aNewDomain — Late October is an ideal time to start making Academy Awards predictions because it warms up your prognostication muscles and gets you in tune with the lay of the land as it develops beneath your feet. No question about it, 2015 has been a terrible year for Hollywood. It’s unfortunately still living in its 20th century mindset of sequels and superhero movies. If there are two genres of movies you never need to revisit within your lifetime, sequels and superhero movies are the ones to avoid. So do that. With a vengeance.
That said, there are some great films sure to take home Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards festivities. Here are my early predictions for 13 of the 21 Oscar categories.
Best Picture: “Carol”
Best Actress: Brie Larson in “Room”
Best Supporting Actress: Rooney Mara in “Carol”
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”
Best Director: Tom McCarthy for “Spotlight”
Best Animated Film: “Inside Out”
Best Documentary: “Amy”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul” (Saul Fia)
Best Visual Effects: “The Walk”
Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone for “The Hateful Eight”
Best Screenplay: “The Hateful Eight
Best Adapted Screenplay: Phyllis Nagy for “Carol”
For aNewDomain, I’m Cole Smithey.