Thursday, February 25, 2016

Final 2015 Oscars Winners Predictions (Part One)

Wow, so, there are only three days until the 88th Academy Awards. For some reason, this entire ceremony just vanished from my radar, but don't you worry, I'm here to deliver some predictions for who's gonna win at the show this Sunday. Just as a heads up, I won't be covering every single category here simply for the sake of brevity.

Let's not waste any time and starts things off with...

Best Adapted Screenplay
This one looks like an easy win for The Big Short, which has gained a surprising amount of momentum in recent weeks as an Oscar heavyweight, though don't count out either Drew Goddard for The Martian and Emma Donoghue for Room. Either one of those two candidates could easily slip into a dark horse victory.

Winner: The Big Short (Adam McKay, Charles Randolph)

Best Original Screenplay
Another Best Picture frontrunner, Spotlight, should take home the gold in this other screenplay category, though this one feels a bit more competitive than its Adapted Screenplay counterpart. I'm not gonna be shocked in the least if either Inside Out or Straight Outta Compton eke out a win here instead of Tom McCarthy's Best Picture nominee.

Winner: Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer)

Best Documentary Feature
There are a number of major contenders here, namely the rave-reviewed motion picture The Look Of Silence, though my gut tells me that Amy is gonna be the one who finds a win here, securing indie film studio A24 its first Oscar winner, and the smae honor goes to director Asif Kapadia.

Winner: Amy (Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees)

Best Animated Feature
Some unexpected nominees can be found in thsi category (namely, When Marnie Was There and Boy & The World) that certainly took many by surprise. However, few will be shocked by which movie ends up winning this award this's obviously Inside Out's for the taking.

Winner: Inside Out (Pete Doctor, Jonas Rivera)

Best Animated Short Film
Here's the first category to crop up in this piece whose winner feels turly up in the air. Typically, it feels like the Oscar voters don't really watch the Animated Short selections and just select whatever short Disney or PIXAR have made that year (because, hey, I recognize that studio!). That doesn't always happen (the 2011 and 2012 ceremonies both snubbed the PIXAR contenders) but two of the last three years have brought out winners from the Disney-owned animation houses, and this year brings Sanjay's Super Team from PIXAR which feels like it could be an easy winner. That being said, Don Hertzfeldt (whose been nominated here before) may take home his first Oscar for World of Tomorrow, which has cultivated a massive amount of buzz. I'm gonna say Hertzfeldt wins this one, though don't be shocked if the PIXAR entry from this year manages to score a victory instead.

Winner: World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt)
Best Supporting Actress
Prior to 2015, Alicia Vikander had only two films under her belt that had received a wide release in the United States of America. Now, she starred in one of the most talked about films of the year (Ex Machina) and is all but certain to win her first Oscar for The Danish Girl. While Kate Winslet garnered a shocker Golden Globe win in this category a month ago for Steve Jobs, that victory hasn't occurred again since then, and the other nominees (Rooney Mara for Carol, Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight and Rachel McAdams for Spotlight) don 't seem to have enough of a traction to gain up on Vikander.

Winner: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Best Supporting Actor
Interestingly, out of the five nominees, it appears the only nominee not also up for Best Picture is also all but assured to take home Best Supporting Actor. Against Mark Rylance (for Bridge of Spies), Christian Bale (for The Big Short), Tom Hardy (for The Revenant) and Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight), Sylvester Stallone in Creed will be the winner here, giving Stallone his first Oscar ever. Could anyone pose a threat here? Maybe Hardy if The Revenant really picks up steam, and fellow Best Picture frontrunner The Big Short might have its reputation lift Bale up to a surprise Oscar win.

Winner: Sylvester Stallone (Creed) 

Come back tomorrow for my final batch of Oscar predictions, including who I think will win Best Picture!

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