By Christian DiMartino
The Oscars are on Sunday, as you know. So here are my final predictions, and a few preferences. (Note: Categories like “Best Short Film” will not be mentioned, because I do not care).
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short
Will Win: The Big Short– With the exception of the Golden Globes, this film has been pretty triumphant. The dialogue comes at you, fast and furious, and it’s always sharp. I find it strange that the guy who made Anchorman is about to win an Oscar, but so be it.
Should Win: None of the above, because Steve Jobs was obviously the Best Adapted Screenplay.
Best Original Screenplay
Bridge of Spies
Straight Outta Compton
Will Win: Spotlight- Once considered a Best Picture frontrunner, Spotlight is at least a Best Original Screenplay frontrunner. It recently picked up the WGA award for Best Original Screenplay, so count on this one.
Should Win: Spotlight– I would also use ” none of the above” for this one, due to the snubbing of The Hateful Eight, but hey, Spotlight is a great film. There isn’t a false note in this screenplay. Everything rings true, and at times, it hits you where it hurts. Though in terms of originality, I’m going Inside Out. If either of those get it, or Bridge of Spies, I’m cool.
Lenny Abrahamson- Room
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu- The Revenant
Tom McCarthy- Sptolight
Adam McKay- The Big Short
George Miller- Mad Max: Fury Road
Will Win: Inarritu- He’s won pretty much every directing award, including the DGA, which is a big deal apparently. So, my money is on him.
Should Win: Inarritu- It’s odd that he just won last year for Birdman, but why should that matter? If you deserve an Oscar, you deserve an Oscar, and this is easily one of the biggest filmmaking accomplishments of the year. Call it a done deal.
Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale- The Big Short
Tom Hardy- The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo- Spotlight
Mark Rylance- Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone- Creed
Will Win: Stallone- The last time Stallone was nominated for an Oscar was Rocky, so in an act of poetic justice so beautiful Kendrick Lamar might chime in, Stallone is up for it again, and for the same role. It’s almost too perfect. Though he wasn’t nominated for the BAFTA or SAG award, I don’t see him losing.
Should Win: Stallone- Again, it’s almost too perfect. But that’s not the only reason why. I truly think his performance is a home run. It’s a different approach to a character we’ve loved all these years, and those who say that Stallone can’t act can blow it out their ass. Rocky, you have my vote.
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh- The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara- Carol
Rachel McAdams- Spotlight
Alicia Vikander- The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet- Steve Jobs
Will Win: Vikander- It’s pretty much down between Vikander and Winslet, but Vikander will probably triumph in the end. She is the best part of that movie.
Should Win: Winslet- To be honest, I probably wouldn’t complain if any of these ladies won, because I love them all, and they all kicked ass in their roles. But yet the thought of Winslet having two Oscars just sounds right to me. Plus, she pretty much matches her co-star, Michael Fassbender. Lastly, since Steve Jobs has been pretty much screwed over, I feel like this would only be fair.
Bryan Cranston- Trumbo
Matt Damon- The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio- The Revenant
Michael Fassbender- Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne- The Danish Girl
Will Win: DiCaprio- Nothing’s gonna stop him now. He’s been around a long time, he’s been snubbed out the ass, his performance is incredibly impressive, and he’s won pretty much every award he’s been up for. It’s time.
Should Win: DiCaprio- Ah, the year’s two best performances in one category. Fassbender for Steve Jobs had my vote about five minutes in. But I gotta go with Leo DiCap. Not only because it’s time, but because this movie looked like hell to make. He suffered for his art. I’ve always said the reason why he didn’t have one is because he never tortures himself. Well, ask and you shall receive.
Care Blanchett- Carol
Brie Larson- Room
Jennifer Lawrence- Joy
Charlotte Rampling- 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan- Brooklyn
Will Win: Larson
Larson has dominated this race from the beginning. So yeah, she’s got this one.
Should Win: Larson
Not only has she dominated the race, but she also dominated Room, along with her brilliant co-star, Jacob Tremblay. Her performance in this film is also one of the year’s best, and it’s one that, like the film itself, isn’t easy to shakeoff.
The Big Short The Martian
Bridge of Spies The Revenant
Mad Max: Fury Road Spotlight
Will Win: The Revenant
Ooh, this is a tricky one… Or is it? Maybe we’re overthinking it. The Revenant has cleaned up a lot of the top awards, so it sounds right. But yet I can see them pulling a fast one and giving it to something else. If anything will keep it from being champion, it will be The Big Short (which I don’t support) or Spotlight (which I do support). For now, I’m saying The Revenant. Let’s see what wins Best Editing. Then we’ll know.
Should Win: The Revenant
If you ask me, the best piece of filmmaking all year. This movie made me wanna go out and kick someone’s ass. If that’s not power, what is?
The Other Categories
Best Editing: This is a big one. If Mad Max: Fury Road wins (which I think it will), then The Revenant should be in line to take the top prize. But if something like The Big Short or Spotlight grabs it, then there could be a big turnaround.
Best Score: Ennio Morricone will win for The Hateful Eight. Its only fair people.
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki has won two years in a row… And will win again for his brilliant, beautiful work on The Revenant.
Best Sound Editing/ Mixing: I can’t see this going to anything besides The Revenant or Mad Max: Fury Road. But they could pull a fast one and give it to Star Wars. Or who knows, maybe there will be a tie (it’s happened).
Best Visual Effects: I’m going with Mad Max: Fury Road, but a lot of signs seem to be pointing Star Wars. I’m still sticking with Mad Max though, because typically, if a Best Picture nominee is nominated in this category, it usually wins. This year, we have three. I don’t know. This is one of those years where even the technical categories are difficult to pinpoint.
Best Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road… I believe they designed those cars. Say no more.
Best Make-Up: Again, Mad Max: Fury Road.
Best Costume Design: I don’t want to say Mad Max: Fury Road, mostly because I feel like even I could’ve designed those costumes. But it seems to be a frontrunner. They should really give it to Carol though, because that movie got screwed over, despite its 6 nominations.
Best Animated Feature: Inside Out should be up for Best Picture, so they should give it to it. But if they throw it toward the equally fantastic Anomalisa, I won’t complain.
Best Original Song: I really liked Spectre, but Sam Smith’s opening song, set to this weird tentacle porn, sucked. Sorry. Actually, Smith himself blows. He thinks he’s Adele, but Adele has actual, um (cough cough) talent. So, I hope someone with “actual talent” wins… like Lady Gaga. I haven’t heard the song, or seen the movie, but she coo, and she co-wrote the song with Diane Warren (“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”), so I’m pulling for that one.
Okay, that’s it. Get out.