2016 Oscars: Roundup and Final Thoughts

Oscar season has come and gone, with one of the better Oscar shows in recent memory. Here’s a roundup of all the nominees, winners and a few of my own patented (not really) final thoughts.

Programming note: The blog will be off until Monday, April 4, as I’m dedicating any free time I have in March to screenwriting. Hope you enjoyed another year of Oscar coverage, and see you in April!

BEST PICTURE

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Projected Winner: The Big Short
Actual Winner: Spotlight

It was six to five and pick ’em between The Big Short and Spotlight most of the way, though The Revenant got some heat due to its expected wins for DiCaprio, Lubezki and Iñárritu. Max Max: Fury Road was always a dark horse, and I’d have love to have seen Brooklyn or even The Martian. In short, no one knew what was coming.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Projected Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Actual Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Right guy, wrong role. But glad to see DiCaprio finally get his statue.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Projected Winner: Brie Larson, Room
Actual Winner: Brie Larson, Room

Larson was fantastic and well deserving. But wish Saoirse Ronan could have won; Brooklyn deserved something.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Projected Winner: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Actual Winner: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

This was a huge upset; most of the talk surrounded Stallone beforehand – I saw some for Bale, some for Ruffalo and my personal favorite was Hardy. But if I had put odds on it, Rylance’s would have been the longest.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Projected Winner: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Actual Winner: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

For the woman who had one of the biggest breakout years as an actress in modern history, she could well have been nominated twice in this category (also for Ex Machina) if the Oscar rules had allowed it. Well deserved, and can’t wait to see what she does next (and that would be the next Jason Bourne movie).

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Projected Winner: Didn’t complete the category
Actual Winner: Inside Out

Inside Out SHOULD have been nominated for Best Picture.

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Sicario

Projected Winner: The Revenant
Actual Winner: The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Make that a hat trick for Lubezki, who won last year for Birdman and the year before for Gravity. And the 13th loss for poor Roger Deakins (Sicario).

COSTUME DESIGN
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Projected Winner: Carol
Actual Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

DIRECTING
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Projected Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Actual Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Iñárritu wins his second straight Oscar in this category, but won’t join countryman Lubezki with a hat trick next year: Instead he’s working on a television show: The One Percent. With Ed Harris, Ed Helms and Hilary Swank.

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Projected Winner: Didn’t complete the category
Actual Winner: Amy

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
Body Team 12
Chau, beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom

Projected Winner: Didn’t complete the category
Actual Winner: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

FILM EDITING
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Projected Winner: The Big Short
Actual Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
Son of Saul
Theeb
A War

Projected Winner: Didn’t complete the category
Actual Winner: Son of Saul (Saul Fia)

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Projected Winner: Didn’t complete the category
Actual Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Projected Winner: The Hateful Eight
Actual Winner: The Hateful Eight

John Williams has been nominated for FIFTY…50!!!…FUCKING OSCARS. And he won five times. But not last night.

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction
“Simple Song #3,” Youth
“Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground
“Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre

Projected Winner: Didn’t complete the category
Actual Winner: “Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Projected Winner: The Danish Girl
Actual Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Projected Winner: Didn’t complete the category
Actual Winner: Bear Story (Historia de un Oso)

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Shok
Stutterer

Projected Winner: Didn’t complete the category
Actual Winner: Stutterer

SOUND EDITING
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Projected Winner: The Revenant
Actual Winner: Mad Mad: Fury Road

SOUND MIXING
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Projected Winner: The Revenant
Actual Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

VISUAL EFFECTS
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Projected Winner: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Actual Winner: Ex Machina

Max Max seemed poised to sweep the technical awards until this upset. Well deserved.

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

Projected Winner: The Big Short
Actual Winner: The Big Short

Anyone who can turn a book about complicated shit no one understood (even the guys who did it), and turn it into an entertaining movie deserve an award.

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

Projected Winner: Spotlight
Actual Winner: Spotlight

No real surprise, despite this writer’s issues with the script. Ex Machina, Inside Out and Straight Outta Compton SHOULD have been nominated for Best Picture…