It's Oscar season!

It’s Oscar season!

On a day that included the sad news of the passing of actor Alan Rickman (he died of cancer at 69, just three days after David Bowie died of cancer at 69), the Oscar season kicked off with the early morning announcement of this year’s nominees.

I’ve long said that the Oscars are my Super Bowl, and as much as I love football, I love the Oscars even more.

My plan for this year is to see all the movies in my favorite categories, write about them here and then make my picks for the big night, February 28, when Chris Rock will no doubt give Whitey a lot of shit for ignoring a lot of good work from African American artists.

That said, here’s my homework assignment for the coming weeks:

Best Picture
• The Big Short
• Bridge of Spies
• Brooklyn
• Mad Max: Fury Road
• The Martian
• The Revenant
• Room
• Spotlight

Best Director
• Lenny Abrahamson | Room
• Alejandro Iñàrritu | The Revenant
• Adam McKay | The Big Short
• Tom McCarthy | Spotlight
• George Miller | Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Actor in a Leading Role
• Bryan Cranston | Trumbo
• Matt Damon | The Martian
• Leonardo DiCaprio | The Revenant
• Michael Fassbender | Steve Jobs
• Eddie Redmayne | The Danish Girl

Best Actress in a Leading Role
• Cate Blanchett | Carol
• Brie Larson | Room
• Jennifer Lawrence | Joy
• Charlotte Rampling | 45 Years
• Saoirse Ronan | Brooklyn

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
• Christian Bale | The Big Short
• Tom Hardy | The Revenant
• Mark Ruffalo | Spotlight
• Mark Rylance | Bridge of Spies
• Sylvester Stallone | Creed

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
• Jennifer Jason Leigh | The Hateful Eight
• Rooney Mara | Carol
• Rachel McAdams | Spotlight
• Alicia Vikander | The Danish Girl
• Kate Winslet | Steve Jobs

Best Foreign Language Film
• Embrace of the Serpent | Colombia
• Mustang | France
• Son of Saul | Hungary
• Theeb | Jordan
• A War | Denmark

Best Documentary Feature
• Amy
• Cartel Land
• The Look of Silence
• What Happened, Miss Simone?
• Winter on Fire