Never-Too-Early 2016 Oscar Predictions by Aidan McIntyre ’16

This Oscar season is looking to be an intense one. We’ve got David O. Russell, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, and two fantastic Pixar films in the mix. We’ve got performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hardy, and Michael Fassbender on the docket. And we still have five plus months to go until the ceremonies. Nevertheless, I have started my predictions a bit too early because, hey, I love the Oscars! So without further ado, the FIRST DRAFT OF THE 2016 EDSMAN OSCAR PREDICTIONS IS:

BEST PICTURE

The Nominees:

Black Mass

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Danish Girl

The Hateful Eight

Inside Out

Joy

Mad Max Fury Road

The Revenant

Steve Jobs

The Winner: Joy

Call me crazy, but I think that the Academy will use up all ten slots this year and that summer critical hits Inside Out and Mad Max Fury Road will get their due recognition. David O. Russell films have a history of being nominated and not winning at the Academy Awards (American Hustle went 0-for-10 two years ago) which is why I think Joy will take home the gold this year. At least for now.

BEST DIRECTOR

The Nominees:

Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Todd Haynes, Carol

George Miller, Mad Max Fury Road

David O. Russell, Joy

Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

The Winner: David O. Russell, Joy

That’s right, I gave George Miller a nod here. I don’t know, I just think the Academy will particularly appreciate Mad Max Fury Road, at least I did. Russell takes home this category, though, as Best Director typically follows suit with Best Picture.

BEST ACTOR

The Nominees:

Michael Caine, Youth

Johnny Depp, Black Mass

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

The Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Mark my words: THIS IS LEO’S YEAR. This is it. Regardless of how fantastic the performance is (it looks like it will be pretty damn good), the Academy will give him this Oscar because he’s extremely long overdue and the audience wants it so bad.

BEST ACTRESS

The Nominees:

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Carey Mulligan, Suffragette

Lily Tomlin, Grandma

The Winner: Cate Blanchett, Carol

Jennifer Lawrence will give her a run for her money, but I’m predicting Cate Blanchett taking home her third Academy Award this year.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

The Nominees:

Paul Dano, Love and Mercy

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Samuel L. Jackson, The Hateful Eight

Michael Keaton, Spotlight

The Winner: Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Tom Hardy is an up-and-comer in the industry and his first Oscar nomination could very well be his first Oscar win. A lot of it depends on how badass Samuel L. Jackson’s performance in The Hateful Eight is though.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

The Nominees:

Jane Fonda, Youth

Rooney Mara, Carol

Ellen Page, Freeheld

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

The Winner: Rooney Mara, Carol

Mara’s performance looks great from the trailer and will be accentuated alongside Blanchett. She’s a reasonable bet to take this one home, unless Alicia Vikander has something to say about it.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Nominees:

Bridge of Spies

The Hateful Eight

Inside Out

Joy

Son of Saul

The Winner: The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino is a damn good screenwriter and the Academy likes to reward him this category (see Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained).

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Nominees:

Black Mass

Carol

The Danish Girl

The Revenant

Steve Jobs

The Winner: The Danish Girl

This emotional tale of the transgender experience will sway Academy voters in my opinion.

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