Final Oscar Predictions, 2016

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All righty, it is now officially Oscar weekend, and I’m pretty darn excited. I shall now reveal my predictions on what will more than likely win and what deserves to win, in all 24 categories.

Two years ago, I only got 2 or 3 categories wrong, but last year I missed about 5 or 6 categories. Fingers crossed for a perfect 24/24 this year.

I’ve known some people to use my predictions to choose one final movie to run out and see before Oscar Sunday (or rent on demand, in some cases). I’ve also known people to follow my predictions during the Oscars to see how accurate they are. And again, I’m hoping my predictions are 100% accurate this year.

Anyway, without further ado, here are my predictions for the 88th Academy Awards. Titles in bold have been reviewed.

UPDATE: I correctly predicted 17/24 categories accurately.  I’ve added the winners to each category.

BEST PICTURE

“The Big Short”
“Bridge of Spies”
“Brooklyn”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Room”
“Spotlight”

WILL WIN: “The Revenant”
POSSIBLE UPSET: “The Big Short”
SHOULD WIN: “Spotlight”

WON: “Spotlight”

DIRECTOR

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

WILL WIN: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, “The Revenant”
POSSIBLE UPSET: George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
SHOULD WIN: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

WON: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

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

WILL WIN: Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
POSSIBLE UPSET: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
SHOULD WIN: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

WON: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

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

WILL WIN: Brie Larson, “Room”
POSSIBLE UPSET: Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
SHOULD WIN: Brie Larson, “Room”

WON: Brie Larson, “Room”

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

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

WILL WIN: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
POSSIBLE UPSET: none
SHOULD WIN: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

WON: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

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

WILL WIN: Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
POSSIBLE UPSET: Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
SHOULD WIN: Rooney Mara, “Carol”

WON: Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Bridge of Spies”
“Ex Machina”
“Inside Out”
“Spotlight”
“Straight Outta Compton”

WILL WIN: “Spotlight”
POSSIBLE UPSET: “Inside Out”
SHOULD WIN: “Spotlight”

WON: “Spotlight”

ANIMATED FEATURE

“Anomalisa”
“Boy & the World”
“Inside Out”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“When Marnie Was There”

WILL WIN: “Inside Out”
POSSIBLE UPSET: none
SHOULD WIN: “Inside Out”

WON: “Inside Out”

FILM EDITING

“The Big Short”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”
“Spotlight”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

WILL WIN: “Mad Max: Fury Road”
POSSIBLE UPSET: “The Revenant”
SHOULD WIN: “The Revenant”

WON: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

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”

WILL WIN: “Body Team 12”

WON: “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“The Big Short”
“Brooklyn”
“Carol”
“The Martian”
“Room”

WILL WIN: “The Big Short”
POSSIBLE UPSET: none
SHOULD WIN: “The Big Short”

WON: “The Big Short”

SOUND EDITING

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

WILL WIN: “Mad Max: Fury Road”
POSSIBLE UPSET: “The Revenant”
SHOULD WIN: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

WON: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

SHORT FILM, ANIMATED

“Bear Story”
“Prologue”
“Sanjay’s Super Team”
“We Can’t Live without Cosmos”
“World of Tomorrow”

WILL WIN: “Sanjay’s Super Team”

WON: “Bear Story”

ORIGINAL SCORE

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

WILL WIN: “The Hateful Eight”
POSSIBLE UPSET: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
SHOULD WIN: “The Hateful Eight”

WON: “The Hateful Eight”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“Embrace of the Serpent” (Colombia, in Spanish)
“Mustang” (France, in Turkish)
“Son of Saul” (Hungary, in Hungarian)
“Theeb” (Jordan, in Arabic)
“A War” (Denmark, in Danish)

WILL WIN: “Son of Saul”
POSSIBLE UPSET: “Mustang”
SHOULD WIN: “Son of Saul”

WON: “Son of Saul”

VISUAL EFFECTS

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

WILL WIN: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
POSSIBLE UPSET: “Mad Max: Fury Road”
SHOULD WIN: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

WON: “Ex Machina”

SHORT FILM, LIVE ACTION

“Ave Maria”
“Day One”
“Everything Will Be Okay”
“Shok”
“Stutterer”

WILL WIN: “Ave Maria”

WON: “Stutterer”

ORIGINAL SONG

“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey” (music/lyric by Belly, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville, The Weeknd)
“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction” (music by J. Ralph, lyric by Antony Hegarty)
“Simple Song #3” from “Youth” (music/lyric by David Lang)
“Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground” (music/lyric by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren)
“Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre” (music/lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith)

WILL WIN: “Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground”
POSSIBLE UPSET: “Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre”
SHOULD WIN: “Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”

WON: “Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre”

PRODUCTION DESIGN

“Bridge of Spies”
“The Danish Girl”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”

WILL WIN: “Mad Max: Fury Road”
POSSIBLE UPSET: “The Revenant”
SHOULD WIN: “The Revenant”

WON: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

CINEMATOGRAPHY

“Carol” (Ed Lachman)
“The Hateful Eight” (Robert Richardson)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (John Seale)
“The Revenant” (Emmanuel Lubezki)
“Sicario” (Roger Deakins)

WILL WIN: “The Revenant”
POSSIBLE UPSET: “Mad Max: Fury Road”
SHOULD WIN: “The Revenant”

WON: “The Revenant”

COSTUME DESIGN

“Carol” (Sandy Powell)
“Cinderella” (Sandy Powell)
“The Danish Girl” (Paco Delgado)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (Jenny Beavan)
“The Revenant” (Jacqueline West)

WILL WIN: “Mad Max: Fury Road”
POSSIBLE UPSET: “Cinderella”
SHOULD WIN: “The Revenant”

WON: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

MAKEUP

“The 100-Year-Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”

WILL WIN: “Mad Max: Fury Road”
POSSIBLE UPSET: “The Revenant”
SHOULD WIN: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

WON: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

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

WILL WIN: “Amy”
POSSIBLE UPSET: “The Look of Silence”
SHOULD WIN: “Amy”

WON: “Amy”

SOUND MIXING

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

WILL WIN: “Mad Max: Fury Road”
POSSIBLE UPSET: “The Revenant”
SHOULD WIN: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

WON: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

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