The most prestigious day in Hollywood is fast approaching, with the 88th annual Academy Awards taking place Sunday, February 28. As the awards season dies down, there’s been a lot brought to light regarding the frontrunners, potential spoilers, and Oscar hopefuls based on many of the other awards programs that have already taken place. Based on the winners from the Golden Globes, SAGs, other awards shows, and weighing this with our own cinematic opinions, we’ve compiled our 2016 Oscars predictions for the five main categories.
Best Picture: The Revenant
This category is really a two-movie race between our projected winner and The Big Short, which is actually making a nice late push. It would be wise to keep an eye on Spotlight too. While we certainly wouldn’t be surprised if The Big Short or Spotlight took home this category, we just think 2016 will be The Revenant’s year to shine. Speaking of The Revenant…
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
This is about as set in stone as you can get with the Oscars this year. Yes, it’s DiCaprio’s time. And while his performance in The Revenant may not be as great as his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, for instance, his ability to step outside of his comfort zone with the role (not to mention the physical challenges endured during the shoot) finally will earn him his first Oscar. He’s come a long way since Jack Dawson.
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan
In a difficult category to predict, it’s not difficult to see what a marvelous acting job the young 21-year-old Saoirse Ronan did portraying an Irish immigrant in a strange new environment in the film Brooklyn. Brie Larson is thought to be the other one to watch for with her performance in Room.
photo credit: Amy Sussman
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Rylance
Believe it or not, Sylvester Stallone is considered to be the frontrunner in this category right now for his comeback performance in Creed. We just can’t see the Academy going for it though, especially when there were so many other better, non-reprised performances turned in. That’s why we find it hard to believe that Mark Rylance won’t take home Oscar gold for his terrific portrayal of a Russian spy in Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. The Academy loved Christoph Waltz in a similar witty, charismatic role in Django Unchained back in 2013.
photo credit: Drew Wiedemann
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Rooney Mara
Another tough category to call, but we have to give the nod to Rooney Mara here for her role in Carol. Mara’s role is one of great magnitude and she does a great job throughout the movie coming to terms with her situation to decide who it is that she loves.
Who are your Oscar picks? Do they match ours? Tune in to the awards show on February 28 and check back to see who got it right and who got it wrong.