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Joe Garwood

So the Oscars are right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate them than by telling them what they got wrong? Don't worry, there is the stuff they got right here aswell, but theres a bunch of stuff I disagreed with in various categories, so here are my Oscar nominations for the Picture, Acting, Directing and Screenplay categories. Remember, this is my opinion and it all comes down to my silly personal preference, so don't get your knickers in a twist.

Best Picture

Michael B. Jordan in 'Creed'
Michael B. Jordan in 'Creed'

Ex Machina
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I know, I know, although most people say that 8 nominations are a ridiculous amount, I've decided to nominate 10 movies, for the simple fact that, fuck it, I can do what want (as well as the fact that I purely just couldn't leave any of these movies out). There are also only 4 movies in there that were actually nominated for the real best picture, so it's clear that I don't wholly agree with the Academy. Also, two Sci-Fi Action movies nominated for best picture?! Are you insane Joe? No, those two movies happened to both be in my top 5 of the year, so suck it.

Best Actor

Jacob Tremblay in 'Room'
Jacob Tremblay in 'Room'

Jacob Tremblay - Room
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
Samuel L. Jackson - The Hateful Eight
Tom Hardy - Legend

Why is nobody talking about Tom Hardy's performance in Legend? I understand that the film wasn't fantastic, but Tom Hardy convinced me he was two different people in that movie. And why isn't Jacob Tremblay nominated for best actor? Is it because he's a kid? Seriously though I would probably give this Leo, purely because he deserves it for the many times he's been snubbed, and I'm rooting for him 100% for the award.

Best Actress

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in 'Room'
Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in 'Room'

Brie Larson - Room
Cate Blanchett - Carol
Charlize Theron - Mad Max: Fury Road
Emily Blunt - Sicario
Marion Cotillard - Macbeth

Hey, I know everyone thinks Marion Cotillard always gets nominated, but they didn't nominate her this year, and I would have. Her turn as Lady Macbeth was one of the best portrayals of the character we've seen. Also, Charlize Theron. C'mon, you nominated Mad Max for 10 awards already, you can nominate Charlize Theron aswell. She was one of the best things about the movie!

Best Supporting Actor

Benicio Del Toro in 'Sicario'
Benicio Del Toro in 'Sicario'

Benicio Del Toro - Sicario
Christian Bale - The Big Short
Idris Elba - Beasts of No Nation
Jason Mitchell - Straight Outta Compton
Oscar Isaac - Ex Machina

Okay, I think the supporting actor category this year looks pretty good, and I would have loved to put Tom Hardy or Mark Rylance or Sly Stallone on this list, but the competition was just too hot. I think the biggest snubs here (aside from 4 of my nominees) are Benicio Del Toro and Idris Elba, who were maybe two of my favourite performances of 2015, and definitely deserve the award more than anyone that's actually nominated.

Best Supporting Actress

Alicia Vikander in 'Ex Machina'
Alicia Vikander in 'Ex Machina'

Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina
Jennifer Jason Lee - The Hateful Eight
Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs
Rooney Mara - Carol
Tessa Thompson - Creed

In all this 'Oscars So White' hullabaloo, I'm surprised barely anyone is talking about Tessa Thompson. For me she was the standout performance of that movie. And Alicia Vikander gets nominated for The Danish Girl but not Ex Machina? Shame. But as great as all these nominees are, I would give it to Rooney Mara because she blew me away in Carol.

Best Original Screenplay

Alex Garland, the writer/ director of 'Ex Machina'
Alex Garland, the writer/ director of 'Ex Machina'

Alex Garland - Ex Machina
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley - Inside Out
Quentin Tarantino - The Hateful Eight
Taylor Sheridan - Sicario
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer - Spotlight

Okay, so apparently Spotlight is considered an original screenplay, which is why it is in this category. But did the academy seriously snub QT here? Whenever Tarantino makes a movie that Oscar is as good as his, but he didn't get nominated this year. This is probably my biggest snub. Seriously, I was shocked and enfuriated by this.

Best Adapted Screenplay

'Steve Jobs' by Walter Isaacson
'Steve Jobs' by Walter Isaacson

Aaron Sorkin - Steve Jobs
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph - The Big Short
Drew Goddard - The Martian
Emma Donoghue - Room
Phyllis Nagy - Carol

I see you Martian fans. I really liked The Martian, honestly, I did. I just didn't think it was as impressive from a filmmaking standpoint as other films that I simply had to nominate. But the script was great, so I'm pretty happy to put it here. And yes, I think Aaron Sorkin absolutely got snubbed in this category, because if it was down to me, he'd win it.

Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu in 'The Revenant'
Alejandro González Iñárritu in 'The Revenant'

Alejandro González Iñárritu - The Revenant
George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road
Justin Kurzel - Macbeth
Ryan Coogler - Creed
Todd Haynes - Carol

These four directors did truly amazing jobs in their fields last year, so why are only two of them nominated? Don't get me wrong, the two that are actually nominated are my two favourites and I love what Adam McKay, Lenny Abrahamson and Tom McCarthy did with their movies, but Ryan Coogler's direction of Creed was fantastic, and the amount of attention to detail Todd Haynes and Justin Kurzel had was admirable, so I think these are huge snubs from the Academy.

So that's how things would go down if i was in charge of picking the Oscar nominations. As you can see, there are some clear snubs and a few things the Academy actually got right, but ultimately I made this because it was fun. I just decided to share my thoughts with other people, and now it's your turn. What was your biggest Oscar snub? Who would you nominate? Make sure to let me know in the comments section and keep coming back for more if you liked this article.


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