Oscar Predictions 2015: Inside Out Strikes

Hey all! Back for another predictions update!

In case you missed them, here are some news bits that may prove relevant during the awards season:

insideout_picA still from Pete Docter’s Inside Out (via IMDb)

Pete Docter’s Inside Out scores the biggest-ever opening for an original film. The Disney/Pixar flick pulled in an estimated $91 million over the weekend, following the raves it’s earned since playing out of competition at Cannes. Expect picture, director, and (of course) animated feature nominations. Inside Out ends as runner-up for the weekend, however, since Jurassic World continues to dominate.

Hungary submits László Nemes’ Son of Saul, or Saul fia, for Oscar consideration. No surprise there – the film was a huge success at Cannes. It seems like a safe bet for a nod in foreign language film, but can it make a big-enough splash to snag picture, director, original screenplay, and/or actor nominations?

Furious 7‘s “See You Again” spends its ninth week atop the Billboard Hot 100. If Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s rap ballad can spend another three weeks on top, it will be the biggest soundtrack song since Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” from 8 Mile (2002) – going by weeks at No. 1, of course. Assuming it’s eligible, “See You Again” should be a major contender for the original song Oscar.

An Oscar campaign for (Helen Mirren’s performance in) Woman in Gold? It’s more likely than you think. Harvey Weinstein released an Oscar-campaign ad in light of Mirrens’ “No duh!” Tony win for The Audience. (Tatiana Maslany and Ryan Reynolds are mentioned in small print.) This feels like a ploy to get people to check out the “special encore presentation” of Gold over the next four weeks. But you never know…

Now, this week’s predictions:

 

Main Categories

Best Picture

  1. Carol
  2. The Hateful Eight
  3. The Danish Girl
  4. The Revenant
  5. Demolition

If There Are More Than Five…

  1. Youth
  2. Steve Jobs
  3. Inside Out
  4. Bridge of Spies
  5. Freeheld

Best Director

  1. Todd Haynes for Carol
  2. Quentin Tarantino for The Hateful Eight
  3. Tom Hooper for The Danish Girl
  4. Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant
  5. Jean-Marc Vallée for Demolition

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  1. Rooney Mara for Carol
  2. Cate Blanchett for Carol
  3. Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn
  4. Ellen Page for Freeheld
  5. Elle Fanning for Three Generations

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant
  2. Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl
  3. Jake Gyllenhaal for Demolition
  4. Michael Caine for Youth
  5. Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  1. Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight
  2. Naomi Watts for Demolition
  3. Diane Ladd for Joy
  4. Vanessa Redgrave for The Secret Scripture
  5. Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Concussion

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  1. Samuel L. Jackson for The Hateful Eight
  2. Tom Hardy for The Revenant
  3. Ezra Miller for The Stanford Prison Experiment
  4. Chris Cooper for Demolition
  5. Seth Rogen for Steve Jobs

Best Original Screenplay

  1. Quentin Tarantino for The Hateful Eight
  2. Bryan Sipe for Demolition
  3. Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley for Inside Out
  4. Paolo Sorrentino for Youth
  5. Amy Schumer for Trainwreck

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. Phyllis Nagy for Carol
  2. Lucinda Coxon for The Danish Girl
  3. Alejandro González Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith for The Revenant
  4. Jesse Andrews for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  5. Aaron Sorkin for Steve Jobs

They Deserve Better

Best Animated Feature Film

  1. Inside Out
  2. The Good Dinosaur
  3. When Marnie Was There
  4. Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
  5. The Peanuts Movie

Best Documentary Feature

  1. The Hunting Ground
  2. Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine
  3. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  4. The Wrecking Crew
  5. Seymour: An Introduction

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. Son of Saul, or Saul fia – Hungary
  2. ???
  3. ???
  4. ???
  5. ???

Music

Best Original Score

  1. Carter Burwell for Carol
  2. Alexandre Desplat for The Danish Girl
  3. Fernando Velázquez for Crimson Peak
  4. John Williams for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  5. Thomas Newman for Bridge of Spies

Best Original Song – just guesses

  1. “Till It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground
  2. “See You Again” from Furious 7
  3. “Cold One” from Ricki and the Flash
  4. “As Real as You and Me” from Home
  5. ???

Crafts

Best Cinematography

  1. Edward Lachman for Carol
  2. Emmanuel Lubezki for The Revenant
  3. Robert Richardson for The Hateful Eight
  4. Roger Deakins for Sicario
  5. Janusz Kaminski for Bridge of Spies

Best Costume Design

  1. Sandy Powell for Carol
  2. Sandy Powell for Cinderella
  3. Courtney Hoffman for The Hateful Eight
  4. Paco Delgado for The Danish Girl
  5. Odile Dicks-Mireau for Brooklyn

Best Film Editing

  1. Fred Raskin for The Hateful Eight
  2. Stephen Mirrione for The Revenant
  3. Daniel P. Hanley and Mark Hill for In the Heart of the Sea
  4. Elliott Graham for Steve Jobs
  5. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Best Makeup and Hair

  1. Cinderella
  2. The Danish Girl
  3. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Best Production Design

  1. Dante Ferretti for Cinderella
  2. Judy Becker for Carol
  3. Eve Stewart for The Danish Girl
  4. Thomas E. Sanders for Crimson Peak
  5. Rick Carter and Darren Gilford for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Best Sound Editing

  1. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  2. Jurassic World
  3. The Hateful Eight
  4. The Revenant
  5. Spectre

Best Sound Mixing

  1. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  2. The Hateful Eight
  3. The Revenant
  4. Spectre
  5. Jurassic World

Best Visual Effects

  1. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  2. Jurassic World
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  4. The Martian
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road
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