It’s that time of year again.

Well, the Oscars are this week. I don’t care what anyone says, I love the Oscars, they are the equivalent of the Superbowl for film in my opinion. I get just as excited for the Oscars as normal people do for the Superbowl. I’ve been working my way through all the nominees and I thought it was time do give my picks.

I’m going to go through each of the main categories and list what I think will win, and what I think should win. Enjoy.

Best Cinematography


Who will winThe Revenant

Who should win: The Revenant

While I greatly enjoyed The Revenant, I didn’t think it was as amazing as many others did. However, the film is breathtakingly beautiful to look at. The landscape shots, the contrast between the earth and the sky are all beautifully done in The Revenant. The fact that this film was shot completely using natural light is an achievement in film making and really adds to its overall natural grandeur.

Best Original Score


Who will win: John Williams

Who should win: Ennio Morricone

As usual, John Williams score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was fantastic, there is no denying that. But what Morricone was able to achieve with his score for The Hateful Eight was absolutely magnificent. Morricone’s score added another level of tension and atmosphere that I think cannot be matched by any other nominee this year. However, I think the fact that there is a good chance that this is John Williams’ last Star Wars score, and the fact that its John Williams will give him the edge of Morricone with the academy. Not that I would be unhappy with this decision as its well deserved, I’m just personally pulling for Morricone.

Best Animated Feature


Who will win: Inside Out

Who should win: Inside Out

A film I personally think should have been nominated for best picture, Inside Out was one of the best films of 2015. It is certainly Pixar’s best, and I don’t think any other film in the animated feature category can hold a candle the quality of Inside Out (besides maybe Shaun the Sheep). Inside Out is the smartest and most adult children’s movie I have ever seen, and I would be absolutely shocked if it didn’t go home with the award.

Best Supporting Actress


Who will win: Alicia Vikander

Who should win: Jennifer Jason Leigh

Alicia Vikander was the saving grace of The Danish Girl, it was her movie and she deserves every accolade she recieves. But Jennifer Jason Leigh’s performance in The Hateful Eight was on another level. Leigh transforms into this sick and demented character within The Hateful Eight and steals absolutely every scene she is in. She truly gave the performance of a lifetime and I’m still holding out hope that she may steal the Oscar, however unlikely.

Best Supporting Actor


Who will win: Sylvester Stallone

Who should win: Tom Hardy

The only other time Stallone has ever been nominated for his portrayal as Rocky about 40 years ago. It’s only fitting that he be nominated once again by the academy who takes a backseat role in the Rocky spin off Creed. He’s an academy favorite, but Hardy’s performance in The Revenant is my favorite out of this category. His portrayal of the villain breathed a lot of life into the character, making him charismatic and almost sympathetic. Another great performance from Hardy that I think deserves some recognition.

Best Leading Actress


Who will win: Brie Larson

Who should win: Brie Larson

Playing a single mom who is completely devoted to her son, Brie Larson gives the breakout performance of a life time that has already garnered countless other awards, and I foresee the academy following suite, deservedly so.

Best Leading Actor


Who will win: Leonardo DiCaprio

Who should win: Leonardo DiCaprio

It’s time Nardo.

While this certainly isn’t Leo’s best performance of his career, that doesn’t take away from how much he committed himself to this role. As usual, he gives an amazing performance in The Revenant and in a year with little to no competition, it looks like its finally his time to go home with the gold. Unless he is actually mauled by a bear before the awards ceremony, than he’d be awarded posthumously. It’s about time that meme was put to bed anyway.

Best Director


Who will win: George Miller

Who should win: George Miller

What Miller gave to us with Mad Max: Fury Road was something completely unprecedented, and in my opinion one of the best action films of all time. His directing helped convey a very militaristic story that contained a lot of depth, while delivering insane and breathtaking set pieces inside an absolutely gorgeous film. He single-handedly revived the Mad Max franchise and crafted something so fresh that I think it would be a crime if he wasn’t awarded with best director.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

*drum roll*

Best Picture


Who will win: The Big Short

Who should win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

When I say that Mad Max: Fury Road should win best picture, I don’t mean that as any disservice to The Big Short. The Big Short was one of the best films of 2015. Its unique directorial style helps serve its ability to weave humor throughout its serious subject matter while at the same time acting as a commentary on the American economic system helps to classify The Big Short as an absolute masterpiece. However, Mad Max: Fury Road is my favorite film nominated for best picture. Its subtle and bombastic at the same time, and delivers a simple but effective story. The film is amazingly paced, and in my opinion an almost perfect film. I could not rate Mad Max: Fury Road high enough, and while I know it won’t win best picture, it’s still a damn shame.

And there are my picks and predictions! What are your predictions for the oscars? Let me know in the comments below!







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