Quick Oscar Reactions/Picks

Every year, when the Oscar nominations come out, I make my picks as soon as possible, so as not to be spoiled by mass punditry. That’s become harder and harder over the years, as articles now proclaim front-runner status when discussing the nominations, and also because so many awards shows are now part of the mainstream (think back not that long ago when the Golden Globes weren’t even televised). That said, these are as “pure” selections as I can make. Also, I don’t see this year as being one of those “Return of the King” type years where one movie truly dominates. I think the awards will be parceled out more like with the 2000 nominees, when “Gladiator,” “Traffic” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” all were awarded a few major prizes but no one film was at the podium more than a handful of times. Without further ado:

(Note: an asterisk denotes who I think will win. I may do a blog post closer to the show about who will win, who should win/who I would vote for, etc.)

Best Picture

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

*Spotlight

 

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 WInslest, Steve Jobs

 

Best Directing

Adam McKay, The Big Short

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Lenny Abrhamson, Room

*Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

 

Best Film Editing            

*The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Spotlight

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

Best Foreign Language Film

Colombia, Embrace of the Serpent

France, Mustang

*Hungary, Son of Saul

Jordan, Theeb

Denmark, A War

 

Best Original Score

Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies

Carter Burwell, Carol

*Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario

John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

Best Production Design

Bridge of Spies

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

*The Martian

The Revenant

 

Best Visual Effects

Ex Machina

*Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

*The Big Short

Brooklyn

Carol

The Martian

Room

 

Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out

*Spotlight

Straight Outta Compton

 

Best Animated Feature Film

Anomalisa

Boy and the World

*Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

 

Best Cinematography                      

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

*The Revenant

Sicario

 

Best Costume Design

*Carol

Cinderella

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

 

Best Documentary – Feature

*Amy

Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

 

Best Documentary – Short Subject

Body Team 12

Chau, Beyond the Lines

*Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Last Day of Freedom

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

*Mad Max: Fury Road

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The Revenant

 

Best Original Song

“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey

“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction

*”Simple Song No. 3,” Youth

“‘Til It Happens to You,” The Haunting Ground

“Writings on the Wall,” Spectre

[Digression: HOW IS THE PAUL WALKER/”See You Again” SONG FROM “FURIOUS 7” NOT NOMINATED? A true injustice]

Best Animated Short Film

Bear Story  [aka The Revenant for kids????]

Prologue

*Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow

 

Best Live Action Short Film

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

*Shok

Stutterer

 

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road

*The Martian

The Revenant

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

Best Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

*The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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