Road to the Oscars: 2016 Nomination Predictions

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Rank Nominee
1 Spotlight
2 The Hateful Eight
3 Inside Out
4 Straight Outta Compton
5 Bridge of Spies

BIGGEST THREAT: Love & Mercy
COMMENTS: I’m not as big of a Spotlight fan as many seem to be, but I wouldn’t mind it winning this award at the very least.


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Rank Nominee
1 Room
2 The Big Short
3 Steve Jobs
4 Carol
5 The Martian

BIGGEST THREAT: Brooklyn


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Rank Nominee
1 Son of Saul (Hungary)
2 Mustang (France)
3 Labyrinth of Lies (Germany)
4 The Brand New Testament (Belgium)
5 Theeb (Jordan)

BIGGEST THREAT: A War (Denmark)
COMMENTS: From where I stand, it looks like Son of Saul is a surefire nominee (if not winner), but expect surprises elsewhere – the foreign language film nomination process is rather complicated and often opens the field to some unexpected selections.


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Rank Nominee
1 Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
2 Amy
3 The Look of Silence
4 The Hunting Ground
5 Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

BIGGEST THREAT: He Named Me Malala
COMMENTS: I dunno, can we really trust a branch of AMPAS which has categorically failed to recognize the entire filmography of Steve James?


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Rank Nominee
1 Inside Out
2 Anomalisa
3 The Peanuts Movie
4 The Good Dinosaur
5 The Prophet

BIGGEST THREAT: Shaun the Sheep Movie


BEST SCORE

Rank Nominee
1 The Hateful Eight
2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3 Carol
4 Inside Out
5 Bridge of Spies

BIGGEST THREAT: Mad Max: Fury Road


BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Clicking on a song title will take you to a YouTube video featuring the selection.

Rank Nominee Movie
1 See You Again Furious 7
2 Writing’s on the Wall Spectre
3 Til it Happens to You The Hunting Ground
4 Love Me Like You Do Fifty Shades of Grey
5 Waiting for My Moment Creed

BIGGEST THREAT: “Simple Song #3” – Youth
COMMENTARY: I never thought I would have to write the title Fifty Shades of Grey on this blog, and in an Oscar column no less.

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