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