The Oscars 2016

So last night (or this morning if you are in the UK like me) The Oscars happened, and it was a decent ceremony. Of course as always it is far too long and boring towards the end but Chris Rock was suitably funny and right on. When the nominations were announced I attempted to predict these 13 awards that I know anything about. Last year I got 6/13 so let’s see if I can improve. In bold are my predictions, with the actual Oscars being in purple.

 

Cinematography

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Sicario

 

This is fair enough, I didn’t think the Academy would go for Lubezki a third time in a row, but they did. The Revenant did look spectacular.

 

 

Costume

Carol

Cinderella

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

 

An easy one to predict really.

 

Animated Film

Anomalisia

Boy and the World

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie was there

 

Inside Out had to win, many thought that it might have even gone on to win the big award at the end of the night, but it didn’t even get nominated. This goes part of the way to curing that injustice.

 

Supporting Actor

Christian Bale (The Big Short)

Tom Hardy (The Revenant)

Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)

Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

 

Honestly I’m just so glad Sylvester Stallone didn’t win. It would have been a proper travesty and Rylance just deserved it so much more.

 

Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Lee (The Hateful Eight)

Rooney Mara (Carol)

Rachel McAdams (Spotlight)

Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

 

This was always going to be a tough one to call because of how strong everyone is in this category. But my personal favourite won in the end so I can’t complain. Go Alicia!

 

Visual Effects

Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

The first genuine surprise for me. I was sure Mad Max was going to walk away with this, but fair play to Ex Machina and the academy.

 

 

Production Design

Bridge of Spies

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

 

Another easy one to predict really.

 

 

Original Score

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

A very well deserved award.

 

Director

Adam McKay (The Big Short)

George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant)

Lenny Abrahamson (Room)

Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

 

I was holding out for George Miller, but I think I knew in my heart it wasn’t to be.

 

Actress

Cate Blanchett (Carol)

Brie Larson (Room)

Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

Charlotte Ramping (45 Years)

Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

 

Personally I would have preferred Saoirse to win, but Brie was also excellent. Although it does ask the question of where exactly Jacob Tremblay is.

 

Actor

Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)

Matt Damon (The Martian)

Leonardo di Caprio (The Revenant)

Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

 

This was Leo’s to lose really. He had no real competition from the other nominees and put in a real awards performance. Pleased for the chap, and also pleased the internet can finally shut up about it.

 

Film

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

 

I think the telling thing about Spotlight winning best Picture is that it has been completely eclipsed by Leo winning. Sure Spotlight was decent, but I’m annoyed I was able to predict how boring the Oscars were going to be with their biggest award. Oh well maybe next year Mad Max’s equivalent will win. Here’s hoping for Deadpool eh? (That was mostly a joke don’t worry).

 

So I got 9/13, which is an improvement on last year by quite a way. Nice. Still underwhelmed by Spotlight though.

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