2016 Oscars Predictions / ThoughtsNate Lam The 88th annual Academy awards are tonight so here are my predictions on who will take home Oscar gold. Bold = Who I think WILL win Italic = Who I think SHOULD win Best Picture The Big Short Bridge of Spies Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Room Spotlight Thoughts: The Revenant has all the traction going into this so I went with it for best picture. Don’t sleep on Spotlight or The Big Short though. Spotlight has taken down some key indicator awards (including the Satellite Award which has predicted the last two Best Picture Winners) Best Director Adam McKay – The Big Short George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant Lenny Abrahamson – Room Tom McCarthy – Spotlight Thoughts: The Revenant is visually stunning and is well deserving of a win (hence why I think it will win) but Mad Max is also a spectacle in its own right. There is no powerful performance in Mad Max (Theron and Hardy combine for maybe 30 lines excluding grunts) nor is there a major plot but the movie is elevated to such acclaim thanks in large part to Miller’s direction. Best Actor Bryan Cranston – Trumbo as Dalton Trumbo Matt Damon – The Martian as Mark Watney Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant as Hugh Glass Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs as Steve Jobs Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl as Lili Elbe Thoughts: Leo is the favourite by a country mile. He is listed at -10000 (!!!) to win the award (for our non gambling contingent that means he’s the 100-1 favourite). the only thing stopping Leo from finally getting the gold is Eddie Redmayne who picked the most Oscar bait role ever (in my opinion Redmayne gave a mediocre performance though). Sadly this is not Leo’s best performance in his filmography but I’d still rank this in the middle. All in all he’s done enough to stomp this weak field barring a massive upset Best Actress Cate Blanchett – Carol as Carol Aird Brie Larson – Room as Joy “Ma” Newsome Jennifer Lawrence – Joy as Joy Mangano Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years as Kate Mercer Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn as Eilis Lacey Thoughts: Larson is a lock for the win (well deserved) but I think not enough people are recognizing how good Ronan is in Brooklyn. I think that Ronan actually is better than Larson when comparing the two performances but Brooklyn does not have the same emotional edge that Room has though which is what I feel will put Larson over the top in the end Supporting Actor Christian Bale – The Big Short as Michael Burry Tom Hardy – The Revenant as John Fitzgerald Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight as Michael Rezendes Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies as Rudolf Abel Sylvester Stallone – Creed as Rocky Balboa Thoughts: I can’t believe Stallone is considered the front runner for this. Not that he was bad but I would rank all the other nominees ahead of Stallone. Personally I like Rylance but would not be mad if Hardy took it. He is arguably as good if not better than Leo in the Revenant. Supporting Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight as Daisy Domergue Rooney Mara – Carol as Therese Belivet Rachel McAdams – Spotlight as Sacha Pfeiffer Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs as Joanna Hoffman Thoughts: Of the four acting fields, this one is the strongest (lead has three heavy hitters but Lawerence is mediocre in Joy). Vikander outshines Redmayne and should really be nominated as leading but since she got pushed down to supporting I have her taking it. Winslet – being an academy favourite and genuinely good should not be forgotten though as she steals some scenes from Fassbender’s overbearing Steve Jobs. If Vikander does win though, I am personally considering it a joint Oscar for her role in Ex Machina Best Original Screenplay Bridge of Spies – Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, and Joel Coen Ex Machina – Alex Garland Inside Out – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, and Ronnie del Carmen Spotlight – Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer Straight Outta Compton – Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, and Alan Wenkus Thoughts: Garland will take the consolation Oscar home after being snubbed out of Best Picture. This movie is incredible and its a shame it’ll be largely forgotten in five years (similar to Drive). If I had to pick a runner up I’d go with Straight Outta Compton who might win because the academy feels the need to apologize for the whole diversity thing Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short – Adam McKay and Charles Randolph from The Big Short by Michael Lewis Brooklyn – Nick Hornby from Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín Carol – Phyllis Nagy from The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith The Martian – Drew Goddard from The Martian by Andy Weir Room – Emma Donoghue from Room by Emma Donoghue Thoughts: Tough field to predict as it could go anywhere, Personally I went with the Big Short for doing something unique and simplifying a complex situation into something that was entertaining. The Academy will probably