2016 Critics’ Choice Awards Prediction: Film

BEST PICTURE

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Carol

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Sicario

Spotlight

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Who will win: Spotlight

Who should win: CAROL/Mad Max/Room/Sicario

Spotlight is destined to win almost all best picture and ensemble awards, whether or not it’s deserving.

ACTOR

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

Matt Damon – The Martian

Johnny Depp – Black Mass

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Who will win: Leonardo DiCaprio

Who should win: Michael Fassbender

Leo’s bitching about the shoot for his film has made most respect him for the film, even though it’s not the best film of the year. Fassbender on the other hand had a more believable character and better acting.

ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett – Carol

Brie Larson – Room

Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

Who will win: Brie Larson

Who should win: Cate Blanchett

Larson’s turn in Room will define her career for many years to come, although Blanchett it seems just picked the wrong year to give another stellar performance.

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Paul Dano – Love & Mercy

Tom Hardy – The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight

Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Michael Shannon – 99 Homes

Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Who will win: Mark Ruffalo

Who should win: Paul Dano

No one stood out enough in Spotlight to truly deserve a single acting award, but that doesn’t mean they won’t get them.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara – Carol

Rachel McAdams – Spotlight

Helen Mirren – Trumbo

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Who will win: Rooney Mara

Who should win: Rooney Mara

Mara has been on a roll since the Cannes and no one else in the batch has stood out enough to win the award.

YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation

RJ Cyler – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Shameik Moore – Dope

Milo Parker – Mr. Holmes

Jacob Tremblay – Room

Who will win: Jacob Tremblay

Who should win: Jacob Tremblay

ACTING ENSEMBLE

The Big Short

The Hateful Eight

Spotlight

Straight Outta Compton

Trumbo

Who will win: Spotlight

Who should win: The Hateful Eight

DIRECTOR

Todd Haynes – Carol

Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant

Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

Ridley Scott – The Martian

Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies

Who will win: ???

Who should win: Todd Haynes

While Spotlight and Mad Max have dominated year-end lists, Scott and Spielberg have enough star power to win on that alone, but The Revenant’s production value may trump them all.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – Bridge of Spies

Alex Garland – Ex Machina

Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight

Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley – Inside Out

Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

Who will win: Spotlight

Who should win: Inside Out/Hateful Eight

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short

Nick Hornby – Brooklyn

Drew Goddard – The Martian

Emma Donoghue – Room

Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs

Who will win: Room

Who should win: Room

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Carol – Ed Lachman

The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson

Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale

The Martian – Dariusz Wolski

The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki

Sicario – Roger Deakins

Who will win: Revenant

Who should win: Carol

The natural light aspect should dominate this category even against the tough competition.

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Bridge of Spies – Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo

Brooklyn – François Séguin, Jennifer Oman and Louise Tremblay

Carol – Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler

The Danish Girl – Eve Stewart, Michael Standish

Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson

The Martian – Arthur Max, Celia Bobak

Who will win: Mad Max

Who should win: Carol

COSTUME DESIGN

Brooklyn – Odile Dicks-Mireaux

Carol – Sandy Powell

Cinderella – Sandy Powell

The Danish Girl – Paco Delgado

Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan

Who will win: Carol

Who should win: Carol

VISUAL EFFECTS

Ex Machina

Jurassic World

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

The Walk

Who will win: The Martian

Who should win: Mad Max

ANIMATED FEATURE

Anomalisa

The Good Dinosaur

Inside Out

The Peanuts Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Who will win: Inside Out

Who should win: Anomalisa

ACTION MOVIE

Furious 7

Jurassic World

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Sicario

Who will win: Mad Max

Who should win: Sicario

ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Daniel Craig – Spectre

Tom Cruise – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Tom Hardy – Mad Max: Fury Road

Chris Pratt – Jurassic World

Paul Rudd – Ant-Man

Who will win: Chris Pratt

Who should win: Paul Rudd

ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Emily Blunt – Sicario

Rebecca Ferguson – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Bryce Dallas Howard – Jurassic World

Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

Who will win: Charlize Theron

Who should win: Charlize Theron

COMEDY

The Big Short

Inside Out

Joy

Sisters

Spy

Trainwreck

Who will win: Trainwreck

Who should win: Trainwreck

Amy Schumer’s stellar year will only get better.

ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Christian Bale – The Big Short

Steve Carell – The Big Short

Robert De Niro – The Intern

Bill Hader – Trainwreck

Jason Statham – Spy

Who will win: Christian Bale

Who should win: Christian Bale

ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Tina Fey – Sisters

Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Melissa McCarthy – Spy

Amy Schumer – Trainwreck

Lily Tomlin – Grandma

Who will win: Amy Schumer

Who should win: Amy Schumer

SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

Ex Machina

It Follows

Jurassic World

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

Who will win: Mad Max

Who should win: Jurassic World/Ex Machina

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

The Assassin

Goodnight Mommy

Mustang

The Second Mother

Son of Saul

Who will win: Son of Saul

Who should win: Mustang

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Amy

Cartel Land

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

He Named Me Malala

The Look of Silence

Where to Invade Next

Who will win: Amy

Who should win: Amy

SONG

Fifty Shades of Grey – Love Me Like You Do

Furious 7 – See You Again

The Hunting Ground – Til It Happens To You

Love & Mercy – One Kind of Love

Spectre – Writing’s on the Wall

Youth – Simple Song #3

Who will win: The Hunting Ground

Who should win: The Hunting Ground

SCORE

Carol – Carter Burwell

The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone

The Revenant – Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto

Sicario – Johann Johannsson

Spotlight – Howard Shore

Who will win: The Hateful Eight

Who should win: Carol

 

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