Monday, February 8, 2016

Karma The Great Quarterback Equalizer

Is anyone really surprised that Cam Newton is as ungracious in defeat as he is in victory?


 
Hoodie up over his head, his pockets no doubt full of skittles, Newton sulks during the required presser, he had met his match and then some. It wasn't just losing the game, going down in defeat or that the Broncos played better, the Panthers were totally blown away. And you had to see this coming,

Cam Newton's ego was writing checks his ass couldn't cash.

The only explanation is that, Karma jumped off the plane in San Jose and jumped all over the Panthers during the Super Bowl. How else to you explain a field goal attempt hitting the uprights with little or no wind? Karma didn't waste any time with fumbles, sacks, yellow flags all over the place, either. Then Karma looked at River Boat Ron's challenge and swatted it down like a Zika Virus Mosquito. (Call it collateral damage? Rivera's challenge record near perfect in the last ten games)

"If you don't like our dancing don't let us score", taunted the League MVP, and the Broncos did just that. Fans hoped that the second half and a extended half time pep talk would cure the woes but the Panthers came back to the field worse in the 3rd quarter and the Broncos were better.

For most of the second half Newton looked like a birthday piñata being struck again and again by a group of small children, the only thing missing were the zebra stripe and gold pants.

After 60 minutes of ugly and Newton rather than thanking the fans, the coaches, the City of Charlotte, or even his mother; showed the camera who he was during the post game interview.

His 80 words, most barely audible monosyllabic answers to the gathered scrum of media looking for blood or maybe just answers.


After 2 minutes slipped by,  just enough to please the league and without an apology Newton stood up and walked away.

Even Cedar's advice to Cam "All Glory is Fleeting" didn't take into account the swiftness of Karma, for it hints at old age, and time taking its toll. No, this was an epic smack down. Newton had been hit so many times that he finally backed away from jumping on the grenade of a fumble, his own fumble as if it was kryptonite.

For Cam Newton there's always next year, but he should look around many of these guys who don't have next year, for many this was it. Richardson looks frail, one assistant coach is battling cancer, a number of players are at the end of their contracts, some with just one year gigs others are simply aging out, and for them there is no next season.

Maybe Cam Newton ought to let that marinate a little before he dabs in the end zone or pulls out his selfie stick.

Maybe he'll think of the PSL holders before he smirks another because I'm an African American Quarterback answer or pause before reading off a fine discourse of excuses to remember those fans who skipped a week's worth of lunch just to buy a Panthers Number 1 jersey.

Then again why would he?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

In Case You Missed It - Matt Bowen on Cam Newton

It was a Monday night game in 2002: Me and my Packers teammates were playing the Bears. With Soldier Field being renovated, we played down at the University of Illinois. It had the feel of a big-time college game when the team buses pulled up to Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Fans everywhere. Wild tailgate parties. The place was electric.

Were we tight coming out of the tunnel? Yeah, maybe a little bit. Some anxious energy there. It happens under the lights in that kind of environment. But it all changed less than five minutes into the first quarter.

Brett Favre rolled to his left, bought time and just slinged the ball down the field. I mean, he launched the thing to Donald Driver. An 85-yard bomb for six. The joint went silent.

Ballgame.

That's how we felt on the sidelines after watching Favre celebrate like he had just won the lottery. The guy was loving it, and from then on, we all let loose. Guys started making plays all over the field. We covered kicks like junkyard dogs. Interceptions on defense. More points on the offensive side of the ball.

Man, we whipped the Bears that night.

I don't know Cam Newton and I'm not in the Carolina Panthers' locker room as they prep for Super Bowl 50. But when I watch the Panthers' quarterback drop his shoulder on a linebacker or dive over the goal line head-first -- as he did in the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals -- it reminds me of playing with Favre.

Players gravitate toward that kind of enthusiasm and passion from their quarterback. It's leadership, really, in the eyes of the locker room. So too is taking a lick and popping up with a smile on your face.

Favre did that every week, and there were times when none of us expected him to play given how beaten up he was. But he was always there. And he did it for 297 consecutive games, leading by example, talking trash and playing with a contagious energy that filtered throughout the team.

There were times when I couldn't even sit down during that season in Green Bay. I had to see what Favre was going to do next on the field. He had such a unique way of playing the game, an unconventional style at the position. Yes, Favre executed plays as they were drawn up on the chalkboard, but he also brought a magical element to the field that can't be coached.

