ByKenny Carrillo, writer at Creators.co
Kenny Carrillo

Well, it's been a crazy year for film. 2015 proved to have praised film after praised film, providing us with one of the most confusing Oscar races in recent memory. Even with all four major Guild Awards (Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild, Writers Guild and Directors Guild) there's still a looming sense of uncertainty accompanied with these Academy Awards. There's still really no clear frontrunner. The voting period has now closed, Academy members have submitted their nominees and all we can do is wait until tomorrow morning, Thursday, January 14.

Below are my predictions in all categories (excluding Live Action, Documentary and Animated Short Films, haven't seen many of them).

Let's see how my predictions fare!

Best Picture

Spotlight
Spotlight

Although I list 10 Nominations, we won't actually know how many films will be nominated until the nominees are actually unveiled. It could be as much as 10, or even as low as five. Ever since the Best Picture category has expanded to a possible 10 nominees, there has been only 8 and 9 nominated films a year. Will this year be a change?

My Top Ten Nominations:

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Carol

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

Straight Outta Compton

If Another Movie Manages to Get In, It'll Be One Of These:

Sicario

Inside Out

Ex Machina

The Hateful Eight

Beasts of No Nation

Trumbo

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Director:

Alejando G. Iñárritu (right)
Alejando G. Iñárritu (right)

Alejandro González Iñárritu - The Revenant

Todd Haynes - Carol

Ridley Scott - The Martian

Tom McCarthy - Spotlight

Adam McKay - The Big Short

Can Possibly Replace One or Two of These:

George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road

Steven Spielberg - Bridge of Spies

F. Gary Gray - Straight Outta Compton

Lenny Abrahamson - Room

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant

The Nominees:

Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant

Bryan Cranston - Trumbo

Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl

Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs

Johnny Depp - Black Mass

Possibilities:

Will Smith - Concussion

Matt Damon - The Martian

Steve Carell - The Big Short

Michael Kane - Youth

Best Actress

Brie Larson - Room
Brie Larson - Room

The Nominees:

Brie Larson - Room

Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn

Cate Blanchett - Carol

Jennifer Lawrence - Joy

Lily Tomlin - Grandma

Possibilities:

Charlotte Rampling - 45 Years

Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl (If placed in lead)

Rooney Mara - Carol (If she's placed in the leading category)

Charlotte Rampling - 45 Years

Helen Mirren - Woman in Gold

Charlize Theron - Mad Max: Fury Road

Carey Mulligan - Suffragette

Sarah Silverman - I Smile Back

Best Supporting Actor

Idris Elba - Beasts of No Nation
Idris Elba - Beasts of No Nation

The Nominees:

Sylvester Stallone - Creed

Idris Elba - Beasts of No Nation

Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies

Jacob Tremblay - Room

Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight

Possibilities:

Michael Shannon - 99 Homes

Michael Keaton - Spotlight

Christian Bale - The Big Short

Paul Dano - Love and Mercy

Tom Hardy - The Revenant

Best Supporting Actress

Rooney Mara - Carol
Rooney Mara - Carol

The Nominees:

Rooney Mara - Carol (Unless she's moved to Lead)

Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl (Unless she's moved as well)

Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs

Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight

Kristen Stewart - Clouds of Sils Maria

Possibilities:

Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina (Could happen if her performance for 'The Danish Girl is deemed to be a leading role. Double nominee, perhaps?)

Helen Mirren - Trumbo

Rachel McAdams - Spotlight

Jane Fonda - Youth

Joan Allen - Room

Best Original Screenplay

Inside Out
Inside Out

The Nominees:

Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer - Spotlight

Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley - Inside Out

Matt Charman, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - Bridge of Spies

Quentin Tarantino - The Hateful Eight

Amy Schumer - Trainwreck

Possibilities:

Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff - Straight Outta Compton

Alex Garland - Ex Machina

Taylor Sheridan - Sicario

Best Adapted Screenplay

Room
Room

The Nominees:

Emma Donoghue - Room

Phyllis Nagy - Carol

Adam McKay, Charles Randolph - The Big Short

Nick Hornby - Brooklyn

Aaron Sorkin - Steve Jobs

Possibilities:

Drew Goddard - The Martian

Mark L. Smith - The Revenant

John McNamada - Trumbo

Charlie Kauffman - Anomalisa

Best Animated Feature Film

Anomalisa
Anomalisa

The Nominees:

Inside Out

Anomalisa

Shaun the Sheep Movie

The Good Dinosaur

The Peanuts Movie

Possibilities:

The Prophet

Minions

When Marnie Was There

Best Foreign Language Film

Mustang
Mustang

The Nominees:

Son of Saul (Hungary)

Mustang (France)

Labyrinth of Lies (Germany)

A War (Denmark)

Viva (Ireland)

Possible Alternatives:

The Brand New Testament (Belgium)

Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)

Theeb (Jordan)

Best Documentary Feature

Amy
Amy

The Nominees:

Amy

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Cartel Land

Going Clear

The Look of Silence

Possibilities:

He Named Me Malala

The Hunting Ground

Listen to Me Marlon

Best Original Score

The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight

The Nominees:

Ennio Morricone - The Hateful Eight

Carter Burwell - Carol

John Williams - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Michael Giacchino - Inside Out

Thomas Newman - Bridge of Spies

Possibilities:

Alexandre Desplat - The Danish Girl

Junkie XL - Mad Max: Fury Road

Howard Shore - Spotlight

Best Original Song

Furious 7
Furious 7

The Nominees:

"Simple Song #3" by David Lang - Youth

"See You Again" by DJ Frank E, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa - Furious 7

"Love Me Like You Do" by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ali Payami, Tove Lo, Ilya Salmanzadeh - Fifty Shades of Grey

"Writings on the Wall" by Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes - Spectre

"Til It Happens to You" by Dianne Warren and Lady Gaga - The Hunting Ground

Best Production Design

Brooklyn
Brooklyn

The Nominees:

Carol

Brooklyn

The Danish Girl

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

Possibilities:

The Martian

Cinderella

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Crimson Peak

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Black Mass
Black Mass

The Nominees:

Mad Max: Fury Road

Black Mass

The Revenant

Possibilities:

Mr. Holmes

The 100-Year-Old Man

Legend

Concussion

Best Costume Design

Carol
Carol

The Nominees:

Cinderella

Carol

Brooklyn

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

Possibilities:

Crimson Peak

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Cinematography

The Revenant
The Revenant

The Nominees:

The Revenant

Carol

Sicario

Mad Max: Fury Road

Bridge of Spies

Possibilities:

The Hateful Eight

The Martian

Beasts of No Nation

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road

The Nominees:

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Jurassic World

Sicario

Possibilities:

Inside Out

The Martian

The Hateful Eight

Best Sound Mixing

Straight Outta Compton
Straight Outta Compton

The Nominees:

Straight Outta Compton

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

Possibilities:

Jurassic World

Inside Out

Bridge of Spies

Best Visual Effects

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Jurassic World

The Martian

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Possibilities:

The Walk

Avengers Age of Ultron

Ant-Man

Best Film Editing

The Big Short
The Big Short

The Nominees:

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Big Short

Spotlight

Possibilities:

Bridge of Spies

Sicario

Steve Jobs

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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