2016 Oscar Predictions

With the Oscars tonight at 7 pm ET, here are my predictions for who will and who should be the winners in each of the major categories at this year’s Academy Awards. Who will win the race for Best Picture? Will “The Revenant” win big, or will “Mad Max” defy all the odds and bring home a slew of awards? Here’s what I think will happen.

Best Picture:

-Who Will Win: The Revenant

-Who Should Win: Spotlight

This is probably the most interesting Best Picture race we’ve had for a while. Everything about “The Revenant” epitomizes what the Academy looks for in films, and winning the BAFTA for Best Picture certainly helps. That being said, I still stand by the fact that “Spotlight” is by far the best film from this year, does many more things better than “The Revenant,” and should be honored accordingly. Still, don’t be surprised if the Academy develops a soft spot and gives the idea to dark horse film “Room.”

Best Director:

-Who Will Win: Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant)

-Who Should Win: George Miller (Mad Max Fury Road)

While Inarritu and his crew went through hell to create “The Revenant,” I still think that George Miller produced a better piece of directorial work, a kin to what we saw from Ang Lee in “Life of Pi.” I think the Academy will give it to Inarritu, especially if “The Revenant” wins Best Picture, but George Miller did a better job with his film.

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

-Who Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio

-Who Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio

While I don’t think that this role is particularly deserving of winning an Oscar, DiCaprio does deserve one for his career and this is probably the best year to give him one since the rest of the competition doesn’t present a stand out performance like the past five years have. Don’t be surprised if Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) or Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl) snags the award from underneath DiCaprio’s nose, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

-Who Will Win: Brie Larson

-Who Should Win: Brie Larson

This is a lock at this point. Only Blanchett (Carol) stands a vague chance of taking the award, but it’s Larson’s to win.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

-Who Will Win: Sylvester Stallone

-Who Should Win: Mark Rylance

Stallone is not bad in “Creed” but at the same time, he is far from Oscar worthy in my opinion. That being said, he has been continuously recognized at various awards stages this year and it’s easy to see the Academy following suit. Mark Rylance is the best of those nominated, but this category will be overshadowed by the fact that Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) wasn’t nominated despite being the best supporting performance of the year in my opinion.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

-Who Will Win: Kate Winslet

-Who Should Win: Kate Winslet

Rooney Mara might pull off the upset but Winslet has been the best through and through all throughout this awards season.

Best Animated Feature:

-Who Will Win: Inside Out

-Who Should Win: Inside Out

Pixar’s best film in the past few years isn’t going to miss out on winning another golden statue for the animation studio giants.

Best Cinematography:

-Who Will Win: The Revenant

-Who Should Win: The Revenant

Emmanuel Lubezki is on track to win an unprecedented third straight Best Cinematography award at the Oscars and after seeing the beauty that is “The Revenant,” it’s hard to see him losing this one.

Best Costume Design:

-Who Will Win: The Revenant

-Who Should Win: Carol

“The Revenant” will continue its string of Oscar awards by winning this category, but if I was able to vote, I would give it to “Carol” especially since the movie has been snubbed in so many categories despite being the third best film this year in my opinion.

Best Documentary Feature:

-Who Will Win: Amy

-Who Should Win: Amy

All the documentaries this year were phenomenal, but “Amy” has been the stand out since the summer and should be rightfully rewarded.

Best Film Editing:

-Who Will Win: Mad Max Fury Road

-Who Should Win: Mad Max Fury Road

Considering the amount of film that Miller had to go through when crafting this film, it would be a crime if “Mad Max” didn’t win this award.

Best Foreign Language Film:

-Who Will Win: Son of Saul

-Who Should Win: Son of Saul

Almost as much of a lock as Larson for best actress or “Inside Out” for animated feature, “Son of Saul” should ease to a victory in this category.

Best Visual Effects:

-Who Will Win: The Revenant

-Who Should Win: Mad Max Fury Road

The visuals in “The Revenant” are beautiful and the bear scene is brilliantly crafted but it’s hard to ignore the visual effects that drive “Mad Max” to greatness. The cornerstone of the film, the visuals for George Miller’s epic adventure are too great to ignore, but I feel that the Oscars are going to have a soft spot for “The Revenant” in this category

Best Writing Adapted Screenplay

-Who Will Win: The Big Short

-Who Should Win: The Big Short

Stimulating dialogue is what carries this film through its entirety. I didn’t particularly like the film for reasons that you can see in my previous review, but I have to admit that it is probably the most likely winner in this category.

Best Writing Original Screenplay

-Who Will Win: Spotlight

-Who Should Win: Spotlight

The dialogue and writing in “Spotlight” is so deliberate and brilliantly crafted that there’s no way that it should lose this award in my mind.

Best Makeup and Hair:

-Who Will Win: Mad Max Fury Road

-Who Should Win: Mad Max Fury Road

Best Music (Original Score):

-Who Will Win: Carol

-Who Should Win: Carol

Best Music (Original Song):

-Who Will Win: Earned It

-Who Should Win: Earned It


Who do you think will win big at the Oscars tonight? Let me know in the comments section.


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