Oscars Predictions 2016

While the blockbuster film like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Spectre seemed to dominate the box office in 2015, moviegoers also saw an increase in movies focused not on the fast-paced action of an intergalactic crisis, but rather on the complexity of performances and direction derived from a seemingly simple plot.

The 88th Academy Awards, to be held on Sunday, February 28, will mostly recognize excellence in the latter category of cinema, with indie films like BrooklynRoom, and Carol garnering nominations in the top categories.

My predictions for who will take home the coveted golden statue this year.

BEST PICTURE

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The Revenant

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

Winner:
The Revenant

Honorable Mention:
Spotlight

While Spotlight has an arguably much more engaging and relevant plot and message, the careful direction and awe-inspiring performances in The Revenant alone are presented in such a way that makes the other nominees in this category pale in comparison.

BEST ACTOR

Leonardo DiCaprio plays a vengeful fur-trapper in The Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Nominees:
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Winner:
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Honorable Mention:
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

The time has finally come for Leo to fill the void on his mantel. Cue the standing ovation and very well-rehearsed speech.

BEST ACTRESS

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Brie Larson, Room

Nominees:
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Winner:
Brie Larson, Room

Honorable Mention:
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

An unsuspecting actress with limited acclaim to her career, first-time nominee Larson has surprised audiences with her stunning performance in Room, one that may very well earn this young star a place in the Oscar club.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Nominees:
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Winner:
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Honorable Mention:
Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Even though all of the nominees gave truly outstanding performances, in particular the incomparable Tom Hardy, it is almost impossible to compete with the man who has the legacy of the Rocky movies coupled with the legendary name Stallone accompanying him at all times.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Nominees:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Winner:
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Honorable Mention:
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Winslet’s memory, guiding her masterful delivery of countless soliloquies, is deserving of an Oscar of its own.

DIRECTING

The Revenant

The Revenant

Nominees:
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Winner:
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant

Honorable Mention:
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Shooting in sub-zero temperatures in the desolate Alaskan wilderness is one thing. Making each multi-terrain shot ten minutes long is another, and the reason why Iñárritu will most likely win this category for the second year in a row.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Inside Out

Inside Out

Nominees:
Anomalisa

Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Winner:
Inside Out

Honorable Mention:
Shaun the Sheep Movie

If Pixar is great at one thing, it is creating and translating truly innovative, fresh ideas into an accessible film both children and adults can love and enjoy. Not surprisingly, they achieved this once again with Inside Out.


Tune in to ABC on February 28 to see if these predictions were correct!


Photo credits: abcnews.go.com.

 

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Emily is a senior and co-editor of "The Match." In her spare time, she enjoys brunching on Sundays, and her spirit animal is Blair Waldorf.