#366days366posts – Day 54 – Predicting the Oscar winners

With only a few days to go before the Oscar winners are announced, let me get back to the prediction game. Readers of this blog will recall that I had a decent success rate predicting the nominees for the awards. I had promised a piece on predicting the winners as well. This piece is a fulfillment of that promise. The categories of prediction are the same as before and the predicted winner is highlighted in bold in each of the categories. Come Sunday, 28 February night (early Monday 29 February morning in India), we will know how we stand on this prediction. Hope I’m luckier this time!

Best Picture
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Director
Adam McKay (The Big Short)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Alejandro Inarritu (The Revenant)
Lenny Abrahamson (Room)
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

Best Actor
Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)
Matt Damon (The Martian)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Brie Larson (Room)
Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
Charlotte Rampling (45 years)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

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)

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)

Best Original Screenplay
Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen (Bridge of Spies)
Alex Garland (Ex Machina)
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley (Inside Out)
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer (Spotlight)
Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus (Straight Outta Compton)

Best Visual Effects
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian

Here’s some interesting tidbits concerning this year’s awards:

♣ This is the second consecutive year that a film from Alejandro Inarritu is running for the Oscars. Birdman won Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Original Screenplay Oscars last year.

♣ If Eddie Redmayne covets the Oscar again this year, it will be the first time since Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, 1993 & Forrest Gump, 1994) that an actor would win back-to-back Oscars.

♣ Our very own Priyanka Chopra is one of the award presenters this time. It is not yet clear the category of award she will be presenting.



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