So, here we are. It’s all come down to this. Months of agonising and shifting, and we’re almost there: nomination day is nearly upon us. It always upsets me when we get to the end of the nomination phase of awards season, as we still can pray for the rank outsiders to get a place in the line-up, keep them a part of the conversation. Alas, this is it: my final Oscar nomination predictions for 2016. Here we go:
Best Picture: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton.
Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu- The Revenant, Tom McCarthy- Spotlight, Adam McKay- The Big Short, George Miller- Mad Max: Fury Road, Ridley Scott- The Martian.
Best Actor: Bryan Cranston- Trumbo, Matt Damon- The Martian, Leonardo DiCaprio- The Revenant, Michael Fassbender- Steve Jobs, Eddie Redmayne- The Danish Girl.
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett- Carol, Brie Larson- Room, Jennifer Lawrence- Joy, Charlotte Rampling- 45 Years, Saoirse Ronan- Brooklyn.
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale- The Big Short, Idris Elba- Beasts of No Nation, Mark Ruffalo- Spotlight, Mark Rylance- Bridge of Spies, Sylvester Stallone- Creed.
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh- The Hateful Eight, Rooney Mara- Carol, Rachel McAdams- Spotlight, Alicia Vikander- The Danish Girl, Kate Winslet- Steve Jobs.
Best Original Screenplay: Bridge of Spies, Ex Machina, The Hateful Eight, Inside Out, Spotlight.
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short, Brooklyn, Carol, Room, Steve Jobs.
Best Cinematography: Carol, The Hateful Eight, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Sicario.
Best Costume Design: Brooklyn, Carol, Cinderella, The Danish Girl, Mad Max: Fury Road.
Best Editing: The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Spotlight.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Jumped Out of the Window and Disappeared, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant.
Best Production Design: Bridge of Spies, Carol, Cinderella, The Danish Girl, Mad Max: Fury Road.
Best Original Score: Bridge of Spies, Carol, The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Best Original Song: Love Me Like You Do- Fifty Shades of Grey, See You Again- Furious 7, Simple Song #3- Youth, Til It Happens to You- The Hunting Ground, Writings on the Wall- Spectre.
Best Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Sicario, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Straight Outta Compton.
Best Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Walk.
Best Animated Feature: Anomalisa, The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out, The Peanuts Movie, Shaun the Sheep Movie.
Best Documentary Feature: Amy, Cartel Land, The Hunting Ground, The Look of Silence, Meru.
Best Foreign Language Film: The Brand New Testament, Labyrinth of Lies, Mustang, Son of Saul, Theeb.
Best Animated Short: Bear Story, Carface, If I Was God, Sanjay’s Super Team, World of Tomorrow.
Best Documentary Short: Body Team 12, Chau Beyond the Lines, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, My Enemy My Brother, The Testimony.
Best Live Action Short: Ave Maria, Day One, Shok, Stutterer, Winter Light.