shok
Bad Hunter
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Contrapelo (Against the Grain)

BEST SOUND EDITING

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

BEST SOUND MIXING

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

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

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

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