Best Original Score (2015)

The Oscar for Best Original Score is awarded to a musical composer for the best body of musical work in the form of underscoring for a particular film. This is perennially one of my favorite Academy Award categories because in my opinion, music is essentially what makes or breaks a film. A movie is just a bunch of images and words, but with the addition of a musical score, the film develops feeling and emotion in a way that better connects with the viewers. The following is my Oscars ballot for this category, Best Original Score:

Ennio Morricone conducting at the O2 Arena in London

WINNERThe Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)

2. Sicario (Jóhann Jóhannsson)

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (John Williams)

4. Bridge of Spies (Thomas Newman)

5. Carol (Carter Burwell)

Best Film Editing (2015)

The Oscar for Best Film Editing is awarded to a particular film for the finest post-production digital editing.  The award is presented to the film’s principal editor(s).  This is the first year since 2011 that the category is not made up entirely of Best Picture nominees. The following is my Oscars ballot for this category, Best Film Editing:

Margaret Sixel MMFR

WINNERMad Max: Fury Road (Margaret Sixel)

2. The Revenant (Stephen Mirrione)

3. The Big Short (Hank Corwin)

4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey)

5. Spotlight (Tom McArdle)

Best Visual Effects (2015)

The Oscar for Best Visual Effects is awarded to a particular film for the finest contribution of visual effects and illusions to the overall film production.  The award is presented to the film’s visual effects artist(s) and visual effects supervisor(s). The following is my Oscars ballot for this category, Best Visual Effects:

ExMachinaVE

WINNEREx Machina (Mark Williams Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, and Andrew Whitehurst)

2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, and Neal Scanlan)

3. Mad Max: Fury Road (Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams, and Tom Wood)

4. The Revenant (Richard McBride, Matt Shumway, Jason Smith, and Cameron Waldbauer)

5. The Martian (Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, Richard Stammers, and Steven Warner)

Sound Editing (2015)

The Oscar for Best Sound Editing is awarded each year to a particular film possessing the most fine and aesthetic sound editing or sound design.  The award is generally given to the film’s Supervising Sound Editors.  The following is my Oscars ballot for this category, Best Sound Editing:

Mark Mangini MMFR

WINNERMad Max: Fury Road (Mark A. Mangini and David White)

2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Matthew Wood and David Acord)

3. The Revenant (Martin Hernández and Lon Bender)

4. Sicario (Alan Robert Murray)

5. The Martian (Oliver Tarney)

Best Sound Mixing (2015)

The Oscar for Best Sound Mixing is awarded to a particular film featuring the finest and most melodious sound mixing and recording. The award is usually presented to the film’s production sound mixers and re-recording mixers. The following is my Oscars ballot for this category, Best Sound Mixing:

Chris Jenkins - MMFR

WINNERMad Max: Fury Road (Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, and Ben Osmo)

2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson)

3. The Revenant (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom, and Chris Duesterdiek)

4. The Martian (Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, and Mac Ruth)

5. Bridge of Spies (Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, and Drew Kunin)