2017 Golden Globe Predictions

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Greetings, to my fellow cinephiles, or to my friends just supporting my cinema addiction.

I am here; I am back, and I have come to bless the masses with my award season talk. But most importantly, I am back with my predictions.

For the past year, I have been missing from the WordPress apparatus—mainly because last year’s award season truly put a damp in my heart. Do we all remember the controversy surrounding the Oscars last year? If not, lucky you, but here is a brief synopsis of the hot potato surrounding the 2016 season anyway.

In retrospect, letting the results of the 2016 season hinder my love for cinema was a poor decision, but the films of 2016 smacked me in the face to remind me of what I love, and why I started this blog in the first place.

The movies in 2016 were riveting. Seeing films like Moonlight, Fences, and Hidden Figures gave me the joy that I have been yearning for since 2013, the year I fell in love with the power of cinema. For this reason, I am excited to revamp my blog for 2017 with, you guessed it, The Golden Globes.

Like I say every year, the Golden Globes is a different type of award show. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominates, invites and awards film and television stars for their achievements from the past year. Sounds normal, right? Well, not exactly. The Golden Globes is an award show that is basically a fancy dinner party where A-listers drink too much and take home little statues to validate their talent. Basically, it’s a fun time for everyone, unlike the other award shows.

Typically, I include a little Golden Globe slander in here. However, it’s a new year, so I will spare them. Plus, my favorite late-night host, Jimmy Fallon, is hosting, so I am in a great mood.

The Golden Globes is the most unpredictable award show of the season, yet I continue to try to predict the results anyway. So, without anymore ranting, here are my 2017 Golden Globe FILM predictions:

 

Best Motion Picture – Drama:

Nominees: Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight

Should Win: Moonlight

Will Win: Moonlight

 

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Nominees: 20th Century Women, Deadpool, La La Land, Florence Foster Jenkins, Sing Street

Should Win: La La Land

Will Win: La La Land

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:

Nominees: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Joel Edgerton (Loving), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), Denzel Washington (Fences)

 Could/Should Win: Denzel Washington

Will Win: Casey Affleck

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:

Nominees: Amy Adams (Arrival), Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Ruth Negga (Loving), Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Could Win: (only because the Hollywood Foreign Press is in love with her) Amy Adams

Will/Should Win: Natalie Portman

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Nominees: Colin Farrell (The Lobster), Ryan Gosling (La La Land), Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins), Jonah Hill (War Dogs), Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)

Should Win: Ryan Gosling

Will Win: Ryan Gosling

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Nominees: Annette Bening (20th Century Women), Lily Collins (Rules Don’t Apply), Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen), Emma Stone (La La Land), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Should Win: Emma Stone

Will Win: Emma Stone

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins), Dev Patel (Lion), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals)

Should Win: Mahershala Ali

Will Win: Mahershala Ali

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

Nominees: Viola Davis (Fences), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lion), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

SHOULD/COULD/NEED/WILL WIN: VIOLA DAVIS

 

Best Director – Motion Picture:

Nominees: Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals), Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Could Win: Barry Jenkins

Will Win: Damien Chazelle

 

Best Screenplay:

Nominees: La La Land, Nocturnal Animals, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, Hell or High Water

Could Win: Moonlight

Will Win: La La Land

 

Best Motion Picture – Animated:

Nominees: Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, Sing, Zootopia

Could Win: Moana

Will WinZootopia

 

Best Original Song – Motion Picture:

Nominees: “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (Trolls), “City of Stars” (La La Land), “Faith” (Sing) “Gold” (Gold), “How Far I’ll Go” (Moana)

Will Win: “City of Stars”

I want to win because I am rooting for Lin-Manuel to become an EGOT winner: “How Far I’ll Go”

 

Best Original Score – Motion Picture:

Nicholas Britell (Moonlight),  Justin Hurwitz (La La Land), Johann Johannsson (Arrival), Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka (Lion), Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch (Hidden Figures)

Will Win: La La Land

Could Win: Moonlight

 

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

Nominees: Divines (France), Elle (France), Neruda (Chile), The Salesman (Iran / France), Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Could Win: Elle (I am purely guessing based on reviews)

Be sure to check back to see if my predictions are right, or at least close.

Until next time,

Ta’lor :)

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2018 Golden Globe Predictions

Hey friends,

I can’t believe that the time has come. Award season is here, and we are just a few days away from the party of the year, the Golden Globes.

