So we have finally come to the end of our Oscars Countdown, and with just a day to go, we have all come together to share our predictions for the big night.
Best 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
We think this year will finally be Leo’s year, with his performance as the frontiersman Hugh Glass exceeding his fellow nominees in this very competitive category. Read Owen Currie’s thoughts on Leo’s performance in more detail here.
Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Although Jennifer Lawrence and Cate Blanchett have been deemed the favourites to win this award, we feel Brie Larson’s performance as a mother held captive by her abuser should not be overlooked. As Mabel Mann stated in her review, “Brie Larson is worth every tear drop, spine tingle and goose bump you feel in this film, and I guarantee you will experience all three of these”.
Best 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
Despite Anthony Parker’s review of Bridge of Spies not quite being his cup of tea, Rylance’s performance is undoubtedly worthy of this award, and the sole reason you should watch this film.
Best 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
Vikander’s performance as wife to Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl is one of the most outstanding performances of this year, and one I thoroughly enjoyed watching and reviewing. We would be bitterly disappointed if her incredible talent doesn’t get noticed in this year’s awards.
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Iñárritu’s thrilling and gritty survival/revenge epic is a vision to watch, and has successfully captured the adrenaline, fear and torment of Hugh Glass to everyone who has seen it. His directing has carried this film into an iconic piece of cinema.
Best Original Screenplay:
Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, Bridge of Spies
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley, Inside Out
Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Jonathon Herman and Andrea Berloff, Straight Outta Compton
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short
Nick Hornby, Brooklyn
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Drew Goddard, The Martian
Emma Donoghue, Room
In an incredibly competitive category, this one was a hard one to decide. However, as Anthony Parker had pointed out, the script for The Big Short is superb. Explaining the technicalities of the financial crisis in witty side clips (including Margot Robbie in a bathtub) and with lines made of comedy gold, we decided the uniqueness of this script and genre of film deserves an award.
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
In the highly anticipated category of Best Picture, we have decided to go for one of the most overlooked films in this years nominations, Brooklyn. The most obvious choice would be The Revenant or The Big Short, but Brooklyn is so beautifully filmed, intensely evoking of emotions of homesickness and heartbreak, that it has, undoubtedly, been one of my favourite films I’ve ever watched, and one to look out for as the ‘underdog’ of the awards season. Read my review on this fantastic film here.