The biggest Hollywood night is less than 2 weeks away! The movie buffs are already afflicted with Oscar fever. The 88th Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for February 28th, 2016 (read February 29th, 2016) with Chris Rock as our host. Several top-grossers and critically acclaimed movies have been nominated this year, and with everyone placing their bets on their favorites, here are my predictions.
#1 Best Picture
- The Big Short– Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner
- Bridge of Spies– Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, and Kristie Macosko Krieger
- Brooklyn– Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
- Mad Max: Fury Road– Doug Mitchell and George Miller
- The Martian– Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, and Mark Huffam
- The Revenant– Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, and Keith Redmon
- Room– Ed Guiney
- Spotlight– Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Blye Pagon Faust
My Prediction: Spotlight – Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Blye Pagon Faust
The brilliance that is Spotlight was bright enough for the Academy jury to notice and nominate for Best Picture in the 88th Academy Awards. A tastefully made film, exploring a sensitive yet intriguing subject, where the actors do not overshadow the screenplay but rather add seasoning to it, Spotlight might not have won the Golden Globe but here’s hoping it will get recognized by the Academy.
Close Second: The Revenant – Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, and Keith Redmon
#2 Best Director
- Adam McKay– The Big Short
- George Miller– Mad Max: Fury Road
- Alejandro G. Iñárritu– The Revenant
- Lenny Abrahamson– Room
- Tom McCarthy– Spotlight
My Prediction: Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
The Revenant is a favorite this year, with the most nominations and a Golden Globe win for Best Director. With brilliantly executed direction, it does seem likely that The Revenant will go on to win an Oscar too.
Close Second: George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
#3 Best Actor
- Bryan Cranston– Trumbo as Dalton Trumbo
- Matt Damon– The Martian as Mark Watney
- Leonardo DiCaprio– The Revenant as Hugh Glass
- Michael Fassbender– Steve Jobs as Steve Jobs
- Eddie Redmayne– The Danish Girl as Lili Elbe / Einar Wegener
My Prediction: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant as Hugh Glass
I think it is finally the year that Leonardo DiCaprio gets an Oscar! With the Golden Globe already in his possession, DiCaprio seems like a competitor with an edge, given both his history of nominations and compelling performance.
Close Second: Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl as Lili Elbe / Einar Wegener
#4 Best Actress
- Cate Blanchett – Carol as Carol Aird
- Brie Larson – Room as Joy “Ma” Newsome
- Jennifer Lawrence – Joy as Joy Mangano
- Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years as Kate Mercer
- Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn as Eilis Lacey
My Prediction: Brie Larson – Room as Joy “Ma” Newsome
Although my prediction seems a tad farfetched amidst a bunch of other previous Oscar winners and nominees, my heart goes out to Brie Larson’s performance as the depressed but optimistic-for-her-son mom in Room. Here’s hoping she wins her first Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards!
Close Second: Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years as Kate Mercer
#5 Best Supporting Actor
- Christian Bale – The Big Short as Michael Burry
- Tom Hardy – The Revenant as John Fitzgerald
- Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight as Michael Rezendes
- Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies as Rudolf Abel
- Sylvester Stallone – Creed as Rocky Balboa
My Prediction: Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight as Michael Rezendes
Mark Ruffalo proved his mettle as a talented actor once again in his portrayal of a stop-at-nothing head of a team of investigative journalists. Though the nomination list boasts a talented and deserving hoard of actors, Mark Ruffalo has, in my opinion, the performance that leaves the deepest impact.
Close Second: Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies as Rudolf Abel
#6 Best Supporting Actress
- Jennifer Jason Leigh– The Hateful Eight as Daisy Domergue
- Rooney Mara– Carol as Therese Belivet
- Rachel McAdams– Spotlight as Sacha Pfeiffer
- Alicia Vikander– The Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener
- Kate Winslet– Steve Jobs as Joanna Hoffman
My Prediction: Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener
The nominations for Best Supporting Actress at the 88th Academy Awards will be one of the most difficult for the Academy jury to pick a winner out of this year – all the performances are incredible. Vikander’s outstanding and sensible portrayal of the wife of a transgender is convincing and deserves the award the most.
Close Second: Rooney Mara – Carol as Therese Belivet
#7 Best Original Screenplay
- Bridge of Spies – Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
- Ex Machina – Alex Garland
- Inside Out – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
- Spotlight – Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
- Straight Outta Compton – Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff
My Prediction: Spotlight – Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Okay, I’m not being completely honest, I actually want Inside Out to win. However, Spotlight seems most likely to win as it already has already won several Critics’ awards. But I do hope the jury decides to make an unconventional decision!
Close Second: Straight Outta Compton – Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff
#8 Best Adapted Screenplay
- The Big Short– Adam McKay and Charles Randolph from The Big Short by Michael Lewis
- Brooklyn– Nick Hornby from Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
- Carol– Phyllis Nagy from The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
- The Martian– Drew Goddard from The Martian by Andy Weir
- Room– Emma Donoghue from Room by Emma Donoghue
My Prediction: Either Carol or Room
My gut tells me either Carol or Room will win at, both dealing with extremely sensitive subjects in a sensitive way (lesbianism in the former and domestic abuse in the latter).
Close Second: The Martian – Drew Goddard from The Martian by Andy Weir
#9 Best Animated Feature
- Anomalisa– Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, and Rosa Tran
- Boy & 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
My Prediction: Inside Out – Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
Inside Out wins, hands down! Disney’s “what if feelings had feelings” movie is dazzling, funny and impactful all at the same time, proving to be a movie for children and adults alike. Disney trumps again at the 88th Academy Awards.
Close Second: When Marnie Was There – Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura
The 88th Academy Awards will stream live on Academy Awards YouTube Channel. The ceremony will begin at 7:00 AM IST.
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