2016 Oscar nominations reaction/predictions

Awards season is well under way and the daddy to them all – the Oscars, now has its nominations list out so I thought I’d give my thoughts on the noms and any notable omissions or strange inclusions.

Best Picture:

Carol, The Martian, Bridge of Spies, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room, The Revenant, The Big Short, Spotlight.

No huge surprises here as these have been the front runners for a while, it’s great to see Fury Road on there, though The Force Awakens should also have gotten a look in imo, Bridge of Spies is understandably here but I thought Steve Jobs would also have been nominated. As for which film win this… well it will probably be The Revenant or Room but I’d personally want to see The Martian win.

Actor in a leading role:

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

Again no shocking inclusions here in an ever contested category which is really good this year, DiCaprio and Fassbender will be duking it out I imagine, though if there’s any time to ever give DiCaprio that Oscar, it’s now surely, though I’d like to see Fassbender win as well. I’ll be optimistic and say DiCaprio wins the Oscar.

Actor in a supporting role:

Christian Bale (The Big Short), Mark Ruffalo (The Big Short), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Sylvester Stallone (Creed), Tom Hardy (The Revenant).

Another strong category here, I think it’s out of Rylance and Stallone for this one really as both seems to have critics abuzz with their performances, Rylance will probably win it.

Actress in a leading role:

Brie Larson (Room), Cate Blanchett (Carol), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn).

I think it’s safe to say that Jennifer Lawrence won’t be winning this year with some tough competition with Cate Blanchett and Brie Larson who’s probably the frontrunner at this point, though Saoirse Ronan is also a critics favourite, Brie Larson wins this for me.

Actress in a supporting role:

Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), Rooney Mara (Carol).

Tough one, Jennifer Jason Leigh was pretty good in The Hateful Eight but Kate Winslet was brilliant in Steve Jobs and off the back off some awards hype, I think she may just be in the running for this one, though it will be out of her and Jason Leigh.

Animated Feature film:

Anomalisa, Menino Mundo, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep movie, When Marnie Was There.

Yeah there are no surprises here and also Inside Out’s winning this for sure with critical praise and it being a box office success, 2015 was’t the strongest year for animated films.


Ed Lachman (Carol), John Seale (Mad Max: Fury Road), Roger Deakins (Sicario), Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight), Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant).

All great choices, though I’d have loved to have seen The Martian nominated as it had some great cinematography, this is also genuinely hard to call but I’ll hazard a guess that The Revenant may just be front runner at the moment, Inarritu is well known for his visuals in his films and his latest is no exception, though there has been the emphasis on 70mm and an authentic feel to The Hateful Eight, though I didn’t like it, it does look good. So this may be a fairly contested category.

Costume Design:

Sandy Powell, (Carol), Sandy Powell (Cinderella), Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road), Paco Delgado (The Danish Girl), Jacqueline West (The Revenant). 

Well Sandy Powell has a good chance with 2 nominations for 2 films but it’s a bit of a toss up here but I think Cinderella and or The Danish Girl are the most likely to pick up this Oscar.


George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Lenny Abrahamson (Room), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Adam McKay (The Big Short), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant).

The critics love Inarritu so he’s always a hot favourite to win, especially because The Revenant looks set to a bunch of awards home by the time the Oscars come around, though George Miller did a fantastic job with Fury Road, making one great comeback, critics also love Room so that may be a top choice for a lot of people. To to go out on a limb, I’m going to say that Lenny Abrahamson wins for Room.

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: Ukraines’ Fight For Freedom – Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor.

I think Amy and Cartel Land both have awards traction so either could win but I’m going with Amy.

Documentary Short:

A Girl In the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Body Team 12, Chau, Beyond the Lines, Claude Lanzmann: Spectres Of the Shoah, Last Day of Freedom.

I’ll be honest, haven’t seen any of the films so I’m going to hazard a guess and say Body Team 12 wins this.

Film Editing:

Mad Max: Fury RoadSpotlight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Big Short, The Revenant.

