Oscar Nominations 2016

Matt and I are super excited to present this year’s list of Oscar Nominees. I’m still recovering from back surgery but between a special little seat cushion and some good drugs, I think we’re down for some good discussion. Please join in the comments!

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I thought Brie Larson looked beautiful in gold at The Golden Globes – kind of like an Oscar statuette. I know she’s down for a nomination today. Who else are we feeling good about?

Best Picture:

Best Directing:

  • Adam McKay, The Big Short
  • George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
  • Lenny Abrahamson, Room
  • Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Actress in a Lead Role:

  • Cate Blanchett, Carol
  • Brie Larson, Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Actor in a Lead Role:

Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Christian Bale, The Big Short
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed
  • Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
  • Tom Hardy, The Revenant
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
  • Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara, Carol
  • Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Animated Feature Film

Cinematography:

  • Carol (Edward Lachman)
  • The Hateful Eight (Robert Richardson)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)
  • The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)
  • Sicario (Roger Deakins)

Costume Design:

  • Carol
  • The Danish Girl
  • Cinderella
  • The Revenant
  • Mad Max: Fury Road

Documentary Feature

  • Amy
  • Cartel Land
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?
  • Winter On Fire: Ukraine: Fight For Freedom
  • The Look of Silence

Film Editing:

Foreign Language Film:

  • A War
  • Son of Saul
  • Embrace of the Serpent
  • Theeb
  • Mustang

Makeup & Hair Styling:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out A Window and Disappeared
  • The Revenant

Music, Original Song

Original Score:

  • Bridge of Spies (Thomas Newman)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (John Williams)
  • Carol (Carter Burwell)
  • The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)
  • Sicario (Johann Johannson)

Production Design:

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Danish Girl
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Sound Editing:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Sicario
  • Star Wars: The Forst Awakens
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Sound Mixing:

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Visual Effects:

  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Writing, Adapted Screenplay

  • Brooklyn, Nick Hornby
  • Carol, Phyllis Nagy
  • Room, Emma Donoghue
  • The Big Short, Charles Randolph & Adam McKay
  • The Martian, Drew Goddard

Writing, Original Screenplay

  • Bridge of Spies, Matt Charman & Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • Ex Machina, Alex Garland
  • Inside Out, Pete Doctor & Meg LeFauve & Josh Cooley
  • Spotlight, Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
  • Straight Outta Compton, Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, and Alan Wenkus

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • Body Team 12
  • Chau, Beyond the Lines
  • Claude Lanzmann: Spctres of Shoah
  • A Girl in the River Last Day of Freedom

Best Live Action Short

  • Ave Maria
  • Day One
  • Everything Will Be Okay
  • Shok Stutterer

Best Animated Short

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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134 thoughts on “Oscar Nominations 2016

  1. kmSalvatore

    Ahh;( I’m on Vaca. No tv, missed it all, or I’m gonna miss it all, I don’t even have a clue as to the day;(! I guess that’s what vacas. Are all about.
    Hope your on the mend. Back surg….. Omg!!!!

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      1. Matt

        Back when the Golden Globe and SAG nominations were announced, I never would have thought he’d be a serious contender but I was obviously wrong. This Oscar could very well be his.

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      2. Sean

        Well he was perfect in Creed and giving Sly the win feels right for a number of reasons: (a) Creed’s a great movie that’s not winning much else; (b) an Oscar for Creed would be a nice bookend to Rocky as a new generation starts; and (c) because everyone loves a good underdog story!

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      1. Matt

        Ex Machina was one of my favourite movies of the year. I haven’t seen The Danish Girl yet but still kind of wish Alicia Vikander was nominated for Ex Machina instead.

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      2. Jay Post author

        The truth is, she does really almost carry The Danish Girl. In fact, she IS the Danish Girl. But yeah, she was excellent in Ex Machina and that role was more demanding and more of a stand-out.

