If I Had an Oscar Ballot, 2016 Edition

Welcome to my annual Oscar ballot post. Normally this would come post Oscar nominations, but due to them being announced next week rather than this one, it gets an early showcase. After tabulating these results, The Witch leads all films with 9 nominations, followed by Arrival with 7 (surprising even myself, I’ve come to appreciate that film more since seeing it), Captain America: Civil War with 6, and Moonlight with 5. Overall a great spread of nominations, I was happy to find places for smaller films like Hello, My Name is Doris, Embrace the Serpent, and The Handmaiden amidst the bigger pictures. What would you all nominate if you had an Oscar ballot?

Best Director
Robert Eggers, The Witch
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Richard Linklater, Everybody Wants Some
Jeff Nichols, Midnight Special
The Russo Bros., Captain America: Civil War

Best Actor
Logan Miller, Take Me to the River
Chris Pine, Hell or High Water
Ben Schertzner, Goat
Joe Seo, Spa Night
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress
Kate Beckinsale, Love & Friendship
Viola Davis, Fences
Sally Field, Hello, My Name is Dorris
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Josh Hamilton, Take Me to the River
Trevante Rhodes, Moonlight
Harvey Scrimshaw, The Witch
Hayden Szeto, Edge of Seventeen

Best Supporting Actress
Ruba Blal, Sand Storm
Kate Dickie, The Witch
Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
Riley Keough, American Honey
Haerry Kim, Spa Night

Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water
Jackie
Midnight Special
Spa Night
Take Me to the River

Adapted Screenplay
Arrival
Captain America: Civil War
Goat
Fences
Moonlight

Film Editing
Captain America: Civil War

Hell or High Water
Midnight Special
Moonlight
The Witch

Cinematography
Arrival
Embrace the Serpent
Jackie
Moonlight
The Witch

Production Design
Arrival
Doctor Strange
Hail, Caesar!
The Handmaiden
Jackie

Costume Design
Everybody Wants Some
The Handmaiden
Hello My Name is Doris
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Sing Street

Makeup & Hairsyling
Hello, My Name is Doris
Jackie
Silence
Sing Street
The Witch

Visual Effects
Arrival
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Midnight Special

Sound Mixing
Arrival
Captain America: Civil War
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Witch

Sound Editing
Arrival
Captain America: Civil War
Hell or High Water
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Witch

Original Score
Arrival
Captain America: Civil War
Jackie
La La Land
The Witch

Original Song
“No Dames”, Hail, Ceasar!
“You’re Welcome”, Moana
“Shiny”, Moana
“Start a Fire”, La La Land
“Drive It Like You Stole It”, Sing Street

Animated Feature
Justice League: Gotham City Breakout
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
Sausage Party
Zootopia

Foreign Language Film
Embrace the Serpent
Sand Storm
Spa Night
Under the Sun
The Wave

Documentary Feature
13th
Holy Hell
Into the Inferno
They Call Us Monsters
Under the Sun

My Best Picture choices are here.