2016 Oscar Nominations Full List (with predictions)

Sat Jan 16, 2016 20:42:44PM | Categories: Academy Awards Nominees
Giant Oscar statue, taken inside the Kodak TheatreBy: The Conmunity - Pop Culture Ge

The 88th annual Oscar nominations have finally been announced. So I think it's worth going over the full list of nominees, and discussing thoughts on who should win, who will (likely) win the top awards, and why (on both accounts).

Nominations (predictions in bold):

BEST PICTURE

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


Who should win: Ex Machina. But it didn't even receive a nomination. So, out of these 8, it's an interesting mix of mainstream and films few had even heard of before awards season. Given that, I give most support to The Revenant.

Who will win: Either The Revenant (receiving 12 total, the most of any film) Spotlight, or The Big Short. This is interesting too, as usually the best picture winner comes from either the winner of the best adapted or original screenplay. But The Revenant wasn't nominated for either.

Curious to me.. makes me think that the Academy really appreciated the acting, production, directing, editing... all the technical achievements of the film. But NOT the actual story itself.

Hmmm... I give the edge to Spotlight. It also received screenplay, acting, editing and direction nods.

Also, don't rule out The Big Short. Adam McKay (The Big Short) beating out Ridley Scott (The Martian) for director nod means it's a real contender.

So I firmly think it will definitely go down between The Revenant, The Big Short, and Spotlight. Put me down for Spotlight.


BEST ACTOR

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


Who should win: DiCaprio. This one is strange for me. As great as DiCaprio was (and always is), I don't think this performance is his absolute finest showing. I would have much preferred he have won for The Aviator or Wolf of Wall Street or Catch Me If You Can. But even still, while Damon and Fassbender were also very solid, DiCaprio edges all as his was by far the most memorable performance.

Who will win: DiCaprio. He lucks out this year due to no one else that got nominated overshadowing him. And he will mostly win because he deserves it, if for no other reason than past snubs.


BEST ACTRESS

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


Who should win: Time for some honesty.. I only saw Room and Joy. So my nod goes to Brie Larson all the way.

Who will win: Either Larson or Blanchett. Blanchett is always great, and the Academy loves her. But tons of talk for Larson; she seems the favorite.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

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


Who should win: Tom Hardy. All the way. I really enjoyed DiCaprio in The Revenant. But, Hardy carried the film for me. That performance proved to me that he can do any role he wants, with ease, brilliantly. He is a legitimate badass actor.

Who will win: Stallone, I believe. This will be a sort of lifetime achievement win, that the Academy is prone to do for older actors that haven't won in the past and they want to honor, especially when they feel the race close.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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


Who should win: Rachel McAdams. Personal preference here really. I only 3 of these films (sans Carol and Danish Girl).

Who will win: I see this a race between McAdams and Vikander, with the edge going to the latter. The Academy apparently really liked the acting in this film, and I hear the buzz is around her performance in particular.


DIRECTING

  • Adam McKay - The Big Short
  • George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu - The Revenant
  • Lenny Abrahamson - Room
  • Tom McCarthy - Spotlight


Who should win: Inarritu. Beautifully done, brutal, and very in your face and cinematic. It's an achievement in film-making, and deserves to be remembered as the best directed film of the year. (coincidentally, my second choice would be for Ex Machina)

Who will win: Tough call. I think Alejandro is the stand out choice here. But Mad Max got 9 nods (2nd most). And honestly, any of the other films could steal the show and do a mini sweep as well here. I'll go out on a limb and suggest Miller wins, as sort of a lifetime achievement award, and the fact that Alejandro won last year makes it less likely he will win again. What can I say.. politics.


(For some of the rest of these, I will just include my prediction, as I know much less about them.)

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  • Anomalisa
  • Boy and the World
  • Inside Out
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • When Marnie Was There


Prediction: Inside Out. Pixar doing what Pixar is great at - creating a film that works simultaneously for adults and kids.

COSTUME DESIGN

  • Carol
  • Cinderella
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant


Prediction: Mad Max: Fury Road. 9 nods, mostly in technical categories leads me to think they will grab most of these.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Amy
  • Cartel Land
  • The Look of Silence
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?
  • Winter on Fire


Prediction: What Happened, Miss Simone? . Netflix promotion, basically is the logic here.

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

  • Body Team
  • Chau, Beyond the Lines
  • Claude Lanzmann
  • A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
  • Last Day of Freedom


Prediction: Chau, Beyond the Lines. Based solely off of watching previews, and considering buzz talk.

MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
  • The Revenant


Prediction: Mad Max: Fury Road.

ORIGINAL SONG

  • "Earned It" - Fifty Shades of Grey
  • "Manta Ray" - Racing Extinction
  • "Simple Song #3" - Youth
  • "Til It Happens to You" - The Hunting Ground
  • "Writing's on the Wall" - Spectre


Prediction: Simple Song #3. Listening to all, just seems the most deserving choice of the bunch. Although this is a pretty weak category this year round.

ANIMATED SHORT

  • Bear Story
  • Prologue
  • Sanjay's Super Team
  • We Can't Live Without Cosmos
  • World of Tomorrow


Prediction (and hope): World of Tomorrow. Really cool. Great story. Trippy, odd and cute all at the same time; very hard to pull off.


SOUND EDITING

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


Prediction: Coin flip between Mad Max: Fury Road OR Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (although Sicario I thought definitely is worth consideration)


FILM EDITING

  • The Big Short
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Prediction: Tough, tough call here. I can only guess that it's not going to be Spotlight. And I want to think Star Wars loses out too. But who knows... I give the edge to The Revenant. The Big Short being 2nd fiddle choice.


FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Embrace of the Serpent
  • Mustang
  • Son of Saul
  • Theeb
  • A War


Prediction: Haven't a real clue. Sorry to be lame on that one. .... I'll just guess: Son of Saul. Looks the most interesting to me.


ORIGINAL SCORE

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


Prediction (and hope): Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For nostalgia. I want to think (and I believe) it will win for that reason alone.


PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant


Prediction: Mad Max: Fury Road. Only other possible winner could be The Revenant.


VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Prediction: Any but The Martian. Slight edge to Mad Max, with The Revenant right, right behind it.


ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • The Big Short
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • The Martian
  • Room


Prediction: The Big Short. Here is where I think you can tell who is in possible line for Best Picture win. And of these 5, The Big Short is the most likely to win. So that's the reasoning there. I don't think the others have a chance. This pick is the one I am most certain about actually.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Ex Machina
  • Inside Out
  • Spotlight
  • Straight Outta Compton


Prediction: Spotlight. Same reasoning as for adapted. But for what it's worth, once again I vote Ex Machina. I just loved that film. Watch out for Straight Outta Compton though. This could be like when Django Unchained won a few years back.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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


Prediction: Close one between Mad Max and The Revenant. Edge goes to The Revenant though. I believe Alejandro won't get the director win. And since the film was carried by it's cinematic landscape direction, it only makes sense it will win here instead.

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I agree with you. The Revenant wasn't Leo's best work. It was good, yes, but he should have gotten it for The Aviator.