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    1. Matt

      I am surprised and even more surprised that Inside Out didn’t get a nomination. Carol and Room are my two favourites so I would have rathered see Carol take The Big Short’s nomination. And have The Hateful Eight take Spotlight’s spot.

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      1. Sean

        Matt, you’re right but it’s such a big oversight by the voters. Anomalisa was an amazing movie that HAD to be animated. It’s so good I think it needed to be in the running for the biggest award of the year.

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      1. Jay Post author

        Yeah, the movie’s kind of skittish. I’m not sure it’s Best Picture material, and I’m even more doubtful of some of McKay’s choices.

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      1. Matt

        So, obviously I’m a big Carol supporter and am a little disappointed that Todd Haynes isn’t up there but I have to say I kind of get it with Adam McKay. The movie wasn’t perfect but he brought a lot of energy and creativity to a potentially boring and confusing story.

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  2. Jay Post author

    Kind of surprised to see Bridge of Spies get a Best Picture nom, but I think it’s totally deserved. I really liked that one,a nd glad to see Mark Rylance’s name up there too for Best Support Actor.

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    1. Matt

      I would have betMark Rylance would get recognized but The Bridge of Spies would be otherwise ignored. Oscar does love Spielberg though. (Even War Horse got a Best Picture nom).

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  3. Wendell

    Going with 8 BP noms again. Interesting. Would love for Ex Machina and Creed to have filled those two vacant slots, but oh well. My heart is still with Sly on his nom.

    Since I’ve still seen so few of these films, I can’t say what I would take out, but I thought Ant-Man should’ve gotten some love in the technical categories.

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  4. Jay Post author

    Best Picture: The Big Short\Bridge of Spies\Brooklyn
    Mad Max: Fury Road\The Martian\The Revenant\Room
    Spotlight

    Thoughts???
    I’m glad to see Room up there, and it was one of my favourites this year. I would have liked to see Anomalisa up there too. I’m not sure anything can steal it from The Revenant though.

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    1. Matt

      I really don’t know. It’s an exciting race this year. Right now, I’d say The Revenant is probably the front runner but Room or Spotlight can still take it. I would have loed to see Anomalisa, Carol, and The Hateful Eight up there.
      I’m voting Room.

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    2. Sean

      The Revenant is my pick of the seven nominated films I’ve seen. I enjoyed every one though so am glad they all were recognized. But now I have to see Brooklyn for sure.

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  5. Jay Post author

    Best Directing: Adam McKay, The Big Short\George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road\Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant\
    Lenny Abrahamson, Room\Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

    Todd Haynes doesn’t make the cut since Carol didn’t even get a Best Picture nom and I’m okay with that.
    Nothing for Ridley Scott either. I can live with that for sure.

    Inarritu seems poised to take this again BUT I’m kind of hoping George Miller sneaks in and grabs this.

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    1. Matt

      That would be show stopping! I’ve got to hand this to Alejandro though. Movies like The Revenant are the reason we give awards to directors in the first place.
      I actually would have loved to see some recognition for Todd Haynes for that same reason. He could have McCarthy’s seat if you ask me.

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      1. Matt

        I looked it up. He’d be in good company. Last time was 1941-1942. John Ford for Grapes of Wrath (1941) and How green Was My Valley (1942).

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  6. Jay Post author

    Best Actress in a Lead Role: Cate Blanchett\Brie Larson\
    Jennifer Lawrence\Charlotte Rampling\Saoirse Ronan

    I think it’s attrocious to see Jennifer Lawrence up there. It was a great year for women and I think she stole a spot from much more deserving performances. I would have definitely liked to see Lily Tomlin up there for Grandma.

    I think Cate, Brie & Saoirse are all very strong and deserving but I think Brie has the edge and I’d love to see her take it home.
    I can’t comment on Rampling since I haven’t seen 45 Years yet unfortunately.

    I’m also a little skeptical about moving Rooney Mara into supporting category. I’d say they had almost equal screen time.

