All roads lead to the gold on Sunday night as the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science present the 88th Academy Awards as some of Hollywood’s A-listers get their speeches ready for their impending win. Ten years after hosting it the first-time around, comedian Chris Rock will once again host the Oscars. With Rock as the master of ceremonies, you can bet he is going to take a shot at Hollywood with the recent lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations. This week, we will look at all the categories that are looking to win the little golden man.
Best Adapted Screenplay
- Adam McKay and Charles Randolph – The Big Short
- Nick Hornby – Brooklyn
- Phyllis Nagy – Carol
- Drew Goddard – The Martian
- Emma Donoghue – Room
This category usually goes to the Best Picture winner. While “The Revenant” was not nominated in this category, it doesn’t completely put them out of the race. Adapted from Michael Lewis’ book, “The Big Short” is one of the frontrunners for Best Picture. This instantly puts McKay and Randolph in the position to walk away with some Oscar gold on Sunday night.
Who Will Win: The Big Short
Who Should Win: Carol
Best Original Screenplay
- Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen – Bridge of Spies
- Alex Garland – Ex Machina
- Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley – Inside Out
- Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer – Spotlight
- Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus – Straight Outta Compton
Just like the previous category, this usually goes to the Best Picture winner. However, “The Revenant” not being in the screenplay categories possibly puts other contenders in the running to take the big prize. “Ex Machina,” “Inside Out” and “Straight Outta Compton” has no chance in winning this category because of this absence in the Best Picture field. This will come down between “Bridge of Spies” and “Spotlight,” but the latter has been a contender since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival and it will win its only award of the night.
Who Will/Should Win: Spotlight
Best Supporting Actress
- Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
- Rooney Mara – Carol
- Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
- Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
- Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
This is a tight race between Vikander and Winslet as both women walked away with some trophies during the award season. However, when Vikander went head-to-head with Winslet for the SAG award, the first-time Oscar winner won over the Oscar-winning actress. 2015 has been an outstanding year for Vikander with a variety of roles in different genres like her turn a humanoid A.I. in “Ex Machina.”
Who Will Win: Alicia Vikander
Who Should Win: Rooney Mara
Best Supporting Actor
- Christian Bale – The Big Short
- Tom Hardy – The Revenant
- Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
- Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
- Sylvester Stallone – Creed
Nobody loves a comeback story more than Hollywood. With the Academy being somewhat of an embodiment of Hollywood and the movie industry, you can count on them to pick Stallone to finally pick up his first Academy Award. It will also be almost four decades to day that “Rocky” beat “Network” and “Taxi Driver” to win Best Picture. His turn as The Italian Stallion in “Creed” help humanize a character that almost felt like a parody of itself in the other “Rocky” movies.
Who Will/Should Win: Sylvester Stallone
- Cate Blanchett – Carol
- Brie Larson – Room
- Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
- Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
- Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Before the madness that is award season began, it seemed like the Best Actress was between Larson as an imprisoned mother and Ronan as an Irish immigrant. Once the first major awards were beginning to hand out their respective awards, Larson started to gain some momentum. With Larson sweeping all the awards including the BAFTA and the SAG, this is her Oscar to lose.
Who Will/Should Win: Brie Larson
- Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
- Matt Damon – The Martian
- Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
- Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
- Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
If you are a betting man or woman, the one category you can guarantee that could win you easy money is the Best Actor category. With DiCaprio seeking to win his first-ever Oscar after getting nominated several times, there is no stopping him from walking the stage and finally being able recite his acceptance speech in public. There is a likely chance of hell freezing over than DiCaprio not taking home the Academy Award.
Who Will/Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio
- Lenny Abrahamson – Room
- Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant
- Adam McKay – The Big Short
- George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
- Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
For a while, the Best Picture and the Best Director Oscar has gone to the same film. In the last couple of years, this was not the case. In 2013, Ang Lee won for “Life of Pi” and “Argo” won Best Picture after director Ben Affleck was not nominated for Best Director. In 2014, Alfonso Cuaron won for “Gravity” while “12 Years a Slave” won the big prize that year. There is a chance that this could be another case where this happens with Miller get the award here and “The Revenant” gets Best Picture. However, Iñárritu winning the DGA and BAFTA puts him in good company with John Ford and Joseph L. Mankiewicz to become the third director to win back-to-back Best Director Oscars.
Who Will Win: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Who Should Win: George Miller
- The Big Short
- Bridge of Spies
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- The Martian
- The Revenant
This is the closest Best Picture race in years as there seems to be three frontrunners that could win big on Sunday night: “The Big Short,” “The Revenant” and “Spotlight.” “The Big Short” won the PGA and “Spotlight” won the SAG for Best Ensemble. Meanwhile, “The Revenant” has won the Golden Globe and the BAFTA in this category. This gives the latter film an edge over its competition. If this is the case and “The Revenant” wins Best Picture, Iñárritu will once again be in the Oscar history books as the first director to direct back-to-back Best Picture winners.
Who Will Win: The Revenant
Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road