Not too many surprises during last nights' Academy Awards.
I finished with a modest 15-9 win-loss ratio.
Had I went with my gut on sound and visual effects and would have went with the top picks for supporting actor, I would have had the best showing ever since I've been keeping track of this stuff.
In any event, happy with Mad Max showing. It's a tip of the hat to George Miller. You could tell all of the winners truly love him as a director and person. Haven't seen Spotlight, but I picked it to win based on conversations with people who have seen it and, of course, Rotten Tomatoes. Being a former journalist, I've got to see this.
BEST PICTURE - Spotlight
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE Brie Larson, Room
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM - Inside Out
CINEMATOGRAPHY - The Revenant
COSTUME DESIGN - Mad Max: Fury Road The Revenant
DIRECTING - The Revenant
FILM EDITING - Mad Max: Fury Road
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - Son of Saul
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING - Mad Max: Fury Road
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) - The Hateful Eight
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG) - “Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre
PRODUCTION DESIGN - Mad Max: Fury Road
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) - The Big Short
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) - Spotlight
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Sylvester Stallone, Creed (Winner: Rylance)
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight (Winner: Vikander)
DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) - Cartel Land (winner: Amy)
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT) - Last Day of Freedom (Winner: Girl in the River)
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED) - World of Tomorrow (Winner: Bear)
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION) - Ave Maria (Winner: Stutterer)
SOUND EDITING - Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Winner: Mad Max)
SOUND MIXING - Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Winner: Mad Max)
VISUAL EFFECTS - Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Winner: Ex Machina)
See how I fared in years past: