My 2015-16 Oscar Predictions


It’s that time again. This Sunday are the OSCARS!!!!!  That trivial, self serving, over-bloated telecast that I’m obsessed with and can’t get enough of every year.  Regardless of the whirlwind of controversy, I still need to make my picks! A few years ago I had my best ballot which was two wrong. Will this be the year I get them all right?

Remember, I am picking who will win, as opposed to who I want to win. Below, you’ll see the word ‘WINNER’ next to the film I believe will take home the award.

And don’t forget to follow along as I (and the rest of America) live tweet the Oscars. @nuttyplofessor

So, without further ado, my picks:

Best Picture

The Big Short – WINNERthe-big-short-movie

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant



Thoughts: The PGA hasn’t been wrong since 2006 and The Big Short won this year, so I’m betting on the house.

Possible Upset: Spotlight

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, Trumboleonardo-dicaprio-revenant-trailer-buried-alive-092915

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant – WINNER

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Thoughts: He won’t lose. He’s won all the awards and it won’t stop here.

Possible Upset: Anybody else because it would just be Leo’s luck.

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol room_1

Brie Larson, Room -WINNER

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Thoughts: She won’t lose. She’s won all the awards and it won’t stop here.

Possible Upset: I don’t even think there’s a chance of anybody else winning.

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Big Short creed-critic-jumbo

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone, Creed – WINNER

Thoughts: He’s the perfect winner. Veteran actor getting his due for a part he first played in the 70s? An Oscar moment to live on forever.

Possible Upset: Mark Rylance.

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight alicia.vikander

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl – WINNER

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Thoughts: Alicia Vikander won the SAG and overall they match the Oscars about 80%.

Possible Upset: Kate Winslet.

Best Directing

Adam McKay, The Big Short TheRevenantInterview

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant – WINNER

Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Thoughts: Iñárritu won the DGA, so once again, I’m going with statistics.

Possible Upset: George Miller.

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short – WINNER maxresdefault



The Martian


Thoughts: I think it’s going to win best picture, so I’m taking the chance it wins this too.

Upset: The Martian

Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies Spotlight-Image-1

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Spotlight – WINNER

Straight Outta Compton

Thoughts: Despite the fact that Inside Out will win it’s award, Spotlight is the only legit best picture nominee here that has a shot.

Upset: Inside OutMV5BMTUyMTE0ODcxNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODE4NDQzNTE@._V1_SX640_SY720_

Best Film Editing

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

The Revenant


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Foreign Language Film

Colombia, Embrace of the Serpent30842_43_Son_of_Saul01_Sony

France, Mustang

Hungary, Son of Saul – WINNER

Jordan, Theeb

Denmark, A War

Best Original Score

Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spieshateful-iimage-7-30.0

Carter Burwell, Carol

Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight – WINNER

Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario

John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Production Design

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The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

The Martian

The Revenant

Best Visual Effects

Ex MachinaMad-Max-Chase

Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Animated Feature Film

Anomalisa 107279-full

Boy and the World

Inside Out – WINNER

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

Best Cinematography


The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant – WINNER


Best Costume Design

Carol – WINNERcarol-image-rooney-mara-cate-blanchett


The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Best Documentary – Feature

Amy – WINNER amy_winehouse_poster

Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best Documentary – Short Subject305167-a-girl-in-the-river-the-price-of-forgiveness-0-230-0-345-crop

Body Team 12

Chau, Beyond the Lines

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – WINNER

Last Day of Freedom

Best Makeup and Hairstyling 

Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER MadMaxFuryRoadImmortan

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The Revenant

Best Original Song

“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of GreyTil_It_Happens_to_You_by_Lady_Gaga

“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction

“Simple Song #3,” Youth

“‘Til It Happens to You,” The Haunting Ground – WINNER

“Writings on the Wall,” Spectre

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Bear Story


Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow – WINNER

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Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)



Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNERmaxresdefault-1

The Martian

The Revenant


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Keep on Watchin’!