Posted 28/02/2016 by Cinematoracle in Articles

Oscars 2016: the picks


No matter if you do a pool at one of your friend’s or at a co-workers house or just for fun, it’s always is a task to predict. It’s way more than just a guessing game, so if you need any help, this will get you a chunk of the right good ‘guesses’.

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

This is kind of a hard call to make. Based on Oscar rules and the lack of a screenplay nomination the chances of The Revenant don’t seem to make sense, however Alejandro won his DGA and it’s hard to deny the momentum of The Revenant. It’s going to be a H2H with Spotlight, and t=The Revenant will win this.

Best Director
Adam McKay (“The Big Short”)
* George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revenant”)
Lenny Abrahamson (“Room”)
Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”)

Again this is a category where i am going for a bold choice. Even though Iñárritu won the DGA’s and that winner wins this category most of the time, i really have a strong gut feeling first time nominee Miller is going to win Best Director.

Best Actor
Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”)
Matt Damon (“The Martian”)
* Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”)
Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”)
Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”

DiCaprio has been building momentum the entire run but his SAG win locked it up. No way DiCaprio will not win his long awaited best actor oscar. A lock.

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett (“Carol”)
* Brie Larson (“Room”)
Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”)
Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”)

I can’t see this panning out in another way either.  Larson is deservedly so, the proud owner of the Oscar of Best Actress this year.

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale (“The Big Short”)
Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”)
Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight”)
Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”)
* Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”)

The playing field of best supporting actor is pretty wide open, even though i expect a H2H between Rylance and Stallone but Sly will prevail, and also he, will have his deserved oscar for his acting.

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

The recognition for one of my favorite prospect actresses is coming sooner than i imagined it would and i expect Vikander to win it. However, there are a lot of voters going to vote for Winslet, also for the nostalgic argument of having DiCaprio & Winslet winning acting Academy Awards.

Best Adapted Screenplay
* “The Big Short” (Adam McKay, Charles Randolph)
“Brooklyn” (Nick Hornby)
“Carol” (Phyllis Nagy)
“The Martian” (Drew Goddard)
“Room” (Emma Donoghue)

The Big Short & The Martian both received acclaim for their scripts which makes it very close to call.  However, i have a very strong gut feeling The Big Short has it in the bag. As they should.

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

Inside Out was a real original screenplay and i won’t mind them winning it, but i expect the other frontrunner Spotlight winning this one. Not just because it’s nominated for Best Picture.

Best Cinematography
“Carol” (Edward Lachman)
“The Hateful Eight” (Robert Richardson)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (John Seale)
* “The Revenant” (Emmanuel Lubezki)
“Sicario” (Roger Deakins)

Mr. Deakins, i’m sorry but again maybe next year. Lubezki is a hurdle too good to overtake again this year. One of the greatest helmers in history and it’s a shame a magnificent DoP as Deakins has to compete with such greatness.

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, Mary Jo Markey)

The editting of Mad Max: Fury Road was superb but The Big Short’s energy was such of a superb editting job  i can see them overtake the technical powerhouse that is Mad Max: Fury Road.

That was the main section, now let’s just pick the rest of the categories. Trust me, this is the way to go.

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 Makeup and Hairstyling
* “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin, Elka Wardega)
“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 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 Original Song
“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
* “Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
“Writing’s On the Wall” from “Spectre”
“Simple Song #3” from “Youth”

Best Production Design
“Bridge of Spies” (Adam Stockhausen; Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich)
“The Danish Girl” (Eve Stewart; Michael Standish)
* “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Colin Gibson; Katie Sharrock, Lisa Thompson)
“The Martian” (Arthur Max; Celia Bobak, Zoltan Horvath)
“The Revenant” (Jack Fisk; Hamish Purdy)

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 Accord)

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 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 Animated Feature Film
“Anomalisa” (Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran)
“Boy and the World” (Ale 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; Ciro Guerra)
“A War” (Denmark; Tobias Lindholm)
“Mustang” (France; Deniz Gamze Ergüven)
* “Son of Saul” (Hungary; László Nemes)
“Theeb” (Jordan; Naji Abu Nowar)

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 Documentary (Short Subject)
“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 Short Film (Animated)
* “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 Drindle)
“We Can’t Live Without Cosmos” (Konstantin Bronzit)
“World of Tomorrow” (Don Hertzfeldt)

Best Short FIlm (Live Action)
“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)

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