Friday, February 26, 2016

Oscar Predictions - Part Five

   It's that time. The final day of predictions. Part Four handled some major categories, but today gets down to the big races and the biggest prize of the entire night. There is no telling what will happen come Sunday night but one thing is certain; it'll be a great night for Hollywood. So finally, here my final predictions, Part Five: 

Best Supporting Actress

Favorite: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
   I’m not going to say it completely, but I think the Academy may be on their way to finding a new darling. If 2015 is anything to go by, Alicia Vikander will have a tremendous career. Not only did she earn a nomination for The Danish Girl but she could’ve very easily have earned one for Ex Machina as well.

Who I Want to See Win: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
   Maybe it’s not just the Academy who has found someone new to love, but maybe it’s me instead. Regardless of that fact there is no denying Alicia Vikander deserved to be nominated but maybe not for The Danish Girl but Ex Machina instead. Yes I’m cheating here but I can’t stress how good Ex Machina really is.

Prediction: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
   The competition will end up being tight between Vikander and Kate Winslet, but in the end Alicia Vikander will win her first Oscar.

Best Supporting Actor

Favorite: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
   In perhaps the best story of the year, Sylvester Stallone receives only his second nomination and it’s for the same character as before. Rocky, a classic character at this point was and is the champ and Sunday night will be no different.

Who I Want to See Win: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
   Everyone is in Stallone’s corner for this award and Rylance’s performance is being severely overshadowed. In arguably the best part of Bridge of Spies, Rylance delivers an exceptional performance as the captured the Soviet spy. He could pull the upset but it’ll be tough.

Prediction: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
   If Stallone doesn’t throw his fists in his air while the Rocky theme plays when ascending the stairs I will be severely disappointed.

Best Actress

Favorite: Brie Larson, Room
   In perhaps my favorite ‘favorite’ of the night, Brie Larson potentially steps into stardom with her performance in Room. It’s about time she receives a nomination too after being snubbed for the superb Short Term 12.

Who I Want to See Win: Brie Larson, Room
   See above.

Prediction: Brie Larson, Room
   See above this. And then see above that. Brie Larson appears to be one of the few locks through the course of this award show.

Best Actor

Favorite: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
   Everyone has basically given the award to Leo for his admittedly fantastic performance in The Revenant. But as everyone knows Oscars tend to elude the veteran actor. The odds of him winning are extremely high but not a guarantee.

Who I Want to See Win: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
   Personally Michael Fassbender delivered a much better performance than DiCaprio. I know that’s not a popular opinion but when you have Sorkin’s dialogue backing you; you’re bound to stick out in my book. Fassbender brought the genius everyone knew to a degree and brought every emotion needed to make it truly great.

Prediction: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
   Ultimately there is a reason Leonardo DiCaprio is the favorite. The Academy might as well have this in the promos at this point. The pressure to give Leo an Oscar from casual fans and even enormous film fans is starting to build and I believe, along with many others, that 2016 is the year those voices are silenced.

Best Picture

Favorite: The Revenant
   In terms of overall work, The Revenant is unmatched. With multiple awards likely at this point in the show, it’s highly likely that Inarritu repeats not only in Best Director but for Best Picture as well.

Who I Want to See Win: Room or Spotlight
   I’m cheating again. But it’s so hard to pick between these two films and which I’d rather see win. The odds of Room winning are unfortunately low, but Spotlight is very much still in the conversation to actually take home the prize.

Prediction: The Revenant
   Despite some competition from Spotlight and The Big Short, The Revenant will bring home the biggest award of the night. With high praise in so many categories it’s no shock that the most decorated film of the year will finish it off with the greatest mark of all; Best Picture.

Final Oscar Tallies:

The Revenant – 5
Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing

Mad Max: Fury Road – 3
Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound Editing

The Big Short – 2
Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing

Room – 1
Best Actress

Creed – 1
Best Supporting Actor

The Danish Girl – 1
Best Supporting Actress

Spotlight – 1
Best Original Screenplay

Inside Out – 1
Best Animated Feature

The Hateful Eight – 1
Best Original Score

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 1
Best Visual Effects

Cinderella – 1
Best Costume Design

The Hunting Ground – 1
Best Original Song

Son of Saul – 1
Best Foreign Language Film

Amy – 1
Best Documentary – Feature

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – 1
Best Documentary – Short Subject

Shok – 1
Best Live Action Short Film

Bear Story – 1
Best Animated Short Film

   So what did you think of my predictions? Is there anything that you disagree with? Share, Comment below, and remember to return to I Am Sam for weekly reviews. 

   Make sure to tune into the Academy Awards on Sunday night at 7 pm on ABC as well. 

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