Here are my picks for the 2016 Oscars.
Some are my personal preferences, and on some I will say who I think will win vs. who should. Enjoy!
PS. I’ve left out categories that I just don’t know enough about to pick from.
Picture – Spotlight — As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I think Spotlight is one of the stronger movies made in years. Unfortunately I think that just like the movie ignored the largest topic at hand, the Oscars will ignore this movie. Look for a win for The Revenant, and the upset likely from Mad Max.
Actor – Matt Damon, The Martian — Matt Damon had the smarts to get him home from Mars, and the role to land the Oscar. Oh, and yeah, I’ve gone there, Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) has never won an Oscar, and while he is heavily favored by most, I just don’t think this is the movie that’ll do it…but don’t worry, I’m usually wrong.
Actress – Brie Larson, Room — Brie Larson has slowly but surely been becoming one of my favorite actress, in The Gambler and now Room. While I would love a win for J-Law (Joy) I think she’s a long shot, with the upset factor being Cate Blanchett (Carol).
Supporting Actor – Christian Bale, The Big Short — One of the toughest categories for me to choose from, Bale was superb in The Big Short, and would be handed my award. But the Academy is likely to go with fan favorite Sylvester Stallone (Creed), but expect large resistance from Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) and Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight).
Supporting Actress – Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl — I loved her in Ex Machina, and this role will land Alicia the Oscar. The win should go to her, or more likely Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs). Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) just didn’t pack enough of a punch to move up this list, and Rooney Mara (Carol) didn’t bring her Lisbeth spark to this role.
Animated Feature – Inside Out — This movie won at the Critics Choice Awards as well as The Golden Globes. It’ll win here again.