The 2016 Academy Awards: Complete Coverage

The day has FINALLY arrived, the 2016 Academy Awards is slowly upon us, and, as expected, this year is another nail-bitter right to the end for many of the winners. 2016 has proven to be a quite exceptional year of gloriously creative, original and visionary cinema. Thanks to the likes of filmmakers like Alejandro G. Iñárritu and his talented cast and crew, who brought us this year’s The Revenant, a film shot entirely with natural lighting, to George Miller’s awesome Mad Max: Fury Road, to the brilliant economic drama The Big Short, Oscar sure does have his hands full for 2016.

As we get excited and prepped for the big night of winners, Night Film Reviews will be providing LIVE coverage of the winners and predictions and reasons for each category, to get those last minute votes and ballots in.

So without further ado, lets get this party started.

*WINNERS WILL BE BOLD ONCE ANNOUNCED*

Best Motion Picture of the Year

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The Big Short

Bridge of Spies 

Brooklyn 

Mad Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian 

The Revenant 

Room 

*Spotlight*

Who I Want To Win: The Big Short, hands down, one of the most brutal, honest, compelling and down-right unbearable films of the year is a must see.

Who Should Win: The Big Short. See reasons above.

Who Will Win: The Big Short. 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 

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Bryan Cranston in Trumbo

Matt Damon in The Martian 

*Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant*

Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs 

Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl 

Who I Want To Win: Leonardo DiCaprio; he just deserves it at this point and all the hype surrounding his win has come to this point.

Who Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio. His performance in The Revenant is nothing short of immaculate.

Who Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio. It is HIS year to win it.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 

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Cate Blanchett in Carol

*Brie Larson in Room*

Jennifer Lawrence in Joy

Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn 

Who I Want To Win: Charlotte Rampling. Rampling in 45 Years is nothing short of dazzling. The film itself is spectacular and the performances, held together by Rampling, are as vivid and enticing as the film as a whole.

Who Should Win: Charlotte Rampling.

Who Will Win: Brie Larson.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

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Christian Bale in The Big Short

Tom Hardy in The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight 

*MARK RYLANCE in Bridge of Spies*

Sylvester Stallone in Creed 

Who I Want To Win: Tom Hardy, one of, if not, my favourite actor working today is one of the most consistent faces in cinema.  Although, don’t think its his time quite yet, and we are sure he will have many other opportunities to show his acting muscles.

Who Should Win: Mark Rylance. His performance in Bridge of Spies is haunting and unforgettable.

Who Will Win: Sylvester Stallone. All his continuations to Hollywood and his snub for the Original Rocky will get him the gold.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

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Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara in Carol 

Rachel McAdams in Spotlight 

*ALICIA VAKANDER in The Danish Girl*

Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs

Who I Want To Win: By far THE HARDEST CATEGORY ALL YEAR. If I had to choose one, my most memorable performance of the year is Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl, she is the ONLY redeeming factor of the whole film.

Who Should Win: Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight. The film is flooded with men, including Michael Madsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Channing Tatum, and JJL is by far the most kick ass and nastiest of them all.

Who Will Win: Alicia Vikander.

Best Achievement in Directing 

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Adam McKay for The Big Short

*Alejandro G. Iñárritu for The Revenant* 

Lenny Abrahamsson for Room 

George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road 

Tom McCarthy for Spotlight

Who I Want To Win: Adam McKay for The Big Short. This film is the essence of intelligent writing, direction and execution and I hope for it to deserve its glory come Oscar time.

Who Should Win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, I mean, all the stories you hear about his journey to making this film, it just seems deserving at this point.

Who Will Win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

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Bridge of Spies Written by Matt Charman, Ethan & Joel Coen

Ex Machina Written by Alex Garland

Inside Out Written by Pete Doctor, Leg LaFauve, Josh Cooley & Ronnie Del Carmen

*SPOTLIGHT Written by Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer*

 

Straight Outta Compton Written by Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savage & Alan Wenkus

Who I Want To Win: Inside Out 

Who Should Win: Inside Out 

Who Will Win: Spotlight 

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

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*THE BIG SHORT Written by Charles Randolph & Adam McKay*

Brooklyn Written by Nick Hornby

Carol Written by Phyllis Nagy

The Martian Written by Drew Goddard

Room Written by Emma Donoghue

Who I Want To Win: The Big Short 

Who Should Win: The Big Short 

Who Will Win: The Big Short

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

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*INSIDE OUT*

Anomalisa 

Boy and the World 

Shaun the Sheep Movie 

When Marnie Was There 

Who I Want To Win: Inside Out 

Who Should Win: Inside Out 

Who Will Win: Inside Out 

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

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Embrace of the Serpant 

Mustang 

*Son of Saul* 

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A War 

Who I Want To Win: Mustang. The film is an emotional and embracing drama filled with sexuality, love, heart and soul.

