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Thursday, January 14, 2016

And the Oscar goes to . . .



The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced this morning, and there were - as always - some surprising snubs. The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, on ABC with host Chris Rock, and below are all the nominations with my predictions in pink:




BEST PICTURE
Snubs: Carol, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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


BEST ACTOR
Snubs: Steve Carell (The Big Short), Johnny Depp (Black Mass), Will Smith (Concussion)

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

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Snubs: Paul Dano (Love & Mercy), Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Keaton (Spotlight), Jacob Tremblay (Room)

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Snub: Helen Mirren (Trumbo)

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

BEST DIRECTOR
Snubs: Todd Haynes (Carol), Ridley Scott (The Martian), Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies)

Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Snub: The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino

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

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Snub: Steve Jobs, Aaron Sorkin

The Big Short, Adam McKay and Charles Randolph
Brooklyn, Nick Hornby
Carol, Phyllis Nagy
The Martian, Drew Goddard
Room, Emma Donoghue

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A War (Denmark)
Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
Mustang (France)
Son of Saul (Hungary)
Theeb (Jordan)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Anomalisa
Boy & the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Grey – Ahmad Balshe, Jason Quenneville, Stephan Moccio and Abel Tesfaye
"Manta Ray" from Racing Extinction – Antony Hegarty and J. Ralph
"Simple Song #3" from Youth – David Lang
"Til It Happens to You" from The Hunting Ground – Lady Gaga and Diane Warren
"Writing's on the Wall" from Spectre – Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

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

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

BEST FILM EDITING
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

BEST SOUND EDITING
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST SOUND MIXING
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST 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

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Bear Story
We Can't Live Without Cozmos
Prologue
Sanjay's Super Team
World of Tomorrow

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Ave Maria
Day One
Shok
Stutterer

4 comments:

joel65913 said...

I don't know about Blanchett winning, everything I've heard seems to indicate Brie Larson although I'd LOVE to see Charlotte Rampling ascending the stage to pick up the award.

Who I don't think there is any doubt of winning is DiCaprio regardless of whether he's the most deserving this year or not. He's seen as grossly overdue. He's a strong actor so I can't say he's undeserving.

Speaking of undeserving, Stallone! Sentimentality will carry him along I think but he's so limited and Mark Rylance's performance is so complex there should really be no contest.

Marc Harshbarger said...

I loved Carol and Blanchett so I'm rooting for her (even though she already has two Oscars). DiCaprio has never won so he's definitely deserving. As for Mr. Stallone, I just like the idea of "Rocky Balboa" finally winning an Oscar. So we shall see. Thanks for your sharing your choices, Joel!

Christoph said...

I don't see The Martian winning Best Picture (although I would love to see that happen) and I think Brie Larsen is coming out of no where to claim the Best Actress award over Cate Blanchett. Innaritu just won last year, so I am thinking it unlikely that they will honor him for a second consecutive time. Otherwise, I think your other choices are spot on.

I agree with Joel65913 though about Stallone. Not sure why there is this meme cropping up that he should be a sentimental vote for his career. He was a long-shot to win for Rocky back in 1976 and his subsequent career can be summarized as 1000 Rocky sequels (many of them awful), too many Rambo films (again many of them dreadful), some horrible attempts at comedy like Stop or My Mom Will Shoot!, 4-million godawful action films like Demolition Man, Cliffhanger, The Specialist, The Expendables, ad nauseum, and a couple of decent dramas like Copland or Nighthawks where he contributes solid, but no where near Oscar caliber work. If they call his name, it will be akin to the joke in In and Out where Steven Seagal was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for "Snowball's Chance in Hell". This is definitely not a career worth a sentimental Oscar vote.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Thanks for your comment, Christoph! As for Mr. Stallone, I've not seen Creed, but maybe - just maybe - he's very good in it. He has received 21 supporting actor nominations from various film critics associations/film awards from around the country, including the Golden Globes and the Oscars. So obviously a lot of people think he's deserving for his performance in this particular film - and it won't be a sentimental vote for his career (which I agree has consisted of many bad films over the years).