OSCARS 2016: Nomination Predictions

Photo: EPA

Photo: EPA

Chris Luckett

With the Golden Globe Awards taking place this past Sunday, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that nobody actually cares about them. Regardless of how they’re very on by fewer than 90 people and the fact they consider things like The Martian a comedy, The Golden Globes are just the most public awards show for movies in the lead-up to the movie awards that really matter – the Oscars!

Tomorrow morning at the crack of dawn, the world will find out the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards. But what movies can you expect to be up for the treasured trophies?


BEST PICTURE

(Since there could be up to ten nominees, this category alone is ranked in the order of the likelihood of each movie’s inclusion.)

1. Spotlight
2. The Revenant
3. The Martian
4. The Big Short
5. Carol
6. Mad Max: Fury Road
7. Room
8. Bridge of Spies
9. Brooklyn
10. Steve Jobs

DARK HORSES: Inside Out, Sicario, Straight Outta Compton

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox


BEST DIRECTOR

Todd Haynes (Carol)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant)
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Ridley Scott (The Martian)

DARK HORSES: Lenny Abrahamson (Room), Adam McKay (The Big Short), and Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies)


BEST ACTOR

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

DARK HORSES: Christian Bale (The Big Short), Johnny Depp (Black Mass), and Will Smith (Concussion)


BEST ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Brie Larson (Room)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

DARK HORSES: Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van), and Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Photo: A24

Photo: A24


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Benicio Del Toro (Sicario)
Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)
Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)
Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

DARK HORSES: Steve Carell (The Big Short), Paul Dano (Love & Mercy), and Michael Shannon (99 Homes)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
Rooney Mara (Carol)
Helen Mirren (Trumbo)
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

DARK HORSES: Jane Fonda (Youth), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), and Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sil Maria)


BEST SCREENPLAY (ORIGINAL)

Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out
Spotlight
Trainwreck

DARK HORSES: Ex Machina, Joy, and Sicario


BEST SCREENPLAY (ADAPTED)

The Big Short
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Steve Jobs

DARK HORSES: Brooklyn, Carol, and Trumbo


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie was There

DARK HORSES: Minion, The Peanuts Movie, and The Prophet

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures


BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FEATURE

The Brand New Testament (Belgium)
Labyrinth of Lies (Germany)
Mustang (France)
Son of Saul (Hungary)
The War (Denmark)

DARK HORSES: Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia), Theeb (Jordan), and Viva (Ireland)


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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

DARK HORSES: Bridge of Spies, The Martian, and The Walk


BEST COSTUME DESIGN

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

DARK HORSES: Brooklyn, Crimson Peak, and The Hateful Eight


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Amy
Cartel Land
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
He Named Me Malala
The Look of Silence

DARK HORSES: The Hunting Ground, Listen to Me, Marlon, and Where to Invade Next


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

50 Feet from Syria
Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond the Lines
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
The Testimony

DARK HORSES: Claude Lauzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, My Enemy, My Brother, and Starting Point


Photo: Warner Bros.

Photo: Warner Bros.

BEST EDITING

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

DARK HORSES: The Force Awakens, Sicario, and Spotlight


BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

Black Mass
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

DARK HORSES: Legend and Mr. Holmes


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Carol
The Force Awakens
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
Steve Jobs

DARK HORSES: Bridge of Spies, The Danish Girl, and Sicario


BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Love Me Like You Do” (Fifty Shades of Grey)
“See You Again” (Furious 7)
“Simple Song 3” (Youth)
“‘Til It Happens to You” (The Hunting Ground)
“Writing’s on the Wall” (Spectre)

DARK HORSES: “Feels Like Summer” (Shaun the Sheep Movie), “None of Them are You” (Anomalisa), and “Waiting for My Moment” (Creed)


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

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

DARK HORSES: Brooklyn, Crimson Peak, and The Force Awakens

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox


BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Bear Story (Historia de Un Oso)
Carface (Autos Portraits)
If I Was God…
Sanjay’s Super Team
World of Tomorrow

DARK HORSES: An Object at Rest, Prologue, and We Can’t Live Without Cosmos


BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE-ACTION)

Ave Maria
Day One
Shok
Stutterer
Winter Light

Dark Horses: Bis Gleich (Till Then), Contrapelo (Against the Grain), and Everything Will Be Okay


BEST SOUND EDITING

The Force Awakens
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario

Dark Horses: The Hateful Eight, Inside Out, and Jurassic World


BEST SOUND MIXING

The Force Awakens
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Dark Horses: Bridge of Spies, Inside Out, and Straight Outta Compton


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The Force Awakens
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Dark Horses: The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ex Machina, and The Walk

Photo: Universal Pictures

Photo: Universal Pictures


The 88th Academy Award nominations will be announced live tomorrow morning at 5:30 PST by Guillermo Del Tor, Ang Lee, John Krasinki, and AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

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