New year, same sentiments: the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), aka the people who vote for The Golden Globes, are–to put it nicely–not the brightest bunch when it comes to quality acting, writing and film in general.

Hosted by late-night host Seth Meyers, the show may not be the usual lighthearted soiree. Instead, I am predicting a poignancy–at least for part of the show– resulting from the prevalence of sexual misconduct in Hollywood.

Yes, The Golden Globes is the fun part of the award season, but I cannot envision this show without Meyers, or others for that matter,  addressing this ominous concern. Sunday will be the first time Hollywood is together since the dirt of the business has been exposed. I think Meyers is perfect for this. He never shied away from vocalizing his beliefs, disgusts or disappointments, and the Globes will not be the first time he does. Overall, I am predicting nothing but brilliant points mixed with perfectly timed wit from Seth.

Once again, same year, same sentiments: the Golden Globes got a few things wrong, nominations-wise. The first thing is the fact that they nominated The Greatest Showman for Best Motion Picture for a Musical or Comedy. As mentioned in #SlaylorsTuesdayTalks, The Greatest Showman was immensely disappointing and cheesy. Nominating the film for an award of such high esteem is one of the worst mistakes the HFPA has made in the past few years.

The next mistake is rooted in the Best Screenplay category. The nominees are as follows: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor (The Shape of Water), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Liz Hannah, Josh Singer (The Post), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game). Where is Jordan Peele’s nomination? Frankly, he has transcribed the best script of 2017 with Get Out. It is keen; it is terrifying. It is unprecedented. We can only hope Peele will receive recognition from the other award shows.

Despite my critique of the Globes, I am still preparing for a great show. It’s a fun time; I can admit that. Plus, I am eager to see the Time’s Up Movement represented on the first red carpet of the season.

I have seen so many marvelous films in 2017, and I have still not seen it all. These predictions are based on what I have seen. Once all of the films are on wide release, my narrative may change.

Now without further ado, I present my Golden Globe award predictions:

Best Motion Picture — Drama

Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Call Me By Your Name

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

The Disaster Artist
Get Out 
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game)
Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)
Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) 
Meryl Streep (The Post)
Michelle Williams (All The Money In The World)

Best Performance by an actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)
Tom Hanks (The Post)
Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul)
Helen Mirren (The Leisure Seeker)
Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)
Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)
Emma Stone (Battle of the Sexes)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Steve Carell (Battle of the Sexes)
Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver)
James Franco (The Disaster Artist)
Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Hong Chau (Downsizing)
Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)
Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)

Best Performance by an actor in a Supporting Role

Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)
Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name)
Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water)
Christopher Plummer (All The Money In The World)
Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best Director — Motion Picture

Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
Ridley Scott (All The Money In The World)
Steven Spielberg (The Post)

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture

Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor (The Shape of Water)
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
Liz Hannah, Josh Singer (The Post)
Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game)

Best Motion Picture — animated

The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent
The Boss Baby

Best Motion Picture — foreign language

A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
First They Killed My Father (Cambodia)
In The Fade (Germany, France)
Loveless (Russia)
The Square (Sweden, Germany, France)

Best Original Score — Motion Picture

Carter Burwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water)
Jonny Greenwood (Phantom Thread)
John Williams (The Post)
Hans Zimmer (Dunkirk)

Best Original Song — Motion Picture

“Home” (Ferdinand)
“Mighty River” (Mudbound)
“Remember Me” (Coco)
“The Star” (The Star)
“This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman)

Best Television Series — Drama

Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us
The Crown

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Black-ish
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
SMILF
Will & Grace

2018 Welcome Letter

To my fellow cinephiles—and my family and friends who so kindly read my pieces—I am sorry for my hiatus. I sat and conjured up a reason for my writing break, but as I typed it out, I realized that it was merely an excuse, so I am sparing you all the details.

It’s the end of the year, and if you have followed my work in the past, you know that this is the time of year when all of the studios campaign their most distinguished pieces of cinema in the hope of achieving Hollywood gold—an Oscar. Also, if you have browsed my past articles, you all will know that this is the time of year when I blog the most. At this point, I am starting to feel like that one “friend” you only hear from once a year when they need something. Like, why not check on me throughout the year? Or, in my case, why not update you all throughout the year? What to watch from March to November? What film is the summer jam? What movie is a complete waste of $12? I want to be those answers for you. Hence, this is the start of my journey; our journey. In 2018, I will be better. I will abide by my cinematic duty.

