The time has arrived where all the best films of 2015 have been viewed and nominated for the 88th annual Academy Awards. The most prestigious awards for acting, writing, directing, best picture, etc will be held at the fabulous Dolby Theater at Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, California and will be televised live for our viewing pleasure on Sunday February 28th at 8:30pm EST with host Chris Rock. I have written predictions over the past few years, and usually I have a general idea of who wins, so please keep reading and tell me who you think will take home the golden statue tomorrow night!
Best Supporting Actress
Who Will Win: Alicia Vikander
Who Should Win: Alicia Vikander
The nominees for best supporting actress are Vikander for The Danish Girl, Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs, Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight, Rachel McAdams in Spotlight, and Rooney Mara in Carol. The Oscar should go to Vikander for her awe-inspiring role in The Danish Girl, she has received tons of praise and awards for her portrayal of Gerda Wegener and the only other contender would be Winslet, who won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Joanna Hoffman, but I think it’ll be Vikander in the end.
Best Supporting Actor
Who Should Win: Sylvester Stallone
Who Will Win: Sylvester Stallone
The nominees for best supporting actor are Stallone for Creed, Christian Bale in The Big Short, Tom Hardy in The Revenant, Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight and Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies. This was an interesting category because Stallone wasn’t nominated for a SAG award, which went to Idris Elba, who isn’t nominated for a Oscar, and although he won the Golden Globe the only other actor nominated for an Oscar that was also nominated for a Golden Globe was Rylance, but there has not been as much buzz for his performance, so I’m thinking and hoping the award will go to the well deserving and long time coming Stallone.
Who Should Win: Brie Larson
Who Will Win: Brie Larson
The nominees for best actress are Larson for Room, Cate Blanchett in Carol, Jennifer Lawrence in Joy, Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years, and Saiorse Ronan in Brooklyn. Larson is a shoe-in for this award. She was perfect in her performance as Ma, and the only other contender would possibly be Lawrence, but her performance was not even close to the riveting character Larson created in the horrifying tale of Room.
Who Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio
Who Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio
The nominees for best actor are DiCaprio in The Revenant, Bryan Cranston in Trumbo, Matt Damon in The Martian, Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs and Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl. It’s finally safe to say that this year, will definitely be DiCaprio’s year. He has won every award possible for his performance in Alejandro Inarritu’s The Revenant. The ‘poor Leo’ memes and gifs can end, and DiCaprio can finally get his well-deserved Oscar. The top two contenders other than DiCaprio are Matt Damon and Eddie Redmayne. Damon was great as the lone astronaut in The Martian struggling to survive on Mars while his crew presumes he’s dead, but his performance hasn’t garnered enough buzz or enough recognition as DiCaprio’s and nor should it. How many times can America save and/or find Matt Damon? Redmayne is a possibility, but being a recent winner for last year’s portrayal as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything is a rarity that the Academy will honor the same man twice in a row, especially a young actor like Redmayne. His performance was great in The Danish Girl, but again nothing compared to his performance last year, and not worth enough to gain recognition over DiCaprio.
Who Should Win: Alejandro Inarritu
Who Will Win: Alejandro Inarritu
The nominees for best director are Inarritu for The Revenant, Adam McKay for The Big Short, George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road, Lenny Abrahamson for Room, and Tom McCarthy for Spotlight. The amount of awards and recognition Inarritu has received for this film is unbelievable. It has been said over and over again in interviews how difficult this film was to make because of the climate, atmosphere and the demanding time constraints. The only possible contender could be Miller, since his film was unlike every film nominated and the best part of his film was the way it was shot. It was visually stunning but everything else in the film faltered. Whereas in The Revenant, Inarritu shared his incredible vision and produced a film so worthy of the praise him and DiCaprio are receiving.
What Should Win: Brooklyn
What Will Win: The Revenant
The nominees for best picture are Brooklyn, The Revenant, The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Mad Max:Fury Road, The Martian, Room and Spotlight. This is a tough category because there were only a few titles in the group in my opinion that could take home the Academy Award Sunday night and although I believe Brooklyn should be the one, I think The Revenant will prevail. Brooklyn in my opinion had so much heart and beauty soaked into it, and Saiorse Ronan was truly fantastic in her role. But, after all the awards and praise The Revenant has gotten over the past several months it would almost be an upset if it doesn’t win. But, no one knows what will happen as the awards are unpredictable and at a live show, anything could happen.