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Oscar Preview 2016

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The biggest and most boring movie award program is upon us. You can experience the Oscars this Sunday, February 28. The main story this year is not the actors or the movies. The heat and hype is intense as the academy is under fire for not nominating any people of color among the acting nominees for the second year in a row. The academy claims to be aware of this trend and they are putting a plan together to create a more diverse group in the future.

I’m sure there will be plenty of banter about this issue during the broadcast and host Chris Rock will certainly make mention during his introduction. With my membership to the Broadcast Film Critics Association I spend the end of the year watching all of the award consideration screeners sent out by the studios. In my fifteen years of voting there has never been a time where I voted for a person for any other reason than the performance. This is a complicated issue and there are many places to point at for blame. I won’t begin to suggest I have the answers as to how they can solve it with this Oscar preview. The casting of major films and the selection of movies and actors that are pushed at voters for award consideration is an area that should be looked at first.

With that out of the way, let’s look at the major categories and I will offer up my predictions as to who the winners will be. This years crop of movies and actors are not the strongest. Several of the categories feel like it could go to any of the nominees. You could say that is because they are all so good, or another way of looking at it would be to say none of them really stood out. Either way, the show will go on, enjoy.

Dave Grohl will be making a mystery appearance and that has to be awesome…so there is hope!

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

WINNER: LEONARDO DICAPRIO

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

CHRISTIAN BALE – The Big Short
TOM HARDY – The Revenant
MARK RUFFALO – Spotlight
MARK RELIANCE – Bridge of Spies
SYLVESTER STALLONE – Creed

WINNER: SYLVESTOR STALLONE

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

CATE BLANCHETT – Carol
BRIE LARSON – Room
JENNIFER LAWRENCE – Joy
CHARLOTTE RAMPLING – 45 Years
SAOIRSE RONAN – Brooklyn

WINNER: BRIE LARSON

 

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

WINNER: KATE WINSLET

 

BEST PICTURE

THE BIG SHORT
BRIDGE OF SPIES
BROOKLYN
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
THE MARTIAN
THE REVENANT
ROOM
SPOTLIGHT

WINNER: THE REVENANT

 

DIRECTING

THE BIG SHORT – Adam McKay
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – George Miller
THE REVENANT – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
ROOM – Lenny Abrahamson
SPOTLIGHT – Tom McCarthy

WINNER: ALEJANDRO

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