We fed off that -- the unpredictability of it all. And I have to believe the Panthers' players do the same with Cam. Because when the quarterback plays loose and shows a willingness to create on the field -- regardless of the dangers in this violent game -- the rest of the team adopts that same mentality. And it's not just the big names on the roster. I'm talking about the special teams guys too, the players on the second line of the depth chart. Everyone sees it. And everyone wants to join the party.

Comparing Cam and Favre from a skill set perspective isn't the point here. At 6-foot-5, 245 pounds with 4.59 speed, Newton is super rare. He's a quarterback stuffed into a defensive end's body. And he is rewriting the book on dual-threat players at the position. The game tape, the QB iso plays on the goal line and the 50 combined touchdowns this season tell us that.

The guy has ridiculous ability, and it feeds into the Panthers' obvious swagger. At 17-1 and on the cusp of a Super Bowl title, their confidence is off the charts. Coach Ron Rivera also has a lot to do with that. He is the right man for this group. But I would be crazy if I didn't also point to Cam, because he drives the bus for this team.

Whether it's a rocket throw down the field for a score or the designed QB runs that leave Newton exposed to downhill collisions, he gets up, drops the Dab, signals for a first down with a smile and keeps going.

Sign me up.

ESPN.com NFL analyst Matt Bowen played seven seasons as a defensive back in the NFL.

Throw Back Thursday Kerry Collins 1997

 
Throw Back Thursday - January 1997
 
Kerry Collins lead the Carolina Panthers to the NFC Championship.
 
It didn't workout but 1997 was a pivotal year for the Panthers.
 
You can Dab all you want and pile on praise about Cam Newton and the 2015 17-1 season, but 1996 took expectations and turned them into reality. If you look at Carolina's history, it is full of highs and lows, really troubling lows but 1996 was a break out year.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Montreal Television Station Creates Unique SB50 Match Up

A Montreal Televison Station created a dream Super Bowl Match Up - Hockey players vs Football players.

Seems Candians really love hockey but football meh...... they seriously don't know football. The station French Language Le Telejournal, made up a Broncs vs Panthers Super Bowl 50 graphic but used the NHL's Florida Panthers logo by mistake.





This is the NHL's Florida Panthers Logo


This is the NFL's Carolina Panthers Logo

Now you would think with all the Canuks who have moved to Florida over the last decade they would know the difference. Well, the Florida Panthers are usually last in the league attendance wise. The team owners probably though with all the Canadians in Florida the team would be a sell out. Well, apparently the former Canada residents left their northern homes because they hate hockey!


        

In Case You Missed It - Cop in uniform tossed from college classroom by 'uncomfortable' teacher

A Georgia police officer taking classes in his spare time got an unwanted lesson from a college instructor last week, but now it is the school that is feeling blue – and apologizing.  
The unidentified cop was wearing his uniform and carrying his service gun when the Darton State College instructor reportedly became uncomfortable with his presence, according to WALB-TV. School officials confirmed the police officer was escorted out of the classroom, but did not elaborate.
“We have apologized to the officer for our misunderstanding when he attended class on our campus, and we regret this happened."
- Thomas Ormand, Darton State College
"Darton State College is appreciative for the service of our law enforcement, and welcome them as students on our campus,” Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Thomas Ormand said in a statement. “We have apologized to the officer for our misunderstanding when he attended class on our campus, and we regret this happened. We have met with the faculty and staff involved to reiterate the Georgia Law and Darton Policy.”

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cam Newton Tries To Un African American Quarterback Himself

Nearly a week after reminding the world that he was an "African American Quarterback" Cam Newton was trying to distance himself from his blackness.

But the media, at least some of the media pressed the issue. 


During Tuesday's presser Newton fielded questions about the trip, the team, about Peyton Manning until:

Things got a tad awkward when the subject of race came up, with one reporter asking Newton if he had anything to prove regarding him being a pocket passer and the stereotype of black QBs being better with their feet than with their arms, never mind brains.

"Fuck Tha (the) Police" Is CMPD Now Embracing Gangsta Rap?

From Wikipedia

"Fuck the Police" is a protest song by the gangsta rap group N.W.A that appears on the album Straight Outta Compton as well as on the N.W.A's Greatest Hits compilation. It was ranked number 425 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Protesting police brutality and racial profiling, its lyrics express approval of violence against police.

The song provoked the FBI to write to N.W.A's record company about the lyrics expressing disapproval and arguing that the song misrepresented police.