Who Should Win: Mustang. 

Who Will Win: Son of Saul 

Best Achievement in Cinematography

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Edward Lachman for Carol 

Robert Richardson for The Hateful Eight 

John Seale for Mad Max: Fury Road 

*EMMANUEL “CHIVO’ LUBEZKI for The Revenant*

Roger Deakins for Sicario 

Who I Want To Win: Roger Deakins, only because, after 13 nominations, the guy is more deserving of an Oscar than Leonardo DiCaprio.

Who Should Win: Chivo

Who Will Win: Chivo, I mean, the guy used ONLY nature lighting for the film. Come on!

Best Achievement in Editing

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Hank Corwin for The Big Short 
*MARGARET SIXTEL for Mad Max: Fury Road*
Stephen Mirrione for The Revenant 
Tom McArcle for Spotlight 
Maryann Brandon & Mary Jo Markey for Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

Who I Want To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Best Achievement in Production Design

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Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo & Bernhard Henrich for Bridge of Spies 

Eve Stewart & Michael Standish for The Danish Girl 

*Colin Gibson & Lisa Thompson for Mad Max: Fury Road*

Arthur Max & Celia Bobak for The Martian 

Jack Fisk & Hamish Burdy for The Revenant 

Who I Want To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Best Achievement in Costume Design

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Sandy Powell for Carol 

Sandy Powell for Cinderella 

Paco Delgado for The Danish Girl 

*JENNY BEAVAN for Mad Max: Fury Road*

Jenny Beavan for Mad Max: Fury Road 

Jacqueline West for The Revenant 

Who I Want To Win: The Danish Girl 

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Who Will Win: The Danish Girl 

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

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*MAD MAX: FURY ROAD*

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared 

The Revenant 

Who I Want To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

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Thomas Newman for Bridge of Spies 
Carter Burwell for Carol 
*Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight *
Jóhann Jóhannson for Sicario 
John Williams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens 
Who I Want To Win: Carter Burwell

Who Should Win: Carter Burwell

Who Will Win:Ennio Morricone

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

Fifty Shades of Grey- Earned It 

Racing Extinction- Manta Ray 

Youth- Simple Song #3

The Hunting Ground- Till It Happens to You 

*Spectre- Writings on the Wall*

Who I Want To Win: I CANNOT believe I am going to say this, but, Earned It. The song was the catchiest one of the year hands down.

Who Should Win: Simple Song #3.

Who Will Win: Earned it. It earned it!

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies 

*Mad Max: Fury Road*

The Martian 

The Revenant 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

Who I Want To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

*Mad Max: Fury Road*
The Martian
The Revenant 
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

Who I Want To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Who Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

*Ex Machina*
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Maritan 
The Revenant 
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

Who I Want To Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Who Will Win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Only because it was a box office champion.

Best Documentary, Feature

*Amy* 

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

*I’m not much of a doc guy, so I have to admit, I haven’t seen any of these yet.

Who I Want To Win: Amy 

Who Should Win: Amy  

Who Will Win: Amy 

Best Documentary, Short Subject

Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Claude Landmann: Spectres of Shoah
*A Girl In The River: The Prince of Forgiveness*
Last Day of Freedom
*Havent seen any of these.*

Best Short Film, Animated

*Bear Story*
Prologue 
Sanjay’s Super Team 
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos 
World of Tomorrow

Who I Want To Win: Sanjay’s Super Team 

Who Should Win: Sanjay’s Super Team 

Who Will Win: Sanjay’s Super Team 

Best Short Film, Live Action

Ave Maria 
Day One 
Shok
Everything Will Be Okay 
Stutterer 

Who I Want To Win: Shok

Who Should Win: Shok 

Who Will Win: Day One. 

So there you have it folks, everything you need for Oscar Night 2016!

Enjoy the show and let us know if we helped at all.

Stayed tuned for LIVE UPDATES for ALL your Oscar needs.

PS–We now live in a world where Leonardo DiCaprio has won an Oscar! Goodnight world.

 

 

 

 

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