Oscar Nominations 2016

Each year I’ve owned a Cineworld Unlimited Card, I’ve attempted to watch every Oscar nominated film between the nominations announcement and the awards ceremony. Each year I have failed. That’s six years of failing to watch films.

This year, that changed.

After looking over the nominations list, I knew that if I tried to watch every nominated film, I’d fail. There are just some films that are not legally available in the UK until after the awards ceremony. So, I restricted myself to the following categories:

– Best Picture
– Actor In A Leading Role
– Actress In A Leading Role
– Actor In A Supporting Role
– Actress In A Supporting Role
– Cinematography
– Editing

This year I had fun with it. Watching films for the sake of a silly self-challenge no longer became a chore. Last night, February 10th, 18 days before the award ceremony, I completed my challenge.

Naturally, I’ve kept track of the films and my own scoring for them in a lovely little Google Sheet which I updated instantly upon leaving the cinema after each film. Just a quick explanation on my scoring; I scored each nomination for their category, out of ten. For example, when scoring The Big Short for Editing, I judged it differently to when I scored it for Best Picture. Make sense? Good.

Best Picture (In alphabetical order)

The Big Short – 5
Bridge of Spies – 7
Brooklyn – 8
Mad Max: Fury Road – 9
The Martian – 9
The Revenant – 9
Room – 8
Spotlight – 9

Actor In A Leading Role (In alphabetical order)

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo – 6
Matt Damon, The Martian – 9
Leonardo Di Caprio, The Revenant – 9
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs – 8
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl – 6

Actress In A Leading Role (In alphabetical order)

Cate Blanchett, Carol – 6
Brie Larson, Room – 9
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy – 9
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years – 4
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn – 8

Actor In A Supporting Role (In alphabetical order)

Christian Bale, The Big Short – 6
Tom Hardy, The Revenant – 2
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight – 9
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies – 7
Sylvester Stallone, Creed – 4

Actress In A Supporting Role (In alphabetical order)

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight – 8
Rooney Mara, Carol – 9
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight – 9
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl – 10
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs – 7

Cinematography (In alphabetical order)

Carol – 7
The Hateful Eight – 9
Mad Max: Fury Road – 9
The Revenant – 9
Sicario – 9

Editing (In alphabetical order)

The Big Short – 8
Mad Max: The Fury Road – 9
The Revenant – 9
Spotlight – 8
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 7

If we were to go by the average score for each film, then The Revenant would not hold much hope of winning big on awards night with 7.6, films such as Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Room, Spotlight, The Danish Girl, Joy, The Hateful Eight and Sicario all scoring 8+ would be high contenders to win big. But, if it weren’t for Tom Hardy’s abysmal performance in The Revenant, I’d happily bet on this film being the star of the Oscars 2016.

I’ll be tuning into the awards ceremony live on Sunday 28th February 2016 and live-tweeting my thoughts and reactions to the winners and losers of the night.