2016 Academy Award Predictions

The 88th Academy Awards are finally here.  The “work” that is watching nearly 60 movies is complete.  At times the work is more enjoyable than others, sometime it is a wonderful and unique experience, less often, but still occasionally it seems like torture. Either way, the movies listed are nominated as best in their class and I have made my selections for the best of the best.  Enjoy the show!

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BEST PICTURE

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant – Will Win 

Room

Spotlight – Want to Win

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ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant – Will Win/ Want to Win 

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

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ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room – Will Win/Want to Win

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

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ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight- Want to Win 

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone, Creed – Will Win 

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ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl – Want to Win 

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs – Will Win 

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ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Anomalisa – Want to Win 

Boy and the World

Inside Out – Will Win 

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant – Will Win/ Want to Win 

Sicario

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COSTUME DESIGN

Carol

Cinderella – Want to Win 

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road – Will Win 

The Revenant

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DIRECTING

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road – Could Win 

The Revenant – Will Win/Want to Win  

Room

Spotlight

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DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Amy – Will Win

Cartel Land – Want to Win 

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

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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

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FILM EDITING

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road – Will Win

The Revenant

Spotlight – Want to Win 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Embrace of the Serpent

Mustang

Son of Saul

Theeb

A War

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MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Mad Max: Fury Road – Will Win 

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out – Want to Win 

the Window and Disappeared

The Revenant

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Hateful Eight – Will Win 

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Want to Win 

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MUSIC (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 – Will Win/Want to Win 

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PRODUCTION DESIGN

Bridge of Spies

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road – Will Win/Want to Win

The Martian

The Revenant

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SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Bear Story

Prologue

Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow

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SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Shok

Stutterer – Will Win/ Want to Win 

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SOUND EDITING

Mad Max: Fury Road – Will Win

The Martian

The Revenant

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Want to Win 

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SOUND MIXING

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant –  Will Win

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Want to Win 

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VISUAL EFFECTS

Ex Machina – Want to Win

Mad Max: Fury Road – Will Win 

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Want to Win 

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WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

The Big Short – Will Win/ Want to Win 

Brooklyn

Carol

The Martian

Room

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WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Spotlight – Will Win/ Want to Win 

Straight Outta Compton

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