swing towards Carol or Room though (I ended up going with Carol, no major reason just a gut feeling) Best Animated Film Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, and Rosa Tran Boy & the World – Alê Abreu Inside Out – Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera Shaun the Sheep Movie – Mark Burton and Richard Starzak When Marnie Was There – Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura Thoughts: The show is airing on ABC. Guess what company owns ABC? That’s right… Disney. Inside Out though is a great film (far better than previous winners Big Hero 6 and Frozen) and when it wins, it won’t be considered egregious but I like Anomalisa. What Kauffman does with Anomalisa is special but no one will stop the Disney Machine Best Cinematography Carol – Ed Lachman The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki Sicario – Roger Deakins Thoughts: Lock it in for Lubezi’s third straight Oscar. The Revenant is a visual masterpiece. Only other challenger is Mad Max with Sicario worthy of a mention but not a win. Best Editing The Big Short – Hank Corwin Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel The Revenant – Stephen Mirrione Spotlight – Tom McArdle Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey Thoughts: I gave it to Star Wars on the back of that Millennium Falcon chase scene but I could see the Academy looking at the Revenant and Mad Max instead. Best Visual Effects:See also2FilmMovie ReviewsMoviesReviewsReview: Pet Sematary (2019) Ex Machina – Mark Williams Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, and Andrew Whitehurst Mad Max: Fury Road – Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams, and Tom Wood The Martian – Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, Richard Stammers, and Steven Warner The Revenant – Richard McBride, Matt Shumway, Jason Smith, and Cameron Waldbauer Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, and Neal Scanlan Thoughts: I would give it to Star Wars solely on the basis ofRey’s instant rising bread but I also appreciate the work done on Vikander’s “robot” appearance in Ex Machina. Again because Disney now owns Star Wars (as well as ABC) I went with Star Wars for my prediction Best Original Score Bridge of Spies – Thomas Newman Carol – Carter Burwell The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone Sicario – Jóhann Jóhannsson Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Williams Thoughts: Full Disclosure: My current ring tone is Rey’s theme from The Force Awakens. I don’t really know how to evaluate this but in theater I appreciated both Johannsson and Morricone’s scores more than Williams but listening to these scores as individual pieces separate from the film I’ve found myself going back to Williams score often. I think the academy will look Morricone’s way but personally I went with Williams. Best Song “Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey – Music and Lyric by Ahamad Balshe (Belly), Stephan Moccio, Jason “Daheala” Quenneville, Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd) “Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction – Music by J. Ralph, Lyric by Antony Hegarty “Simple Song #3” from Youth – Music and Lyric by David Lang “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground – Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre – Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith Thoughts: That Sam Smith song is awful so I went with the Lady Gaga Song – if she wins she’ll come ever closer to the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Sound Editing Mad Max: Fury Road – Mark A. Mangini and David White The Martian – Oliver Tarney The Revenant – Martin Hernández and Lon Bender Sicario – Alan Robert Murray Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Matthew Wood and David Acord Thoughts: War movies / Military movies (American Sniper/ Hurt Locker / Saving Private Ryan/Pearl Harbour) tend to take this one so I went with Sicario. Sound Mixing Bridge of Spies – Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, and Drew Kunin Mad Max: Fury Road – Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, and Ben Osmo The Martian – Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, and Mac Ruth The Revenant – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom, and Chris Duesterdiek Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson Thoughts: I have no idea how to judge this, all I know is the sounds of Williams’ score and the sounds of light sabres, droids and TIE fighters contributed to one of the greatest in theater experiences of my life so I went with Star Wars. Best Production Design Bridge of Spies – Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich, and Adam Stockhausen The Danish Girl – Michael Standish and Eve Stewart Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson The Martian – Celia Bobak and Arthur Max The Revenant – Jack Fisk and Hamish Purdy Thoughts: The entire movie is stunts and action with little much of anything else. In order to achieve that a lot has to go into production. As I stated earlier all these other films have strong performances to anchor them but Mad Max is almost entirely reliant on action and those set pieces. This is a lock.