Best Film

The Big Short



Bridge of Spies





Brooklyn





Mad Max: Fury Road





The Martian





The Revenant




Room


Spotlight
  

Frontier adventure The Revenant leads the field with 12 nominations, closely followed by exhilarating blockbuster-with-brains Mad Max: Fury Road (10 nominations). With six nominations apiece, financial-crash comedy The Big Short and investigative-journalism drama Spotlight are also in contention. All four movies boast victories on this year’s awards circuit, but Bafta-winning The Revenant is the clear frontrunner.



Will win: The Revenant 


Should win: Mad Max: Fury Road


Who’s missing: Carol

Best Director 

Lenny Abrahamson – Room 


Alejandro G Inarritu – The Revenant 


Tom McCarthy – Spotlight 


Adam McKay – The Big Short 


George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road 

Only twice before has a director won back to back Oscars (John Ford in 1941 and 1942 and Joseph L Mankiewicz in 1950 and 1951), but Alejandro G Inarritu, winner last year for Birdman, is on a roll with victories at the Directors Guild Awards, Golden Globes and Baftas and looks set to repeat the feat for his ferociously gripping tale of survival and revenge, The Revenant. 



Will win: Alejandro G Inarritu – The Revenant 


Should win: George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road 


Who’s missing: Todd Haynes – Carol


Best Actor 

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo 

Matt Damon – The Martian 

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant 

Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs 

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl  

Following his triumph in The Theory of Everything last year, could Eddie Redmayne pull off an Oscar double with his performance as The Danish Girl’s transgender pioneer? No, frankly. Having gone through the Academy-impressing on-set ordeals of eating raw bison liver and sleeping inside a horse carcass for The Revenant, fith-time nominee Leonardo DiCaprio is a shoo-in for this award.



Will win: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant 


Should win: Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs


Who’s missing: Ralph Fiennes – A Bigger Splash   


Best Actress 

Cate Blanchett – Carol 


Brie Larson – Room 


Jennifer Lawrence – Joy 


Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years 


Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn  

This year’s Best Actress field is exceptionally strong. Each one of the five nominees would make a worthy winner. Saoirse Ronan is surely destined to join past winners Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence in the Oscars hall of fame – just not this year. Brie Larson’s heartrending portrayal of a young mother held prisoner in a shed with her five-year-old son in Room is justifiably the favourite here.



Will win: Brie Larson – Room 


Should win: Brie Larson – Room 


Who’s missing: Emily Blunt – Sicario


Best Supporting Actor 

Christian Bale – The Big Short 


Tom Hardy – The Revenant 


Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight


Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies 


Sylvester Stallone – Creed

#OscarsSoWhite began trending on social media as soon as the 2016 nominations were announced and this is the category where the furore about a lack of diversity is most telling. Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) and Benicio Del Toro (Sicario) both have good reason to feel aggrieved at their omission from this lineup. As things stand, expect Hollywood veteran Sylvester Stallone, playing Rocky Balboa for the seventh time in Creed, to ride to victory on a tide of Academy sentiment, although Bafta winner Mark Rylance has a good shot.



Will win: Sylvester Stallone – Creed 


Should win: Tom Hardy – The Revenant 


Who’s missing: Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation


Best Supporting Actress 

Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight 

Rooney Mara – Carol 

Rachel Adams – Spotlight 

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl 

Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs  

Kate Winslet picked up an Oscar in 2009 for The Reader and has a strong chance of adding to her collection for her role in Steve Jobs following her Bafta triumph last month. She faces strong competition from Alicia Vikander, although her rival has arguably been nominated in the wrong category (she’s clearly The Danish Girl’s co-lead, as is Carol’s Rooney Mara) or possibly for the wrong film, given her astonishing performance as Ex Machina’s robot.



Will win: Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl 


Should win: Rooney Mara – Carol  


Who’s missing: Kristen Stewart, The Clouds of Sils Maria


Animated Feature Film

Anomalisa


Boy and the World


Inside Out


Shaun the Sheep Movie


When Marnie Was There


Will win:
 Inside Out

Cinematography

Carol


The Hateful Eight


Mad Max: Fury Road


The Revenant


Sicario

Will win:
 The Revenant


Costume Design

Carol


Cinderella


The Danish Girl


Mad Max: Fury Road


The Revenant


Will win:
 Cinderella

Documentary Feature

Amy


Cartel Land


The Look of Silence


What Happened, Miss Simone?


Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom


Will win:
  Amy


Documentary Short Subject

Body Team 12


Chau, Beyond the Lines


Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah


A Girl in the River: The Prince of Forgiveness


Last Day of Freedom


Will win:
 

Body Team 12

Film Editing

The Big Short


Mad Max: Fury Road


The Revenant


Spotlight


Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Will win:
 Mad Max: Fury Road


Foreign Language Film

Embrace of the Serpent


Mustang


Son of Saul


Theeb


A War


Will win:
 Son of Saul


Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road


The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared


The Revenant

Will win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Music Original Score

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Will win:
 

The Hateful Eight

Music Original Song

‘Earned It’ – Fifty Shades of Grey

‘Manta Ray’ – Racing Extinction

‘Simple Song’ – Youth

‘Til It Happens To You’ – The Hunting Ground

‘Writing’s on the Wall’ – Spectre


Will win:
 

‘Til It Happens To You’ – The Hunting Ground

Production Design

Bridge of Spies

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant


Will win:
 Mad Max: Fury Road

 

Animated Short Film 

Bear Story


Prologue


Sanjay’s Super Team


We Can’t Live Without the Cosmos


World of Tomorrow


Will win: 

Sanjay’s Super Team

Live Action Short Film

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Shok

Stutterer

Will win: Ave Maria

Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Will win:
 Mad Max: Fury Road

 

Sound Mixing 

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Will win:
 Mad Max: Fury Road

 

Visual Effects
 

Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Will win:
 Mad Max: Fury Road

 

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short 

Brooklyn

Carol

The Martian

Room 


Will win:
 The Big Short

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Spotlight

Straight Outta Compton


Will win:
 

Spotlight