As I do every year, I’ll attempt to get through a good chunk of the Academy Award nominated films before the awards night on February 28th 2016, this year hosted by Chris Rock. Some I’ve seen, some I’ll get to, and some I won’t manage. As I go I’ll update the list below with links to my reviews and the occasional note here and there and then I’ll post my predictions a day or at least a few hours before the ceremony begins.
Print off or email this PDF OSCAR BALLOT 2016 sheet and challenge your friends to see who can predict the most winners!
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Film Editing
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Original Score
Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies
Carter Burwell, Carol – Not seen the film but I’ve listened to the soundtrack, it’s got a lightness and elegance to it that’s lovely, however I did find most of the tracks to be little more than a variation o the main theme, I’d like a bit more variety in the score.
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight – I haven’t seen the film but I have had chance to listen to the score around the house and it really adds a lot of tension to buttering toast!
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario
John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Production Design
Best Visual Effects
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay
Bridge of Spies
Straight Outta Compton – Not meaning to belittle the writers’ work, this film apparently has one offensive word every 10 seconds. I was always told that swearing profusely was a deficiency in one’s use of the English language, so I can’t see how a film with that level of strong language can win this award.
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Costume Design
Best Documentary – Feature
Best 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
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Original Song
“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction
“Simple Song No. 3,” Youth
“‘Til It Happens to You,” The Hunting Ground
“Writings on the Wall,” Spectre
Best Animated Short Film
Best Live Action Short Film
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing