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2015-2016 Oscar Predictions

With the Oscar season well underway, a slew of educated guesses on where the red carpet might lead this year is in order. This page will be your hub for predictions in all 21 of the Academy’s feature film categories as we move through the twists and turns of the circuit. Click through on each to see a hearty list of contenders per category with ranked assessments of the various races.

Just remember: An Oscar season is fluid. Things do change. We’ll be here to track the shifting and sliding as it happens.

Best Picture
“The Big Short” (Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt)
“Bridge of Spies” (Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg)
“Brooklyn” (Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey)
“Inside Out” (Jonas Rivera)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (Doug Mitchell, George Miller, PJ Voeten)
“The Martian” (Mark Huffam, Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott, Aditya Sood)
“The Revenant” (Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, David Kanter, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon, James W. Skotchdopole)
“Room” (David Gross, Ed Guiney)
“Spotlight” (Michael Bederman, Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar)
“Straight Outta Compton” (Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez, F. Gary Gray, Scott Bernstein)
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Best Director
Steven Spielberg (“Bridge of Spies”)
George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)
Ridley Scott (“The Martian”)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revenant”)
Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”)
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Best Actor
Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”)
Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”)
Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”)
Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”)
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Best Actress
Cate Blanchett (“Carol”)
Brie Larson (“Room”)
Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”)
Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”)
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Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale (“The Big Short”)
Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”)
Michael Keaton (“Spotlight”)
Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”)
Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”)
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Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”)
Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight”)
Rooney Mara (“Carol”)
Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”)
Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”)
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Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Big Short” (Adam McKay, Charles Randolph)
“Carol” (Phyllis Nagy)
“The Martian” (Drew Goddard)
“Room” (Emma Donoghue)
“Steve Jobs” (Aaron Sorkin)
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Best Original Screenplay
“Bridge of Spies” (Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)
“The Hateful Eight” (Quentin Tarantino)
“Inside Out” (Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve)
“Joy” (Annie Mumolo, David O. Russell)
“Spotlight” (Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer)
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Best Cinematography
“Carol” (Edward Lachman)
“The Hateful Eight” (Robert Richardson)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (John Seale)
“The Revenant” (Emmanuel Lubezki)
“Sicario” (Roger Deakins)
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Best Costume Design
“Brooklyn” (Odile Dicks-Mireaux)
“Carol” (Sandy Powell)
“Cinderella” (Sandy Powell)
“Crimson Peak” (Kate Hawley)
“The Danish Girl” (Paco Delgado)
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Best Film Editing
“Bridge of Spies” (Michael Kahn)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (Margaret Sixel)
“The Martian” (Pietro Scalia)
“Spotlight” (Tom McArdle)
“Steve Jobs” (Elliot Graham)
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Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Black Mass” (Joel Harolow, Gloria Casny)
“Mr. Holmes” (Dave Elsey)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin, Elka Wardega)
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Best Original Score
“Bridge of Spies” (Thomas Newman)
“The Danish Girl” (Alexandre Desplat)
“The Hateful Eight” (Ennio Morricone)
“Spotlight” (Howard Shore)
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (John Williams)
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Best Original Song
“So Long” from “Concussion”
“Love Me Like You Do” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“See You Again” from “Furious 7”
“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
“Simple Song #3” from “Youth”
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Best Production Design
“Bridge of Spies” (Adam Stockhausen; Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich)
“Brooklyn” (François Séguin; Suzanne Cloutier)
“Crimson Peak” (Thomas E. Sanders; Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau)
“The Danish Girl” (Eve Stewart; Michael Standish)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (Colin Gibson; Katie Sharrock, Lisa Thompson)
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Best Sound Editing
“The Hateful Eight” (Wylie Stateman)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (Scott Hecker, Mark Mangini, David White)
“The Martian” (Oliver Tarney)
“The Revenant” (Martin Hernandez, Randy Thom, Lon Bender)
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (David Accord, Matthew Wood)
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Best Sound Mixing
“The Hateful Eight” (Mark Ulano, Christian P. Minkler, Michael Minkler)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (Ben Osmo, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff)
“The Martian” (Mac Ruth, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor)
“The Revenant” (Chris Duesterdiek, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom)
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Benjamin A. Burtt, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom)
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Best Visual Effects
“Ex Machina” (Andrew Whitehurst)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams)
“The Martian” (Richard Stammers, Chris Lawrence, Anders Langlands, Steven Warner)
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, et al.)
“The Walk” (Kevin Baillie, Jim Gibbs, Viktor Muller, Sebastien Moreau)
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Best Animated Feature Film
“Anomalisa” (Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman, Rosa Tran)
“Inside Out” (Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera)
“Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” (Roger Allers, Salma Hayek)
“The Peanuts Movie” (Steve Martino, Craig Schulz)
“Shaun the Sheep Movie” (Mark Burton, Richard Starzak, Paul Kewley, Julie Lockhart)
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Best Documentary Feature
“Amy” (Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees)
“Cartel Land” (Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin)
“Listen to Me Marlon” (Stevan Riley, R.J. Cutler)
“The Look of Silence” (Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen)
“Where To Invade Next” (Michael Moore, Carl Deal, Tia Lessin)
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Best Foreign Language Film
“Mustang” (France; Deniz Gamze Ergüven)
“Labyrinth of Lies” (Germany; Giulio Ricciarelli)
“Son of Saul” (Hungary; László Nemes)
“Viva” (Ireland; Paddy Breathnach)
“Theeb” (Jordan; Naji Abu Nowar)
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Source: 2015-2016 Oscar Predictions