Now that the nominations for this year's Oscars have been released, the analysis and predictions can begin in earnest.

There's been a few surprises to say the least, particularly in the Best Picture category, with Beasts Of No Nation effectively shut out from the major categories. Meanwhile, Brooklyn and Room both had a strong showing, however The Revenant scored the most nominations with 11.

Here's our predictions across all the major categories...



The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant





Without a shadow of a doubt, this has to be one of the toughest categories to call in recent years. Every film is a strong contender, however there are few we can cross off at an early stage. Bridge of Spies and The Big Short definitely won't win, nor will The Martian and (sadly) Brooklyn. Mad Max: Fury Road, as much as we loved it, probably win out either. It's a three-way tie between The Revenant, Room and Spotlight. Considering The Revenant won out in the Golden Globes, it's the favourite to win here as well. However, Room and Spotlight could easily take it the gong as well. Gun to head? Probably The Revenant.



Bryan Cranston - Trumbo

Matt Damon - The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant

Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl


This has got to be Leonardo DiCaprio's year. It just has to be. Granted, were it any other year and DiCaprio's performance wasn't in contention, we'd be calling it for our own Michael Fassbender and Steve Jobs. Leonardo DiCaprio HAS to win it this year; he's just gotta.




Cate Blanchett - Carol

Brie Larson - Room

Jennifer Lawrence - Joy

Charlotte Rampling - 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn


Brie Larson's the heavy favourite to win here, we think. Her performance in Room was that strong, there's very little doubt she won't walk away without an Oscar. In the highly unlikely event that she doesn't win, Jennifer Lawrence is the next line with Saoirse Ronan placing in third. Again, that's unlikely - Larson's got this sewn up.




Christian Bale - The Big Short

Tom Hardy - The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight

Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone-  Creed


Again, like the previous category, Sylvester Stallone's the strongest candidate here to win. Mark Ruffalo, although he's great in Spotlight, is an odd choice. The film was more an ensemble piece than anything else. Mark Rylance is a brilliant actor, but giving him an award for Bridge of Spies? Definitely not. Tom Hardy's the next in line to win if Sylvester Stallone doesn't take it, but there's almost no chance of that happpening.




Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara - Carol

Rachel McAdams - Spotlight

Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs



It's great to see Rachel McAdams get a nomination in here for Spotlight, in what was a film dominated by male performances. However, Kate Winslet's Polish twang is going to win out for her here. Jennifer Jason Leigh, as well, is rightfully nominated and was the best thing about The Hateful Eight - although that's really not saying much.



Adam McKay - The Big Short

George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro G. Iñárritu - The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson - Room

Tom McCarthy - Spotlight


As much as a sin it is to go against our own countryman, we'd love to see George Miller win here. It's not going to happen, mind, but George Miller deserves some recognition for the incredible work he did in Fury Road. However, when we come back to reality, it's a two-way tie between our own Abrahamson and Iñárritu. If Room doesn't win in Best Picture, Abrahamson will win here.





Boy and the World

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There



Inside Out's the clear favourite to win here, although Anomalisa may sneak in. Shaun The Sheep hasn't a prayer and, sadly, nobody's seen the other two nominations. Inside Out's a comfortable winner here.



The Big Short



The Martian



Room's the likely winner, followed by either The Big Short or Carol. More than likely, however, we'll see Emma Donoghue will come away with a statuette here - and rightfully so. Room really was one of the best screenplays of this year, adapted or otherwise.




Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out


Straight Outta Compton


It's great to see Inside Out get a nomination outside of Best Animated; we originally envisioned it sweeping its way into the Best Picture category. Not so, unfortunately. As to who'll win, it's anybody's guess. It really is a tough category to call, although the most likely is probably Spotlight or Ex Machina. Hopefully, Spotlight will come away with something here.





The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant



If The Revenant wasn't in the running here, we'd put Sicario out as the most likely winner. However, the sight of Leonardo DiCaprio being buried alive following a vicious bear attack won over too many people for it not to win. Hope it was worth it, man.