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The 88th Academy Awards Scorecard

My friend introduced me to this last year. I had no idea people did it, and I honestly think it’s the best way to pick the Oscars. Here’s how it works:

You take every category and rank all of the nominees in terms of order you think they’re going to win. If your #1 choice wins, you get 1 point. If #2 wins, you get to. Etc. And in the end, you tally your score up. And the lowest score (24 being the lowest) wins. It’s very simple, and the only time it gets confusing is if a tie happens, which is pretty rare in the history of the Academy (even though one did happen in 2012).

I prefer it because it’s based more on diagnosing the category than simply picking a winner. And diagnosing categories is my specialty.

Here’s my scorecard for this year’s Oscars:

Best Picture

  1. The Revenant
  2. The Big Short
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. Spotlight
  5. The Martian
  6. Room
  7. Bridge of Spies
  8. Brooklyn

Best Director

  1. Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
  2. George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Adam McKay, The Big Short
  4. Lenny Abrahamson, Room
  5. Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Actor

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  2. Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
  3. Matt Damon, The Martian
  4. Eddie Renmayne, The Danish Girl
  5. Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Best Actress

  1. Brie Larson, Room
  2. Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
  3. Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
  4. Cate Blanchett, Carol
  5. Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Sylvester Stallone, Creed
  2. Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  3. Tom Hardy, The Revenant
  4. Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
  5. Christian Bale, The Big Short

Best Supporting Actress

  1. Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
  2. Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
  3. Rooney Mara, Carol
  4. Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
  5. Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Best Original Screenplay

  1. Spotlight
  2. Straight Outta Compton
  3. Bridge of Spies
  4. Ex Machina
  5. Inside Out

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. The Big Short
  2. Room
  3. The Martian
  4. Brooklyn
  5. Carol

Best Editing

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Big Short
  3. The Revenant
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. Spotlight

Best Cinematography

  1. The Revenant
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Sicario
  4. Carol
  5. The Hateful Eight

Best Original Score

  1. The Hateful Eight
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  4. Carol
  5. Sicario

Best Original Song

  1. “Till It Happens to You,” from The Hunting Ground
  2. “Writing’s on the Wall,” from Spectre
  3. “Earned It,” from Fifty Shades of Grey
  4. “Simple Song #3,” from Youth
  5. “Manta Ray,” from Racing Extinction

Best Production Design

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Bridge of Spies
  3. The Revenant
  4. The Martian
  5. The Danish Girl

Best Costume Design

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Cinderella
  3. The Revenant
  4. The Danish Girl
  5. Carol

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Revenant
  3. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Best Visual Effects

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

Best Sound Editing

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

Best Sound Mixing

  1. The Revenant
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  4. The Martian
  5. Bridge of Spies

Best Animated Feature

  1. Inside Out
  2. Anomalisa
  3. Shaun the Sheep
  4. When Marnie Was There
  5. Boy and the World

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. Son of Saul
  2. Mustang
  3. Theeb
  4. Embrace of the Serpent
  5. A War

Best Documentary

  1. Amy
  2. What Happened, Miss Simone?
  3. The Look of Silence
  4. Cartel Land
  5. Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best Documentary Short

  1. Chau, Beyond the Lines
  2. Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
  3. A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
  4. Body Team 12
  5. Last Day of Freedom

Best Live-Action Short

  1. Shok
  2. Stutterer
  3. Day One
  4. Ave Maria
  5. Everything Will Be Okay

Best Animated Short

  1. Bear Story
  2. World of Tomorrow
  3. Sanjay’s Super Team
  4. We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
  5. Prologue

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