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Has the dust settled on the whole #OscarsSoWhite stuff? I don’t know but I only want to touch on my view on the actual nominations. So it’s time for me to jump in and give my predictions on how it’s all going to play out (OK not ALL because I’m not going to be making predictions on every category). I’ll be doing it the same way I did my Golden Globe predictions. I did a great job this year with those so let’s see if I can keep it up with this years Oscars. I guess we’ll see come February 28th, 2015 when ‘The 88th Academy Awards’ will air. But for right now, lets go ahead on with my 2016 Academy Award predictions.

Best Motion Picture

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

Who I Want to Win: The Revenant

In my eyes this is the clear best movie of the pack plus it’s in my top 5 for 2015 so it has to get my choice here. It was a beautifully shot film that has Leonardo DiCaprio in it so it’s more than deserving of this top honor.

Who I Think Will Win: The Revenant

Best Director

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

Who I Want to Win: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

All the controversial techniques Iñárritu decided to use for The Revenant definitely payed off. I’m glad he stuck by his risks and his unique approach to movies is what makes him the hottest director in the movie industry right now. Hopefully he can make it back-to-back Oscar wins

Who I Think Will Win: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Best Actor

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmyane, The Danish Girl

Who I Want to Win: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenantmaxresdefault (1)

The man who has been ROBBED in all his years as an actor because he is Oscarless will finally be recognized for one of his great performances! I am so confident that this will happen that I’ll put 50 cents on it. The only sad part is that this isn’t DiCaprio’s best performance. It’s still great and is worthy of an Oscar so that’s all that matters. The Academy better finally get it right when it comes to Sir Leo.

Who I Think Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Best Actress

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

Who I Want to Win: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

I was very disappointed in Joy but that hasn’t stopped my serious fandom for Lawrence. Her performances was good but wasn’t enough to carry the disappointing movie and wasn’t even the best of the pack. But that doesn’t matter because I’m always going to ride with Lawrence….unless Emma Stone is around.

Who I Think Will Win: Brie Larson, Room

Best Supporting Actor

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

Who I Want to Win: Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Although I’ve been a fan of the ‘Rocky’ franchise since I was kid, I haven’t been a fan of Stallone’s outside of it and I never thought he could act but you have to give praise when it’s due. He did a wonderful job with his raw performance and it was one of the reasons Creed was one of my top movies of 2015.

Who I Think Will Win: Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Supporting Actress

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

Who I Want to Win: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

There some great performances in this category but Winslet’s impressed me the most. She was able to breathe even more life into Aaron Sorkin‘s excellent dialogue than there already was and she was able to hold her own while acting up against Michael Fassbender and the great performance he put on.

Who I Think Will Win: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Animated Feature

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

Who I Want to Win: Inside Out gallery_insideout_thumbnail_75d4102c

To be perfectly honest, this is the only movie of the bunch that I have seen so that’s really the only explanation that I need.

Who I Think Will Win: Inside Out

Best Film Editing

  • The Big Short
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Who I Want to Win: The Revenant

The Revenant isn’t just a great movie because it has an intriguing story and great acting. It’s a great movie because of several different technical aspects and the way it’s edited is on that list. The movie is such a smooth watch with the way everything flows together from one scene to the other.

Who I Think Will Win: The Revenant

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
  • The Revenant

Who I Want to Win: The Revenant

I’m really going with my favorite movie of the bunch here but each characters look in the movie definitely looked like it matched up perfectly with its time period.

Who I Think Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Original Score

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Sicario
  • Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Who I Want to Win: Sicario

The haunting score in Sicario was so noticeable, in a good way, and that’s what I expect out of my favorite scores because usually it takes multiple viewings for me to notice a movies score. Also, the score in this particular movie did a great job creating the immense tension the movie leaned on from start to finish. It was hauntingly beautiful.

Who I Think Will Win: The Hateful Eight

Best Original Song

  • “Earned It”, Fifty Shades of Grey
  • “Manta Ray”, Racing Extinction
  • “Simple Song No. 3”, Youth
  • “Til It Happens To You”, The Hunting Ground
  • “Writing’s on the Wall”, Spectre

Who I Want to Win: “Earned It”, Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey was a garbage movie but The Weeknd gave the movie a banger with “Earned It”. He probably shouldn’t have been so generous because the movie didn’t deserve it but it really helped thrust him into the limelight which then led to a great 2015 for the artist so I’m sure he thinks it was the right thing to do. Hopefully he can top everything off with an Oscar win.

Who I Think Will Win: “Writing’s on the Wall”, Spectre

Best Production Design

  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Who I Want to Win: The Revenant

I’ve already said that the The Revenant was a beautiful movie. So yes, the films scenery and backdrop help make up such an appealing look.

Who I Think Will Win: The Revenant

Best Sound Editing

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Sicario
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Who I Want to Win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

From the sounds of the blasters and lightsabers to the Millennium Falcon taking off, every sound you heard in Star Wars: The Force Awakens sounded so perfectly tuned and epic. The movie was not just a pleasure for the eyes but also a pleasure for the ears.

Who I Think Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Visual Effects

  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Who I Want to Win: The Revenant

The Revenant is a BEAUTIFUL MOVIE. I don’t know how many times I can say it. Anyway I can root for this movie from a visual standpoint, I’m going to definitely do it. I mean, look at the bear attack scene. It was brutal but beautifully shot because of the realism it displayed.

Who I Think Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short
  • Nick Hornby, Brooklyn
  • Phyllis Nagy, Carol
  • Drew Goddard, The Martian
  • Emma Donohue, Room

Who I Want to Win: Emma Donoghue, Roomroom-string

The greatness of this script really shows during the time Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and Ma (Larson) are in room. Just hearing Jack talk about the only life he knows at the time compared to real life is just beautifully written. It took me two views of the movie to realize but all that matters is that I realized it.

Who I Think Will Win: Emma Donoghue, Room

Best Original Screenplay

  • Matt Charman and Coen Bros., Bridge of Spies
  • Alex Garland, Ex Machina
  • Josh Cooley, Peter Docter, and Megan LeFauve, Inside Out
  • Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight
  • Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus, Straight Outta Compton

Who I Want to Win: Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus, Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton was a strong movie that surprised me. I thought it was just great because it told an entertaining story and included great performances but when I thought more about it, a lot of the praise should go to the script too. Those first two points needed a great script in order to be strong themselves and I also found myself quoting the movie often so that must mean the script is doing something right.

Who I Think Will Win: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight

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Who I Want to Win Numbers:

  • The Revenant (7)
  • Creed (1)
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (1)
  • Inside Out (1)
  • Joy (1)
  • Room (1)
  • Sicario (1)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (1)
  • Steve Jobs (1)
  • Straight Outta Compton (1)

Who I Think Will Win Numbers:

  • The Revenant (5)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (3)
  • Room (2)
  • Creed (1)
  • The Hateful Eight (1)
  • Inside Out (1)
  • Steve Jobs (1)
  • Spectre (1)
  • Spotlight (1)

Either way, I  see The Revenant being one of the big winner of the night. The rest of the awards I see being sprinkled out to several other movies. Hey, what can you say, I’m a giver. Anyways, soon we’ll see how right (or wrong) I’ll turn out to be. Now if you disagree with my picks, comment below and give me your choices. If you agree with me, go ahead and tell me how right you think I am.

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