It’s that time of year again! Award season is in the air and that means that the big event is coming up in a couple of weeks: the 88th Academy Awards! Now, if you are someone who loves award shows and loves to guess who is going to win each category, you are in luck because that is exactly what I am going to do today. Hopefully this works out well.
Best Picture Nominees
• The Big Short
• Bridge of Spies
• Mad Max: Fury Road
• The Martian
• The Revenant
And the Oscar goes to…Spotlight!
This category could get interesting. Somehow, normally all the award shows fall in line and they all pick the same movie to win their best picture (think Argo). But this year, the Martian, the Revenant, Spotlight, and the Big Short have all won big awards. However, I think that Spotlight is going to win this time with its momentum from the Screen Actors Guild Awards and it’s strong acting and writing will give it the win. It’s a hard movie to watch, no doubt about it, but in the end it’s definitely the best movie of this year.
• Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
• Matt Damon – The Martian
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
• Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
• Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
And the Oscar goes to…Leonardo DiCaprio (finally)!
Yes, I know, how can Leo not have won an Oscar until now? Well, don’t worry, he’s finally getting his little golden statue now. Leo has been destroying at every awards show this season and there is no doubt in my mind that he will continue. He plays his role beautifully and commands the screen. Congrats Leo, it’s taken you a long time, but you’ve finally gotten it.
• Cate Blanchett – Carol
• Brie Larson – Room
• Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
• Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
• Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
And the Oscar goes to…Brie Larson!
I remember watching Brie Larson in Hoot about ten years ago. Wow, hasn’t she gone far? Brie’s performance in Room is outstanding and like Leo, she is killing it at the different award shows this season. She perfectly plays a mom both in confinement with her son and when they are free together. Also, I can’t wait to see what she wears!
Best Supporting Actor
• Christian Bale – The Big Short
• Tom Hardy – The Revenant
• Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
• Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
• Sylvester Stallone – Creed
And the Oscar goes to…Sylvester Stallone!
This category could go crazy. Sylvester won the Golden Globe back in January, but he wasn’t nominated for the Screen Actors Guild award. That eventually went to Idris Elba, who wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. Mark Rylance has been nominated in all three award shows, so there is a chance that he could come in and take the win, but Creed has been such a box office hit and with Stallone coming back to his character of Rocky, out of all the nominees, Sylvester Stallone has the best chance at winning.
Best Supporting Actress
• Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
• Rooney Mara – Carol
• Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
• Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
• Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
And the Oscar goes to…Alicia Vikander!
This is another category where the winner is up in the air. Kate Winslet won the Golden Globe and Alicia Vikander won the Screen Actors Guild Award, but predictions have always had Alicia Vikander ahead of everyone else in the category. She is the real star in the Danish Girl, playing her character with poise and beauty, even when everything around her is changing rapidly. She is definitely a new powerhouse in Hollywood and taking an Oscar would be icing on the cake of an otherwise exceptional year.
Obviously there are more categories in the Academy Awards, but here are the big ones to know when you are trying to sound like you know what you are talking about. I can’t wait for the Oscars, and hopefully you are just as excited as I am too!