Cinematic duty? Well, yes. I want to try to introduce a new segment this year.

Typically, I go to the movies every Tuesday. Not every other Tuesday, not some Tuesdays, but every Tuesday; crazy, right?

When I leave the theaters on Tuesday evenings, I have so many ideas conjured up in my little head. Thus, I have decided to introduce #SlaylorsTuesdayTalks, where I will be giving you all my opinions on most of the films I sit through.

We are going to jumpstart this journey with the Oscar bait I have been prancing my feet to see and work my way to highly anticipated films like Black Panther (I literally cannot wait!).

So keep checking back weekly to keep up with my cinema talks.

Toots for now :)

-Ta’lor Prince

2017 Oscar Predictions

 

 

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Today is the finale. Today is the finale of the 2016 film award season, and with Jimmy Kimmel hosting, I think it will be a grand one.

Coming into tonight, La La Land—nominated for 14 awards—is the projected to be the film that sweeps The Academy. I will not be mad if that were the case because La La Land is indeed a magical cinematic experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. However,  does it deserve all of the attention tonight? Not at all.

2016 had a few great gems that deserve more attention. Moonlight, for example, is nominated for eight awards tonight, but I fear that they may not win as many as they should. Moonlight was the best film of 2016, hands down; it was a true work of art, and seeing it get undermined by La La Land truly hurts my heart.

Additionally, Hidden Figures is the real underestimated gem that may go unacknowledged tonight. Nominated for three Oscars, I fear that Hidden Figures will walk away empty handed.

This is going to be an interesting night, and I’m oh so excited. With that being said, please check out my Oscar predictions for 2017.

Best Picture:

 

The Nominees: La La Land, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, Arrival, Fences, Lion, Hidden Figures, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water

Reaction: This is the strongest Best Picture category since the 2013 class. It genuinely feels wonderful to see such a robust list of black films, from Moonlight, to Fences, to Hidden Figures. I am moved. I am proud. I am ecstatic.

Prediction: Like mentioned before, 2016 was a great year for cinema. So much so, that I think more than one film in this category is Oscar worthy. With that being said, Moonlight deserves this honor, most of all. La La Land will win tonight, but Moonlight gave us an authentic tale that followed a character that Hollywood needed. Moonlight tackled the intersections of class, race and sexuality, which is essential for the big screen. It would be pleasant if Moonlight won the Oscar, but base off award season momentum, La La Land will be the 2017 Best Picture winner.

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

The Nominees: Ryan Gosling (La La Land), Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Denzel Washington (Fences), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

Prediction: This category is tricky. At the inception of the award season, Casey Affleck was receiving all of the buzz. However, when Denzel Washington won the Screen Actors Guild, it made this race a tad more interesting. I think Denzel Washington will win, especially since he is the most deserving. If he doesn’t, Affleck will win his first Oscar tonight.

Best Actress:

The Nominees: Natalie Portman (Jackie), Emma Stone (La La Land), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Ruth Negga (Loving)

Natalie Portman was the frontrunner before the season even started, but as time progressed, the frontrunner became difficult to label. Emma Stone is one of my favorite Hollywood actresses, but she does NOT deserve this award tonight. However, I think that she will take home the Oscar.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

The Nominees: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Dev Patel (Lion), Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Mahershala Ali was only in the first act of Moonlight, but he was brilliant in every second. He will win tonight. Make sure you all tune in to watch his acceptance speech.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

The Nominees: Viola Davis (Fences), Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lion)

Prediction: Viola Davis has swept the season, and she will tonight :)

Best Director

The Nominees: Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge),

Prediction: Damien Chazelle has won just about every award this year. He will certainly win the Oscar.

Best Original Screenplay:

The Nominees: La La Land: Damien Chazelle, Hell or High Water: Taylor Sheridan, Manchester by the Sea: Kenneth Lonergan, The Lobster: Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, 20th Century Women: Mike Mills

Prediction: La La Land

Best Writing Adapted Screenplay

The Nominees: Moonlight: Barry Jenkins and Tarell McCraney, Arrival: Eric Heisserer, Lion: Luke Davies, Fences: August Wilson, Hidden Figures: Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi

Prediction: Though this is a difficult category, I think Moonlight will win.

