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This is a tough year to predict. Here are my guesses for this years nominations which will be announced January 14th.

Best Picture
Spotlight
The Big Short
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
Carol
The Revenant
Bridge of Spies
Room
Sicario

Best Director
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian
Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
Todd Haynes, Carol

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Steve Carell, The Big Short
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Johnny Depp, Black Mass

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Jacob Tremblay, Room

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Brie Larson, Room
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Rooney Mara, Carol
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria
Rooney Mara, Carol

Best Animated Feature
Inside Out
Anomalisa
The Peanuts Movie
The Good Dinosaur
Shaun the Sheep

Best Animated Short
Sanjay’s Super Team
Bear Story
World of Tomorrow
If I was God
Carface

Best Cinematography
The Revenant
Mad Max:Fury Road
The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Costume Design
Carol
Brooklyn
The Danish Girl
Cinderella
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Documentary Feature
Amy
The Look of Silence
The Hunting Ground
Heart of a Dog
Meru

Best Documentary Short Subject
Body Team 12
Chau Beyond the Lines
My Enemy My Brother
50 Feet From Syria
The Testimony

Best Film Editing
The Revenant
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
Spotlight
Sicario

Best Foreign Language Film
Son of Saul
Mustang
Labyrinth of Lies
Theeb
Embrace the Serpent

Best Live Action Short
Ave Maria
Day One
Shok
Stutterer
Everything Will be Okay

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Black Mass
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Original Score
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Carol
Spotlight
Steve Jobs
Bridge of Spies

Best Original Song
See You Again-Furious 7
Til it Happens to You-The Hunting Ground
Simple Song 3-Youth
None of Them Are Your-Anomalisa
Better When I’m Dancin-The Peanuts Movie

Best Production Design
Mad Max: Fury Road
Carol
The Revenant
Bridge of Spies
The Martian

Best Sound Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian
Sicario

Best Sound Mixing
Straight Outta Compton
Mad Max:Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Revenant
The Martian

Best Visual Effects
Mad Max:Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Jurassic World
The Martian
The Walk

Best Adapted Screenplay
Carol
Steve Jobs
The Revenant
Room
The Martian

Best Original Screenplay
Spotlight
Inside Out
The Hateful Eight
Bridge of Spies
Trainwreck

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On Wednesday December 30th Oscar nomination voting opened up for the 6,261 academy members. They will be voting on 15 of the 24 categories. The remaining 9 categories are voted at required screenings. Members only have until January 8th at 5PM PT to have their ballots in.

Nominees will be announced on January 14th. 


Mad Max: Fury Road lads the Critic Choice awards nominations.

BEST PICTURE
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Sicario
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens(added after nominess were announced.)

BEST ACTOR
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Matt Damon – The Martian
Johnny Depp – Black Mass
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
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
Tom Hardy – The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone – Creed

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara – Carol
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
Helen Mirren – Trumbo
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation
RJ Cyler – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Shameik Moore – Dope
Milo Parker – Mr. Holmes
Jacob Tremblay – Room

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Big Short
The Hateful Eight
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton
Trumbo

BEST DIRECTOR
Todd Haynes – Carol
Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott – The Martian
Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – Bridge of Spies
Alex Garland – Ex Machina
Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley – Inside Out
Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short
Nick Hornby – Brooklyn
Drew Goddard – The Martian
Emma Donoghue – Room
Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Carol – Ed Lachman
The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale
The Martian – Dariusz Wolski
The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario – Roger Deakins

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Bridge of Spies – Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo
Brooklyn – François Séguin, Jennifer Oman and Louise Tremblay
Carol – Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
The Danish Girl – Eve Stewart, Michael Standish
Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson
The Martian – Arthur Max, Celia Bobak

BEST EDITING
The Big Short – Hank Corwin
Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel
The Martian – Pietro Scalia
The Revenant – Stephen Mirrione
Spotlight – Tom McArdle

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Brooklyn – Odile Dicks-Mireaux
Carol – Sandy Powell
Cinderella – Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl – Paco Delgado
Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
Black Mass
Carol
The Danish Girl
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Ex Machina
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
The Walk

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Furious 7
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Sicario

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Daniel Craig – Spectre
Tom Cruise – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Tom Hardy – Mad Max: Fury Road
Chris Pratt – Jurassic World
Paul Rudd – Ant-Man

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Emily Blunt – Sicario
Rebecca Ferguson – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Bryce Dallas Howard – Jurassic World
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST COMEDY
The Big Short
Inside Out
Joy
Sisters
Spy
Trainwreck

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Christian Bale – The Big Short
Steve Carell – The Big Short
Robert De Niro – The Intern
Bill Hader – Trainwreck
Jason Statham – Spy

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Tina Fey – Sisters
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
Melissa McCarthy – Spy
Amy Schumer – Trainwreck
Lily Tomlin – Grandma

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
Ex Machina
It Follows
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Assassin
Goodnight Mommy
Mustang
The Second Mother
Son of Saul

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Amy
Cartel Land
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
He Named Me Malala
The Look of Silence
Where to Invade Next

BEST SONG
Fifty Shades of Grey – Love Me Like You Do
Furious 7 – See You Again
The Hunting Ground – Til It Happens To You
Love & Mercy – One Kind of Love
Spectre – Writing’s on the Wall
Youth – Simple Song #3

BEST SCORE
Carol – Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone
The Revenant – Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto
Sicario – Johann Johannsson
Spotlight – Howard Shor

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the preliminary shortlist for Best Visual effects on Monday.  The rules changed this year increasing the number of contenders from 15 to 20. The list will be narrowed down to 10 later this month.

Ant-Man
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Bridge of Spies
Chappie
Everest
Ex Machina
Furious 7″
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
In the Heart of the Sea
Jupiter Ascending
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
The Revenant
Spectre
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Terminator Genisys
Tomorrowland
The Walk

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The Oscar documentary category gets limited to a shortlist of eligible docs before nominations are announced.

The list has been narrowed down to 15.

Amy
Cartel Land
Best of Enemies
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
He Named Me Malala
Heart of a Dog
The Hunting Ground
Listen to Me Marlon
The Look of Silence
Meru
3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets
We Come as Friends
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Where to Invade Next
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

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The New York Film Critics Circle announced their picks of the year.  CAROL continues its reign as a strong Oscar contender.

Best Picture: Carol
Best Director: Todd Haynes, Carol
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Spotlight
Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Best Screenplay: Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Best Cinematography: Edward Lachman, Carol
Best Nonfiction Film: In Jackson Heights
Best Animated Film: Inside Out, Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
Best First Film: Son of Saul
Best Foreign Film: Timbuktu

Next up: Los Angeles Film Critics on Sunday December 6th.

One of the few movies left to be seen is David O’ Russell’s JOY. Jennifer Lawrence plays Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop, who went on to great success after selling her first invention on QVC.

JOY is inline to be a major Oscar contender this year for best picture, best actress, director and screenplay.