Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
Who will win: Spotlight
Who should win: CAROL/Room/Mad Max
A group of journalists not awarding one of the best journalism films in years would be one of the biggest surprises of the year, although the category is not low on great content.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
“The Big Short”
Who will win: The Martian
Who should win: The Martian
Although Amy Schumer and The Big Short are strong contenders, they don’t match up to the quality of Matt Damon’s film.
Best Director – Motion Picture
Todd Haynes (“Carol”)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revenant”)
Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”)
George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)
Ridley Scott (“The Martian”)
Who will win: Ridley Scott
Who should win: Todd Haynes
Ridley Scott’s long over-due for an award in this category, although Haynes calculated drama could and should beat out Scott.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”)
Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”)
Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”)
Will Smith (“Concussion”)
Who will win: Leo DiCaprio
Who should win: Michael Fassbender
Dicaprio’s bitching and moaning puts him way ahead of everyone in the category, whether it’s deserved or not???
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Cate Blanchett (“Carol”)
Brie Larson (“Room”)
Rooney Mara (“Carol”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”)
Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”)
Who will win: Rooney Mara
Who should win: Rooney Mara
Her understated and subtle performance should earn her an award while Larson will most likely rule the rest of the circuit.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Christian Bale (“The Big Short”)
Steve Carell (“The Big Short”)
Matt Damon (“The Martian”)
Al Pacino (“Danny Collins”)
Mark Ruffalo (“Infinitely Polar Bear”)
Who will win: Matt Damon
Who should win: Matt Damon
Considering SAG snubbed him, he’ll probably get revenge here.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Spy”)
Amy Schumer (“Trainwreck”)
Maggie Smith (“The Lady in the Van”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grandma”)
Who will win: Amy Schumer/Lily Tomlin
Who should win: Lily Tomlin
While Schumer dominated this year, Tomlin gives an amazing performances should not be overlooked.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy”)
Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”)
Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”)
Michael Shannon (“99 Homes”)
Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”)
Who will win: Paul Dano
Who should win: Paul Dano
A career best performance that really stands out among the crowd.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Jane Fonda (“Youth”)
Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”)
Helen Mirren (“Trumbo”)
Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”)
Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”)
Who will win: ???
Who should win: Jennifer Jason Leigh
Realistically, all of these performances really could win, but JJL’s twisted character makes a blurry and fast paced film, memorable.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Emma Donoghue (“Room”)
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer (“Spotlight”)
Charles Randolph, Adam McKay (“The Big Short”)
Aaron Sorkin (“Steve Jobs”)
Quentin Tarantino (“The Hateful Eight”)
Who will win: Spotlight
Who should win: The Hateful Eight
While all these films have captivating scripts, Spotlight should dominate almost all of the categories it finds in.
Best Original Score
Carter Burwell (“Carol”)
Alexandre Desplat (“The Danish Girl”)
Ennio Morricone (“The Hateful Eight”)
Daniel Pemberton (“Steve Jobs”)
Ryuichi Sakamoto Alva Noto (“The Revenant”)
Who will win: The Hateful Eight
Who should win: Carol/The Hateful Eight
Both scores really enhance the film it fills, but Ennio Morricone really makes a standout sound.
Best Original Song
“Love Me Like You Do” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“One Kind of Love” from “Love & Mercy”
“See You Again” from “Furious 7”
“Simple Song No. 3” from “Youth”
“Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre”
Who will win: Furious 7
Who should win: Youth
The Paul Walker tribute should leave enough of a dent in the voters brains to get the win.
Best Animated Feature Film
“The Good Dinosaur”
“The Peanuts Movie”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
Who will win: Inside Out
Who should win: Anomalisa
Pixar delivered one of the best films of its time as a production tycoon, but Charlie Kaufman’s emotional film deserves the title.
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“The Brand New Testament”
“Son of Saul”
Who will win: Son of Saul
Who should win: Son of Saul