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Here are the nominees for Best Picture:

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

Who Should Win: All things being equal, out of these eight the film I think we’ll remember the most is ‘Mad Max’.

Who Will Win: Actors are the biggest branch.  Based on that I would think ‘Spotlight’ looks good, with ‘the Big Short’ right behind it.

Who I’m Cheering For: It would be nice to see a populist film when since that doesn’t happen too often.  Out of these eight, I’m cheering for ‘Mad Max.’

Have a good weekend and enjoy the show (if you’re watching).

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Here are the nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role:

Cate Blanchett – Carol

Brie Larson – Room

Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

Who Should Win: Cate has been here. You can kind of feel the people are wearing on J.Law.  No more ‘Hunger Games’ helps, but she may need to do the Natalie Portman/Anne Hathaway ‘lay low’ move for a minute (and she’s still really young which is part of it).  Brie should win here.

Who I’m Not Cheering For: Charlotte Rampling.

Who I’m Cheering For and Who Will Win: She’s paid her dues (which actors love) and from the Q&A I went to, she seems to have remain grounded from all the years before this.  Brie Larson.

Here are the nominees for Best 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

Who Should Win: By degree of difficulty…it should be Redmayne going back to back right? That might be my Method bias…

Who I’m Not Cheering For: Matt Damon

Who I’m Cheering For and Who Will Win:

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Here are the nominees for Best Directing:

The Big Short – Adam McKay

Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller

The Revenant – Alejandro G. Innaritu

Room – Lenny Abrahamson

Spotlight – Tom McCarthy

Who Should Win: In a fairly competitive year, most agreed ‘Mad Max’ was amazing (especially on the big screen), which should favor George Miller.

Who Will Win: All due respect, the only name that would complete shock me to be called would be Abrahamson. Could make a compelling case for the other four based on actors preference (McCarthy) or building an elite reputation (Innaritu).

Who I’m Cheering For:

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(Full disclosure: one of the nominees today is one of my social media ‘friends’.  But that’s really our relationship; haven’t met in the real world as I recall.)

Here are the nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay:

The Big Short

Brooklyn

Carol

The Martian

Room

Who Should Win: The Margot Robbie scene was a little cute by a half in my opinion, but the point of it was very true: a story about the financial bubble bursting just isn’t very cinematic.  So by the definition of ‘adapting’ a story for film, ‘The Big Short’ was the best of the five here.

Who Will Win: ‘The Big Short’ is popular with the right folks, and this is probably the best chance to honor the film.

Who I’m Cheering For: ‘The Big Short.’

Here are the nominees for Best Original Screenplay:

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Spotlight

Straight Outta Compton

Who Should Win: So now this is interesting.  I tell you from experience, it is HARD to write a solid science fiction piece. Based on that I’d say ‘Ex Machina.’

Who Will Win: If ‘Spotlight’ has one of those ‘we’re running things’ kind of nights, it’s starts here.

Who I’m Cheering For:

‘Room’

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Brie Larson first showed up on my radar when someone turned me on to ‘The United States of Tara.’  ‘Short Term ’12’ put her on everybody’s radar in terms of ‘OK, she can act.’  And now, ‘Room’ is justifiably giving her the chance to really do anything she wants.

Told from the point of view of a child, ‘Room’ tells the story of a young woman taken into abduction, who tries to give her child as ‘normal’ a life as possible. Jacob Tremblay plays the narrator here; along with Abraham Attah in ‘Beasts of No Nation’, this is one of the two best performances by an actor this year, regardless of age.

Joan Allen and William H. Macy (the master of playing someone in over his head) round out the main cast of one of the best acted films of the year.

Worth checking out.