And it’s that time of the year again…The nominees for Academy Awards have been released! Leading the race is The Revenant with 12 nominations, closely followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with 10. 2015 has certainly been a noteworthy year for films, Ex Machina, Room and Spotlight have especially been a few favourites of mine. The most questionable and absurd nomination this year is Jennifer Lawrence for ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’. Joy was not award-worthy in the slightest, nor was her forgettable performance. At this point in time, it has become apparent that she is ‘overrated’, though you may beg to differ.
Who do you think will take the top spot? Let me know by commenting below. As for now, here are my predictions (winners= highlighted in gold/Bold text).
Best Picture: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight.
Best Director: Adam McKay (The Big Short), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant), Lenny Abrahamson (Room), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight).
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl).
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn).
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale (The Big Short), Tom Hardy (The Revenant), Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Sylvester Stallone (Creed).
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rooney Mara (Carol), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs).
Best Original Screenplay: Bridge of Spies, Ex Machina, Inside Out, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton.
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short, Brooklyn, Carol, The Martian, Room.
Best Foreign Language Film: Embrace of the Serpent, Mustang, Son of Saul, Theeb, A War.
Best Animated Feature: Anomalisa, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep, Boy and the Wild, When Marnie Was There.
Best Cinematography: Carol, The Hateful Eight, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Sicario.
Best Production Design: Bridge of Spies, The Danish Girl, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant.
Best Film Editing: The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Spotlight.
Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina, MadMax: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Best Make-Up and Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, The Revenant.
Best Sound Mixing: Bridge of Spies, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Best Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Sicario, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Costume Design: Carol, Cinderella, The Danish Girl, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant.
Best Original Score: Bridge of Spies, Carol, The Hateful Eight, Sicario, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Best Original Song: Earned It (50 Shades of Grey), Til it Happens to You (The Hunting Ground) Writings on the Wall (Spectre), Manta Ray (Racing Extinction), Simple Song 3 (Youth).
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: Body Team 12, Chau Beyond the Lines, Claude Lanzmann, A Girl in the River, Last Day of Freedom.
Best Live-Action Short: Ava Maria, Day One, Everything Will Be Okay, Shok, Stutterer.
Best Animated Short: Bear Story, Prologue, Sanjay’s Superteam, We Can’t Live Without Cosmos, World of Tomorrow.
– Winners are announced on the 28th February! –