Alright, now I don’t claim to be any superstar movie critic or anything, but I watched *most* of the Oscar nominated films this year so I feel that I have a pretty good handle on the movies. Here’s a rundown of who I think will/want to win the Oscars this year. Maybe this will help you win at your Oscars pool this year. Also, find a list of the nominees here.
Best Picture: Spotlight
Now while I want it to be Room because never have I ever thought continuously about a movie for over a month, I don’t think Room will win. I feel that movies like Room almost never win best picture, they usually win the top acting awards though. So, for my prediction, which I also want to win because I thought it was an excellent movie is Spotlight. Plus, I think they could give a really cool acceptance speech, which I always love to hear.
Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio
Hands-down if Leo doesn’t win it will be the biggest middle finger from the Academy in all the land in Oscars history (and they have given some pretty big ones in the past…cough, cough Ben Affleck for Argo). Leo deserves this win and he has won every major award this awards season so I really hope he wins the big one. Although, this does mean Internet memers will have to come up with some new Leo memes.
Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson
Again, no question, it should be Brie Larson. How could it be anyone else? Her portrayal of the truly unimaginable in Room was such a fabulous and gut wrenching performance that she deserves this honor. Also, I’m sorry, but if they give this award to Jennifer Lawrence I will personally be upset because she was just not very good in Joy (#SorryI’mNotSorry).
Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Ruffalo
I really loved his character in Spotlight, plus I really just love him so I definitely think he should take it home. I think it’s kind of an outside shot, but why not root for the underdog?
Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander
While I would love for Rachel McAdams to take home this award I think that is too outside of a chance to even happen (sadly). But I really do love her and I thought she did a fabulous, Oscar worthy performance either way. Although Vikander’s role in The Danish Girl was weird and I didn’t particularly care for that movie, I did think she did a great job and I can easily see her walking away with the golden statue.
Animated Feature Film: Inside Out
Okay, one this was a fantastic film, and two it’s Pixar, so I mean does anyone else really even have a chance? No. And, honestly, in my opinion, they shouldn’t. The minds behind this movie are genius because this movie made me think and question things that I had never even considered. I mean they gave our feelings, feelings. WHAT. MIND BLOWN. I’ll never forget during the movie when Joy had her big realization that ‘oh wait, it’s okay to feel sadness because that will bring us happiness eventually.’ I mean WHAT. At that moment I just thought to myself ‘dang it Disney, you’ve done it again.’ What a great movie for all age groups to see.
Cinematography: Mad Max: Fury Road
Now while I thought this was the weirdest movie maybe ever, I will say the cinematography was done beautifully so I think these people should win.
Costume Design: The Danish Girl
Now, while I do think it would be super cool if Cinderella won, and I would say they would be deserving of it, I still think it’s going to The Danish Girl. Those costumes were done so beautifully and although I didn’t like the movie, I did LOVE the costumes, as I wrote about in my post. I felt the costumes kept very well with the time period and I thought they were crafted to perfection. Read this cool article about the costume designs here.
Directing: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Now, while I admit I don’t know much (anything) about directing, I do think it’s going to the director of The Revenant. If anything, I would think the sub-zero conditions in the wilderness that this guy shot in would be enough to get him the “W.”
Documentary (Feature): ?
Documentary (Short Subject): ?
Unfortunately, I was a little pressed for time this year and did not have time to see these movies. Hopefully I’ll have more time next year! (Although honestly documentaries are not my absolute favorites so watching all of these would probably be a struggle even if I had all the time in the world).
Film Editing: The Revenant
I am not even sure how to judge this one. I guess I need to brush up on my film editing knowledge. I’m going with The Revenant because I imagine that editing this film was no easy task. Although, I can really see any of these films walking away with this one.
Foreign Language Film: ?
Again, didn’t get around to any of these.
Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road
The makeup in this movie was done really well and I imagine that there was a lot of it to do. I could also see The Revenant walking away with this one, too.
Music (Original Score): Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
I have seen this name thrown around a lot as the winner in the (many) prediction articles I’ve read so I’m going with it.
Music (Original Song): “Til it Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground, Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
I just see this one winning, don’t you?
Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Short Film (Animated): ?
Short Film (Live Action): ?
Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Brooklyn
Probably an outside shot, but I would love to see this one win.
Writing (Original Screenplay): Spotlight
I can’t wait to see how these predictions actually play out tonight. Hopefully there will be some surprises because I mean is it really any fun without?