Well, it’s that time of the year again: it’s Oscar time! And what a year! The #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the boycott, the will-he-won’t-he-win-the-Oscar Leo controversy and here we are again, guessing who will win and who will lose, when we all know how it’s going to go down…. Face it guys: these awards are more or less pre-decided... It would be nice to see a variety of nominations, an open-mindedness on the winner selection, but unfortunately this is not how the Film industry works. The issue is not the Academy; it’s Hollywood and how it imposes certain selected artists (Jennifer Lawrence ringing any bells?), without giving chances to the rest to shine.
Not to bring you down now, the Oscars are a spectacle, a fun show to watch, so once again, let’s see what are my predictions for this year, along with my wish list:
Who will win: The Revenant
Who I would want to see winning: Well, for sure I loved The Revenant and I will be more than happy to see Iñárritu win the Oscar, but come on: how awesome would it be to to see Mad Max win Best Picture?
Actor in a Leading Role
Who will win: Leonardo DiCaprio for the Revenant
Who I would want to see winning: Leonardo DiCaprio for the Revenant (You’ve seen my post on The Revenant – do I need to say more?)
Actress in a Leading Role:
Who will win: Brie Larson for Room
Who I would want to see winning: Brie Larson for Room (I have a soft spot for her after Scott Pilgrim; plus she was amazing in the Room)
Actor in a Supporting Role
Who will win: Sylvester Stallone for Creed
Who I would want to see winning: Tom Hardy for The Revenant (Anyone but Stallone and why not Hardy? He was such a great villain in The Revenant!)
Actress in a Supporting Role
Who will win: I am 90% sure that Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs will win, but I leave a 10% for Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight, in case the Academy want to redeem themselves for this year by awarding a more controversial role
Who I would want to see winning: To be honest I don’t have a particular favorite here, so I would go with the craziest out of the 5, Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight
Who will win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu for the Revenant
Who I would want to see winning: Alejandro G. Iñárritu for the Revenant
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Who will win: The Big Short
Who I would want to see winning: Room
Writing (Original Screenplay)
Who will win: Spotlight
Who I would want to see winning: Straight Outta Compton
You may see here the full list of the nominees http://oscar.go.com/nominees
Regarless of whether Leo wins, the Academy will overcome the controversy issues, the actors will boycott the awards, be sure to enjoy the ceremony and have fun! After all, it's only an award show!
Ever since I first set foot on a cinema theatre, I knew that something magical was happening there....