And the Oscar goes to…

My favorite part of awards season, by far, is making my predictions. It actually one part I take seriously, sadly enough. I like doing the research on each film and each category.

It all started when I took my first cinema studies class with Dr. Bill Larsen. He has a contest every Spring semester in each of his classes. He has each of us fill out our ballot, and then after the show he tallies each of them. The top three with the most correct picks win a DVD of our choosing. It got really competitive especially between my friends and I (we even started a google doc about our predictions this year.

I figured out that you have to vote not necessarily on which person/film you WANT to win, but which ones the Academy will vote for. So I am going to share my predictions with you and hopefully help you in your own Oscar ballots. And here we go..

My vote for what will win is in gold and my vote for what should or could win/ what I want to win will be highlighted in red.  IMG_0769

Best Picture (probably one of the most unpredictable categories this awards season)

The Big Short, produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner
Bridge of Spies, produced by Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, and Kristie Macosko Krieger
Brooklyn, produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
Mad Max: Fury Road, produced by Doug Mitchell and George Miller
The Martian, produced by Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, and Mark Huffam
The Revenant, produced by Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, and Keith Redmon
Room, produced by Ed Guiney
Spotlight, produced by Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Blye Pagon Faust


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


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


Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed


Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl*
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs (could win)

Best Director
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Max Max: Fury Road

Adapted Screenplay
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, The Big Short
Nick Hornby, Brooklyn
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Drew Goddard, The Martian
Emma Donoghue, Room

Original Screenplay
Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Bridge of Spies
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Inside Out
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight
Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus, Straight Outta Compton


Best Animated Feature
Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, and Rosa Tran
Boy and the World, Alê Abreu
Inside Out, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
Shaun the Sheep Movie, Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
When Marnie Was There, Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best Foreign Language Film
Embrace of the Serpent, Colombia (directed by Ciro Guerra)
Mustang, France (directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven)
Son of Saul, Hungary (directed by László Nemes)
Theeb, Jordan (directed by Naji Abu Nowar)
A War, Denmark (directed by Tobias Lindholm)

Best Documentary Feature
Amy, Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, and Justin Wilkes
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Best Original Song
“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey, music and lyric by the Weeknd, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Quenneville, and Stephan Moccio
“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction, music by J. Ralph; lyric by Anohni
“Simple Song #3,” Youth, music and lyric by David Lang
“Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground, music and lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga (Click to listen to the song)
“Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre, music and lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Best Original Score
Bridge of Spies, Thomas Newman
Carol, Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
Sicario, Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams

Best Film Editing
The Big Short, Hank Corwin
Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione
Spotlight, Tom McArdle
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey


Best Cinematography
Carol, Edward Lachman
The Hateful Eight, Robert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury Road, John Seale
The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario, Roger Deakins

Best Costume Design
Carol, Sandy Powell
Cinderella, Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl, Paco Delgado
Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan
The Revenant, Jacqueline West

Best Production Design
Bridge of Spies, Adam Stockhausen (production design); Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich (set decoration)
The Danish Girl, Eve Stewart (production design); Michael Standish (set decoration)
Mad Max: Fury Road, Colin Gibson (production design); Lisa Thompson (set decoration)
The Martian, Arthur Max (production design); Celia Bobak (set decoration)
The Revenant, Jack Fisk (production design); Hamish Purdy (set decoration)


Best Make-Up and Hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, and Damian Martin
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
The Revenant, Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman, and Robert Pandini

Best Sound Mixing
Bridge of Spies, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, and Drew Kunin
Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, and Ben Osmo
The Martian, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, and Mac Ruth
The Revenant, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom, and Chris Duesterdiek
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson

Best Sound Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White
The Martian, Oliver Tarney
The Revenant, Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
Sicario, Alan Robert Murray
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Matthew Wood and David Acord

Best Visual Effects
Ex Machina, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington, and Sara Bennett
Mad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, and Andy Williams
The Martian, Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, and Steven Warner
The Revenant, Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith, and Cameron Waldbauer
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, and Chris Corbould

Best Live Action Short
Ave Maria, Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont
Day One, Henry Hughes
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut), Patrick Vollrath
Shok, Jamie Donoughue
Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Best Documentary Short
Body Team 12, David Darg and Bryn Mooser
Chau, Beyond the Lines, Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, Adam Benzine
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Last Day of Freedom, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Best Animated Short
Bear Story (Historia de un Oso), Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
Prologue, Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
Sanjay’s Super Team, Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos, Konstantin Bronzit
World of Tomorrow, Don Hertzfeldt



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