2016 Oscars: J and E’s Overview and Final Predictions

List compiled by Jordan and Eddie on 26/02/2016

Well, another year has come and gone and with that we have the 2016 Academy Awards!

One of the hardest years to predict in some time, there seems to be a raft of films that could walk away with a swag of awards and while it’s likely that the fantastically fun Mad Max: Fury Road walks away with a large collection of technical gongs the award’s major categories such as Best Picture and Best Director are still very much up for grabs.

Despite the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity once more in the nominations, this year’s nominees are all pretty spot on and represent a field of choices that showcase 2015 as a year of equally good films, but no so much of incredible stand outs.

Casting an eye on the film industry’s night of nights, both Jordan and Eddie predict who will walk away with what statues and provide an overview of their thoughts as well as competing against each other to see who can get closest to predicting the right winners.

As always happy reading and happy watching and may the best man win.

Jordan’s Overview

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Most Happy About:

Mad Max: Fury Road. No other nominated film impressed me as much as George Miller’s unrelenting action juggernaut, and considering its the belated 3rd sequel to an post-apocalyptic Ozploitation classic it’s to the Academy’s credit that they’ve given it the recognition it deserves. I really hope it now gets the Oscars it deserves.

Its also pleasing how even the competition is this year, with no one film standing out as an awards sweeper. Needless to say, I’m not too confident with my below picks.

Most Unhappy About:

With scope for more entries to be added, I’m a little disappointed that Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight couldn’t squeeze itself into the running for Best Picture. The more I think about it, the more the snowbound, patient opening half of his tension-clad western impresses me, but I can understand people having a disliking for its denouement.

Biggest Surprise:

Charlie Hunnam not being nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his accomplished turn in Crimson Peak.

Kidding.

Not too many surprises this year, aside from Tom Hardy being nominated for mumbling his way through The Revenant.

Biggest Snub:

It was an underwhelming movie, littered with plot holes and a lack of Sam Neill, but it is surprising that Jurassic World couldn’t get a nomination for best visual effects. Also, while I’m glad it subsequently doesn’t have a chance of winning, given its mass exposure one would’ve thought Jessie J’s Flashlight from Pitch Perfect 2 would be part of an otherwise solid list for Best Original Song.

These snubs obviously show I mainly think the Academy has got it right this year. Now we just need When Marnie Was There to beat Inside Out for Best Animated Feature and it will have been a success.

Lucky to be There:

Rachel McAdams for Spotlight. It’s a solid film, but not a best picture winner (I’ll probably regret saying that), and its successes stem from its tight scripting and workmanlike direction which allows the viewer to focus on what’s really important. As with the rest of the ensemble cast, McAdams’ performance is justifiably not a standout.

Eddie’s Overview

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Most Happy About:

Meryl Streep. In a sign the universe of movies is alive and well, no Meryl Streep at this year’s ceremony will be a great sight to behold! Her increasingly annoying habit of being nominated every year has finally come to an end even though she baited awards voters once more with a showy turn in Ricki and the Flash and an award hungry cameo in Suffragette.

Mad Max: The love for this action blockbuster is well deserved and well earnt.

Most Unhappy About:

Charlize Theron – This year’s nominations have done a very decent job of rewarding most that deserve to be rewarded but Charlize Theron surely deserved some love for her turn in Mad Max: Fury Road. She in many ways took lead in the film and did a great job at creating a heroine for the ages.

Star Wars – While I understand its many faults and yada yada yada, after seeing the Force Awakens three times in the cinema I can safely say it’s one of the most enjoyable and memorable big screen blockbusters in some time and wouldn’t of looked out of place in the field of Best Picture nominees.

Biggest Surprise:

Best Picture field – I must admit to be surprised by there being only 8 Best Picture nominees when there can be as many as 10. Seemingly assured films like Carol and Inside Out missed the boat while some bemoaned the lack of Creed. I feel a tinge of sadness Ex_Machina didn’t make the cut.

Adam McKay – The man who bought us Step Brothers! getting a Best Director nod over Ridley Scott came as a huge shock, especially with the hype the Martian has been leveraging off.

Biggest Snub:

Beasts of No Nation – Netflix’s much touted feature film failed to score a single nom despite two terrific acting turns and some great direction. Perhaps the Academy doesn’t want to yet reward Netflix which it possibly sees as a major threat to cinema as we know it.

Alicia Vikander – Despite getting an acting nom for her turn in The Danish Girl it’s quite sad to see Alicia Vikander’s stunning work in Ex_Machina go unrewarded.

Lucky to be There:

The Martian – Just bear with me for a second here. The Martian is a fun and hugely enjoyable film but I’ve been gob smacked at the amount of awards attention the film has been getting. To be competing with such quality fair, The Martian should be counting its lucky stars as in a few years’ time its doubtful many will even remember the easy to like journey on Mars.

