For Your Consideration 2015: The Martian

THE MARTIAN || The novel by Andy Weir was one of the best that I’ve read in very long time, so it was natural to be drawn to the film “The Martian.” Leading up to my viewing of the film, I marveled at a theater display about the film and wondered how crazy it would be if Matt Damon, the perfectly cast character for Weir’s Mark Watney, got nominated for an Academy Award for his performance. Upon seeing the film, my first thought during the credits was that this might be too commercial for the Oscars. Yes, “Gravity” visited space, but it was groundbreaking in almost every way. “The Martian,” however, was more popcorn excitement rather than Oscar bait. But then I read the Oscar sites, with pundits placing the film, its director, and its cast in the crosshairs of getting Oscar buzz. And immediately I wondered if this was 2015’s version of “American Sniper,” a film that no one thought would hold any Oscar weight and ended up surprising us all.

Chances are, it will get some nominations when all is said and done. Matt Damon getting nominated would be exactly like Bradley Cooper getting nominated for “American Sniper” last year. “Sniper” did so well at the box office that it almost couldn’t be denied and the same is going for “The Martian.” A Best Adapted Screenplay for Andy Weir’s novel could also plainly make the cut, as it is a well-written piece that exemplifies the nature of the book, capturing the comedy as well as the suspense, in an almost magical way. And never count out director Ridley Scott, who has three previous Oscar nominations (“Thelma & Louise,” “Gladiator” and “Black Hawk Down”). Even a Best Picture nomination is not out of the question. Will it win? Not a chance. But a nomination would drag this out of the specialty, box office, popcorn flick category and give it a little more weight, and a little more for us fans to stand behind.


 

For Your Consideration:

BEST PICTURE
Produced by SIMON KINBERG, p.g.a. • RIDLEY SCOTT, p.g.a. •
MICHAEL SCHAEFER, p.g.a. • ADITYA SOOD • MARK HUFFAM, p.g.a.

BEST DIRECTOR
Directed by RIDLEY SCOTT

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Screenplay by DREW GODDARD
Based upon the novel by ANDY WEIR

BEST ACTOR
MATT DAMON

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
JEFF DANIELS
MICHAEL PEÑA
SEAN BEAN
SEBASTIAN STAN
AKSEL HENNIE
BENEDICT WONG
DONALD GLOVER
EDDY KO
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
JESSICA CHASTAIN
KRISTEN WIIG
KATE MARA
MACKENZIE DAVIS
CHEN SHU

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Director of Photography DARIUSZ WOLSKI, ASC

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Production Designer ARTHUR MAX
Set Decorator CELIA BOBAK

BEST FILM EDITING
Film Editor PIETRO SCALIA, ACE

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Costume Designer JANTY YATES

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Music by HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS

BEST SOUND MIXING
Production Sound Mixer
MAC RUTH
Re-Recording Mixers
PAUL MASSEY
MARK TAYLOR

BEST SOUND EDITING
Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer
OLIVER TARNEY

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Makeup & Hair Designer
TINA EARNSHAW
Key Makeup Artist
JANA CARBONI
CHIEF HARSTYLIST
MARALYN SHERMAN

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
RICHARD STAMMERS
CHRIS LAWRENCE
ANDERS LANGLANDS
STEVEN WARNER
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE
MATT DAMON • JESSICA CHASTAIN • KRISTEN WIIG • JEFF DANIELS • MICHAEL PEÑA •
SEAN BEAN • KATE MARA • SEBASTIAN STAN • AKSEL HENNIE •
MACKENZIE DAVIS • BENEDICT WONG • DONALD GLOVER • CHEN SHU •
EDDY KO and CHIWETEL EJIOFOR

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