ByJames Porter, writer at Creators.co
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Here are all the nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards:

Best Picture:

-The Revenant

-Mad Max: Fury Road

-The Big Short

-Room

-Bridge Of Spies

-Brooklyn

-The Martian

-Spotlight

Some great films on here, I was hoping for Steve Jobs, Straight Outta Compton and maybe even Star Wars to grab some nominations for Best Picture but this is a list of 8 truly fantastic films. I'm hoping Mad Max wins, because that would truly be quite a surprise but with all the recent buzz surrounding The Revenant and Spotlight, I think it's going to come between those two films.

Best Director:

-Lenny Abrahamson (Room)

-Alejandro G. Innaritu (The Revenant)

-Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

-Adam McKay (The Big Short)

-George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

If any of you saw my Oscar predictions last night you'll know I had Ridley Scott down to win for Best Director for The Martian so I'm shocked at his absence. I was hoping for a Danny Boyle nomination for Steve Jobs as I believe that to be the best film of the year but still, a very nice list of directors. Personally I'd give it to George Miller but I have a feeling Innaritu will get his second win.

Best Actor:

-Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

-Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

-Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)

-Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

-Matt Damon (The Martian)

Could it be Leo's year? Whilst that would be a wonderful thing, I really do hope Michael Fassbender walks away with this one, his performance in Steve Jobs is nothing short of masterful, the amount of dialogue the actor had to perform was insane and he made it look effortless. I did have all five of these actors in my predictions.

Best Actress:

-Cate Blanchett (Carol)

-Brie Larson (Room)

-Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

-Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)

-Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

My money is going on Brie Larson for Room, she's my personal pick. But Cate Blanchett for Carol and Ronan in Brooklyn are serious contenders also.

Best Supporting Actor:

-Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

-Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)

-Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies)

-Tom Hardy (The Revenant)

-Christian Bale (The Big Short)

My pick to win Supporting Actor was actually Michael Shannon from 99 Homes and I'm shocked he's not even nominated. I'd give it to Stallone, I've not seen Creed yet, but from what I have seen, he looks fantastic and it would be a great thing to see Stallone take home the award for the most iconic role of his career.

Best Supporting Actress:

-Rooney Mara (Carol)

-Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)

-Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

-Rachel McAdams (Spotlight)

-Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

This is one of the most stacked categories in this years awards. I'd give it to Kate Winslet, but Rooney Mara was also pretty fantastic in Carol.

Best Cinematography:

-The Revenant

-Sicario

-Carol

-Mad Max: Fury Road

-The Hateful Eight

Five beautiful looking films, but only one of these films really left left me jaw dropped by the cinematography and that's The Revenant.

Best Animated Feature:

-Inside Out

-Shaun The Sheep Movie

-When Marnie Was There

-Anomalisa

-Boy And The World

If Inside Out doesn't win this award, there will be riots....lead by me.

Best Adapted Screenplay

-The Big Short

-Brooklyn

-Carol

-The Martian

-Room

Perhaps the biggest snub of the year falls in this category. No sign of Aaron Sorkin's absolutely phenomenal script for Steve Jobs. Without a doubt it is the best written film of the year and I cannot believe it wasn't nominated. My pick out of these is either Room or The Martian.

Best Original Screenplay

-Bridge of Spies

-Ex Machina

-Inside Out

-Spotlight

-Straight Outta Compton

Very surprised with the nomination for Straight Outta Compton and even more surprised at the lack of The Hateful Eight, a movie which almost entirely relies on it's witty and very wordy script. My pick is Inside Out which on a screenplay level is pure genius.

Best Costume Design

-Carol

-Cinderella

-The Danish Girl

-Mad Max: Fury Road

-The Revenant

I'm going to go with Cinderella on this one, the costume design was wonderful.

Best Makeup And Hairstyling

-Mad Max: Fury Road

-The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

-The Revenant

I'll go with Mad Max for this award, the make up on many of the characters was very memorable.

Best Original Song

-"Earned It," Fifty Shades of Grey

-"Manta Ray," Racing Extinction

-"Simple Song No. 3," Youth

-"'Til It Happens to You," The Haunting Ground

-"Writings on the Wall," Spectre

I was really hoping for "See You Again" from Furious 7 as I believe it's a great song which happens to have a really big impact on the film. I'll probably go with "Writings On The Wall" because whilst it's not the best Bond song ever, it did fit nicely with the opening sequence.

Best Original Score

-Bridge of Spies

-Carol

-The Hateful Eight

-Sicario

-Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Five absolutely incredible scores, Ennio Morrecone's Hateful Eight was hauntingly good but I'm actually going with Star Wars, I like the score more and more every time I hear it and it's the only one of the list that brought me to tears.

Best Editing

-The Big Short

-Mad Max: Fury Road

-The Revenant

-Spotlight

-Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I'm going with Star Wars again, I thought it was a tightly packed film with very little down time, it moved from set piece to set piece effortlessly and the editing style actually paid homage to the original films.

Best Sound Editing

-Mad Max: Fury Road

-The Martian

-The Revenant

-Sicario

-Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I'm going with Star Wars again, the sound really blew me away, even in small moments such as snowflakes sizzling on a Lightsaber, I thought the sound editing and mixing was fantastic.

Best Sound Mixing

-Bridge of Spies

-Mad Max: Fury Road

-The Martian

-The Revenant

-Star Wars: The Force Awakens

My vote goes to Star Wars!

Best Production Design

-Bridge of Spies

-The Danish Girl

-Mad Max: Fury Road

-The Martian

-The Revenant

Very shocked at the absence of both Star Wars and Crimson Peak, two of the films this year which floored me with their production design, I thought the sets in those films were some of their highlights. Out of these nominees I'll go with The Martian.

Best Visual Effects

-Ex Machina

-Mad Max: Fury Road

-The Martian

-The Revenant

-Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I would have thrown Jurassic World into the nominees over The Martian. The Martian had some nice visuals but I though the ending where Matt Damon is floating above Mars looked a bit cheap. The effects in The Revenant and Ex Machina are smaller but very impressive but I'm going with Star Wars, the amount of visual effects and the quality of them was astounding and it was a perfect blend of digital and practical.

What do you think of all the nominees? Let me know your picks in the comments or on Twitter @JamesPorter97

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