The Golden Globes have been and gone, Stephen Fry announced the BAFTA winners last week, and awards season is quickly reaching its end, but the most coveted awards are yet to be announced. The 88th Academy Awards, AKA The Oscars take place on the 28 February and will welcome the world’s greatest filmmakers to Los Angeles to get suited, booted and sit down for the longest (and possibly most boring) night of their lives. At least they get to walk away with a $200,000 gift bag.

Though the ceremony has its place in the world of film, promoting the best in motion picture entertainment and helping us to discover some new talents, we all know that award ceremonies are always wrong and the best films hardly ever win! I mean, how on earth did The Martian win Best Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes? To rectify this, we created a voting sheet for our very own film experts to fill in and ensure that this year we got it right. By experts we mean you.

The results were pleasantly surprising, differing from some of the early Oscar favourites, and BAFTA and Golden Globe winners - we even had a remarkable set of ties on the screenwriting awards! We had over a hundred of you vote, and the FACT Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay was tied between Carol and The Martian, while Best Original Screenplay was tied three times with Ex Machina, Inside Out and Spotlight. Unbelievable!

Not all the results were as shocking. After cleaning up at the BAFTAs and The Globes, The Revenant came away with four FACT Oscars; Best Cinematography, Best Director for Alexandro G. Innaritu, Best Supporting Actor for Tom Hardy and maybe with the help of our #Leo4Oscar campaign our Best Actor award went to our firm favourite, Leonardo DiCaprio. Best Animated film came as no surprise as Pixar’s Inside Out won over the FACT audience in a landslide victory, though things may have been different had Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa had an earlier release.

A film we absolutely loved and felt deserved to be in much more categories than it was recognised for, was praised by you for its acting prowess as Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara took the respective FACT Oscars for Best Actress and Supporting Actress in their incredibly moving and lovingly shot film, Carol. How was this film left out of the Best Picture category?

Asif Kapadia’s Amy, a documentary about the late singer, Amy Winehouse, was Picturehouse at FACT’s third best selling film of the year and given Best Documentary, while the humanity of World War II film, Son of Saul, won over FACT audiences and the Best Foreign Language prize.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was only nominated for two categories, the FACT Oscars for Best Visual Effects and Best Original Score, and it won both fighting off stiff competition from The Hateful Eight and Mad Max: Fury Road. The latter film offering the most surprising and deserved win of the whole FACT Oscars, Mad Max: Fury Road came away with the most sought after statue, The Best Picture award and even picked up the award for Best Costume Design. We couldn’t be happier for the George Miller directed reboot to win for it’s radical, unrelenting and fresh take on the action movie genre. It’d be fantastic if as a result of this we could get it back for one more screening! Fingers crossed... 

We’ll check back next week to see if the FACT Oscars have had any effect on the 88th Academy Awards, but until then here’s a list of the first annual FACT Oscar winners:


Best Picture - Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Director - Alexandro Inarritu, The Revenant

Best Actress - Cate Blanchett, Carol

Best Actor - Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Supporting Actress - Rooney Mara, Carol

Supporting Actor - Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Cinematography - The Revenant

Costume and Design - Mad Max: Fury Road

Animated Feature - Inside Out

Documentary Feature - Amy

Foreign Language Film - Son of Saul

Original Score - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Visual Effects - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Original Screenplay - (Tie!) Ex Machina & Inside Out & Spotlight 

Adapted Screenplay - (Tie!) Carol & The Martian


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