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    1. Matt

      I haven’t seen Joy but share your frustration. JLaw is very talented but she shouldn’t be getting an automatic nomination every time she works with David O. Russell, especially since all I’ve heard is that Joy is his worst movie in a long time.
      I am so happy about Charlotte Rampling! She’s a great (and underrated) actress in what looks like a beautiful film.
      So far, I vote Brie Larson.

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  7. Jay Post author

    Best Actor in a Lead Role: Bryan Cranston\Matt Damon\
    Leonardo DiCaprio\Michael Fassbender\Eddie Redmayne

    Is Matt Damon the big surprise here?
    And is there any way Leo’s not taking it home?

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    1. Matt

      I’m not surprised about Matt damon. The bigger surprise was Bryan Cranston, who gave a wonderful performance in a very forgettable movie. Damon and Fassbender brought so much life to their roles but DiCaprio brought the painand he’s waited long enough. He’s got this.

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      1. Jay Post author

        I thought the acting was pretty strong in Trumbo, but yeah, not the best way to tell a story I thought should be way more compelling.
        Helen Mirren got forgotten while others had her pegged for her work in botht his and Woman In Gold. She’s often a staple but I think I’m okay about it this time.

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      2. Matt

        I’m fine with her sitting this year out too. I think Jennifer Jason Leigh has us covered for Best Supporting Actress playing a bitch.

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  8. Jay Post author

    A lot of weird choices, I think. The best performances from The Big Short and Spotlight didn’t get any love, but some of the lesser ones did.

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    1. Matt

      It’s beyond me. Yes, Oscar seems to like Mark Ruffalo for some reason but how could they forget that just last year they liked Michael Keaton too? I would have been very happy with a supporting nod for Keaton. And I liked living in a world where Rachel McAdams had never been nominated for an Oscar.
      And Steve Carrell! I would take back every Big Short nomination just for an acting nom for Steve Carrell.

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      1. Jay Post author

        Haha, yeah, I know.
        He was more deserving for his work in Infinitely Polar Bear, but there was no way he was going to crack the lead actor category.

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  9. Jay Post author

    Aaron Sorkin took the Globe for best screenplay but doesn’t even get nominated here.
    Neither does Tarantino, and that’s usually a given.

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    1. Matt

      Good points. As you pointed out back in October, Steve Jobs didn’t seem to be connecting much with audiences (except for with Dan). It’s honestly a very good, very well-written movie but it’s always seemed to be an uphill battle for Steve Jobs.

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      1. Jay Post author

        He has repeatedly said that he is done after 10 movies.
        Out of 10 movies, he wants 4 screenplay Oscars.
        So far he has 2.
        He was counting on this being #3.

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  10. Jay Post author

    Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale\ Sylvester Stallone\ Mark Ruffalo\ Tom Hardy\ Mark Rylance

    If this was my race, it’d be between Hardy and Rylance. Christian Bale just wasn’t a stand-out in this movie to me, and the same goes for Ruffalo. I can’t count out Sly, though I’d like to. To me, he’s just not acting. He’s just being himself. He may or may not even know they’re making a movie.

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    1. Matt

      I haven’t seen Creed but I’m starting to think this is Sly’s race. If it were up to me, I’d give it to Rylance and trust that Hardy will give us lots more opportunities to honour him.

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    2. Sean

      When I look at all the other names in this category it’s suddenly a lot harder to give it to Stallone, especially over Tom Hardy. I’m very torn so maybe now I want a tie between those two…it’s a tough one!

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      1. Sean

        Tom Hardy was just so good in so much stuff this year. I’d like to see him get something and he’s obviously a much better and more versatile actor than Stallone.

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    1. Matt

      Yeah. I’m pleased in both cases. Bridge of Spies is benefiting a bit from the Academy’s stubborn love of Spielberg (both Munich and War Horse got more attention from Oscar than anywhere else). With Sicario, I really don’t know what that’s about but good for them. It’s a tightly edited, very tense thriller.