“Fuck the police / Coming straight from the underground / A young n***a got it bad ‘cause I’m brown / And not the other color so police think / They have the authority to kill a minority / Fuck that shit, ‘cause I ain’t the one / For a punk motherfucker with a badge and a gun / To be beating on, and thrown in jail / We could go toe to toe in the middle of a cell / Fucking with me ‘cause I’m a teenager / With a little bit of gold and a pager / Searching my car, looking for the product / Thinking every n***a is selling narcotics.”

 
Twenty-seven years after N.W.A.'s the Straight Outta Compton album was released, not much has changed says the rapper Ice Cube. N.W.A’s music — and “Fuck tha Police” in particular — felt like a foretelling, drawing a direct line to the way that black kids were being treated in major cities. Cube, who wrote the song when he was a teenager, is now 46 years old, yet he can’t say he’s surprised to look around and discover that the social discourse committed to tape back then is still relevant now.

So how strange is it the CMPD's Command Staff would pose for a photo with the writer and rapper of those lyrics, ICE CUBE?

 
Maybe teaming up with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart is the new "community policing" effort made by CMPD?  Or maybe it sends the wrong message?
 
During Chief Monroe's watch he continuously denied that Charlotte had a "gang problem". Insisting that gang like crime just local trouble makers "run amok" that could be easy to corrected with the adoption of a juvenile curfew and expensing taxpayer dollars on shot spotter,  cameras mounted on street lights, Tasers and license plate readers.
 
Even in the face of mass arrests by ATF and the FBI Monroe discounted gang violence in Charlotte arguing that it was only an isolated incident. Monroe also took a stand against police brutality in the Jonathan Ferrell case, but left town as the case neared trial and the real facts began to be uncovered.
 
Perhaps CMPD is thinking outside the box, having black command staff stand shoulder to shoulder with the author of "Fuck Tha Police"? 
 
The song is the national anthem in cities like Baltimore, Ferguson and Detroit for anti police protesters and the Black Lives Matter crowd.  But search YouTube for "Fuck CMPD" and get ready to be bombarded with profanity and hate directed at Charlotte's Police Department.

From BuzzFeed:

For better or worse, “Fuck tha Police” still works today. Lyrics written nearly three decades ago feel contemporary as activists assemble in places like Ferguson, Baltimore, and Cincinnati, taking on local police and demanding answers for the body count of young black men at the hands of police officers.

“Nothing has changed with their behavior with our community. That’s why it’s so poignant, like the song was written yesterday. It’s really up to us as a society to hold these dudes more accountable and get them indicted and prosecuted and arrested and thrown in jail for breaking the law,” Cube said. “We got a movie about history that feels like it’s present day. I don’t want, 20 years from now, we look at this movie and say, ‘Damn, this was predicting the future.’”

Cube paused, letting those words sink in.

“Now is the time to put our energy into getting these dudes prosecuted,” he continued. “It’s always been sad. It was sad in ‘89, you know? It’s sad now, it’s uncalled for in a lot of cases. For all the statistics they have on crime, you still got a majority of people in the ’hood that don’t do crimes. So stop painting us all with the same brush and treat us like law-abiding citizens that most of us are.”

The rapper hopes that the film will emphasize the lack of progress that’s transpired all these years later. In Straight Outta Compton, he thinks it’s clear why he wrote “Fuck tha Police” and gave voice to the kids who needed it most.

“We wanted to highlight the excessive force and … the humiliation that we go through in these situations,” Cube said. “So the audience can know why we wrote ‘Fuck tha Police,’ and they can feel the same way.”

Monday, February 1, 2016

Panthers Head To The Land Of Fruits and Nuts - Cam Newton Should Fit Right In

Wouldn't your know it, The Queen City finally gets a "franchise" quarterback, who leads our football team to the Super Bowl and he's ........ ?

He's good, hell Cam Newton is better than good. But frankly he's just an odd .... and that part just keeps getting worse.

I'm not a Cam Newton hater, I wasn't a Kerry Collins or Jake hater. So forget the haters will hate label.

Cam will say its because he's an African American Quarterback. Well bud that ain't why.

Sam Mills lived down the street from me, I always enjoyed bumping into him at the grocery store or out on a morning run, and Steve Smith, Sr. 89 is the only Panthers Jersey I'd ever wear. Both top my list of great Panthers players and wonderful citizens of Charlotte. 

Because they never boarded a team bus dressed like this!


Versace pants that retail for more than $800.00 and the shoes I'm pretty sure they're by Jimmy Choo and sell for around $1,100.00.
 
