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

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