The /Film Crew’s 2016 Oscars Predictions

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Best Film Editing

The Big Short – 30 points
Mad Max: Fury Road – 300 points
The Revenant – 140 points
Spotlight – 30 points
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

With its thousands of cuts and beautifully paced action scenes, Mad Max was the definite favorite here. But once again, The Revenant lurks over the category like a specter.


Best Production Design

Bridge of Spies – 10 points
The Danish Girl – 70 points
Mad Max: Fury Road – 130 points
The Martian
The Revenant – 290 points

Historical films tend to have the edge in this category, so The Revenant garnered the most points, but don’t count out Mad Max quite yet…


Best Adapted Screenplay

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short – 300 points
Nick Hornby, Brooklyn – 100 points
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Drew Goddard, The Martian – 50 points
Emma Donoghue, Room – 50 points

The Big Short is the big favorite here – the way in which it transforms complex information into something completely watchable and understandable gives it a serious edge.


Best Original Screenplay

Matt Charman, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies
Alex Garland, Ex Machina – 45 points
Pete Docter, Megg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley, Inside Out
Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight – 425 points
Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, Straight Outta Compton – 30 points

Spotlight may be a little too subtle and low-key to win big in other categories, so everyone reached the same conclusion – it’s probably going to take home Best Original Screenplay, if nothing else.


Best Original Score

Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies
Carter Burwell, Carol
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight – 405 points
Jóhann Jóhansson, Sicario – 20 points
John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 75 points

Ennio Morricone is one of the great geniuses of film music and the Academy would surely love to give him another statuette. And yet, you could say the same thing about John Williams…

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Best Foreign Language Film

Colombia: Embrace of the Serpent
France: Mustang
Hungary: Son of Saul – 500 points
Jordan: Theeb
Denmark: A War

This was one of only two categories where every member of the team put all of their points on a single film. Son of Saul looks unstoppable right now, but anything can happen in this category.


Best Director

Adam McKay, The Big Short – 40 points
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road – 110 points
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant – 350 points
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Will Alejandro González Iñárritu win Best Director for the second year in a row? We certainly think so, although this could be George Miller‘s to upset.


Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol – 10 points
Brie Larson, Room – 455 points
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years – 35 points
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Don’t let the points thrown at Cate Blanchett and Charlotte Rampling fool you – Brie Larson has got this one in the bag.


Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant – 500 points
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Did you hear that Leonardo DiCaprio ate raw bison liver and suffered terribly on the set of The Revenant? Of course you did. Whether you like the performance or not, the narrative surrounding his work here has made him total lock.


Best Picture

The Big Short – 100 points
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road – 50 points
The Martian
The Revenant – 185 points
Spotlight – 165 points

Although the tallied points ultimately gave The Revenant the edge in our predictions, this is one of the craziest and most contentious Best Picture races of all time. Do not be surprised if Spotlight or The Big Short snatches this one out from under it.


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