Best Picture: The Revenant
As of this writing, I have watched every “Best Picture” nominee except for “Brooklyn” and “Room”. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s previous film “Birdman” was a left-field “Best Picture” winner considering that Boyhood was the favorite to win. Speaking of lightning striking twice…
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Revenant”
Just like the example above, Iñárritu’s win for “Birdman” was a welcome surprise. If you had told me that Iñárritu would win “Best Director” last year, I would have thought you were crazy considering the fact it’s a post-modern film that takes a lot of artistic liberties. This time around, Iñárritu might win for a second time.
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
This might be Leo’s year. The only competition that he has this year is Matt Damon in “The Martian”. As much as I love “The Martian”, I have a feeling that the Oscar voters will go with Leo (and for good reason too).
Best Actress: Brie Larson, “Room”
I haven’t watched “Room” yet so I could not judge her performance fairly. I went with Larson because she’s the favorite to win.
Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
Just like the example above, I haven’t watched “Creed” either so I can’t really judge. Mark Rylance was my previous favorite to win in this particular category but I’ve changed my mind since Stallone is the favorite to win.
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
Once again, I haven’t watched “Steve Jobs” so I can’t judge Winslet’s performance fairly. I would have gone with either Jennifer Jason Leigh or Rachel McAdams but I’m going with Winslet since she’s the current favorite to win.
Best Original Screenplay: “Spotlight”
As much as I loved “Inside Out”, I’m going with “Spotlight” since it’s more likely to win since the Academy loves engaging dramas.
Best Adapted Screenplay: “The Martian”
This is a toss-up between “The Martian” and “The Big Short” but I’m going with the former. That’s film screenwriting is just as massive as its direction by Ridley Scott.
Best Animated Feature Film: “Inside Out”
If the Academy loves one thing, it’s the comeback kid. Since “Inside Out” was the ultimate comeback story of 2015, it has a great chance of winning this category.