ByAutumn Henderson-Brazie, writer at
Nerd in every respect.
Autumn Henderson-Brazie

The end of the year also marks the beginning of awards season, and with The Golden Globes already come and gone, we only have The Oscars left to celebrate.

Year after year, I'm disappointed by many of the nominations and most of the winners that The Academy chooses, so I thought (instead of complaining more), I would share who my nominations and winners would be.

Lead Actress

Brie Larson, Room

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Sarah Silverman, I Smile Back

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Rooney Mara, Carol

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Winner: Saoirse Ronan

I think that most people are expecting one of the women from Carol to take home the trophy. While I thought both of their performances were incredible, having two lead actresses in a movie makes it difficult to vote for either one of them. Add that to the distracting cinematography, and Carol becomes a slight disappointment despite the excellent script and talented cast. Larson is another favorite, but her movie, Room, is meant to tell a story, not just highlight a performance. Ronan, on the other hand, was clearly the star of the show from the first shot. She carried that movie on her back and I was so impressed with how Brooklyn was able to tell the story of a generation of immigrants through ones love story.

Lead Actor

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Michael Fassbender, Jobs

Bradyley Cooper, Burnt

Winner: Eddie Redmayne

Yes, I'm aware that my not rewarding Leo in this category is a rather unpopular opinion, but I believe that when you only take into consideration the performances from this year, Redmayne is more deserving in this role. And yes, I expect to hear some dissenting opinions in the comments.

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve, Sicario

Ridley Scott, The Martian

Guillermo Del Toro, Crimson Peak

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Winner: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

I know a lot of people are pulling for Ridley Scott or Inurritu, but the spectacle that was Mad Max: Fury Road could not have happened without Miller's unique vision, and for that, and his creating and showcasing such an unapologetic female action hero, I believe that he is most deserving.

Best Costumes


Mad Max: Fury Road

Crimson Peak

The Martian


Winner: Crimson Peak

I chose the above photo because it showcases both the male and female costuming, but to be frank, I could have put any photo from any scene in here and still made my point. Anyone who's seen Crimson Peak would agree with me that they deserve to be rewarded for the incredible beauty of this film.

Best Score


The Revenant

Crimson Peak

The Hateful Eight


Mad Max: Fury Road

Winner: Sicario


The purpose of a film's score is to elicit an emotion from the audience that gives meaning to the visuals they're seeing on screen. It sets the mood for not only the scene, but the movie as a whole. This score from Sicario was the most effective I've heard since The Silence of The Lambs' (1992).

Supporting Actor

Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina

Jacob Tremblay, Room

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Benicio Del Toro, Sicario

Winner: Jacob Tremblay

The Academy and The Hollywood Foreign Press are often hesitant to reward children for their performances, usually because a truly award worthy role for a child seldom comes along. Tremblay, however, is absolutely deserving for his work in Room, and it's a shame that it dosen't look like he'll be receiving an Oscar nomination.

Supporting Actress

I believe that the supporting actress category is the most interesting and most competitive of the 2015/16 award season. Even choosing my nominees was difficult, and a winner next to impossible. After much thought, here's my list:

Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Jessica Chastain, Crimson Peak

Elizabeth Banks, Love & Mercy

Helen Mirren, Trumbo

Winner: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

That was a difficult decision for me because although Vikander was the most award worthy in The Danish Girl, my favorite peformance of the year by a supporting actress was Jessica Chastain in Crimson Peak. I also thoroughly enjoyed Vikander in Ex Machina.

Best Picture

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian


Crimson Peak


Ex Machina

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

The unprecedented creativity that became Mad Max: Fury Road is something unique to cinema in recent memory. It's a special SPECIAL movie and exists outside of The Academy's normal scope. It was 2015's best picture.


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