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If I were in charge of unilaterally selecting the Oscars, here is who would be recognized. Nominees are listed in order of preference, winners at the top.

Best Picture
1. The Big Short
2. Spotlight
3. Ex Machina
4. Inside Out
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Lead Actress
1. Alison Brie, Sleeping with Other People
2. Brie Larson, Room
3. Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
4. Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
5. Cate Blanchett, Carol

Lead Actor
1. Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina
2. Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
3. Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
4. Michael B. Jordan, Creed
5. Jason Segel, The End of the Tour

Supporting Actress
1. Elizabeth Banks, Love and Mercy
2. Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
3. Deanna Dunagan, The Visit
4. Phyllis Smith, Inside Out
5. Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Supporting Actor
1. Sylvester Stallone, Creed
2. John Cusack, Chi-Raq
3. Steve Carell, The Big Short
4. Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
5. Stanley Tucci, Spotlight

Director
1. Adam McKay, The Big Short
2. George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Alex Garland, Ex Machina
4. Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
5. J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Original Screenplay
1. Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
2. Alex Garland, Ex Machina
3. Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley, Inside Out
4. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, What We Do in the Shadows
5. Matt Charman, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies

Adapted Screenplay
1. Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short
2. Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
3. Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
4. Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
5. Nick Hornby, Brooklyn

Animated Feature
1. Inside Out
2. Minions
3. Shaun the Sheep Movie

Cinematography
1. Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
2. Barry Ackroyd, The Big Short
3. John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
4. Dan Mindel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
5. Roger Deakins, Sicario

Costume Design
1. Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Patrik Milani, Dope
3. Sandy Powell, Carol
4. Ruth E. Carter, Chi-Raq
5. Odile Dicks-Mireaux, Brooklyn

Film Editing
1. Hank Corwin, The Big Short
2. Parker Laramie and Andrew Wesman, Unfriended
3. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
4. Tom McArdle, Spotlight
5. Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road

Makeup and Hairstyling
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Hard to Be a God
3. Crimson Peak
4. What We Do in the Shadows
5. Blackhat

Original Score
1. Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
2. Disasterpeace, It Follows
3. Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario
4. John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
5. Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs

Original Song
1. “Earned It,” written by Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville, Abel Tesfaye, Fifty Shades of Grey
2. “See You Again,” written by DJ Frank E, Charlie Puth, Cameron Thomaz, Andrew Cedar, Furious 7

Production Design
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3. Crimson Peak
4. Ex Machina
5. Jupiter Ascending

Sound Editing
1. Nikolai Astakhov, Hard to Be a God
2. Mark A. Mangini and David White, Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Matthew Wood and David Acord, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
4. Harry Cohen and Wylie Stateman, The Hateful Eight
5. Martin Hernández and Lon Bender, The Revenant

Sound Mixing
1. David Wyman, The Big Short
2. Nikolai Astakhov, Hard to Be a God
3. Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, and Ben Osmo, Mad Max: Fury Road
4. Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
5. William Sarokin, Sicario

Visual Effects
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Krampus
4. The Revenant
5. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Documentary
I didn’t see any documentaries.

Animated Short
1. Lava
2. Sanjay’s Super Team

Documentary Short, Live Action Short
I did not see any documentary shorts or live action shorts.

Foreign Language Film
I didn’t see any foreign language films, except for Hard to Be a God, but I believe that was released in Russia before 2015.

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