I feel like Denzel Washington at the Globes. I have a speech prepared but I forgot my reading glasses. I guess I’ll thank my family for giving me the courage to predict the Academy Award nominees. And, of course, I’d like to thank the Academy. But in all seriousness, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences unveiled their glorious Oscar nominees for 2016 and the results were staggeringly close to our predictions. Seriously, someone should employ me full-time to do this or something. There were some surprises in store, such as Carol being shut out of more than a few major categories, and some nice inclusions, like Tom Hardy getting tapped for his aces performance in The Revenant and Lenny Abrahamson for his truly superb direction in Room. I left the Spotlight team out of the spotlight and paid dearly for it as both Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams eeked their way into nods. Over on the script side, frequent favorites Quentin Tarantino and Aaron Sorkin found themselves shut out for The Hateful Eight and Steve Jobs respectively. In the end though, with The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road leading the nominees in terms of sheer volume, my two favorite films of 2015, I have to applaud the academy. You’ve done us right boys. Now take us home.

Below I’ve marked the nominees and how they’re stacked up against my predictions. Those I got right are bolded. Those I got wrong are struck through and those I missed are in red. You’ll see I went 5 for 5 in Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Cinematography while Best Score proved the trickiest for us to predict. Have a looksie at the Official 2016 Oscar Nominees yourself and see how our predictions stacked up.  If I do say so myself, I’m impressed.

Best Picture:
The Big Short
The Revenant
The Martian
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Director:
Alejando Iñárritu ‘The Revenant’
Tom McCarthy ‘Spotlight’
Adam McKay ‘The Big Short’
George Miller ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’
Ridley Scott ‘The Martian’
Lenny Abrahmson ‘Room

Best Actress:
Brie Larson ‘Room’
Cate Blanchett ‘Carol’
Saoirse Ronan ‘Brooklyn’
Jennifer Lawrence ‘Joy’
Charlotte Rampling ’45 Years’

Best Actor:
Leonardo DiCaprio ‘The Revenant’
Bryan Cranston ‘Trumbo’
Matt Damon ‘The Martian’
Eddie Redmayne ‘The Danish Girl’
Michael Fassbender ‘Steve Jobs’

Best Supporting Actor:
Christian Bale ‘The Big Short’
Sylvester Stallone ‘Creed’
Mark Rylance ‘Bridge of Spies’
Michael Shannon ’99 Homes’
Idris Elba ‘Beasts of No Nation’
Mark Ruffalo ‘Spotlight’
Tom Hardy ‘The Revenant’

Best Supporting Actress:
Rooney Mara ‘Carol’
Alicia Vikander ‘Ex Machina’ ‘The Danish Girl’
Kate Winslet ‘Steve Jobs’
Jennifer Jason Leigh ‘The Hateful Eight’
Helen Mirren ‘Trumbo’
Rachel McAdams ‘Spotlight’

Best Original Screenplay:
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer ‘Spotlight’
Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Pete Docter ‘Inside Out’
Matt Charman, Joel and Ethan Coen ‘Bridge of Spies’
Alex Garland ‘Ex Machina’
Quentin Tarantino ‘The Hateful Eight’
‘Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman’ Straight Outta Compton

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Phyllis Nagy ‘Carol’
Drew Godard ‘The Martian’
Adam McKay ‘The Big Short’
Emma Donoghue ‘Room’
Aaron Sorkin ‘Steve Jobs’
Nick Hornby ‘Brooklyn’

Best Animated Movie:
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep
When Marnie Was There
The Peanuts Movie
Boy and the World

Best Documentary:
The Look of Silence
Cartel Land
Listen to Me Marlon
The Hunting Ground
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best Foreign Language Film:
Son of Saul
A War
Labyrinth of Lies
Embrace of the Serpent

Best Cinematography:
Emmanuel Lubezki ‘The Revenant’
Roger Deakins ‘Sicario’
Edward Lachman ‘Carol’
John Seale ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’
Robert Richardson ‘The Hateful Eight’

Best Costume Design:
Sandy Powell ‘Carol’
Sandy Powell ‘Cinderella’
Jenny Beavan ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’
Courtney Hoffman ‘The Hateful Eight’
Odile Dicks-Mireaux ‘Brooklyn’
Paco Delgado ‘The Danish Girl’
Jacqueline West ‘The Revenant’

Best Film Editing:
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Big Short
The Martian
Steve Jobs
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Mr. Holmes
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Best Production Design:
Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich ‘Bridge of Spies’
Colin Gibson, Katie Sharrock, Lisa Thompson ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’
Yohei Taneda, Rosemary Brandenburg ‘The Hateful Eight’
Eve Stewart, Michael Standish ‘The Danish Girl’
Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler ‘Carol’
Arthur Max ‘The Martian

Best Visual Effects:
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Jurassic World
Ex Machina

Best Score:
Ennio Morricone ‘The Hateful Eight’
John Williams ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
Alexandre Desplat ‘The Danish Girl’
Howard Shore ‘Spotlight’
Daniel Pemberton ‘Steve Jobs’
Thomas Newman ‘Bridge of Spies’
Carter Burwell ‘Carol’
Jóhann Jóhannsson ‘Sicario’

Best Song:
“Til it Happens to You” Lady Gaga, Diane Warren ‘The Hunting Ground’
“Writing’s on the Wall’ Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes ‘Spectre’
“Simple Song #3” Sumi Jo ‘Youth’
“Earned it” The Weeknd ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
“See You Again” DJ Frank E, Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa, Andrew Cedar ‘Furious 7′
“Manta Ray” J. Ralph and Anthony ‘Racing Extinction’

Best Sound Editing:
David Accord, Matthew Wood ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
Oliver Tarney ‘The Martian’
Scott Hecker, Mark Mangini, David White ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’
Martin Hernandez, Randy Thom, Lon Bender ‘The Revenant’
Al Nelson, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle ‘Jurassic World’
Alan Robert Murray ‘Sicario’

Best Sounding Mixing:
Benjamin A. Burtt, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
Mac Ruth, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor ‘The Martian’
Ben Osmo, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’
Chris Duesterdiek, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom ‘The Revenant’
Willie Burton, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano ‘Straight Outta Compton’
Steve Boeddeker ‘Bridge of Spies’