They never showed up at the weekly presser wearing eyeshadow and eyeliner either. 




(Can't wait for the SNL skit next week "cross dressing quarterback wins super bowl" But that's not the problem.)

Yesterday Twitter and Instagram was packed with players and fans interaction.

Michael Oher:



Jonathan Stewart:




And Cam Newton was silent.


Take a list of Charlotte's top 50 celebrities and ask yourself who would you most like to sit down and drink a beer with? 

Sure Dale, Jr comes to mind at the top of the list, Greg Olsen, Luke Kuechly, Mugsey Bouges? But Cam Newton doesn't appear on the list until well after former mayor Pat McCrory! 

The thing that really bothers people about Cam Newton? He's un-embraceable.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Panther Pride Rally A Total Bust and Major Disappointment

Sometimes things are just so wrong it blows me away. Such is the case with the Panther Pride Pep Rally.

You remember pep from High School, the entire team, coaches, cheerleaders, faculty, the school band and student body meet up for a big send off before the big game?

For many it was the best part of high school sports. It usually made every one feel good about their school and themselves and being a part of a tradition and hopefully a winning team.

Photo Credit Associated Press
On Friday Panther Fans were sold a "pig in a poke" Southern speak buying into something without really understanding what you are getting.

When fans asked in mass via social media, why Friday? The answer given was,  it had to do with matching several VIPs prior commitments. Most assumed that meant Panthers players, mainly Cam Newton. Sadly the VIP was only North Carolina Governor Pat McCorory.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cam Newton Deflects Critics By Playing The Race Card

During the Wednesday after practice Panthers presser Cam Newton was asked
why he thought he had become a lightning rod for criticism. Newton wasted no time throwing down the race card. 

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article56923063.html#storylink=cpy

 
Cam Newton is he actually wearing eyeliner?
Cam Newton's response: "I'm an African American quarterback that may scare people because they have no one that they can compare me to."


Moments after Cam Newton played the race card, Coach Rivera was trying to walk it back: "I don't think Cam wants to be seen as a great African American quarterback, he wants to be seen as a great quarterback"



Cedar's Take: Cam Newton is a super talented and amazingly physical player.

But Newton isn't the role model the Panthers think he is.

Little by little Newton has painted himself into a very unattractive corner. Grabbing the Green Bay banner, the Jamis Winston jersey and tossing a Seahawks 12th man flag to the ground doesn't add up to much. 


 

The dab or Superman routine, taunting opposing players or coming to blows with fellow teammates. None of it adds up to any big issue.
 


Taking selfies and staging team photos on the sidelines as the clock winds down. Who doesn't want picture memories to share with their family? 


Even add the unwed mother/dancer billed as "long time girlfriend" or his scripted "charity" soup kitchen or Dick's Christmas events. No big deal.

Rocking back and forth hands tucked into his shoulder pads wearing his hoodie as the national anthem plays. Well some people just don't know better.



Chilling at Club Label after last Sunday's game with his boys like he was single and on the prowl. No matter.




Stiffing service staff in an uptown restaurant, blame it on management for not adding an automatic 20% gratuity. 


On stage with P Diddy at the Light Factory moments before shots are fired into the crowd. Could happen to anyone.

Riding a hover board down a Tryon Street sidewalk with yelling at pedestrians to get out of the way. He was just having fun!

Even having +550k twitter followers but following only 75 and tweeting about once a month. Understandable he's busy, and doesn't have time for pointless fan interaction.

But, the sum of all these items is that Cam Newton is an arrogant prick.

It doesn't matter if he's Black, White, Green, Yellow or Rainbow color he's a jerk.

Cam Newton is a great quarterback. No one is concerned about his blackness, we are football fans and that's bigger than his color, except to him of course. 


But it doesn't take much to turn "is" into "was". A wrong move on a wet field, a career ending injury and its game over.

I hope Newton brings to Charlotte the famed Lombardi trophy, because Peyton Manning fans will still be there on Monday morning, but Cam Newton fans have only  touch downs and first downs to hold on to.

My advice to Newton remains "All Glory Is Fleeting"

Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday Odds and Ends Fig Newton Wins NFC Championship Editon

Panthers are heading to Omaha -  I mean California, to take on Payton Manning who is doing his swan song. The Broncos are the underdogs and Payton will have to bring his A game or he'll be wearing crayfish golf shorts next season and on into the future.

