January 14, 2016

88th Academy Awards Predictions

The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards have been announced and there were some surprises and many big snubs, as usual. Who was snubbed and who surprised? Who will win and who will lose?

For a full list of nominees click here.

Best Picture"The Big Short"
"Bridge of Spies"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Martian"
"The Revenant"

Likely Winner: "The Revenant" is most confident in taking the gold man.
Who We'd Like: "The Revenant" is an amazing film that should win. "Spotlight" would be a great choice too.
Best DirectorAdam McKay, "The Big Short"
George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"
Alejandro González Iñárritu, "The Revenant"
Lenny Abrahamson, "Room"
Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"

Likely Winner: Iñárritu has created a marvelous film and should win the gold for the second year. "The Revenant" is a safe academy bet.
Who We'd Like: Iñárritu or Tom McCarthy for how well crafted and emotional "Spotlight" turned out to be.

Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant"
Best ActorBryan Cranston, "Trumbo"
Matt Damon, "The Martian"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"
Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"
Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"

Likely Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio is the so-called frontrunner this year and he has all the reason to be.
Who We'd Like: I think most of the time that DiCaprio is nominated we'd like to see him win. This year is no different.
Best ActressCate Blanchett, "Carol"
Brie Larson, "Room"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"
Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"
Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"

Likely Winner: Cate Blanchett with Brie Larson closing in.
Who We'd Like: Brie Larson.
Matt Damon in "The Martian"
Best Supporting ActorChristian Bale, "The Big Short"
Tom Hardy, "The Revenant"
Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"
Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"
Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

Likely Winner: Tom Hardy seems like the likely winner for "The Revenant" but there is strong game this year.
Who We'd Like: Mark Ruffalo has the best performance in a film filled with great performances. "Spotlight" is a two hour film with a lot of talking and Ruffalo brings more life to the script than all the other actors.

Best Supporting ActressJennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"
Rooney Mara, "Carol"
Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight"
Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"
Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"
Likely Winner: Difficult Leigh creates the grittiest and lively persona. Winslet is visceral. Mara captures a young girl coming into her new found love for another woman.
Who We'd Like: Vikander is a classic Hollywood starlet from across the sea. 
Christian Bale in "The Big Short"
Best Original Screenplay"Bridge of Spies"
"Ex Machina"
"Inside Out"
"Straight Outta Compton"
Likely Winner: "Spotlight"
Who We'd Like: "Ex Machina" 

Best Adapted Screenplay"The Big Short"
"The Martian"
Likely Winner: "The Martian" 
Who We'd Like: "Carol"
Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen in "Brooklyn"
Best Foreign Film"Embrace of the Serpent"
"Son of Saul"
"A War"
Likely Winner: "Son of Saul"
Who We'd Like: "Son of Saul"

Best Documentary Feature"Amy"
"Cartel Land"
"The Look of Silence"
"What Happened, Miss Simone?"
"Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom"
Likely Winner: "The Look of Silence"
Who We'd Like: "The Look of Silence"
Rooney Mara (left) and Cate Blanchett in "Carol"
Best Animated Feature"Anomalisa"
"Boy and the World"
"Inside Out"
"Shaun the Sheep Movie"
"When Marnie Was There"
Likely Winner: "Anomalisa"
Who We'd Like: Any one that's not "Inside Out"

Best Film Editing"The Big Short"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Revenant"
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
Likely Winner: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
Who We'd Like: While we didn't enjoy "Mad Max: Fury Road" as much as everyone else it should win in many of the technical areas.
Jacob Trembley (left) and Brie Larson in "Room".
Best Song"Fifty Shades of Grey"
"Racing Extinction"
"The Hunting Ground"
Likely Winner: "Spectre" had a fair song.
Who We'd Like: Anything but "Fifty Shades of Grey".

Best Original Score"Bridge of Spies"
"The Hateful Eight"
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
Likely Winner: "The Hateful Eight", but we hope not.
Who We'd Like: "Carol" had a soundtrack that matched the mood on screen.

(From left to right) Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Brian d'Arcy James in "Spotlight".
Best Digital Effects
"Ex Machina"
"The Martian"
"The Revenant"
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
Likely Winner: This is tough because all these films had amazing digital effects. But, if we are strictly talking digital we will probably have to give it to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
Who We'd Like: "Ex Machina" was better.

Best Cinematography"Carol"
"The Hateful Eight"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Revenant"
Likely Winner: "The Revenant", no contest.
Who We'd Like: "The Revenant", no contest.

Mark Rylance (left) and Tom Hanks in "Bridge of Spies".
Best Costume Design"Carol"
"The Danish Girl"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Revenant"
Likely Winner: "The Danish Girl" has to at least win one award.
Who We'd Like: "The Revenant".

Best Makeup and Hairstyling"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared"
"The Revenant"
Likely Winner: "The Revenant".
Who We'd Like: "Mad Max: Fury Road" seems to be on the Oscar list to please the majority of fans who will be watching the awards, but let's be honest. The film doesn't deserve too much.

Tom Hardy in "Mad Max: Fury Road".
Best Production Design"Bridge of Spies"
"The Danish Girl"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Martian"
"The Revenant"
Likely Winner: "Bridge of Spies" might take this one.
Who We'd Like: We just want to see "The Revenant" be top dog.

Best Sound Editing"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Martian"
"The Revenant"
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
Likely Winner: "Mad Max: Fury Road".
Who We'd Like: We will go ahead and agree with this one.

Best Sound Mixing"Bridge of Spies"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"The Martian"
"The Revenant"
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
Likely Winner: Sound editing and mixing usually go hand-in-hand. "Mad Max: Fury Road".
Who We'd Like: "Mad Max: Fury Road".

Best Short Film, Live Action"Ave Maria"
"Day One"
"Everything Will Be Okay"
Likely Winner: "Day One",
Who We'd Like: "Day One".

Best Short Film, Animated"Bear Story"
"Sanjay's Super Team"
"We Can't Live Without Cosmos"
"World of Tomorrow"
Likely Winner: From what we've heard, "World of Tomorrow" is one of the best animated short films to watch.
Who We'd Like: "Sanjay's Super Team" is gorgeous and exciting.

Best Documentary Short Subject
"Body Team 12"
"Chau, Beyond the Lines"
"Claude Lanzmann"
"A Girl in the River"
"Last Day of Freedom"
Likely Winner: "Last Day of Freedom"
Who We'd Like: "A Girl in the River" 

Biggest Winner: "The Revenant".

Biggest Loser: "Mad Max: Fury Road".

Biggest Surprise: There weren't really any surprises this year. The field seemed to be the normal Hollywood deal. If anything, it's weird that "The Danish Girl" was left off.

Biggest Snub: We're glad that "The Hateful Eight" wasn't on the list that much. It was a poorly crafted film from a brilliant director. But, where was "Ex Machina"? This film had a lot to fall back on. The acting was superb, the writing was great, the production was astonishing. The film also had a lot of uphill battles to go. Alex Garland was a first time director, the film came in near the beginning of the year between "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Mad Max: Fury Road", it was late getting into the Oscar talk, and it was from a company that didn't create any campaign. If any film deserved to be in the talk, it was "Ex Machina".

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