A Comparative Look at the 2016 Movie Awards Season

academy awardThis morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards. Honoring achievements in film, the Oscars are the culmination of the film awards season, following on the heels of the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA Awards), the Critics Choice Awards, and the various guild awards (Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild, and Directors Guild).

One of my favorite things about movie awards seasons, is trying to predict who will win the Academy Award in each category. Because the Academy Awards are the last of the major movie awards telecasts, predictions are often made based on the winners at the other shows. The winners don’t always match up (sometimes the nominees don’t even match up!), but there generally seem to be frontrunners in most categories. This year, the category with the most stability in nominees across the board is that of lead actor. By contrast, the lead actress nominees have skewed wildly from one award to another. It will be interesting to see how the wins line up over the few weeks leading up to the Academy Awards.

For a look at the entire list of nominations for each award show, visit the Academy Award website, the BAFTA Awards website, the Critics' Choice Awards website, the Producers Guild Awards website, the Directors Guild Awards website, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards website.

Best Film:

Best Director:

Best Performance by a Lead Actor:

  • Bryan Cranston in Trumbo: Academy Award, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, SGA
  • Matt Damon in The Martian: Academy Award, BAFTA, Critics' Choice
  • Johnny Depp in Black Mass: Critics' Choice, SGA
  • Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant: Academy Award, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, SGA
  • Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs: Academy Award, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, SGA
  • Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl: Academy Award, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, SGA

Best Performance by a Lead Actress:

  • Cate Blanchett in Carol: Academy Award, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, SGA
  • Brie Larson in Room: Academy Award, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, SGA
  • Jennifer Lawrence in Joy: Academy Award, Critics' Choice
  • Helen Mirren in Woman in Gold: SGA
  • Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years: Academy Award, Critics' Choice
  • Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn: Academy Award, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, SGA
  • Sarah Silverman in I Smile Back: SGA
  • Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van: BAFTA
  • Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road: Critics' Choice
  • Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl: BAFTA

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor:

  • Christian Bale in The Big Short: Academy Award, BAFTA, SGA
  • Paul Dano in Love & Mercy: Critics' Choice
  • Benicio del Toro in Sicario: BAFTA
  • Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation: BAFTA, SGA
  • Tom Hardy in The Revenant: Academy Award, Critics' Choice
  • Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight: Academy Award, BAFTA, Critics' Choice
  • Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies: Academy Award, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, SGA
  • Michael Shannon in 99 Homes: Critics' Choice, SGA
  • Sylvester Stallone in Creed: Academy Award, Critics' Choice
  • Jacob Tremblay in Room: SGA

Best Performance by a Supporting Actress:

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight: Academy Award, BAFTA, Critics' Choice
  • Rooney Mara in Carol: Academy Award, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, SGA
  • Rachel McAdams in Spotlight: Academy Award, Critics' Choice, SGA
  • Helen Mirren in Trumbo: Critics' Choice, SGA
  • Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina: BAFTA
  • Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl: Academy Award, Critics' Choice, SGA
  • Julie Walters in Brooklyn: BAFTA
  • Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs: Academy Award, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, SGA

Many of these movies are still playing in theaters, so are not yet listed in the HCPL catalog. Links have been provided for the few movies already available in the catalog.

Don’t miss the Oscars on Sunday, February 28th!

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