Friday 26 February 2016

Everything else about the Oscars 2016: Complete Predictions

This post is a followup to Oscar 2016 Predictions: Best Picture. I had been meaning to do a detailed analysis of some of the major categories, but I feel like falling short of time here. And so, this post is a look at the different nominations for various categories and my predictions for the Academy Award. For some of them, I am going to talk about my prediction while for others, just the name would suffice. Others, which I do not have the requisite knowledge/exposure about, I leave to other Cinephiles out there to decide. Here it goes-


Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

This prediction has reasons not based on facts but on the feeling. I understand that Alejandro G. Iñárritu's genius in the strictest sense of film-making is unparalleled, both last year and this year. But my heart goes out for George Miller and what he was able to produce at the age of 70. If you really think about it, Miller's practical action sequences and the effort that he really put into each shot is something more deserving than Iñárritu's alluring and baitful frames in 'The Revenant'. I loved Iñárritu's work in Birdman but Miller this time, is the better bet for me. Then there is Lenny Abrahamson, who made a world out of a room and whom we would love to see more of in the future; there is Adam Mckay who has although handled an intelligent movie with cautious care but stands a bit behind when the other Titans come into play. Spotlight for me wins the best film but when it comes to populist opinion and a straight popular vote, Tom McCarthy doesn't look like winning it.

Predicted Winner: George Miller



Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

The minute I saw the trailer for 'The Revenant', it hit me that Leo would get his Oscar this time. I'm sure others felt the same, even those who actually voted for the Oscars. The last time Leo made it here, he couldn't touch the story of Matthew Mcconaughey who came in as the 'comeback-kid' of Hollywood (and lets face it, was the better actor that year). It's the same story that is going to win Leo the Oscar this time. The only difference is that Mcconaughey won it for the better role and Leo will win it for playing Leo. DiCaprio has the story of 'give this man an Oscar' behind him but actually, if you really look at The Revenant, he has fewer frames and a smaller role. The movie is ABOUT his character but not AROUND it. I liked Fassbender more but then again he was playing a douchebag so why not? But something tells me, that if some of those voters, after watching the movies felt the way I did here and were okay with making Leo wait yet again, Matt Damon will grab the Oscar and run away as fast as he can.

Predicted Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio (But Matt Damon should win)



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

This was an year of better movies from the Leading Lady department and confessing something here, I should have put this category above the Actor one. Two performances stand out here. I am not saying the rest are not deserving but that they don't stand a chance. Cate Blanchett's Carol and Brie Larson's 'Maa' show how female lead roles can be as meaningful as male and here, even more so. It's a tough one to choose between the two here. While the voters may have in mind the status of Blanchett as a terrific actress, they can go for Brie Larson's story of having risen from almost nowhere to glory. But if you ask whom I would give an Oscar, my choice would be Blanchett.

Predicted Winner: Cate Blanchett



Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

There is some stiff competition here except for Ruffalo maybe. All others performances are unique in their own ways and I even believe Tom Hardy's role to be equal to, if not more than, Leonardo's in 'The Revenant'. But Mark Rylance's character stands out here as someone who actually got us to care for him and who, in a way , carries the movie like a true soldier. He is pretty much the best thing about 'Bridge of Spies' and it would be a shame for him to not win an Oscar for it.

Predicted Winner: Mark Rylance


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

If it were to me, I would give it to Rooney Mara. But that's not going to happen here. Maybe it shouldn't. The real competition lies here between Kate Winslet and Alicia Vikander. Although, I feel Kate's performance was better in spite of an ordinary character and a shoddy movie, Alicia Vikander looks like the one who would win it here.

Predicted Winner: Alicia Vikander



Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Predicted Winner: Inside Out (Sure-shot)


Carol, Edward Lachman
The Hateful Eight, Robert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury Road, John Seale
The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario, Roger Deakins

Predicted Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki


The Big Short, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Brooklyn, Nick Hornby
Carol, Phyllis Nagy
The Martian, Drew Goddard
Room, Emma Donaghue

Predicted Winner: The Big Short, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Ex Machina, Alex Garland
Inside Out, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; story by Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
Spotlight, Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
Straight Outta Compton, Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Berloff

Predicted Winner: Spotlight, Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy


The Big Short, Hank Corwin
Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione
Spotlight, Tom McArdle
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Predicted Winner: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey


Bridge of Spies, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Heinrich
The Danish Girl, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
Mad Max: Fury Road, Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
The Martian, Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
The Revenant, Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration, Hamish Purdy

Predicted Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road, Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson


Carol, Sandy Powell
Cinderella, Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl, Paco Delgado
Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beaven
The Revenant, Jacqueline West

Predicted Winner: Carol, Sandy Powell


Bridge of Spies, Thomas Newman
Carol, Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
Sicario, Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams

Predicted Winner: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams


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

Predicted Winner: Star Wars: The Force Awakens


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

Predicted Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road


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

Predicted Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road


Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
The Revenant, Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Predicted Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin


Foreign Language Film

Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
Mustang (France)
Son of Saul (Hungary)
Theeb (Jordan)
A War (Denmark)

Documentary Feature

Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

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

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

Live Action Short Subject

Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay

Animated Short Film

Bear Story
Sanjay's Super Team
We Can't Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

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