Oscars 2016: Predictions

With award season so far into the swing of things, it’s the big one tonight. Tomorrow morning we’ll all be waking up to headlines dominated by 2016’s Oscar award winners and the subsequent outrage that might follow should Leo miss out yet again. Luckily though, we have a definitive list of who to tip and keep an eye out for so you can impress your mates in advance!

After sweeping the Baftas, western epic The Revenant has become the bookmakers’ favourite to win best picture at next week’s Academy Awards.

The film has already triumphed at the Golden Globes and, if odds are to be believed, Oscars for best picture, best director for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio could be on the way.

The film, in which DiCaprio plays a frontiersman on a path of vengeance, has won rave reviews – but there are a few critics who were less impressed.

The Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr was “not entertained.” However, she does add that Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography “really is gorgeous”.

Deborah Ross at The Spectator admired the film’s ambition, but also found it an endurance test. “I was longing for it to be over, and so relieved when it was,” she says.

Nevertheless, it has the potential to win big. Here’s the predictions and ones to keep an eye on from The Week:

Best picture Oscar predictions

  1. The Revenant
  2. Spotlight
  3. The Big Short

Best director Oscar predictions

  1. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)
  2. George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best actor Oscar predictions

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
  2. Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

Best actress Oscar predictions 

Brie Larson (Room)

Best supporting actress Oscar predictions

  1. Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
  2. Rooney Mara (Carol)
  3. Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

Best supporting actor Oscar predictions

  1. Sylvester Stallone (Creed)
  2. Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
  3. Christian Bale (The Big Short)
  4. Tom Hardy (The Revenant)
  5. Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)

Best animated feature film Oscar predictions

  1. Inside Out
  2. Anomalisa
  3. Shaun the Sheep Movie
  4. Boy and the World
  5. When Marnie Was There

When and where can you watch?

The ceremony is on 28 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Guests arrive on the red carpet from 7pm local time and the show kicks off at 8.30pm. In the UK, it can be watched in the early hours of the morning on Sky Movies Oscar, a channel set up specifically for the awards, or streamed on Sky’s NowTV.

Massive movie fan? Here at The Sheffield College in our Centre for Creative Industries, we offer a fantastic Film and TV Production course, as well as Film Studies courses if that’s more your thing. Click here for more information.


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