There are a lot of great photos from Sunday's NFC Championship win but this is the best.
 
 

Michael Oher and his adoptivish parents. The real Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw,  Blindside legal guardians Leigh Anne Tuohy and her husband Sean. Oher has already has one Super Bowl ring as left tackle for the Ravens. But Oher's story is deeper than the movie that may have given people the wrong impression. But that's old news this is now and Oher has given Cam Newton a big pocket to play from. Time is Oher's handi work.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Panthers Heading To Super Bowl 50


Not sure you gets the credit for this idea and design but major hat tip, and I don't care much for Cam Newton or his dab routine. But 17-1 and I guess I'll cave to the bandwagon.

Friday, January 22, 2016

In Case You Missed It CMPD VCAT Officer Shane Page Shooting Revisted

From The Rock Hill Herald:
A Perfect day for the elite unit of police officers who are violent criminal apprehension specialists ends with the bad guy wearing handcuffs looking at the last daylight he will see for years.
The imperfect days end with the spilling of blood.

Lewis

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Man Who Shot CMPD VCAT Officer Shane Page Sentenced To 25 Additional Years


From the Rock Hill Herald:



The North Carolina ex-con who boasted he would never go back to prison before shooting a Charlotte police officer in a Fort Mill ambush in 2014 was sentenced Wednesday to an additional 25 years in prison.
James William Lewis, 33, who has prior convictions for drugs and car theft, will serve a total of 34 years in custody. He had been facing up to life in prison after he ambushed Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Shane Page on Jan. 7, 2014. Lewis was hiding at his girlfriend’s home in Fort Mill.
The girlfriend, Kirstie Barratt, 23, served about 21 months in prison until her release in October for lying to officers and leading them into the ambush where Page was shot in the abdomen, pelvis and shoulder.
Lewis was wanted for the armed robbery of a Pineville, N.C., restaurant where he once worked at the time he shot Page. A violent criminal apprehension team that included Charlotte officers and York County deputies, along with state and federal agents, were at the home searching the house when Lewis ambushed Page.
Several officers, including York County deputies, returned fire at Lewis after Lewis shot Page. Lewis was wounded in the legs.
Lewis admitted he did not want to hide “like a puppy” and told police after the incident he wanted to be shot so he put himself in a position with the gun near the door. Lewis admitted he had his gun pointed at the officer and that the officer had a right to shoot him.

Cedar's Take: While Lewis will serve his 25 year Federal Sentence after his 9 years he is already serving, he deserved the maximum life. Currently there is no federal parole option so he'll serve the entire 34 years. But given Obama's hug a thug program expect he'll see daylight again and frankly he'll not last a year before he'll try to kill again.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

In Case You Missd It: With Monroe Gone CMPD Sergeants Get Back Some Of Their Authority




From that local paper without those pain in the ass full page pop ups:  
Every week, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police leaders hold CompStat meetings at the department’s uptown headquarters, where they crunch crime statistics, determine where to place officers and develop crime-fighting strategies. 
But as crime has ticked up in the last year, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking to take more of those discussions from the conference room and onto the streets. 
The department is empowering patrol sergeants — front-line supervisors who usually supervise small units of officers — to come up with more crime-fighting tactics, and then implement them during shifts, CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said in a recent interview. 

It’s one approach that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are using to contend with rising violent crime. Crime was up 10.6 percent through the third quarter of 2015. Violent crime was up 17.6 percent. Aggravated assaults, the most violent attacks that typically involve a weapon, were up 19.2 percent. And Charlotte saw 62 homicides in 2015, a 6-year high. 
Police are doing a pilot program in two of the divisions with the most violent crime — North Tryon and Metro, which both border uptown. Combined, the two divisions were responsible for about a third of the city’s homicides. Police say they make more drug arrests in the Metro division than in any other division. 
If thieves are robbing people at a certain bus stop in the early morning hours, sergeants can shift patrols to try to track down the assailants. The sergeants can also call in reinforcements from other divisions, shifting the city’s police presence to an area where more crime is happening. 
“We are shifting toward our patrol officers, who see the divisions up close every single day, to develop plans to keep those divisions safe,” said Capt. Rob Dance, who oversees the North Tryon Division. “By the time I come up with some grandiose plan at my office a day later, the crime trend has already changed.”
Empowering sergeants is part of a decentralization trend CMPD started under former Chief Rodney Monroe. Monroe created a new rank — at first they were called response area commanders, now they’re called lieutenants — who are responsible for policing a third of every police division. The lieutenants are responsible for their response area 24 hours a day and a big part of their job is responding to emerging crime trends. 
“The way to be a more effective organization is to be more innovative and more responsive,” Putney said. “We started it at the level of lieutenant, now it's time to take that next step. The lower level you can push that responsibility down to, the better we will be as an organization.” 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The 88th Annual Academy Awards Nominations

