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Tony’s 2015 Oscar® Nominations & Winners

by Tony Medley

 Once again I have to come to the rescue of the Academy at Oscar® time because its nominations and awards rarely reflect the quality of films and performances that should be honored. There is a lot of politics that come into play in picking Oscar® nominations and awards as evidenced by the choice of Spotlight as Best Picture. If they were trying to capture how slow and boring investigative reporting is, they succeeded in spades by producing a slow and boring movie that failed to adequately expose the Church for its atrocious cover-up and failure to act on its gross misdeeds.

It’s obvious that something other than quality influenced the choices. Mine are based on quality and nothing more. My picks also recognize quality in comedies, which the Academy seldom does.

This year saw the largest gap between what the Academy judged and how I saw it. My three best films of the year didn’t receive one nomination from the Academy for anything. Unfortunately, I don’t have any heavy golden statuettes to give the winners.

The toughest category for me was Best Supporting Actor and, like Hamlet, I couldn’t make up my mind so it’s a tie. However, my picks only reflect the films I have actually seen. As a result, two that have been reported to me as being exceptional by normal people (not critics or Academy members), Brooklyn and Room, are not included because I have not seen them. My winners are indicated by an asterisk.

Best Original Screenplay

Joel Edgerton, The Gift*

Alex Garland, Ex Machina

Paul Feig, Spy

Alexi K. Campbell, Woman in Gold

Woody Allen, Irrational Man

Best Adapted Screenplay

Juliette Towhidi, Testament of Youth*

Drew Goddard, The Martian

Thomas Vinterberg, Far From the Madding Crowd

Richard Price, Child 44

Best Supporting Actor

Joel Edgerton, The Gift*

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Tom Sturridge, Far From the Madding Crowd

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies*

Sharito Copley, Chappie

Best Supporting Actress

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina*

Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Julianne Nicholson, Black Mass

Oona Laurence, Southpaw

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Harrison Ford, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens*

Jason Bateman, The Gift

Johnny Depp, Black Mass

Jake Gyllenhaal, Southpaw

Ryan Reynolds, Woman in Gold

Best Actress

Alicia Vikander, Testament of Youth*

Rebecca Hall, The Gift

Melissa McCarthy, Spy

Juliet Stevenson, The Letters

Carey Mulligan, Far From the Madding Crowd

Helen Mirren, Woman in Gold

Best Director

James Kent, Testament of Youth

Joel Edgerton, The Gift*

Alex Garland, Ex Machina

Ridley Scott, The Martian

Thomas Vinterberg, Far From the Madding Crowd

Alejandro Gonzâlez Ińárritu, The Revenant

Best Movie

Testament of Youth*

Far From the Madding Crowd

The Gift

The Revenant

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Ex Machina

Mad Max: Road Fury

The Martian

Woman in Gold