What’s Spotlight even doing in this category ahead of say, Ex Machina, Sicario, The Martian… but anyway this could well go to Fury RoadThe Revenant is also a good shout but I’ll say Fury Road wins this category.

Makeup and Hairstyling:

Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin (Mad Max: Fury Road), Love Larson and Eva Von Bahr (The 100 Year-Old Man Who Jumped Out of The Window and Disappeared),  Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini (The Revenant)

Interesting choices but I think Fury Road may just win this category.

Music – Original Score:

Bridge of Spies – Thomas Newman, Carol – Carter Burwell, Sicario – Johann Johannson, Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Williams, The Hateful Eight – Enio Morricone.

Enio Morricone has a great chance of winning here for a great score for The Hateful Eight but it’s gotta be Star Wars that wins surely? Even though the film didn’t have the best score for a Star Wars film, it was still pretty great.

Production Design:

Bridge of Spies – Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich (Set Decoration), Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson (Production Design); Lisa Thompson (Set Decoration), The Danish Girl – Eve Stewart (Production Design); Michael Standish (Set Decoration), The Martian – Arthur Max (Production Design); Celia Bobak (Set Decoration), The Revenant – Jack Fisk (Production Design); Hamish Purdy (Set Decoration).

Interesting category here, I’m immediately leaning to The Martian and The Revenant, more so to the latter just because of the effort and time taken to produce and put together The Revenant, shooting the wilderness and going through a gruelling shooting process, I think that may just edge it for the win.

Sound Editing: 

Mad Max: Fury Road – Max Mangini and David White, Sicario – Alan Robert Murray, Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Matthew Wood and David Accord, The Martian – Oliver Tarney, The Revenant – Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender.

I think The Revenant may do really well in the technical categories so I’m pulling for it here, though Fury Road would also be a great choice.

Sound Mixing: 

Bridge of Spies (Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin), Mad Max: Fury Road (Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson), The Martian (Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth), The Revenant (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek).

Some good choices all around here but I’d go with it being out of Star Wars and The Revenant and The Revenant may just win this.

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), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould), The Martian (Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner), The Revenant (Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer).

What a category, Fury Road again nominated and I mean how do you even choose out of The Force Awakens, The Revenant and The Martian? All worthy and deserving winners, this is genuinely hard to call but screw it, I’ll go with The Martian, the effects were spectacular, Mars looked incredible and so did a lot of the set pieces/sequences in the story.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): 

Brooklyn – screenplay by Nick Hornby, Carol screenplay by Phyllis Nagy, Room screenplay by Emma Donaghue, The Big Short – screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Martian – screenplay by Andrew Goddard.

I have a favourite of these choices straight away with Andrew Goddard for The Martian but in terms of the academies’ voting, Room and Carol are probably the big frontrunners unsurprisingly, this is a pretty strong category overall though so there could be a surprise in store.

Writing – Original Screenplay:

Bridge of Spies – written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, Ex Machina – written by Alex Garland, Inside Out – Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen, Spotlight – Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy, Straight Outta Compton – Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff.

Here we are with the last and another strong category, the Coen brothers have a great chance to win with Bridge of Spies, though if I’m picking purely on best original screenplay, Ex Machina wins hands down for me, though it’s great to see Straight Outta Compton also included.

So yeah, that was long… surprisingly long – I’ve also left out a few categories for the nominees that I haven’t seen, so can’t really make an informed opinion on.

But these are my thoughts on the 2016 Oscar nominations with some predictions thrown in, The Hateful Eight and Steve Jobs almost completely snubbed from the major categories, that’s surprising, more so for Steve Jobs though. Also will DiCaprio finally win that coveted Oscar? I sure hope so, now there’s just a month and a half to find out, I hope we’re in for a good show.


2 thoughts on “2016 Oscar nominations reaction/predictions

  1. Not that Inside Out wasn’t good, but Anomalisa was one of the best and most inventive things I saw this year, animated or not, and I would love to see that win (though we won’t).


    • That’s fair enough, I haven’t actually seen it (I really want to) but I’ve heard great things about it, it would be nice to see an alternative choice win but Inside Out has this category on lock.


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