The Locks:

1- Spotlight

2- Mad Max: Fury Road

3- The Big Short

4- The Martian

5- The Revenant


Likely Nominees, but How Many Will They Take?:

6- Carol

7- Bridge of Spies

8- Room


The Remaining Possible Spots and their Contenders:

9- Straight Outta Compton

10- Brooklyn

11- Sicario

12- Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens


Need a Boost:

13- Inside Out

14- Ex Machina

15- Trumbo

16- Beasts of No Nation

17- Anomalisa

18- The Hateful Eight

19- The Danish Girl

20- Creed

21- Steve Jobs

22- Trainwreck


Films We’d Like to Be Included: Clouds of Sils Maria, Black Mass, The Intern, Jurassic World, It Follows, Mr. Holmes, The Gift, Grandma




The Locks:

1- Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

2- Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

3- Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

4- Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)


Who Gets the Last Spot?:

5- Matt Damon (The Martian)

6- Johnny Depp (Black Mass)

7- Steve Carell (The Big Short)

8- Will Smith (Concussion)


Other Possibilities, but It Would Be A Surprise:

9- Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes)

10- Michael Caine (Youth)

11- Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation)

12- Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight)

13- Michael B. Jordan (Creed)

14- Tom Courtenay (45 Years)

15- Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies)

Possible, but could go supporting: Michael Keaton (Spotlight)


Actors We’d Like to See Included: Richard Gere (Time Out of Mind), Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey), Robert DeNiro (The Intern), Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road)




1- Brie Larson (Room)

2- Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

3- Cate Blanchett (Carol)

If nominated as Lead, they’re in: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Rooney Mara (Carol)


If the Aforementioned Go Supporting, Here Are Some Options:

4- Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

5- Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)

6- Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)

7- Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back)


Other Options, The Back-End of the Category is Weak:

8- Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)

9- Lily Tomlin (Grandma)

10- Emily Blunt (Sicario)

11- Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold)

12- Carey Mulligan (Suffragette or Far From the Madding Crowd)

13- Blythe Danner (I’ll See You in My Dreams)

14- Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)


Actresses We’d Like to See Included:  Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Anne Hathaway (The Intern), Juliette Binoche (Clouds of Sils Maria), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect 2)





1- Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

2- Sylvester Stallone (Creed)


Several Options for the Other Three Spots:

3- Paul Dano (Love & Mercy)

4- Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)

5- Michael Shannon (99 Homes)

6- Christian Bale (The Big Short)

7- Benicio Del Toro (Sicario)

8- Tom Hardy (The Revenant)

9- Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)

10- Jacob Tremblay (Room)

also a possibility if he lands in supporting: Michael Keaton (Spotlight)


The Longer Shots but Anything’s Possible in This Crazy Category:

11- Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight)

12- Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton)

13- Harvey Keitel (Youth)

14- Jason Segal (The End of the Tour)


Actors We’d Like to See Included: Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina), Jeff Daniels (Steve Jobs), Sam Elliot (Grandma), Joel Edgerton (Black Mass and The Gift)




The Locks:

1(if supporting)- Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

2(if supporting)- Rooney Mara (Carol)

3- Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)


The Solid Possibilities:

4- Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)

5- Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)

6- Helen Mirren (Trumbo)

7- Rachel McAdams (Spotlight)

8- Jane Fonda (Youth)


Longer Shots, but if the Top 2 Go Lead, They Could Sneak In:

9- Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria)

10- Joan Allen (Room)

11- Julie Walters (Brooklyn)

12- Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy)

13- Marion Cotillard (Macbeth)

14- Isabella Rossellini (Joy)

15- Mya Taylor (Tangerine)


Actresses We’d Like to See Included: Deanna Dunagan (The Visit), Dakota Johnson (Black Mass), Rebecca Hall (The Gift), Brie Larson (Trainwreck), Olivia Cooke (Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl)