My 2015 Oscar Predictions

BEST PICTURE:                                                                 The Revenant

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:                             Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:                         Brie Larson, The Room

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:                    Sylvester Stallone, Creed

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORRTING ROLE:             Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

BEST DIRECTING:                                                              The Revenant

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:                                      The Big Short

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:                                     Spotlight

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:                                 Inside Out

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:                                 Amy

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:                              Son of Saul

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:                                            The Revenant

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:                                             Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST FILM EDITING:                                                       Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST MAKE UP AND HAIR STYLING:                          Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST MUSIC ORIGINAL SCORE:                                  The Hateful Eight

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:                                      Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST SOUND EDITING:                                                 Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST SOUND MIXING:                                                  Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:                                                 Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:                                                 Til It Happens to You, The Hunting Ground

BEST SHORT FILM ANIMATED:                                   Sanjay’s Super Team

BEST SHORT FILM LIVE ACTION:                                Ave Maria

BEST SHORT FILM DOCUMENTARY:                          A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness



I have an addition thought to share on the non Oscar nominations for the movie Selma.  I think many people are sort of missing the really important issue that this situation demonstrates. No one seems to be mentioning that this year, to get diversity into the Oscars, it all depended on one film and one film only. No other films with black actors or subject matter that revolved around people of color were in any way close to being considered for possible inclusion here. Selma didn’t get nominations for a number of reasons, not just because it was niche subject matter and made by artists of color (other reasons include the lackluster campaign and the not getting out screeners and opening late, etc.). But there is also a lack of diversity in the Oscars this year because we are dependent on getting diversity only through one or two films a year. The problem isn’t necessarily that Selma didn’t get the nominations, but that there was only one Selma this year and until we have a larger number of “Selmas” in a year, we may never ultimately resolve the diversity issue in film and awards.