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Forum Oscar Poll Results: March 2015 – Joy to the World, Let the Carol-ing Begin

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No, it’s not Christmas but two female-led films are jingling all the way up to the top of the Awardswatch Forum Oscar Polls. Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence, and Carol, starring Cate Blanchett burst onto the first charts of the year in fine form. Both films performed well in Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and, for Joy, not one but three in Best Supporting Actor as well. Not to be outdone, this year’s Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne returns with a hope for back-to-back Oscars in The Danish Girl. That film is top 5 ranked by the Awardswatch forums and Redmayne himself is at #2. His co-star Alicia Vikander is currently splitting her votes between Lead and Supporting, making a strong showing in both but not landing in the top 5 in either category. I expect her to be a very strong player once her category is decided on. We’re probably looking at another co-lead nomination, a la Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything. Director Tom Hooper is at #6, hoping to return to Oscar glory.

Speaking of returns to Oscar glory, Steven Spielberg’s first new film since 2012’s Oscar-winning Lincoln, Bridge of Spies, finds him in the very comfortable and familiar position of being top ranked. But then there’s also this year’s Best Director (and Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay) winner Alejandro González Iñárritu with The Revenant. In the first month of the Forum Oscar Polls the film sits at #3 for Best Picture, #1 for Best Director, #1 for Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and #1 for Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy). High praise, and high expectations, indeed. But what of the rumors of on-set fights and turmoil? Will that affect the film’s chances down the road? Will Hardy and Iñárritu patch things up enough by the end of the year to stand being near each other? It could make for a very awkward (but exciting) awards season if they don’t.

One thing you’ll notice about this year’s tabulation totals is that some go over 100. That’s because we’re switching things up a bit. Instead of using percentages of total votes like in previous seasons I’m using total votes per film/actor per category. You won’t be too surprised to see that Best Actress is where most AWers have concentrated their voting but I thought it would be a better representation of each film and/or performance to see how many people vote and how wide the margins can be. And, as you faithful followers know, the Forum Oscar Polls are always previous month’s voting results. So, without further ado, the first Forum Oscar Poll for the 2016 Oscars begins now.

BEST PICTURE

01. Carol 71
02. Joy68
03. The Revenant66
04. Bridge of Spies63
05. The Danish Girl58
06. The Hateful Eight57
07. Beasts of No Nation32
08. Brooklyn27
09. Steve Jobs21
10. Inside Out20

BEST DIRECTOR

01. Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant55
02. Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies54
03. David O. Russell, Joy52
04. Todd Haynes, Carol43
05. Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight31
06. Tom Hooper, The Danish Girl20
07. Cary Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation19
08. Danny Boyle, Steve Jobs15
09. Jean-Marc Vallée, Demolition14
10. Gus Van Sant, The Sea of Trees4

BEST ACTOR

01. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant99
02. Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl94
03. Jake Gyllenhaal, Demolition77
04. Tom Hanks, Bridge of Spies55
05. Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs46
06. Bradley Cooper, Adam Jones45
07. Bryan Cranston, Trumbo43
08. Ben Foster, Icon14
09. Matthew McConaughey, The Sea of Trees12
10. Joaquin Phoenix, Irrational Man12

BEST ACTRESS

01. Cate Blanchett, Carol140
02. Jennifer Lawrence, Joy126
03. Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn78
04. Meryl Streep, Ricki and the Flash75
05. Julianne Moore, Freeheld71
06. Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl59
07. Carey Mulligan, Suffragette46
08. Sandra Bullock, Our Brand is Crisis29
09. Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van17
10. Lily Tomlin, Grandma17

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

01. Tom Hardy, The Revenant69
02. Samuel L. Jackson, The Hateful Eight57
03. Robert De Niro, Joy45
04. Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation44
05. Jude Law, Genius27
06. Ken Watanabe, The Sea of Trees25
07. Seth Rogan, Steve Jobs19
08. Bradley Cooper, Joy16
09. Édgar Ramirez, Joy15
10. Michael Keaton, Spotlight12

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

01. Rooney Mara, Carol85
02. Naomi Watts, Demolition69
03. Diane Ladd, Joy59
04. Ellen Page, Freeheld48
05. Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight45
06. Marion Cotillard, Macbeth27
07. Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl22
08. Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs21
09. Nicole Kidman, Genius18
10. Helen Mirren, Trumbo15

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