Too Early for This: Oscar Picks — 15 August 2015

Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in Carol
Black Mass
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
The Hateful Eight
In the Heart of the Sea
The Revenant
Steve Jobs
The Walk

The skinny: As usual this early, everything’s a contender. I feel pretty comfortable that at least eight of these 10 will be nominees come January, but any of them could flame out (or, in the case of The Revenant, not be ready in time).

Todd Haynes and Cate Blanchett on the set of Carol
Todd Haynes, Carol
Tom Hooper, The Danish Girl
Ron Howard, In the Heart of the Sea
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies

The skinny: Since 2009, no director had been nominated for a film that wasn’t either. I think Bennett Miller was a total anomaly, so there shouldn’t be any blips like that here. I’m most excited to see Todd Haynes hopefully get his due, especially since the others are all previous winners.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
Don Cheadle, Miles Ahead
Johnny Depp, Black Mass
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

The skinny: Every actor here is playing a real person. The final Best Actor slate has never been that, though we came close in 2005 (Clint Eastwood played the only fictional character). But who could argue with all these former nominees, supposedly turning in career-best performances?

Jennifer Lawrence in Joy
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Julianne Moore, Freeheld
Meryl Streep, Ricki and the Flash
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

The skinny: Will there be room for two previous Oscar-winners playing lesbians in tragic romances? We’ll have to see. And despite its presence in nearly every category, this seems like Joy’s only sure thing. TriStar isn’t the type of studio to make a big awards push, so a Meryl Streep nomination isn’t a foregone conclusion. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Vikander moves to supporting come November.

Joel Edgerton and Johnny Depp in Black Mass
Bradley Cooper, Joy
Jeff Daniels, Steve Jobs
Joel Edgerton, Black Mass
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Michael Keaton, Spotlight

The skinny: How great would it be to see Jeff Daniels (or even Seth Rogen) in this category? Hardy also seems like a shoo-in, but I’d put the early money on Edgerton to actually make it here. He’s put in the work, and he’ll be in a movie that should get plenty of attention.

Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Ellen Page, Freeheld
Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

The skinny: As the only woman in the Hateful Eight‘s ensemble, Jennifer Jason Leigh might find herself a nominee again, even if she failed to make an impression in the latest trailer. Mara and Page’s nominations might depend on how well their counterparts are received, and Kate Winslet might find herself the odd person out in the Steve Jobs biopic. Laugh all you want, but Kristen Stewart could find herself an Oscar nominee as well. She already has a César (France’s Oscar equivalent) to show for this role.

Samuel L. Jackson in The Hateful Eight
Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out

The skinny: I’d expect something more outsider-y to make its way into the fray later, but for now, it’s all Best Picture nominees and also-rans.

Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs
The Danish Girl
The End of the Tour
The Revenant
Steve Jobs

The skinny: I’m not going to count on Mad Max making anything other than the craft categories, but wouldn’t it be awesome to see Fury Road up here? Expect some consolation prizes for better reviewed movies (like The End of the Tour) to make it.

The feelings of Inside Out
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Little Prince
The Prophet
Shaun the Sheep Movie

The skinny: Unless Minions surges for some reason, I’m comfortable with these five.

Random Sure Things
Cinematography: The Revenant
Sound Mixing: Miles Ahead
Costume Design: Suffragette
Make-up and Hairstyling: Ex Machina
Production Design: Crimson Peak

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