If you’re hoping for a printable ballot so you can go up against your friends, Vanity Fair has you covered.
Please, no wagering.
My ballot for the big ones, as I’ve said, are:
Best Picture: Spotlight
Best Director: Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”)
Best Actress: Brie Larsen (“Room”)
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”)
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”)
Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”)
Which means that, yes, I think that the Revenant is going to be shut out of the big ones. It might win “Best Cinematography” or something like that. “Best Costume Design”, maybe. Perhaps “Best Makeup and Hairstyling”.
I am somewhat taken aback by how many nominations that Mad Max: Fury Road received. 10 Nominations! (Only the Revenant got more nominations, with 11.) Golly! On top of that, you can’t get that many nominations without also getting nominations for the ones where “Genre” flicks are allowed to win without embarrassment on the part of anyone. I mean, It’s okay to give a Summer Blockbuster filled with explosions and car chases an Oscar for “Best Sound Mixing”.
The dirty little secret of the film industry is that “movie magic” is as much a part of everything as actors laying it all on the line and giving the performance of a lifetime. Kramer vs. Kramer was great and all, but it didn’t really show you what Hollywood was capable of doing when it pulled out all the stops. It takes a flick like “Alien” to show what the studios are *REALLY* capable of. (Ghandi vs. E.T.! Platoon vs. Aliens! Amadeus vs… man, Amadeus won everything that year…)
In any case, to round out the left column of the ballot, my guess for Best Animated Feature is Inside Out, Cinematography will be The Revenant, and Costume Design will be the Revenant as well.
So… what does your Oscar Scorecard look like?
(Featured Image is “Edison’s Telephonoscope” by George du Maurier from Punch Almanack for 1879)