Wednesday, 13 January 2016


For official record, here are my final predictions for the 2015 Academy Award nominations, due to be announced tomorrow.

Best Picture
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
alt: Sicario

Best Director
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
Adam McKay (The Big Short)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Ridley Scott (The Martian)
alt: Todd Haynes (Carol)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell (The Big Short)
Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)
Matt Damon (The Martian)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
alt: Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Brie Larson (Room)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
alt: Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale (The Big Short)
Benicio del Toro (Sicario)
Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)
Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
Sylvester Stallone (Creed)
alt: Michael Shannon (99 Homes)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
Rooney Mara (Carol)
Rachel McAdams (Spotlight)
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
alt: Helen Mirren (Trumbo)

Best Original Screenplay
Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen (Bridge of Spies)
Josh Cooley, Pete Docter and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out)
Alex Garland (Ex Machina)
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Spotlight)
Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight)
alt: Taylor Sheridan (Sicario)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Emma Donoghue (Room)
Drew Goddard (The Martian)
Nick Hornby (Brooklyn)
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph (The Big Short)
Phyllis Nagy (Carol)
alt: Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs)

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins (Sicario)
Edward Lachman (Carol)
Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant)
Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight)
John Seale (Mad Max: Fury Road)
alt: Janusz Kaminski (Bridge of Spies)

Best Editing
Hank Corwin (The Big Short)
Tom McArdle (Spotlight)
Stephen Mirrione (The Revenant)
Pietro Scalia (The Martian)
Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road)
alt: Joe Walker (Sicario)

Best Production Design
Judy Becker (Carol)
Rick Carter and Darren Gilford (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Dante Ferretti (Cinderella)
Colin Gibson (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Adam Stockhausen (Bridge of Spies)
alt: Eve Stewart (The Danish Girl)

Best Costume Design
Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Paco Delgado (The Danish Girl)
Odile Dicks-Mireaux (Brooklyn)
Sandy Powell (Carol)
Sandy Powell (Cinderella)
alt: Daniel Orlandi (Trumbo)

Best Sound Mixing
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
alt: The Hateful Eight

Best Sound Editing
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
alt: The Hateful Eight

Best Visual Effects
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Walk
alt: Ex Machina

Best Makeup
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
alt: Mr. Holmes

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat (The Danish Girl)
Michael Giacchino (Inside Out)
Johann Johannsson (Sicario)
Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)
Thomas Newman (Bridge of Spies)
alt: John Williams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Best Original Song
'Feels Like Summer' (Shaun the Sheep Movie)
'Grip' (Creed)
'The Mystery of Your Gift' (Boychoir)
'See You Again' (Furious 7)
''Til It Happens to You' (The Hunting Ground)
alt: 'So Long' (Concussion)

Best Animated Feature
The Boy and the World
Inside Out
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
Shaun the Sheep Movie
alt: When Marnie Was There

Best Documentary
Best of Enemies
Listen to Me Marlon
The Look of Silence
We Come as Friends
alt: Amy

Best Foreign Language Film
The Fencer
Son of Saul
A War
alt: Embrace of the Serpent

Best Live Action Short
Against the Grain
Ave Maria
Day One
Winter Light
alt: Stutterer

Best Animated Short
Bear Story
If I Was God...
Sanjay's Super Team
World of Tomorrow
alt: We Can't Live Without Cosmos

Best Documentary Short
Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond the Lines
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
My Enemy, My Brother
The Testimony
alt: Last Day of Freedom