Cayle’s 2017 Oscar Predictions

Hey, this is Cayle and here are my quick Oscar predictions. These are for the main categories only. Sorry if I didn’t get into detail about my picks but I’m pressed for time. If you read it, that’s great. If you didn’t…that’s also great too. Thanks!

BEST PICTURE: La La Land

BEST DIRECTOR: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

BEST ACTOR: Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

BEST ACTRESS: Emma Stone, “La La Land”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Viola Davis, “Fences”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: “La La Land”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: “Arrival”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: “Zootopia”

Oscar Predictions

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.

Regarding the Lafayette Shooting

As some of you may know, there was a shooting yesterday at the Grand 16 theater in Lafayette, Louisiana during a 7:30 screening of “Trainweck”. Unfortunately, two innocent moviegoers were killed in this heinous act. This was three days after the three-year anniversary of the Aurora theater shooting in which James Eagan Holmes killed twelve innocent people during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises”. My heart goes out to the victims of this tragedy.