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Today I reveal who my top 5-10 in 11 categories. These are 11 categories that The Academy Awards recognize each year. Including Director, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Original Song, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Costume Design and more.

Best Director –

  1. George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – The Revenant
  3. Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
  4. Lenny Abrahamson – Room
  5. Alex Garland – Ex Machina

Honorable Mentions: David Robert Mitchell – It Follows, Danny Boyle – Steve Jobs, Adam McKay – The Big Short

Writing – Original Screenplay

  1. Ex Machina – Alex Garland
  2. Youth – Paolo Sorrentino
  3. Mommy – Xavier Dolan
  4. Mistress America – Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig
  5. The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino

Honorable Mentions: Inside Out – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh cooley, Spotlight – Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Straight Outta Compton – Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff

Writing – Adapted Screenplay

  1. Steve Jobs – written by Aaron Sorkin based on the book “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
  2. Room – Screenplay and book written by Emma Donaghue
  3. The Revenant – Written by Alejandro Inarritu and Mark L. Smith, based on the book “The Revenant by Michael Punke
  4. The End of the Tour – Screenplay by Donald Margulies based on the book “Although of Course you end up becoming yourself” by David Lipsky
  5. Brooklyn – written by Nick Hornby based on the novel “Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin

Honorable Mentions: Me, and Earl and the Dying Girl – based on book of the same name, both written by Jesse Andrews, Anomalisa – written by Charlie Kaufman based on a play by Charlie Kaufman

Cinematography –

  1. Adam Arkapaw – Macbeth
  2. Yves Belanger – Brookyln
  3. Emmanuel Lubezki – The Revenant
  4. John Seale – Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Roger Deakins – Sicario

Honorable Mentions: Ed Lachman – Carol, Robbie Ryan – Slow West

Costume Design –

  1. Odile Dicks-Mireaux – Brooklyn
  2. Jenny Beavan – Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Jacqueline Durran – Macbeth
  4. Kate Hawley – Crimson Peak
  5. Kelli Jones – Straight Outta Compton

Honorable Mention: Courtney Hoffman – The Hateful Eight, Paco Delgado – The Danish Girl, Janet Patterson – Far From the Madding Crowd, Sandy Powell – Carol


  1. Margaret Sixel – Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Stephen Mirrione – The Revenant
  3. Tom McArdle – Spotlight
  4. Elliot Graham – Steve Jobs
  5. Billy Fox & Michael Tronick – Straight Outta Compton

Honorable Mentions: Joe Walker – Sicario, Kyle Patrick Alvarez – The Stanford Prison Experiment, Nathan Nugent – Room

Makeup & Hairstyling

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Danish Girl
  3. Black Mass
  4. Carol
  5. Star Wars: the Force Awakens

Special Mention: Backcountry makeup team for one scene

Music – Original Score

  1. Sicario – Jóhann Jóhannsson
  2. Far from the Madding Crowd – Craig Armstrong
  3. The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone
  4. It Follows – Rich Vreeland
  5. Spotlight – Howard Shore
  6. Creed – Ludwig Göransson
  7. Macbeth – Jed Kurzel
  8. Steve Jobs – Daniel Pemberton
  9. Ex Machina – geoff barrow & ben salisbury
  10. Brooklyn – Michael Brook

Music – Best original song

  1. Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again” (from Furious 7)
  2. David Lang, “Simple Song #3″ (from Youth)
  3. Jessie J, “Flashlight” (from Pitch Perfect 2)
  4. Eminem, “Phenomenal” (from Southpaw)
  5. Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do” (from Fifty Shades of Grey)
  6. Ester Dean, “Crazy Youngsters” (From Pitch Perfect 2)
  7. Keegan DeWitt, “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (from I’ll See You in My Dreams)
  8. Meghan Trainor, “Better When I’m Dancin’” (from The Peanuts Movie)
  9. Rihanna, “As Real As You and Me” (from Home)
  10. Leon Bridges, “So Long” (from Concussion)

Bonus: Best Soundtrack of 2015: “Mommy” Soundtrack

 Production Design

  1. Room – Ethan Tobman
  2. The Revenant – Jack Fisk
  3. Bridge of Spies – Adam Stockhausen
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Rick Carter & Darren Gilford
  5. Brooklyn – François Séguin
  6. Jurassic World – Rick Carter & Ed Verreaux
  7. Jupiter Ascending – Hugh Bateup
  8. The Martian – Arthur Max
  9. Steve Jobs – Guy Hendrix Dyas
  10. Trumbo – Mark Ricker

Visual Effects

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. Ex Machina
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. The Martian
  5. The Revenant

Honorable Mentions: The Walk, Furious 7, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys

Stay tuned for a bunch of content the month of February!

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