To those in the so-called “minor” awards—those outside the top six—the Oscar is anything but minor. But to most folks outside of the industry, the awards outside of the acting, directing and best picture awards are of somewhat less interest.
Today, I’m addressing a small handful of important but less high-visibility awards. They are also those that I am pretty sure of at this point.
Best Original Screenplay nominations are:
Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen—Bridge of Spies
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley—Inside Out
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer—Spotlight
Alex Garland—Ex Machina
Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus—Straight Outta Compton
Without addressing those that I don’t think will win, I’ll just go right to the winner:
Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight.
Spotlight intelligently addresses a difficult and complex topic with grace and sensitivity, as well as placing the issues in the context of a gripping and suspenseful story. It contains layer upon layer of fascinating sub-stories that are smartly brought together at the end but with a conclusion that is satisfying and disturbing at the same time.
Best Adapted Screenplay nominations are:
Drew Goddard—The Martian
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph—The Big Short
And the winner will be:
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short
The Big Short intelligently addresses a difficult and complex topic with humor and attitude, as well as placing the issues in the context of a gripping and suspenseful story. It contains layer upon layer of fascinating sub-stories that are smartly brought together at the end but with a conclusion that is satisfying and disturbing at the same time.
Best Animated Feature nominations are:
Boy and the World
When Marnie Was There
Shaun the Sheep
Two things first: I thought when Anomalisa was released to such positive reviews that it might provide an upset. I certainly don’t think that anymore. And…I’m glad that The Good Dinosaur didn’t get nominated because it was pretty bad.
The winner will be: Inside Out. Perhaps the best Pixar movie ever. For a “classically” animated film, it’s head and shoulders above all the others like it.
And since you most likely stay up nights worried about what film will win best sound mixing and best sound editing, relax! Both are going to Mad Max: Fury Road.
Other “sure” things:
Best Documentary Feature: Amy
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
The other categories? Too hard to make a solid call!
The next two days: Best Director and Best Picture.