Best Cinematography: La La Land

Best Original Song: “City of Stars” from La La Land

Best Original Score: La La Land 

Best Animated Feature Film: Zootopia

Best Documentary Feature: 13th 

Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman (Iran)

Best Sound Editing: Arrival

Best Sound Mixing: La La Land

Production Design: Arrival

Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad

Best Costume Design: Jackie

Best Film Editing: Arrival

23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards Predictions

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Hi friend,

How art thou?

I am lovely, and I have been this way all weekend because it is time for one of my favorite award shows—the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

I know what some may be thinking: Uh, what is the SAG Awards? The simplest answer that I can give you is that it is an award show for actors voted by actors.

Now, why is this show one of my favorites, might you ask? Well, because this show is voted on by the Screen Actors Guild, the votes are more genuine, and in my opinion, more honorable. Like I have said in the past, The Golden Globes and The Academy Awards are oftentimes disappointing—mainly because I think season-long award campaigns obstructs an honest vote. However, The SAG Awards are different. At this show, members of the guild acknowledge their peers for giving some of the best performances of the year. The votes are sincere, unsolicited and fair, and that is what I relish.

I have never done official predictions for the SAGs in the past, so this is a bit new for me, but I am pretty confident in my projections.

Per usual, I have refrained from predicting television awards because I have not watched a lot of the shows that have been nominated, and binge watching is a trap I refuse to fall for. Thus, here are my SAG FILM predictions for 2017.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The Nominees: Captain Fantastic
, Fences
, Hidden Figures
, Manchester by the Sea
, Moonlight

Projected Winner: The cast of Moonlight

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

The Nominees: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea, Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge, Ryan Gosling for La La Land, Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic, Denzel Washington for Fences

Projected Winner: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

The Nominees: Amy Adams for Arrival, Emily Blunt for The Girl on the Train, Natalie Portman for Jackie, Emma Stone for La La Land, Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins

Projected Winner: Natalie Portman for Jackie

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

The Nominees: Mahershala Ali for Moonlight, Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water, Hugh Grant for Florence Foster Jenkins, Lucas Hedges for Manchester by the Sea, Dev Patel for Lion

Projected Winner: Mahershala Ali for Moonlight

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

The Nominees: Viola Davis for Fences, Naomie Harris for Moonlight, Nicole Kidman for Lion, Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures, Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea

Projected Winner: Viola Davis for Fences

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble

The Nominees: Captain America: Civil War, 
Doctor Strange,
Hacksaw Ridge,
Jason Bourne, 
Nocturnal Animals

Projected Winner: Captain America: Civil War

 

Be sure to check back here to see if my predictions are correct.

Thank you for reading :)

-Ta’lor Prince

2016 Oscar Predictions

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It’s finally time for what is considered: “the biggest day in Hollywood.” Usually, I am ecstatic; however, this year, I am distraught.

Every year, I am on top of every award show in the award season line-up—especially the Academy Awards—but just like many of the sensible stars in Hollywood, I am fed up. Last year was a decent year for cinema, but it was a phenomenal year for films that centered on characters belonging to some sort of minority group. For example, films such as Creed, Straight Outta Compton, Sicario and Carol were a few of the best films I’ve seen in 2015. The Academy disagreed.

Not to toot my own horn, but I know good cinema. I have seen just about every film nominated at this year’s Academy Awards, and the nominations just prove that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is indeed, out of touch.

Despite my disgust with the Oscars, I would be letting you all down without providing my own opinions and predictions for this year’s Oscars. So below, you all can find my predictions for the 88th Academy Award ceremony:

Best Picture                                                                                                                                        Nominees: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight

This category is the trickiest. Spotlight has won the Independent Spirit and the SAG Award. The Revenant has won the Directors Guild Award, and The Big Short won the Producers Guild Award. Many people are going with The Revenant; however, when I first saw Spotlight, I had this strong feeling that it will win the biggest category. Despite The Revenant being the frontrunner, I am predicting that Spotlight will win; it deserves the win.

Best Director                                                                                                                                    Nominees: Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), Adam McKay (“The Big Short”), George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“The Revenant”), Lenny Abrahamsson, “Room”

Not only was George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road one of the best films of last year, but his direction was genius. Alejandro Inarritu is a crowd favorite, but Miller deserves to win tonight. I am predicting that George Miller will take home the award.

Best Actor                                                                                                                                           Nominees: Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”), Matt Damon (“The Martian”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”)

There is no question that Leonardo DiCaprio will win this category.

Best Actress:                                                                                                                                   Nominees: Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Brie Larson (“Room”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”), Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”), Satires Ronan (“Brooklyn”)

Brie Larson will win this category.

