The Academy Awards 2016: A Blind Prediction

     Movies have become a staple of modern living for as long as I can remember, which isn’t that long, mind you. Whether you are into tear-jerking dramas, rib-splitting comedies, heart-stopping thrillers, mind-blowing Sci-Fi or the other genres I forgot to mention, movies have definitely provided us with countless hours of entertainment. However every once in a while, there comes a movie that brings something astonishing to the already colorful history of movies. “The Academy Awards” also known as “The Oscars” held every year makes sure that these movies, who have gone above and beyond in the world of film, don’t go unrecognized. “The Academy Awards” has successfully cemented itself as one of the most prestigious awards ceremony that many anticipate annually. The outcome of this year’s Oscars seem to be a tough one to predict, especially since I haven’t watched almost all of them at the time of writing this. To give you an idea of how slow I am in knowing the competition, I’m still catching up on watching the Oscar nominated movies from 2012 up until 2014. The basis for many of my predictions shall be a combination of instinct, the reviews of popular websites (i.e. Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic) and personal taste. I will focus only on the major awards such as ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Director’, etcetera so awards like ‘Best Make-Up and Hairstyling’ and ‘Best Sound Editing’ will just be briefly mentioned at the end of my prediction. Without further ado, here are my predictions for the 2016 Academy Awards.

Major Awards
Best Actor and Actress: Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

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

     I am placing all my faith on Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett to win as Best Actor and Best Actress respectively. Both DiCaprio and Blanchett are no strangers to the Academy Awards as both of them have been nominated several times in the past few years. Leo already won the ‘Best Actor’ award at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild for his work in ‘The Revenant’, so I would be highly disappointed if he doesn’t win a third one at the Oscars. The four other nominees are quite new to the Oscar game but all of them have shown their acting chops in their past roles, such as Bryan Cranston as Walter White in ‘Breaking Bad’ and Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’. The same can be said for Cate Blanchett as she is an Academy Award veteran and much of her competition is fresh blood but with an exception in the form of Jennifer Lawrence. J Law has already won Best Actress at the 2012 Oscars for her work in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, but I still believe that Cate Blanchett will win the Oscar this year.

Best Supporting Actor and Actress: Mark Ruffalo and Kate Winslet
Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

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

     I’m placing my bet on Mark Ruffalo mainly because he is one of my favorite celebrities not only because of his acting but also because of his funny and charming personality outside of the studio. I suspect that his superb acting skills in ‘Spotlight’ will make him take top spot in the Best Supporting Actor category. Although his competition is tough, with the likes of Christian Bale, who won an Oscar in this category last 2010, and cinema veteran Sylvester Stallone, my faith in Mark Ruffalo won’t be stirred. No stranger to the Academy Awards, I have faith that Kate Winslet will win the Best Supporting Actress category. Her competition in this category, much like Cate Blanchett in the Best Actress category, are newcomers in the Academy Awards, but they can still pose as a big threat for that exact reason.

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay): The Big Short (Adapted) and Straight Outta Compton (Original)
Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short
The Martian

Original Screenplay
The Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Straight Outta Compton

     The main reason I predicted ‘The Big Short’ to win in the Best Adapted Screenplay category is because of its star studded cast. With the likes of Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling in the movie, I suspect the writing and dialogue to be interesting and entertaining. I also watched the trailer for all the movies, and I thought that ‘The Big Short’ had the most interesting story. On the other hand, in terms of original screenplay, I think Straight Outta Compton will win. The general premise of the movie, which focuses on the lives of rappers, is definitely one I haven’t seen a lot of. For me, compared to the other nominees, Straight Outta Compton is the one most deserving of the win in this category.

Best Cinematography: The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Carol (Ed Lachman)
Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)
The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Sicario (Roger Deakins)
The Hateful Eight (Robert Richardson)

     Basing my prediction of the winner in the Best Cinematography category off of the trailers of the movie is tough, since I haven’t watched the whole movie to completely judge its cinematography, but after minutes of watching the trailers, I think that The Revenant will win in this category. The atmosphere and mood of the movie is shot masterfully by the movie’s cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Emmanuel Lubezki has won in this category before, in his work for Gravity (2013) and Birdman (2014) and I don’t see this year being any different.

Best Directing: The Revenant (Alejandro G. Iñárritu)
Spotlight (Adam McKay)
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
The Revenant (Alejandro G. Inarittu)
Room (Lenny Abrahamson)
Spotlight (Tom McCarthy)

     Alejandro G Iñárritu may be a fairly new and unknown director but he has shown his prowess in cinema as he won the Oscar for the Best Director and the Best Picture for his work on ‘Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’ at the last year’s awards ceremony. I have to admit, I have never heard of him until the Oscars ceremony last year, but now he has shown the world of film that he is indeed a director that should not be taken lightly. His work on ‘Birdman’ is one I definitely enjoyed and I do believe he will continue to delight me with ‘The Revenant’. From the many reviews and trailers I have seen, it looks like Mr. Iñárritu will win once again in this category.

Best Animated Feature Film: Inside Out
Boy & The World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

     Being the only movie I watched in this category, I predict Inside Out to be winning this category. The movie is not only beautifully animated but the story is also wonderfully written. Inside Out’s story is expertly and intelligently played out and the art style is captivating. The movie’s focus on the emotions of the main character is done masterfully by Disney/Pixar. I do believe that Inside Out is the rightful winner of the Best Animated Feature Film category.

Best Picture: The Revenant
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

     As I have previously explained in my prediction for the Best Directing or Best Director, Mr. Iñárritu’s skills at directing will lead to his movie winning Best Picture as well. Much like ‘Birdman’ last year, ‘The Revenant’ will win Best Picture because of the coherent and deep storytelling as well as the gorgeous cinematography. Although the competition this year is pretty tight with movies like ‘Spotlight’, ‘The Big Short’, and ‘The Martian’, ‘The Revenant’ will still come out on top.

     The rest of my predictions will not divulge further into detail as I consider the rest to be minor awards but still significant in the world of cinema.

Minor Awards
Best Documentary (Feature)
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best Documentary (Short Subject)
Body Team 12
Chau, beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom

Best Film Editing
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Foreign Language Film
Embrace of the Serpent
Son of Saul
A War

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Best Original Score
Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Original Song
“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction
“Simple Song #3,” Youth
“Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground
“Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre

Best Production Design
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Best Short Film (Animated)
Bear Story
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Best Short Film (Live Action)
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Best Sound Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Visual Effects
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Costume Design
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

     So here it is folks, all of my predictions for the upcoming Academy Awards. Do you agree with my predictions? Were there some predictions that don’t sit well with you? Let me know in the comments below!

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