My Live Oscar Nominations coverage

As for the last few years, you can watch me on BBC News’ Oscar nomination special programme, with me and Jane Hill, going out live on the BBC News channel from 1325 on Thursday January 13.

The nominations come thick and fast, this year delivered first by Guillermo del Toro, Ang Lee and  then by John Krasinski accompanied by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

First, at 1330 GMT, del Toro and Lee will announce the nominees in the following categories: Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

At 13:38 GMT, Krasinski and Boone Isaacs will take the stage to unveil the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Directing, Film Editing, Foreign Language Film, Original Score, Best Picture, Production Design, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay.

Then Jane and I will react to who’s in and who’s out and who’s outraged. It’s always fun and full of discussion points, and hopefully we’ll be joined on air by a nominee or two.

In preparation, I always have a little prediction game and see if I can say in advance which films I think will be in the Best Picture nominees – but given we never know if there’ll be nine or ten in this category, it’s hard to get it right.

I’ll go for the maximum of 10, which I boldly predict will be:


The Big Short

The Revenant


Inside Out

The Martian


Mad Max: Fury Road

Bridge of Spies


As ever, I can’t be 100 per cent sure and already my heart’s putting Inside Out in there over my head (never a good thing at Oscar time, yet every year such emotional calls cost me dearly) which really screams Star Wars: The Force Awakens at me.

And I wouldn’t be shocked – indeed, I’d be delighted – to see Sicario or Straight Outta Compton in there, too.

Certainties elsewhere include Son of Saul in Foreign, Amy in Documentary, Mark Rylance in Supporting Actor, Alicia Vikander in Supporting Actress (for Ex Machina), Quentin Tarantino in Original Screenplay, Sam Smith in Song, and Sandy Powell in Costumes.

The toughest category to call is Best Actress, where I’m sure Brie Larson, Saorsie Ronan and Cate Blanchett will find themselves, but alongside…? Maggie Smith? Charlotte Rampling? Jennifer Lawrence? Charlize Theron? Lily Tomlin? Someone really good is going to miss out here.

And I think we will see Room’s Jacob Tremblay in the Supporting Actor nominations – although he won’t be a record breaker. Jacob’s 9 years old now – Kramer vs Kramer’s Justin Henry was 8 when he was nominated in 1979… let the games and the stats begin.

I’ll put up the full list of nominations and of course there’ll be my reaction blog, all tomorrow in between the live BBC News broadcast and my date with Eddie Mair as the semi-resident film critic of the illustrious PM programme on Radio 4, around 1745.

Before all of that, I’ll be in my usual slot with Robert Elms on BBC Radio London, still every Thursday but now at our new time of 1040-1130.

Oh, and The BAFTAs are on Feb 14 and The Oscars are on Sunday Feb 28.

And the winner is….

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