Jan 122016
 

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With the nominees in the 88th Academy Awards to be announced in the early hours of Friday morning here in Australia, we thought we would reveal our predictions as to who those anticipated nominees might be.

These predictions have come from a mix of influences – keeping up with the race, referring to ‘experts’ commentary and tips, keeping tabs on the nominees and winners at the various critics awards, Guilds and ceremonies, and mere speculation. These do not necessarily reflect who we think ‘should’ be nominated. It has been one of the most unpredictable awards seasons in some years, so we are far from certain about any of these categories.

So, after the jump, check out who our predicted nominees are, with a series of alternatives (in order of likelihood).

Best Picture (In order of chances, I am going to guess there are 8)

Spotlight

The Big Short

The Revenant

The Martian

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

Carol

Brooklyn

 

Alternatives:

Straight Outta Compton

Inside Out

Room

Trumbo

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

Best Director

George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

Ridley Scott – The Martian

Alejandro G. Inarritu – The Revenant

Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

Adam McKay – The Big Short

 

Alternatives:

Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies

Todd Haynes – Carol

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Michael Fassbender – Jobs

Matt Damon – The Martian

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

 

Alternatives:

Johnny Depp – Black Mass

Steve Carell – The Big Short

Michael B. Jordan – Creed

Ian McKellen – Mr Holmes

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Brie Larson – Room

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

Cate Blanchett – Carol 

Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

 

Alternatives:

Maggie Smith – The Lady in the Van

Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight

Christian Bale – The Big Short

Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation

 

Alternatives:

Jacob Tremblay – Room

Benicio Del Toro – Sicario

Michael Shannon – 99 Homes

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Rooney Mara – Carol

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl 

Helen Mirren – Trumbo

Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight 

 

Alternatives:

Rachel McAdams – Spotlight

 

Best Original Screenplay

Spotlight

Inside Out

Bridge of Spies

The Hateful Eight

Ex Machina

 

Alternatives:

Straight Outta Compton

Sicario

Anomalisa

Son of Saul

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short

Steve Jobs

Carol

Room

The Martian

 

Alternative:

Brooklyn

Trumbo

 

Best Documentary Feature

Amy

The Look of Silence

Cartel Land

Listen to Me Marlon

Best of Enemies

 

Alternatives:

The Hunting Ground

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

 

Best Animated Film

Inside Out

Anomalisa

Shaun the Sheep

The Good Dinosaur

The Peanuts Movie

 

Best Foreign Language Film

Son of Saul

Mustang

Labyrinth of Lies

A War

Theeb

 

Best Cinematography

Mad Max: Fury Road

Sicario

Carol

The Revenant 

Bridge of Spies

 

Alternatives:

The Hateful Eight

The Martian

 

Best Editing

Spotlight

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

The Martian

 

Alternatives:

Bridge of Spies

Sicario

The Hateful Eight

Straight Outta Compton

 

Best Original Score

The Hateful Eight

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Inside Out

Carol

Bridge of Spies

 

Alternatives:

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Danish Girl

Sicario

Spotlight

 

Best Original Song

Furious 7

Youth

Spectre

Creed

Fifty Shades of Grey

 

Alternatives:

The Hunting Ground

 

Best Visual Effects

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

Jurassic World

The Walk

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

Alternatives:

The Revenant

Avengers: Age of Ultron

 

Best Hair & Makeup

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Black Mass

 

Alternatives:

Carol

Mr Holmes

 

Best Production Design

Mad Max: Fury Road

Carol

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

The Martian

 

Alternatives:

Cinderella

The Danish Girl

Crimson Peak

 

Best Costume Design

Cinderella

Carol

The Danish Girl

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

 

Alternative:

Crimson Peak

 

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

The Hateful Eight

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

Best Sound Mixing

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

The Martian

Straight Outta Compton

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

Best Picture Nominees – Spotlight (5), The Big Short (5), The Revenant (8), The Martian (9), Bridge of Spies (6), Mad Max: Fury Road (10), Carol (8), Brooklyn (4)

Alternatives with multiple nominations – Inside Out (3), Room (2), Trumbo (2), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (4), Steve Jobs (3), The Danish Girl (3), The Hateful Eight (3)

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