NOMINEES and PREDICTIONS

Best Picture

Best Pic

Spotlight may not dominate the night but its a likely contender for Best Picture

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: The Big Short     Dark Horse: Mad Max: Fury Road

Eddie – Winner: Spotlight        Dark Horse: The Revenant

Best Director

George Miller

Wouldn’t it be nice? George Miller could pull off the ultimate career comeback by winning Best Director for Mad Max: Fury Road

Adam McKay, The Big Short

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road     Dark Horse: Adam McKay, The Big Short

Eddie – Winner: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant     Dark Horse: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Actor

Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio looks likely to shot away all competition with the night’s most sure-fire bet

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant     Dark Horse: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie – Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant        Dark Horse: Matt Damon, The Martian

Best Actress

Room

Brie Larson and co-star Jacob Tremblay made Room a truly moving experience

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: Brie Larson, Room     Dark Horse: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Eddie – Winner: Brie Larson, Room        Dark Horse: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Best Supporting Actor

Creed

The night’s sentimental votes look likely to head towards Sylvester Stallone for his supporting turn in Creed

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight     Dark Horse: Sylvester Stallone, Creed  

Eddie – Winner: Sylvester Stallone, Creed        Dark Horse: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Best Supporting Actress

Support actress

In a film filled with boys, Kate Winslet shines in Steve Jobs and has a chance of adding to her Oscar collection

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight     Dark Horse: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Eddie – Winner: Rooney Mara, Carol       Dark Horse: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best Original Screenplay

Vikander

Ex_Machina was a standout in many ways, including its impressive original screenplay

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Spotlight

Straight Outta Compton

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: Straight Outta Compton     Dark Horse: Inside Out

Eddie – Winner: Spotlight        Dark Horse: Inside Out

Best Adapted Screenplay

Big Short

The Big Short should ride a wave of positive buzz to it’s one and only Oscar in this category

The Big Short

Brooklyn

Carol

The Martian

Room

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: The Big Short     Dark Horse: The Martian

Eddie – Winner: The Big Short       Dark Horse: Room

Best Animated Feature

Joy Inside Out Disney Pixar

When it comes to this category, there really is no match to Pixar’s Inside Out

Anomalisa

Boy and the World

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: Inside Out (sigh)     Dark Horse: When Marnie Was There

Eddie – Winner: Inside Out       Dark Horse: Anomalisa

Best Foreign Language Film

Embrace of the Serpent

Mustang

Son of Saul

Theeb

A War

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: Son Of Saul     Dark Horse: Embrace of the Serpent

Eddie – Winner: Son of Saul       Dark Horse: Mustang

Best Documentary Feature

Amy

Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: Amy      Dark Horse: Cartel Land

Eddie – Winner: Amy       Dark Horse: The Look of Silence

Best Cinematography

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Sicario

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: The Revenent     Dark Horse: Mad Max: Fury Road

Eddie – Winner: The Revenant        Dark Horse: Sicario

Best Film Editing

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Spotlight

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road     Dark Horse: Spotlight

Eddie – Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road        Dark Horse: The Big Short

Best Production Design

Bridge of Spies

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: The Revenant      Dark Horse: Bridge of Spies

Eddie – Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road        Dark Horse: The Revenant

Best Costume Design

Carol

Cinderella

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road     Dark Horse: Carol

Eddie – Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road       Dark Horse: The Revenant

Best Original Score

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: The Hateful Eight      Dark Horse: Bridge of Spies

Eddie – Winner: The Hateful Eight        Dark Horse: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Original Song

“Earned It,” 50 Shades Of Grey

“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction

“Simple Song #3,” Youth

“Til It Happens to You,” The Hunting Ground

“Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: Til It Happens to You, The Hunting Ground       Dark Horse: Simple Song #3, Youth

Eddie – Winner: Til It Happens to You, The Hunting Ground        Dark Horse: Writings on the Wall, Spectre

Best Visual Effects

Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: Star Wars: The Force Awakens      Dark Horse: Ex Machina

Eddie – Winner: Star Wars: The Force Awakens        Dark Horse: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared

The Revenant

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: The Revenant     Dark Horse: Mad Max: Fury Road

Eddie – Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road       Dark Horse: The Revenant

Best Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road      Dark Horse: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Eddie – Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road        Dark Horse: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road     Dark Horse: The Revenant

Eddie – Winner: Star Wars: The Force Awakens        Dark Horse: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Documentary Short

Body Team 12

Chau Behind the Lines

Claude Lanzman

A Girl in the River

Last Day of Freedom

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: A Girl in the River      Dark Horse: Last Day of Freedom

Eddie – Winner: Body Team 12        Dark Horse: A Girl in the River

Best Live Action Short Film

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay

Shok

Stutterer

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: Day One     Dark Horse: Everything Will Be Okay

Eddie – Winner: Day One       Dark Horse: Stutterer

Best Animated Short Film

Bear Story

Prologue

Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow

Predictions

Jordan – Winner: World of Tomorrow      Dark Horse: Prologue

Eddie – Winner: World of Tomorrow       Dark Horse: Bear Story

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How do these predictions and sentiments fair compared to your thoughts? Is there an overrated/underrated film that irks you here? Let us know in the comments below!

17 responses to “2016 Oscars: J and E’s Overview and Final Predictions

  1. And now I shall add you two to the list of reasons why I’m going to be debating my picks up until Sunday night. It’s still interesting to read all your reasons and thoughts, and of course picks! I think we’re about half and half, but I don’t have mine committed to memory. I guess I’ll be busy checking after Sunday night. Good luck to both of you!

  2. I think The Revenant is going to sweep the board with Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor. Brie Larson will take best Actress, Kate Winslet and Sly best supporting.

  3. yeah, its a great film, but there are so many. I loved The Big Short and I think Carell should have been nominated. I wasn’t the biggest fan of spotlight and I don’t think it will win anything. I’m not sure the Oscars are always about who or what film is the best though!

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