Oscars 2016 predictions: Leo or Eddie? Brie or Cate? The Revenant or Spotlight? Our picks and a odds-on favourites

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The world’s many sought-after awards for cinematic feat are once again adult for grabs. The foe this year is tough. Will a spotlight repair itself on Spotlight or The Revenant? Will a day go to a little film about paedophilia, sacrament and good out-of-date inquisitive broadcasting or to a gory, big-budget spectacular about a strife between humans and nature, between settlers and a strange inhabitants of a vast, severe land?

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The answers will come on a night of Sunday, 28 Feb in Los Angeles, that is Monday, 29 February, morning here in India.

The Academy Awards aka a Oscars are given divided by a US’ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences any year. Winners are picked by Academy members’ votes, with a final formula already fibbing cumulative in well-guarded envelopes.

Before their secrets are unwrapped by some of Hollywood’s many glamorous hands (remember, a really possess Priyanka Chopra is a presenter this year), arguments will continue worldwide about who will travel divided with a honours.

Until then, here are my predictions for a 4 most-watched trophies of Oscars 2016:

Best Picture:


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

The Best Picture foe this year appears to be a three-way quarrel between Spotlight, The Big Short and The Revenant.

Spotlight – a ideally paced newsroom play about The Boston Globe’s array of exposés on passionate abuse by Roman Catholic priests in a United States – was an early favourite in this category. The film was even praised by a RC Church whose failings it sought to highlight.

Its toughest initial foe was from The Revenant, a film that is roughly 7 times some-more costly and forever incomparable in terms of spectacle.

However, a waves incited as a film awards deteriorate rolled on, with The Big Short winning a rarely predictive Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award. The Big Short is a comedy drama, an doubtful genre deliberation that a environment is a US financial predicament of 2007-08. Going by certain trends, now this is a film to kick on awards night.

From 1990 compartment date, usually 7 times has a Best Picture Oscar not left to a film that won a year’s PGA Award.

Here is an even some-more convincing statistic: given 2008, a PGA leader has left on to collect a Best Picture statuette each time, with 2014 being an surprising year usually given there was a tie during a PGA between Gravity and 12 Years A Slave. Then too, 12 Years A Slave went on to win a numero uno mark during a Oscars.

Before we consider this means a understanding is hermetic though, keep in mind that Spotlight has picked adult a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for a whole cast, widely noticed by commentators as another Oscar indicator.

And as if that is not adequate to dissapoint a ruin out of bookies, The Revenant — a late recover compared to a other dual — appears to be picking adult momentum, roving high on a rising earnings. It won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama in early January, scooped adult a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award in early Feb and a Best Picture BAFTA usually dual weeks back, that suggests that a hum around it is peaking during a right time.

Let me place this on a record: dual out of my 3 slightest favourite films in this difficulty are staid to win a Best Picture gong. The Big Short, to my mind, lacked a clarity it was aiming for, both The Revenant and Mad Max lacked soul. Spotlight is a softened film by a mile, followed by Room. Ah well, c’est la vie.

Likely winner: The Revenant

Possible spoilers, and really close: The Big Short, Spotlight

My personal favourite: Spotlight

Should really have been nominated: Inside Out, Pixar’s pleasant 3D animation crack about a middle workings of a small girl’s mind that has even perceived salaams from psychiatrists and child psychologists in a West.

Should have been in a reckoning: Carol, Beasts of No Nation (FYI a manners assent 10 Best Picture noms)

Best Director:


Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu for The Revenant
Adam McKay for The Big Short
George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road
Lenny Abrahamson for Room
Tom McCarthy for Spotlight

This one appears to be a foregone end in foster of Alejandro, deliberation that he has already swept a vital awards so far: a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for Best Director, and — a clincher in this container — a DGA Award. According to a Directors Guild website, “Only 7 times given a DGA Award’s pregnancy has a DGA Award leader not won a Academy Award.” That would be usually 7 times given 1948.

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Since 2004, there has been usually one arise when a DGA leader did not go on to get a Best Director Oscar. That solo difference came in 2013 given Ben Affleck was not even nominated for helming Argo, yet his film did win a year’s Best Picture Oscar.

Most expected winner: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Possible spoiler, by a prolonged shot: George Miller who won a Critics Choice Award for Best Director

My personal favourite: Tom McCarthy for his phenomenally tranquil instruction of Spotlight

My second choice: Lenny Abrahamson for Room

Should have been nominated: Pete Doctor and Ronnie del Carmen for Inside Out, Todd Haynes for Carol. If you’ve review my Best Picture notes, we know whom we would have favourite to drop.

Best actress:


Brie Larson for Room
Cate Blanchett for Carol
Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years
Jennifer Lawrence for Joy
Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn

The tip contender in this difficulty is 26-year-old Brie with her calm opening as a immature lady kept warrant by her assailant in a little strew for 7 years. It was an harsh role, generally given she had to share that space and a final with a supernatural livewire by a name of Jacob Tremblay, personification her child from a rapist.

She has already got a year’s Golden Globe, Critics Choice, SAG and BAFTA Awards. A win by anyone else, splendidly means yet they all are, will come as a shocker.

Most expected winner: Brie Larson

Closest competitor: Saoirse Ronan

My personal favourite: Brie Larson

Should have been nominated: Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl (she has perceived a Best Supporting Actress assignment instead)

Should not have been nominated: Jennifer Lawrence who ought to have got reduction outlines for her inexplicably passionless final stage in a mediocre and melancholic Joy

Most substantially talked her approach out of a reckoning: British maestro Charlotte Rampling with her criticism that this year’s farrago quarrel during a Oscars is “racist to white people”. An artist’s irrationality should ideally not impact her chances, though a already beleaguered Academy might equivocate her, deliberation a tongue-lashing it is already removing for ignoring non-white actors for a second year in a row.

Best actor:


Bryan Cranston for Trumbo
Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl
Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant
Matt Damon for The Martian
Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs

Will this be a year Leo finally creates it? The Titanic star has been nominated in this difficulty a sum of 4 times including this year, a other nods he has perceived so distant being for Aviator, Blood Diamond and The Wolf of Wall Street. He was progressing a Best Supporting Actor hopeful for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

Take it from me – his waste all this time has been that he is too flattering for Academy voters. This lot seems to cite imperishable or pared-down looks, best exemplified by how beautiful women severely adult their chances of winning when they tinge down their glorious quotient. Cases in point: Nicole Kidman, Hillary Swank, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron.

This is not to contend that Leonardo is not constrained in The Revenant. He is. He contingency be quite lauded for rising above a stipulations of a book to broach such a intense opening (there we go again, grimacing during this emotionally dull film). Good for him afterwards that he has softened his contingency by uglifying himself for this perfectionist purpose of a fur hunter in early 1800s America, battling a elements and his possess people. His face is lonesome with muck, blood or gashes by many of The Revenant, he ate tender bison liver for one stage and went exposed into a swell of a equine body in one of a film’s many unsettling moments. If that does not do it for a child Leo, zero will.

It will be a outrageous dissapoint if one of his tremendously gifted competitors pips him to a post.

Likely winner: Leonardo DiCaprio

Possible spoiler, by a prolonged shot: Michael Fassbender

My personal favourites: Leonardo DiCaprio and Eddie Redmayne

Should have been considered: Jacob Tremblay for Room, Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation, Tom Courtenay for 45 Years

One of them could have replaced: Matt Damon perhaps? we mean, Matt’s likeable as always in The Martian, though he has finished some-more toilsome roles in a past.