Best motion picture of the year

“The Big Short” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

“Bridge of Spies” Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers

“Brooklyn” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers

“Mad Max: Fury Road” Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Produ

“The Martian” Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers

“The Revenant” Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers

“Room” Ed Guiney, Producer

“Spotlight” Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers

Achievement in directing

“The Big Short” Adam McKay

“Mad Max: Fury Road” George Miller

“The Revenant” Alejandro G. Iñárritu

“Room” Lenny Abrahamson

“Spotlight” Tom McCarthy

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo”

Matt Damon in “The Martian”

Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”

Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Cate Blanchett in “Carol”

Brie Larson in “Room”

Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy”

Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years”

Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Christian Bale in “The Big Short”

Tom Hardy in “The Revenant”

Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”

Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies”

Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Jennifer Jason Leigh in “The Hateful Eight”

Rooney Mara in “Carol”

Rachel McAdams in “Spotlight”

Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl”

Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs”

Best animated feature film of the year

“Anomalisa” Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran

“Boy and the World” Alê Abreu

“Inside Out” Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

“Shaun the Sheep Movie” Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

“When Marnie Was There” Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best foreign language film of the year

“Embrace of the Serpent” Colombia

“Mustang” France

“Son of Saul” Hungary

“Theeb” Jordan

“A War” Denmark

Achievement in cinematography

“Carol” Ed Lachman

“The Hateful Eight” Robert Richardson

“Mad Max: Fury Road” John Seale

“The Revenant” Emmanuel Lubezki

“Sicario” Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design

“Carol” Sandy Powell

“Cinderella” Sandy Powell

“The Danish Girl” Paco Delgado

“Mad Max: Fury Road” Jenny Beavan

“The Revenant” Jacqueline West

Best documentary feature

“Amy” Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

“Cartel Land” Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin

“The Look of Silence” Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

“What Happened, Miss Simone?” Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes

“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Best documentary short subject

“Body Team 12” David Darg and Bryn Mooser

“Chau, beyond the Lines” Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck

“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah” Adam Benzine

“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

“Last Day of Freedom” Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Achievement in film editing

“The Big Short” Hank Corwin

“Mad Max: Fury Road” Margaret Sixel

“The Revenant” Stephen Mirrione

“Spotlight” Tom McArdle

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

“Mad Max: Fury Road” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared” Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

“The Revenant” Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

“Bridge of Spies” Thomas Newman

“Carol” Carter Burwell

“The Hateful Eight” Ennio Morricone

“Sicario” Jóhann Jóhannsson

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” John Williams

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”

Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty

“Simple Song #3” from “Youth”

Music and Lyric by David Lang

“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”

Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

“Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre”

Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Achievement in production design

“Bridge of Spies” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich

“The Danish Girl” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish

“Mad Max: Fury Road” Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson

“The Martian” Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak

“The Revenant” Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

Best animated short film

“Bear Story” Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

“Prologue” Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton

“Sanjay’s Super Team” Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle

“We Can’t Live without Cosmos” Konstantin Bronzit

“World of Tomorrow” Don Hertzfeldt

Best live action short film

“Ave Maria” Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont

“Day One” Henry Hughes

“Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)” Patrick Vollrath

“Shok” Jamie Donoughue

“Stutterer” Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Achievement in sound editing

“Mad Max: Fury Road” Mark Mangini and David White

“The Martian” Oliver Tarney

“The Revenant” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender

“Sicario” Alan Robert Murray

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Matthew Wood and David Acord

Achievement in sound mixing

“Bridge of Spies” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin

“Mad Max: Fury Road” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

“The Martian” Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth

“The Revenant” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Achievement in visual effects

“Ex Machina” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

“Mad Max: Fury Road” Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams

“The Martian” Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner

“The Revenant” Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Adapted screenplay

“The Big Short” Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

“Brooklyn” Screenplay by Nick Hornby

“Carol” Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy

“The Martian” Screenplay by Drew Goddard

“Room” Screenplay by Emma Donoghue

Original screenplay

“Bridge of Spies” Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

“Ex Machina” Written by Alex Garland

“Inside Out” Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen

“Spotlight” Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

“Straight Outta Compton” Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff