The Oscar nominations have officially arrived, and as always there is much speculation, and many gripes and groans regarding snubs. Here are our thoughts on this year’s Oscar Nominees.

Best Animated Film:

Shaun The Sheep Movie


Inside Out

Boy and The World

When Marnie Was There

Predicted winner: Inside Out


Who we’d like: Inside Out

Inside Out is definitely the easy pick to win here and deservedly so. That being said the notable absence is felt from The Peanuts movie. Even though we’re missing Charlie Brown and friends, this is still a one horse race, Inside Out is miles ahead of the pack.


Best Original Screenplay:

Cohen Brothers, Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies)

Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer (Spotlight)

Alex Garland (Ex Machina)

Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen (Inside Out)

Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton)

Predicted winner: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer (Spotlight)


Who we’d like: Alex Garland (Ex Machina)

A surprisingly loaded category, it’s clear that Spotlight writer Tom McCarthy is likely the early favorite, but do not discount Pete Docter and Alex Garland for their efforts. This could end up being a tight race. The only notable absence here is from The Danish Girl writer Lucinda Coxon.


Best Adapted Screenplay:

Drew Goddard (The Martian)

Adam McKay (The Big Short)

Emma Donoghue (Room)

Phyllis Nagy (Carol)

Nick Hornby (Brooklyn)

Predicted winner: Drew Goddard (The Martian)


Who we’d like: Emma Donoghue (Room)

Another very tight race and loaded category, the early favorite is Goddard for The Martian, But Adam McKay and Emma Donoghue are close contenders. This is category that might have some surprised come Oscar night and we could see a dark horse like Nick Hornby swoop in and steal the award. The more than noticeable absence here is the “snub” of Aaron Sorkin and his work with Steve Jobs. It was almost a lock for Sorkin to get a nod, but the academy thought differently this year.


Best Director:

George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Adam McKay (The Big Short)

Lenny Abrahamson (Room)

Alejandro Inarritu (The Revenant)

Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

Predicted Winner: Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)


Who we’d like: George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Another tough category to call. All of these directors bring something to the table in terms of vision and stylization. The early leader is Tom McCarthy, as Spotlight may end up being the Oscar darling this year. It would not surprise anyone to see George Miller , or Alejandro Inarritu take home the award either. Definitely looks to be a tight race, and this could be another award that a dark horse could sneak one out of. Only notable absence here would be from Creed helmer Ryan Coogler, who directed one hell of a film and Sly Stallone in his best performance of his career.


Best Supporting Actor:

Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)

Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Tom Hardy (The Revenant)

Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

Christian Bale (The Big Short)

Predicted Winner: Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)


Who we’d like: Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

This was a loaded category. So many options and some could argue several other actors could have been on this list including Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation, Michael Keaton for Spotlight, Benicio Del Toro for Sicario, and Jason Mitchell for Straight Outta Compton. That being said, Mark Rylance might be the early favorite, but who out there doesn’t want to see Sylvester Stallone take home the trophy?!!


Best Supporting Actress:

Rachel McAdams (Spotlight)

Rooney Mara (Carol)

Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)

Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Predicted Winner: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)


Who we’d like: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

It could be argued that Alicia Vikander could have been nominated for Ex Machina as well as The Danish Girl. This is another film that could end up being a very tight race. The early favorite is still Vikander, but it could easily be Winslet, or even Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight. This one could be tough, but there does not appear t be any real noticeable snubs or absences here.


Best Actress:

Brie Larson (Room)

Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)

Cate Blanchett (Carol)

Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

Predicted Winner: Brie Larson (Room)


Who we’d like: Brie Larson (Room)

This seems to be Brie Larson’s award to lose, but there have been upsets in years past. If last year is any indicator though, then this is a one horse race. Julianne moore was the easy favorite and then went on to win handily for Still Alice. If anyone can dethrone Larson it’s Cate Blanchett for her role in Carol, and even Charlotte Rampling is picking up steam, but this is till Larson’s award to lose.


Best Actor:

Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)

Matt Damon (The Martian)

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Predicted Winner: Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)


Who we’d like: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

The award that most people will be watching like a hawk. Could this finally be the year that Leonardo DiCaprio finally brings home the big one? Right now the odds on favorite is tilting in Fassbender’s direction. Sadly this might be another year that leaves Leo wanting. This is likely a three horse race between Leo, Fassbender, and Eddie Redmayne. It could be a toss up, but there is no doubt that if Leo doesn’t win, there will be a lot of sad fans crying foul.


Best Picture:

Bridge of Spies

The Revenant


The Martian

The Big Short



Mad Max: Fury Road

Predicted Winner: Spotlight


Who we’d like: Spotlight

A great list of Nominees for best picture and this is surprisingly a much more open race than initially expected. With a number of films picking up steam late in the game this might end up being wide open category. The early favorite is definitely Spotlight, but there are a number of films that could easily step in and take the award. The Martian and Room are both picking up steam, and The Revenant is right in the mix. Some Noticeable absences are Straight Outta Compton, Beasts of No Nation, Carol, and Creed, but we only have 8 spots this year so everyone can’t get nominated we suppose.


Biggest snub:

Aaron Sorkin not nominated for best adapted Screenplay.


Easiest lock of the night:

Inside Out for best animated picture.


Potential big award show winner:

Spotlight, could win 5 major Oscar categories.


Best chance for an upset:

Rooney Mara might have the best upset chance of them all, as she is gaining some momentum for her role in Carol.


Who will suffer the harshest defeat:

Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s our guess that Fassbender will take best actor and Leo will be left in the shadows, contemplating why he just spent 100 days in the forest, during winter, getting mauled by fake bears.


So that’s all for our Oscar nominee observations. What do you guys think of the nominees? Anyone snubs that we missed? Who do you think will win? Drop a comment and let us know what you think.

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