88th Academy Award Predictions: Who Will Win?

This year’s Oscars is essentially the year of “I guess…”. In a sea of relatively mediocre performances and controversy surrounding #OscarsSoWhite, who can win, and who actually deserves to?imgres

Best Picture:

  1. The Big Short – Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
  2. Bridge of Spies – Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger
  3. Brooklyn – Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road – Doug Mitchell, George Miller
  5. The Martian – Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Mark Huffman
  6. The Revenant – Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, and Keith Redmon
  7. Room – Ed Guiney
  8. Spotlight – Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Blye Pagon Faust


Kelly’s pick:

High octane, action packed, and fun, while also featuring a prominent message of feminism, Mad Max: Fury Road is a one of a kind movie, deserving of film’s highest accolade. Overall, this movie is just really good. There’s nothing else to it, this movie is great!


Charlie’s pick:

The only thing reminding me that Spotlight was not a documentary while I was in the theater was that Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams were on the screen. Meticulous and subtly intense, Spotlight is an accomplishment matched by no other Best Picture nomination.


MV5BMTQ5NTYwMjcyMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMDQ0MjQz._V1_UY317_CR11,0,214,317_AL_Best Director:

  1. Adam McKay – The Big Short
  2. George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
  4. Lenny Abrahamson – Room
  5. Tom McCarthy – Spotlight


Kelly’s Pick: Director George Miller was faced with immense pressure to meet the hype surrounding Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth film in the Mad Max series. He met and greatly exceeded this hype with a film that was nothing short of a cinematic work of art.


Charlie’s pick: To resurrect a film trilogy from three decades ago to huge critical acclaim and box office success was a feat that may have seemed impossible until 2015. With Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller proved that a blockbuster franchise film can be fun while still having substance.


Best Actor:

  1. Bryan Cranston – Trumbo as Dalton TrumboMV5BMjI0MTg3MzI0M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzQyODU2Mw@@._V1_UY317_CR10,0,214,317_AL_
  2. Matt Damon – The Martian as Mark Watney
  3. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant as Hugh Glass
  4. Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs as Steve Jobs
  5. Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl as Lili Elbe / Einar Wegener


Kelly’s pick: I think Leonardo Dicaprio will win. Honestly none of the actors this year were anything special. The role of Trumbo was unmemorable at best, The

Martian’s Mark Watney has been done before, Fassbender’s portrayal of Steve Jobs was only marginally better than Ashton Kutcher’s, and Redmayne should never have been cast as a transgender woman in the first place. By process of elimination, DiCaprio wins.


Charlie’s Pick: I am so bored by these choices, but I predict that Leonardo DiCaprio will win. Throughout awards season, the general public been subjected to endless stories about how hard it was to film The Revenant, and I honestly could not care less. You’re not the first method actor, Leo! For Leonardo to win for this film after much better performances in the past is lame, but inevitable.


Best Actress:MV5BMjM4MzAxOTI5NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzMzNTA4NjE@._V1_UY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_

  1. Cate Blanchett – Carol as Carol Aird
  2. Brie Larson – Room as Joy “Ma” Newsome
  3. Jennifer Lawrence – Joy as Joy Mangano
  4. Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years as Kate Mercer
  5. Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn as Eilis Lacey


Kelly’s Pick: I’m going to give this one to Brie Larson from Room. Her performance in Room was moving and intense, but it was nothing new. The role of an emotionally tortured mother trying to maintain some kind of stability for her child is not an original character summary. That being said, Brie Larson’s performance was gripping and powerful. She deserves this win.


Charlie’s Pick: While Brie Larson was admittedly devastating as Ma in Room, she is the easy choice. In Brooklyn, Saoirse Ronan manages to embody the feelings of homesickness in a way which is both universally relatable and refreshingly subtle.


Best Supporting Actor:

  1. Christian Bale – The Big Short as Michael BurryMV5BNzEzMTI2NjEyNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTA0OTE4OA@@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_
  2. Tom Hardy – The Revenant as John Fitzgerald
  3. Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight as Michael Rezendes
  4. Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies as Rudolf Abel
  5. Sylvester Stallone – Creed as Rocky Balboa


Kelly’s Pick: I would have to give this one to Mark Rylance of Bridge of Spies. He recently won the BAFTA in this category and based on that, I’m guessing he could come home with an Oscar night victory. Performing alongside Tom Hanks, Rylance could have easily been washed out and upstaged, however he held his own and delivered a strong performance.


Charlie’s Pick: Through all of the controversy surrounding #OscarsSoWhite, the most glaring snub has been Idris Elba for his work in Beasts of No Nation. Elba won the Screen Actor’s Guild Award for this category, and was generally considered a frontrunner to win this award. By failing to give Elba so much as a nomination, the Academy has displayed a disturbing inability to acknowledge a culture of which many of its members are not involved.


Best Supporting Actress:

  1. vogue-feb-2015-p149-alicia-vikander-12may15-scott-trindle-bJennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight as Daisy Domergue
  2. Rooney Mara – Carol as Therese Belivet
  3. Rachel McAdams – Spotlight as Sacha Pfeiffer
  4. Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener
  5. Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs as Joanna Hoffman


Kelly’s Pick: Despite her role in The Danish Girl, not being a supporting role, Alicia Vikander is the most deserving of the award in this category. I hesitate to predict her as the winner, not because I don’t think she will win (in fact, I think she is guaranteed the win), rather I hesitate because I don’t think it is fair that her team campaigned for her to be nominated as a supporting actress (when her role was clearly a leading role), just so she would have a better shot at the Oscar. All that aside, her performance as the wife of Lili Elbe was beautiful and she is an incredible talent.


Charlie’s Pick: Alicia Vikander and Rooney Mara should have been nominated in the Best Actress category. That being said, Rooney Mara deserves an Oscar of some kind for her performance in Carol. She took home the Best Actress award at Cannes, and she holds her own and then some against the much more seasoned Cate Blanchett


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