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  11. Jay Post author

    Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander\Rachel McAdams\Jennifer Jason Leigh\Rooney Mara\Kate Winslet

    Will this possibly be a Kate & Leo repeat?

    McAdams doesn’t figure for me.
    Vikander was definitely solid. I kind of question the supporting part of this for her though. She figured largely, and at times it even felt like her story. She could take it.
    Leigh…well, I preferred her in Anomalisa. That was cool. I think I’m still decompressing The Hateful Eight. But no, I don’t see this as a win for her.
    Mara might be Kate’s biggest competition. She was really good, and again, I’d even question placing her in the supporting category. She did a lot of heavy lifting.

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    1. Matt

      These supporting categories are always a mixed bag. Sometimes they only have a few scenes but make a strong impression. Others are practically a second star, like with Mara (or Jake Gylenhaal in Brokeback Mountain, Jamie Foxx in Colatteral). It makes it hard to compare.
      Jennifer Jason Leigh had a great part in The Hateful Eight but I agree completely that she won’t win.
      For now, I’m voting Rooney Mara but i don’t think she’ll beat Kate Winslet, whose momentum seems so much stronger than that of the film itself.
      And Kate and Leo winning Oscars on the same night. How cute would that be.

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      1. Jay Post author

        It would be pretty cute. 🙂

        Jane Fonda had a nod at the Globes I believe for a teensy part in Youth (but a pretty memorable one) so you’re right – definitely weird to compare.

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  12. Jay Post author

    Best Animated Feature Film: Anomalisa\ Boy and the World\
    Inside Out\ Shaun The Sheep\ When Marnie Was There

    Shaun The Sheep is only there because it’s claymation and they love rewarding that shit. It doesn’t stand a chance.

    There are 2 here I haven’t see yet, would love to hear from anyone who has.

    I think Inside Out is the safe bet. It’s not the one I’d like to see win – to me this belongs to Anomalisa.

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  13. Jay Post author

    The writing categories are definitely going to be frustrating for us poolers this year, I think:

    Writing, Original Screenplay: Bridge of Spies\ Ex Machina\
    Inside Out\ Spotlight\Straight Outta Compton

    I don’t think Straight Outta Compton’s got a chance in hell, but it’s nice to be invited to the party, I guess.

    I loved Ex Machina and would love to see this win.
    I don’t know that we can discount the Coens though. They’re favourites, and for a reason.
    And Spotlight’s got a lot of momentum.
    and Inside Out…well, Pixar delivers great scripts time and time again.
    What do you think?

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    1. Matt

      I want to say smart money’s on Spotlight. It was once a potential frontrunner for Best Picture but has run out of steam a bit. This could be it’s only win and I think they’ll want to give it something.
      I think both Ex Machina and Inside Out were better scripts though.

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  14. Jay Post author

    Writing, Adapted Screenplay: Brooklyn\ Carol\ Room \The Big Short\ The Martian

    Well, this is also a toughie. It could go to Carol, the sorry we didn’t give you anything else award.
    Also: Adam McKay’s 2nd Oscar nomination!

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  15. Jay Post author

    I definitely vote Room. First, it’s the only one adapted by the original author, so points for that. Second, the book was actually called “unadaptable” so you gotta give it major respect.

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  16. jwforeva

    I hope Room wins its categories. I just did an oscars post myself so check it out and tell me what you think! I was pleasantly surprised by Lenny Abrahamson, many didn’t think he’d make it in but I thought his directing was honest,real and really emotional. Idris elba was a huge snub, I’m still fuming over that. And steve carell!! He gave the best performance in The Big Short!

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    1. Jay Post author

      I haven’t seen Beasts of No Nation yet, but Matt was just saying that for whatever reason the Oscars seem to pass on Idris Elba way too often.
      And I definitely agree about Carrell.
      And Abrahamson!!!
      I have a lot of love for Room and my fingers will be crossed.

