Sunday, December 6, 2015

Oscars 2016: WAFCA Nominees

The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association has announced their list of nominees and I must say, they are a very eclectic, and interesting, bunch of nominees. Let's take a look:

Best Film:
Brooklyn 
Mad Max: Fury Road 
The Revenant
Sicario 
Spotlight 

Best Director:
Alex Garland, Ex Machina 
Todd Haynes, Carol 
Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, The Revenant 
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road 
Ridley Scott, The Martian 

Best Actor:
Matt Damon, The Martian 
Johnny Depp, Black Mass 
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant 
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs 
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl 

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett, Carol 
Brie Larson, Room 
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn 
Sarah Silverman, I Smile Back 
Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road 

Best Supporting Actor:
Paul Dano, Love and Mercy 
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation 
Tom Hardy, The Revenant 
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies 
Sylvester Stallone, Creed 

Best Supporting Actress:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight 
Rooney Mara, Carol 
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl 
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina 
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs 

Best Acting Ensemble:
The Big Short 
The Hateful Eight 
Spotlight 
Steve Jobs 
Straight Outta Compton

Best Youth Performance:
Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation)
Raffey Cassidy  (Tomorrowland)
Oona Laurence  (Southpaw)
Güneş Şensoy (Mustang)
Jacob Tremblay  (Room)

Best Original Screenplay:
Bridge of Spies 
Ex Machina 
Inside Out 
Spotlight 
Trainwreck 

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Brooklyn 
Carol
The Martian 
Room
Steve Jobs 

Best Documentary:
Amy
Best of Enemies
Cartel Land
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief 
The Look of Silence 

Best Foreign Language Film:
The Assassin 
Goodnight Mommy 
Mustang
The Second Mother 
Son of Saul 

Best Animated Feature:
Anomalisa 
The Good Dinosaur 
Inside Out 
The Peanuts Movie 
Shaun the Sheep Movie 

Best Cinematography:
Brooklyn
Carol 
Mad Max: Fury Road 
The Revenant 
Sicario 

Best Production Design:
Brooklyn 
Carol 
Cinderella 
Crimson Peak 
Mad Max: Fury Road 

Best Editing:
Mad Max: Fury Road 
The Martian 
The Revenant 
Sicario
Spotlight 

Best Score:
Brooklyn
Carol
The Hateful Eight 
Mad Max: Fury Road 
Sicario

Some very interesting scenarios here: Spotlight getting in Best Picture and Screenplay, but no individual acting nods or anything for its director. Also, Carol got citations for its director, acting, and crafts, but not Best Film. But one major highlight was seeing Ex Machina score major love even if it missed the Best Film category. Amy Schumer scoring a Screenplay nod for Trainwreck was also very nice! But so far, I would say that because it hasn't been sided by the critics yet, Joy is still a big question mark in this race.

Today, the LAFCA, BSFC, and NYFCO announce their winners. Also, the British Independent Film Awards announce and present their winners and I'll likely cover those too.