Results: Whilst only eight films were nominated out of a possible ten, all were included on my prediction list. Very disappointing to see Inside Out fail to cross over from the Best Animated to Best Picture as it so richly deserved to and surprising to see Carol fail to garner a nomination.
Results: Well this threw up some surprises, to say the least. Only one of my predictions were correct - Alejandro G. Inarritu - and although I'm not shocked at George Miller's inclusions, the others proved a little surprising.
Results: 4/5 for this one, with only Tom Hanks substituted for Bryan Cranston, thanks his work in Trumbo - a film that had otherwise gone completely under my radar.
Results: 5/5! Someone point me to the prize table, please and thank you. (Yes @ J-Law)
Results: Only Benicio Del Toro switched out for Tom Hardy in this instance, who I'm incredibly annoyed I left off my list/forgot.
Results: 5/5 again. Thank you, I'll be back next year.
Overall, a pretty strong set of Oscar nominations. Below are a few of the biggest things to take away from this year's haul.
- Surprised at a lack of appreciation for Carol in Best Picture and Director - everything I've heard has been blooming with positivity and esteem.
- Pleasantly shocked at the success of bigger, more commercially successful films (i.e. Mad Max's 10 nomination haul and The Martian's triumphs) flourishing where the Academy are usually so quick and readily to dismiss.
- Again, disappointed at no love for Inside Out going for the top prize, as it feels almost disheartening to see such a spirited, celebrated and memorialising film fail to be promoted because it's an animation.
- Part of me expected and hoped that Mara and Vilkander would be promoted to Best Actress opposed to Supporting, as they are as essential as their counterparts in their respective films, but it further identifies just how strong and in abundance the talented ladies this year are. It's also a shame that there was no room for Maggie Smith, either.
- At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I am invariably thrilled at Jennifer Lawrence's nomination. Surely and truly, the emotional heart and resonance of Joy, I am thrilled she was successful here. It makes her the youngest ever nominee - at the age of 25 - to pick up four Oscar nominations. Congratulations to her.
Still, I'll be excited to see how the big night unfolds and I'll post my, "who will win/who should win" predictions closer to the time.
Peace and love.