2016 Academy Awards: If Tech Picked the Oscars

By Phill Powell

It’s that time again. Hollywood’s biggest night…the Oscars!

We’re only hours away from this year’s presentation in Los Angeles. The broadcast will be hosted by funnyman Chris Rock and will be attended by the shiniest stars from the world of entertainment.

Like everybody else, we’re trying to predict which movies and performers will be honored with Oscar gold.

But since we’re all about tech here at DMA, we thought it would be interesting to show you the winners, if technology were the sole criteria:

BEST PICTURE: THE MARTIAN

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Ridley Scott’s The Martian was the most riveting (and scientifically accurate) space movie in years.

BEST DIRECTOR: GEORGE MILLER (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD)

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Pulse-pounding and weirdly visionary, George Miller’s Fury Road achieved Max-imum madness.

BEST ACTOR: MICHAEL FASSBENDER (STEVE JOBS)

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Michael Fassbender captured the unknowable mystery of the title character in Steve Jobs.

BEST ACTRESS: JENNIFER LAWRENCE (JOY)

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Jennifer Lawrence, her generation’s leading action star, goes full bore in Joy.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: SYLVESTER STALLONE (CREED)

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You can’t help rooting for Sly Stallone to win for Creed. (Hey, he’s Rocky, for crying out loud!)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: JENNIFER JASON LEIGH (THE HATEFUL EIGHT)

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It takes a tough actress to rule the roost in a Tarantino picture. Leigh did just that in The Hateful Eight.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: EX_MACHINA

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Alex Garland’s magnificent script for the mind-bending Ex_Machina, made for the year’s top robot tale.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

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John Williams‘ score for Force Awakens will triumph over Ennio Morricone’s work for The Hateful Eight.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

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J.J. Abrams and company pulled off one brilliant visual effect after another in the year’s biggest movie.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: INSIDE OUT

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It’s unthinkable that Pixar’s Inside Out – a critical and commercial smash – won’t take home Oscars.

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING: THE REVENANT

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Forget about styling DiCaprio’s hair. You think it was easy to groom this bear?

COME MAKE MOVIES WITH US!

It’s always fun to watch the Oscars and celebrate the peak achievements of the film year.

But for us at DMA, we really look forward to our own screenings of student-produced films made at DMA tech camp locations across the U.S. and Canada. It’s always exciting to see what kind of films they come up with!

You should join us this summer. Digital Media Academy offers a variety of filmmaking and visual effects tech camps, courses and academies. There’s something for every young person’s filmmaking interest.

At DMA, we’ve been teaching young people how to express themselves through film for 15 years now. Our graduates often go on to film schools and some achieve rewarding careers in the film and television industries.

This summer’s not far away. Go ahead and start doing the thinking needed to get you to a DMA filmmaking camp this summer!