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Oscar Predictions for the month of May, 2015

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Almost five full months into the 2015 movie season and I’m happy to report that we know zilch about the Oscar race. Why happy? Well, it means there’s plenty of fun guesswork to be done, and I’m all about that. The Cannes Film Festival has gotten underway and that can be used for a hint or two, but right now, it’s only eliminated one film (The Sea of Trees, which seems to be out of it entirely, outside of perhaps Matthew McConaughey) and made another a question mark (Woody Allen’s Irrational Man), with some other contenders like Carol still to screen. As such, your guess is as good as mine, which is part of the early year fun, at least in my book.

The one thing of note that I want to make mention of for this latest Oscar prediction update is that I expanded the fields a bit. The Best Picture lineup I’ve bumped up to 30, actually, with 15 for the other seven remaining categories that make up the “Big Eight”. As a bonus, I even went with ten for Best Animated Feature, just to have things as open as possible, which is what things are like right now, no question about it. My winners are still largely the same, including Steven Spielberg and his film Bridge of Spies, while something like Brooklyn or Carol is making its way up my rankings, slowly but surely. It’ll be a few months still until we have some semblance of an idea about the Oscar race, but right now, it’s a ton of fun to speculate…

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Here now are my newest set of Academy Award predictions:

BEST PICTURE

1. Bridge of Spies
2. Our Brand is Crisis
3. Carol
4. The Light Between Oceans
5. Joy
6. The Martian
7. The Hateful Eight
8. Steve Jobs
9. The Revenant
10. Brooklyn

Next in line: 11. The End of the Tour 12. Ricki and the Flash 13. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 14. Lion 15. MacBeth 16. Black Mass 17. By the Sea 18. Demolition 19. Freehold 20. Trainwreck 21. The Danish Girl 22. The Walk 23. Southpaw 24. In the Heart of the Sea 25. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 26. Bleed for This 27. Sicario 28. Irrational Man 29. Suffragette 30. Ex Machina

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies
2. David Gordon Green – Our Brand is Crisis
3. David O. Russell – Joy
4. Todd Haynes – Carol
5. Derek Cianfrance – The Light Between Oceans

Next in line: 6. Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight 7. Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant 8. Ridley Scott – The Martian 9. John Crowley – Brooklyn 10. Danny Boyle – Steve Jobs 11. Jonathan Demme – Ricki and the Flash 12. Scott Cooper – Black Mass 13. James Ponsoldt – The End of the Tour 14. Ron Howard – In the Heart of the Sea 15. Tom Hooper – The Danish Girl

BEST ACTOR

1. Jake Gyllenhaal – Demolition or Everest or Southpaw
2. Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs or The Light Between Oceans or MacBeth
3. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
4. Jason Segel – The End of the Tour
5. Johnny Depp – Black Mass

Next in line: 6. Matt Damon – The Martian 7. Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl 8. Tom Hanks – Bridge of Spies 9. Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Snowden or The Walk 10. Miles Teller – Bleed for This 11. Ian McKellen – Mr. Holmes 12. Ben Foster – Icon 13. Joaquin Phoenix – Irrational Man 14. Matthew McConaughey – The Sea of Trees 15. Jesse Eisenberg – The End of the Tour

BEST ACTRESS

1. Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
2. Cate Blanchett – Carol
3. Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
4. Meryl Streep – Ricki and the Flash
5. Sandra Bullock – Our Brand is Crisis

Next in line: 6. Marion Cotillard – MacBeth 7. Lilly Tomlin – Grandma 8. Alicia Vikander – The Light Between Oceans 9. Julianne Moore – Freehold 10. Angelina Jolie – By the Sea 11. Carey Mulligan – Suffragette 12. Brie Larson – Room 13. Emily Blunt – Sicario 14. Juliette Binoche – Clouds of Sils Maria 15. Emma Stone – Irrational Man

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Bruce Dern – The Hateful Eight
2. Tom Hardy – The Revenant
3. Seth Rogen – Steve Jobs
4. Bradley Cooper – Joy
5. Jesse Eisenberg – The End of the Tour

Next in line: 6. Kurt Russell – The Hateful Eight 7. Kevin Kline – Ricki and the Flash 8. Alan Alda – Bridge of Spies 9. Billy Bob Thornton – Our Brand is Crisis 10. Samuel L. Jackson – The Hateful Eight 11. Michael Fassbender – Slow West 12. Kyle Chandler – Carol 13. George Clooney – Money Monster 14. Forest Whitaker – Southpaw 15. Emory Cohen – Brooklyn

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Rooney Mara – Carol
2. Ellen Page – Freeheld
3. Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
4. Zoe Kazan – Our Brand is Crisis
5. Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria

Next in line: 6. Jessica Chastain – The Martian 7. Naomi Watts – Demolition 8. Katherine Waterston – Steve Jobs 9. Rachel Weisz – The Light Between Oceans 10. Sarah Paulson – Carol 11. Amy Ryan – Bridge of Spies 12. Shailene Woodley – Snowden 13. Parker Posey – Irrational Man 14. Melanie Laurent – By the Sea 15. Rachel McAdams – Southpaw

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

1. Our Brand is Crisis
2. Joy
3. The Hateful Eight
4. Bridge of Spies
5. Trainwreck

Next in line: 6. Ricki and the Flash 7. By the Sea 8. Demolition 9. Irrational Man 10. Southpaw 11. That’s What I’m Talking About 12. Grandma 13. Sleeping with Other People 14. Suffragette 15. Tomorrowland

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

1. Steve Jobs
2. Brooklyn
3. The Light Between Oceans
4. The Martian
5. Carol

Next in line: 6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 7. The End of the Tour 8. The Revenant 9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 10. Genius 11. Snowden 12. Black Mass 13. Concussion 14. Room 15. Paper Towns

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

1. Inside Out
2. The Good Dinosaur
3. Monster Trucks
4. The Peanuts Movie
5. Home

Next in line: 6. Minions 7. Underdogs 8. The Boy and the World 9. Hotel Transylvania 2 10. Strange Magic

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. The Martian
4. Carol
5. The Hateful Eight

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. Spectre
2. The Revenant
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
4. The Hateful Eight
5. Bridge of Spies

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

1. The Hateful Eight
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3. Carol
4. The Light Between Oceans
5. Bridge of Spies

BEST FILM EDITING

1. The Hateful Eight
2. Bridge of Spies
3. Our Brand is Crisis
4. Joy
5. The Light Between Oceans

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. The Hateful Eight
3. Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST SOUND MIXING

1. Spectre
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron
4. Mad Max: Fury Road
5. The Martian

BEST SOUND EDITING

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. Avengers: Age of Ultron
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. The Martian
5. Spectre

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. The Martian
3. Jurassic World
4. Avengers: Age of Ultron
5. Tomorrowland

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

1. Spectre
2. Bridge of Spies
3. Tomorrowland
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
5. The Light Between Oceans

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

1. Pitch Perfect 2
2. ?
3. ?
4. ?
5. ?

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
2. The Hunting Ground
3. Cartel Land
4. Racing Extinction
5. Misery Loves Comedy

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

? (Still to come)

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

? (Still to come)

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

? (Still to come)

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

? (Still to come)

Stay tuned for another update to these still early predictions next month folks!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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