2016 Oscar Nomination Predictions

The Revenant

Could the harsh and unrelenting The Revenant be a big player at this years Oscars?

Predictions by Eddie on 11/01/2016

Could an Australian backed film about a crazed post-apocalyptic world be one of the biggest players at Hollywood’s night of nights? Will an ambitious and confronting western take home some major gongs and deliver Leonardo DiCaprio his first acting win? Or will more Oscar friendly fare like a cold war thriller or dramatic examination of church abuse walk home with all the plaudits?

The Oscars of 2016 are shaping up to be quite the year and in many ways one of the most open races in some time and with an eye on the upcoming announcements of the categories I’ve taken some time out to predict (and place a few biased opinions) what films will likely take places in the battle for Hollywood bragging rights.

I for one can’t wait to see what films are nominated and what films will eventually come forward as the true frontrunners!

*denotes winner prediction 

Main Categories

Best Film –


Spotlight’s main team could be up on stage together come the nights major award presentation

The Revenant

Mad Max: Fury Road

Bridge of Spies



The Martian



Inside Out

The Big Short

Best Director –

George Miller

There’s hope all round that Australian master George Miller can get into a competitive field

Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies

George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant

Thomas McCarthy – Spotlight*

Todd Haynes – Carol

Best Actor –


Leo’s best shot an Oscar yet? His turn in the Revenant is looking like it is

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant*

Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

Johnny Depp – Black Mass

Matt Damon – The Martian

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Best Actress –

Cate Blanchett Carol

No stranger to Oscar glory Cate Blanchett looks likely to compete with Carol

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

Cate Blanchett – Carol*

Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

Brie Larson – Room

Best Supporting Actor –


Everyone loves a comeback and Stallone in Creed is this years greatest story

Christian Bale – The Big Short

Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Michael Keaton – Spotlight*

Benicio Del Toro – Sicario

Best Supporting Actress –


In a film filled with boys, Jennifer Jason Leigh holds her own in The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara – Carol*

Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

Elizabeth Banks – Love and Mercy

Rachel McAdams – Spotlight

Alicia Vikander –  Ex_Machina

Original Screenplay –


Bridge of Spies benefited greatly from work by the Coen Brothers

Matt Charman, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen – Bridge of Spies

Alex Garland – Ex_Machina

Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight

Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley – Inside Out

Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer – Spotlight*

Adapted Screenplay –


Brooklyn is a charming story that should garner some awards love

Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs

Nick Hornby – Brooklyn*

Drew Goddard – The Martian

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short

Phyllis Nagy – Carol

Subsidiary Categories –

Original Score –

Ennio Morricone – The Hateful Eight*

John Williams – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Junkie XL – Mad Max: Fury Road

Alexandre Desplat – The Danish Girl

Howard Shore – Spotlight

Best Cinematography –

Roger Deakins – Sicario

Emmanuel Lubezki – The Revenant*

Edward Lachmann – Carol

John Seale – Mad Max: Fury Road

Robert Richardson – The Hateful Eight

 Best Animated Film –

Inside Out*

Shaun the Sheep


The Peanuts Movie

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

Best Documentary –


Where to Invade Next

The Look of Silence

Listen to Me Marlon

He Named Me Malala

Best Foreign Language Film –

Son of Saul*

The Assassin

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

The Second Mother

Labyrinth of Lies

Best Film Editing –

Margaret Sixel – Mad Max: Fury Road*

Michael Kahn – Bridge of Spies

Pietro Scalia – The Martian

Stephen Mirrione – The Revenant

Joe Walker – Sicario

Best Production Design –

Bridge of Spies

The Hateful Eight

The Revenant

Mad Max: Fury Road*


Best Visual Effects –

Star Wars: The Force Awakens*

The Avengers: Age of Altron

Jurassic World

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Walk

Best Costume Design –


Mad Max: Fury Road*


The Revenant

The Danish Girl

Best Original Song –

See You Again – Furious 7*

One Kind of Love – Love and Mercy

Writings on the Wall – Spectre

Til it Happens to You – The Hunting Ground

Love Me Like You Do – 50 Shades of Grey

Best Sound Editing –

Mad Max: Fury Road*

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Hateful Eight

The Revenant

The Martian

Best Sound Mixing –

Mad Max: Fury Road*

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Revenant

The Martian


Best Makeup and Hairstyling –

Star Wars: The Force Awakens*

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Danish Girl

Black Mass


Nomination Tally Top 10 –

1. Mad Max: Fury Road = 9

2. The Revenant = 9

3. Carol = 8

4. Spotlight = 7

5. The Hateful Eight = 6

6. The Martian = 6

7. Bridge of Spies = 6

8. Brooklyn = 5

9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens = 5

10. The Danish Girl = 5

14 responses to “2016 Oscar Nomination Predictions

  1. You have some interesting choices 🙂 For me though, I think Bryan Cranston will almost most likely be in, he’s nominated in almost all awards so far. If anyone, he followed by Fassbender will take the fight to DiCaprio. Haha I also think Idris Elba and Paul Dano will be nominated for Best Supporting. And I’ll be rooting for Brie Larson!! Other than that, this oscars race seems to be the most uncertain one yet! Nice post!

  2. I have to say Eddie, I wish you were choosing the nominees this year! I think Di Caprio will win but I’m still pissed off he didn’t get one for The Aviator! And imagine how great it would be if Sly Stallone won.

  3. Nice Choices, I love Mad Max: Fury Road and am sure it will win some awards but I don’t agree with a best film award for it. Just my thoughts

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