Best Supporting Actor:                                                                                                                  Nominees: Christian Bale (“The Big Short”), Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”), Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight”), Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”), Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”)

Tom Hardy was great in The Revenant, but I cannot see Rocky NOT walking away with the Oscar. Sylvester Stallone will win.

Best Supporting Actress:                                                                                                             Nominees: Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”), Rooney Mara (“Carol”), Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight”), Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”), Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”)

Alicia Vikander had a splendid year. Her performance in Ex Machina was marvelous, and she was even better in The Danish Girl. Alicia Vikander will win this category—even though she was a leading character.

Best Original Screenplay                                                                                                               Nominees: Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen (“Bridge of Spies”), Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley (“Inside Out”), Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (“Spotlight”), Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”), Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus (“Straight Outta Compton”)

Spotlight will win.

Best Adapted Screenplay                                                                                                              Nominees: Emma Donoghue (“Room”), Drew Goddard (“The Martian”), Nick Hornby (“Brooklyn”), Adam McKay and Charles Randolph (“The Big Short”), Phyllis Nagy (“Carol”)

I liked The Big Short. I think Adam McKay and Charles Randolph will win the award tonight. However, Emma Donoghue can win.

Best Animated Feature                                                                                                                Nominees: Anomalies, Boy and the World. Inside Out, When Marnie Was There, Shaun the Sheep

I will bet my left toe that Inside Out will win this category.

Best Foreign Language Film                                                                                                        Nominees: Mustang (France), Theeb (Jordan), Son of Saul (Hungary), Embrace the Serpent (Colombia), A War (Denmark)

 Son of Saul will most likely win.

Best Documentary Feature                                                                                                            Nominees: Amy (Asif Kapadia), Cartel Land (Matthew Heinemann), The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer), What Happened, Miss Simone? (Liz Garbus), Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (Evgeny Afineevsky)

Amy will win.

Best Cinematography                                                                                                                   Nominees: Carol (Ed Lachman), The Hateful Eight (Robert Richardson), Mad Max: Fury Road, (John Seale), The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki), Sicario (Roger Deakins)

Emmanuel Lubezki will win for The Revenant because this is his category. They should just rename this category the “Emmanuel Lubezki Award.” This will be Lubezki’s third consecutive year winning this award.

Best Original Score:                                                                                                                        Nominees: Carol (Carter Burwell), Sicario (Jóhann Jóhannsson), The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone), Bridge of Spies (Thomas Newman), Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens (John Williams)

At least The Hateful Eight will win one award tonight. Ennio Morricone will win for his brilliant work in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film.

Best Original Song                                                                                                                         Nominees: Earned It from Fifty Shades of Grey, Manta Ray from Racing Extinction Simple Song #3 from Youth, Til It Happens To You from The Hunting Ground, Writings on the Wall from Spectre.

Hmm, I think that Sam Smith’s Writings on the Wall will win this category. Although, ‘Til it Happens to You’ can potentially steal the category.

Best Film Editing                                                                                                                              Nominees: The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, Spotlight, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I think that Mad Max: Fury Road is going to take all of the technical awards tonight. So, Mad Max: Fury Road will win for this category.

Best Production Design                                                                                                                  Nominees: Bridge of Spies, The Revenant, The Danish Girl, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian

I would love for The Danish Girl to win this category, but I think Mad Max: Fury Road will win.

Best Costume Design                                                                                                                     Nominees: Carol (Sandy Powell), Cinderella (Sandy Powell), The Revenant (Jacqueline West), The Danish Girl (Paco Delgado), Mad Max: Fury Road (Jenny Beavan)

Truthfully, Cinderella deserves to win. But, Mad Max: Fury Road will win.

Best Visual Effects                                                                                                                          Nominees: Ex Machina, The Martian, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens may win.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling                                                                                                     Nominees: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant

Once again, my fav, Mad Max: Fury Road will win.

 Best Sound Mixing                                                                                                                        Nominees: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Bridge of Spies

 Mad Max: Fury Road, please?

Best Sound Editing                                                                                                                           Nominees: Sicario, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Once again, I am pushing for Mad Max: Fury Road.

So there we have it. Those are my 2016 Oscar predictions.

Tonight is going to be a subtle war between my favorite, Mad Max: Fury Road and everyone else’s favorite, The Revenant. These two films are going to battle it out for the most wins. Who are you rooting for?

-Ta’lor