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      1. Jay Post author

        We shouldn’t need to have a “black movie” to see black faces. There’s no reason for big ensemble casts like Spotlight or The Big Short to be incredi-white.

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      2. Matt

        Well, that’s hard to argue with. I think producers need to be rethinking their casting, the way they’re starting to by offering parts to women that would used to have gone to a man. I bring up Selma only because it was obvious last year who was being snubbed.

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  17. Jay Post author

    Definitely a little sad not live in a world that includes “Oscar nominee Wiz Khalifa.” Seriously, that was probably the best song from a movie this year. Come on, Academy. Get with it.

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    1. Sean

      See You Again is by far the best song as well as the best-used song. As far as packing an emotional punch, nothing tops Brian’s sendoff at the end of Furious 7.

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  18. Jay Post author

    It feels like Amy has the momentum for a best doc win, but I wasn’t enamoured with it.
    I feel like I’m always critical of the Academy’s choices here. They seem to go with the widely-seen ones rather than the ones that tell the subject matter the best.

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    1. Sean

      It’s very sad that The Hunting Ground wasn’t nominated. I had hoped it would get some attention to shed some light on the massive number of sexual assaults happening on college campuses. The stats are mind-boggling.

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  19. Docthewho

    Anyone else surprised at the lack of noms for Steve Jobs or The Hateful Eight? Thought Steve Jobs in particular would have gotten a few more, no original screenplay nom for The Hateful Eight is a notable one (even though I didn’t like it).

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    1. Matt

      A little. Especially The Hateful Eight, which I happened to love. I thought it was one of his better movies. Steve Jobs was so well-written so I was a little sorry that it didn’t get a screenplay nomination but the movie hasn’t seemed to connect with audiences the way it was intended.

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    2. Jay Post author

      I wasn’t terribly convinced by The Hateful Eight and actually think it was one of his weakest.
      I definitely think it’s weird that Steve Jobs didn’t get a screenplay nod, but I’m okay with it.

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    1. Jay Post author

      COMPLETE lack of diversity!
      Which reflects the lack of people of colour in movies at all. Most of these big ensemble casts were all-white, which is really embarrassing.
      The Martian was maybe the best in a weak lineup in terms of diversity.

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  20. Birgit

    Where is Ridley Scott? That is not right as far as I’m concerned. Stallone will win-ughh. Rooney Mara should be in best actress but that’s politics for ya. I have to listen to the songs

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    1. Matt

      Ridley Scott did a very good job with The Martian, the best thing he’s done at least since Gladiator. I could live with him not being nominated though. I think there were a lot of strong contenders this year.

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  21. SLIP/THROUGH - Dan

    There’s a lot of great movies this year. I’m rooting for Room.it really cast a spell on me. I get into the nominees in my own breakdown, but I’m missing a Machina nom for Vikander, and Corey Hawkins in Straight Outta Compton. And what’s up with Rooney Mara as a supporting actor?

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  22. Amy Reese

    Back surgery? Oh, no! I hope you’re doing well, Jay. Hey, what’s Amy about? I’ll take a look. Are there always this many movies up for Best Picture? That’s quite a list! I haven’t seen all of them. What do you think? Did they pick the right ones?

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  23. mitchteemley

    I’d go with Brooklyn or The Martian for best film (or Inside Out, if it were nominated). Brie Larson is brilliant–first noticed her going toe-to-toe with Toni Colette in United States of Tara (that takes acting chops!) and Saoirse Ronan is terrific in Brooklyn, too. Haven’t seen enough of the male or supporting acting nominees to decide yet. Leaning toward Tom McCarthy for Best Director. Writing: Brooklyn or Room (Adapted) and Inside Out (Original). Best Animated: Inside Out (it melted my heart), though Shaun the Sheep was adorably silly (as are all pretty much all Aardman movies and shorts). Best Action (if it was a category, as it ought to be): Mad Max. Best Sci-Fi: The Force Awakens (come on, Hollywood, where’s the love?).

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