Oscar Nominations and My Pick Results

OscarNomsHere are this year’s Oscar nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and my pick results. Comedian Chris Rock will host the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 28 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. ABC will televise the ceremony live.

Jurassic World had great box office, but was shut out as was Furious 7 (song), The Avengers: Age of Ultron (visual effects, sound), Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation (actor Abraham Attah, supporting actor Idris Elba, sound), Black Mass (makeup/hairstyling), Love & Mercy (actor Paul Dano) and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (sound). Cinderella should have got a nomination for production design. It Follows, Dairy of a Teenage Girl, End of the Tour, Duke of Burgundy, Trainwreck, Mississippi Grind, The Walk, Mr. Holmes, Far From the Madding Crowd, San Andreas, The Peanuts Movie, Ant-Man, Terminator: Genisys, Tomorrowland, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and Home will all miss out on a chance at Oscar gold.

Nominations that I did not pick have a plus sign (+) in the front. Likely winners/frontrunners are marked with an asterisk (*) in the front.

Best Picture

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies



Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

*The Revenant



Straight Outta Compton

Alternate choice – Inside Out

Best Director

+Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Adam McKay, The Big Short

*George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Ridley Scott, The Martian

Alternate choice – Ryan Coogler, Creed

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

*Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Alternate choice – Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Best Actress

Kate Blanchett, Carol

*Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Alternate choice – Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Animated Film


+Boy and the World
The Good Dinosaur

*Inside Out

The Peanuts Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie

+When Marnie Was There

Alternate choice – The Prophet

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

*Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Alternate choice – Jacob Tremblay, Room

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

*Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Alternate choice – Helen Mirren, Trumbo

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Emma Donoghue, Room

*Drew Goddard, The Martian

Nick Hornby, Brooklyn

Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, The Big Short

*Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs

Alternate choice – John McNamara, Trumbo

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies

*Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Inside Out

+Alex Garland, Ex Machina

Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, Straight Outta Compton

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight

*Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Alternate choice – Amy Schumer, Trainwreck

Best Cinematography

*Roger Deakins, Sicario

Janusz Kaminski, Bridge of Spies

Ed Lachman, Carol

Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant

Robert Richardson, The Hateful Eight (my alternative choice)

John Seal, Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Costume Design

Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road

Paco Delgado, The Danish Girl

Odile Dicks-Mireaux, Brooklyn

*Sandy Powell, Carol & Cinderella

Jacqueline West, The Revenant

Alternate choice – Kate Hawley, Crimson Peak

Best Documentary Feature


Cartel Land

He Named Me Malala

*The Hunting Ground

The Look of Silence

+What Happened, Miss Simone?

+Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Alternate choice – Going Clear

Best Film Editing

Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey, Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens

Hank Corwin, The Big Short

+Tom McArdle, Spotlight (my alternative choice)

Stephen Mirrione, The Revenant

Pietro Scalia, The Martian

*Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Foreign Language Film

Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)

Mustang (France)

Labyrinth of Lies (Germany)

*Son of Saul (Hungary)

Theeb (Jordan)

A War (Denmark)

Alternate choice – The Brand New Testament (Belgium)

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Black Mass

+ The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

*Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Alternate choice – Mr. Holmes

Best Music (Original Score)

Carter Burwell, Carol

Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl

Michael Giacchino, Inside Out

+ Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario

*Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies (alternate choice)

John Williams, Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens

Best Music (Original Song)

“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey (Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio)

“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction (J. Ralph, Lyric by Antony Hegarty)

“The Light That Never Fails” from Meru (Andra Day)

“See You Again” from Furious 7 (DJ Frank E, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa)  

“Simple Song #3” from Youth (David Lang)
*“Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground (Dianne Warren and Lady Gaga)

“Writing’s On the Wall” from Spectre (Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes)

Alternate choice – “None of Them Are You” from Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Carter Burwell)

Best Production Design

Bridge of Spies


+The Danish Girl

*Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

+The Revenant

Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens

Alternate choice – Carol

Best Sound Editing

Jurassic World

*Mad Max: Fury Road 

The Martian

+The Revenant


Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens

Alternate choice – Inside Out

Best Sound Mixing

Jurassic World

+ Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road 

The Martian

+The Revenant

*Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens

*Straight Outta Compton

Alternate choice – The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Best Visual Effects

The Avengers: Age of Ultron 

Jurassic World

+ Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian (my alternative choice)

The Revenant
*Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens

Short Film (Animated)


Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow

Bear Story

Short Film (Live Action)

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)



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


12 Nominations

The Revenant

10 Nominations

Mad Max: Fury Road

7 Nominations

The Martian

6 Nominations

Bridge of Spies, Carol, Spotlight

5 Nominations

The Big Short, Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens

4 Nominations

The Danish Girl, Room

3 Nominations

Brooklyn, The Hateful Eight, Inside Out, Sicario

2 Nominations

Ex Machina, Steve Jobs

1 Nomination

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, 45 Years, Anomalisa, Boy and the World, Cinderella, Creed, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Hunting Ground, Joy, Racing Extinction, Shaun the Sheep Movie, Spectre, Straight Outta Compton, Trumbo, When Marnie Was There, Youth

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