Knowing that it is a strong possibility that “Mad Max: Fury Road” could land as one of the nine or ten Best Picture nominees is actually really cool to think about. Giving some dynamic to the range of movies nominated, it would probably only land in a few other categories like Best Visual Effects or either of the Best Sound categories, but that and “The Martian” would really liven up the Best Picture category in the best of ways. Because even though “Carol,” and “Spotlight,” and “Room” are probably great films, they are all small films without that range of the other two mentioned. I’m hoping for a wide variety of films to be recognized this year, including “The Hateful Eight” and “Creed” to name a few. Here are some names that will not be surprising to see throughout the Oscar Season and on nomination day: Brie Larson (“Room”), Drew Goddard (“The Martian”), “Inside Out” and “Son Of Saul.”

Best Film: “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Best Director: Ridley Scott – “The Martian”
Best Actor: Matt Damon – “The Martian”
Best Actress: Brie Larson – “Room”
Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone – “Creed”
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh – “The Hateful Eight”
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino – “The Hateful Eight”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Drew Goddard – “The Martian”
Best Animated Feature: “Inside Out”
Breakthrough Performance: Abraham Attah – “Beasts of No Nation” & Jacob Tremblay – “Room”
Best Directorial Debut: Jonas Carpignano – “Mediterranea”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul”
Best Documentary: “Amy”
William K. Everson Film History Award: Cecilia De Mille Presley
Best Ensemble: “The Big Short”
Spotlight Award: “Sicario” for Outstanding Collaborative Vision
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: “Beasts of No Nation” & “Mustang”

Top Films

  • “Bridge of Spies”
  • “Creed”
  • “The Hateful Eight”
  • “Inside Out”
  • “The Martian”
  • “Room”
  • “Sicario”
  • “Spotlight”
  • “Straight Outta Compton”

Top 5 Foreign Language Films

  • “Goodnight Mommy”
  • “Mediterranea”
  • “Phoenix”
  • “The Second Mother”
  • “The Tribe”

Top 5 Documentaries

  • “Best of Enemies”
  • “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”
  • “The Diplomat”
  • “Listen to Me Marlon”
  • “The Look of Silence”

Top 10 Independent Films

  • “‘71”
  • “45 Years”
  • “Cop Car”
  • “Ex Machina”
  • “Grandma”
  • “It Follows”
  • “James White”
  • “Mississippi Grind”
  • “Welcome to Me”
  • “While We’re Young”

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