February 27, 2016

2016 Oscar Predictions.

The Oscars are tomorrow night. That means it is time for another round of Hollywood backslapping. Funny thing is, I still kind of enjoy watching the show It can be silly, stupid, boring, and yes, even exciting. Over the years I have seen my tastes go from being pretty in line with those films that get nominated to being quite a bit different. It is to the point that if a movie I legitimately love gets nominated, I get quite happy. In any case, I thought I would give a quick rundown of my guesses and predictions, if any of you actually care. So, anyone interested?

This is just a quick rundown, I am well past the era of analyzing everything. I did that a few times, but why bother? All I really want to do is give some quick thoughts.

Best Picture: I feel fairly confident that The Revenant is going to win this one, even though I don’t want it to. The movie I want to win is Mad Max: Fury Road, which was my favorite movie for 2015. If I was going to toss in a movie that should have been nominated, I would add The Hateful Eight.

Actor in a Lead Role: This is probably finally going to be Leonardo Dicaprio’s year. So, I will go with him to win, even if I don’t think it was a great performance. If I was to pick from the nominees, I would go with Bryan Cranston for his strong work in Trumbo. If I were to add anyone to the mix, it would be Michael B. Jordan for Creed, or maybe Kevin Bacon in Cop Car.

Actress in a Lead Role: This will be going to Brie Larson, as my pick to win and who I would like to see win. Her performance in Room was excellent and worth rewarding. Now, If I was to add someone, it would definitely be Charlize Theron for Mad Max: Fury Road, she was excellent in that film.

Supporting Actor: I think this will be going to Sylvester Stallone, and I would not have a problem with that. His return as Rocky was fantastic. Although, I would not have a problem if either Tom Hardy or Mark Ruffalo provide an upset, both provided very strong work. I would also have considered Tom Hardy for Mad Max: Fury Road.

Supporting Actress: Momentum looks to be on Kate Winslet’s side. However, if I were giving the award out, it would be going to Jennifer Jason Leigh for her great turn in Hateful Eight. I would also have liked to have seen Alicia Vikander nominated for Ex Machina.

Animated Feature: I have to go with Inside Out for all reasons, the movie was flat out amazing. Granted, I haven’t seen all of them and do look forward to seeing Anomalisa.

Cinematography: I am going to say The Revenant is going to win, but my heart is with Mad Max: Fury Road for the upset.

Costume Design: I am going to take a stab here and say The Danish Girl will win, although my heart still belongs to Mad Max: Fury Road. As for who I would add? Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Hateful Eight.

Directing: This will again, go to Alejandro G. Inarritu for The Revenant. And, again, if I had my way, it would go to George Miller for, you guessed it, Mad Max: Fury Road. Missing from the category, in my eyes, is Quentin Tarantino for Hateful Eight.

Documentary Feature: Unfortunately, I have not seen any of these. So, for a guess, I am going to go with The Look of Silence for the win.

Documentary Short Subject: Again, I have not seen any of these, so I am going to guess with A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.

Film Editing: Hmmm, my gut says The Revenant, as I think it is going to have a big night. Although, I would like to see it help Mad Max: Fury Road to a big night. Still, I would not be disappointed if Star Wars: The Force Awakens steps in for the win.

Foreign Language Film: Not seeing any of these helps to point out some of my limited opportunity to see some films. I will place a guess with Embrace of the Serpent for the win because I like the title.

Makeup and Hairstyling: Another one that will likely be The Revenant, but I would like to see go to Mad Max: Fury Road.

Music, Original Score: This may be the easiest one of the night. Ennio Morricone’s masterful work for Hateful Eight. I would like it if It Follows and Mad Max: Fury Road (yes, I love the movie) were nominated.

Music, Original Song: I have to go with “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre. I dug the song and thought the opening sequence was pretty fantastic.

Production Design: Here is a tricky one… One hand says go with the likely big winner of the night, The Revenant. However, I think The Martian might squeeze out some love here, so I am going with that.

Short Film, Animated: I am going with World of Tomorrow. Haven’t seen it, but I like Don Hertzfeldt.

Short Film, Live Action: No idea, going to say Day One.

Sound Editing: I think this is a lock for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Sound Mixing: I hope this one also goes to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Visual Effects: I would sort of like to think Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to run roughshod over the tech awards.

Writing, Adapted Screenplay: There are some good screenplay’s nominated here. My vote goes to Room, there is some very good writing there.

Writing, Original Screenplay: I think Spotlight has the momentum here and is deserving of the win, although I would not be disappointed if Inside Out or Ex Machina.

That about wraps it up. Soon enough we will see just how bad I am at this!

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