88th Academy Awards

This is the biggest of them all, the best of the best, the pinnacle of the Awards for films. We think though, tonight will be more complicated than you think. We think that The Revenant will not just win all of the awards that everybody predicts will happen. We are going to analyse every award, from Best Actor to Best Visual Effects.


Best Actor


Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

Matt Damon – The Martian

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

When we look at the list of these nominees, you would sink it would be impossible to pick between them. I think we can safely say that we can rule out Eddie Redmayne and Bryan Cranston, despite their brilliant performances in Trumbo and The Danish Girl. Matt Damon may have won a Golden Globe for his performance in The Martian, but it will be hard to keep up with Leo. Fassbender will be competing with Damon and DiCaprio but I think we all know who will win.

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Best Actress

Brie Larson





Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Brie Larson – Room

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Cate Blanchett – Carol

Again, all of these actresses are great, but only one can win. Rampling and Blanchett could win but it’s a long shot. Jennifer Lawrence may of won a Golden Globe for her performance in Joy but I think is just too far out for this year. Then there were two! With these two just aged at 26 and 21, they both looking for a major win in their career. It’s a close one but she’s won every award (besides the Golden Globe) coming up towards the Oscars.

Brie Larson – Room

Best Picture






The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road


The Revenant

The Martian


Out of the eight nominees, only three could win: The Revenant, Spotlight and The Big Short. The Revenant is right now the obvious favourite but Spotlight or The Big Short could upset this category. 


Best Director






Alejandro G. Inarritu – The Revenant

George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

Adam McKay – The Big Short

Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

Lenny Abrahamson – Room

It really does look like that this one is simple, although McCarthy could cause an upset.

Alejandro G. Inarritu


Best Supporting Actor

Bridge of Spies
Bridge of Spies

Christian Bale – The Big Short

Tom Hardy – The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight

Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone – Creed

It’s quite a close one in this category, with Rylance winning a BAFTA and Stallone winning a Golden Globe, they should be in contention. Also should be Mark Ruffalo for his performance in Spotlight. 

Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Best Supporting Actress

kate winslet ap golden globes




Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Alicia Vikander -The Danish Girl

Rooney Mara – Carol

Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

Rachel McAdams – Spotlight

We can rule out McAdams, Leigh and Mara despite brilliant performances respectively. With Winslet winning a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, she is the hot favourite and could complete the triple. Vikander though, could cause an upset for her performance in The Danish Girl. Actually I’ve changed my mind – Alicia Vikander. Do what your gut tells you to do.

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl


Best Original Screenplay


Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out


Straight Outta Kompton

For me this category is quite simple this year, between Bridge of Spies and Spotlight.


Best Adapted Screenplay


The Big Short

The Martian




It’s quite a close one this year, but it should be between The Big Short and The Martian. Yet the two are very different from each other so it should be hard to chose from.

The Big Short

Best Animated Film





Inside Out

Shaun The Sheep Movie


Boy & The World

When Marnie was there

There is only one contender for this award.

Inside Out

Best Foreign Language Film






Son of Saul (Hungary)

Mustang (France)

Theeb (Jordan)

Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)

A War (Denmark)

I really think that Son of Saul will win this year but there is a chance that France could take the win away from the Hungarians.

Son of Saul (Hungary)

Best Documentary






Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Amy looks like the strong favourite for Best Documentary but What Happened, Miss Simone? Is in a strong second.


Best Original Score






The Hateful Eight: Ennio Morricone

Bridge of Spies: Thomas Newman

Carol: Carter Burble

Sicario: Johann Johannson

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: John Williams

We can rule out three and that leaves these two: Ennio Morricone and John Williams. Morricone did The Hateful Eight and Williams did the new Star Wars. 

Ennio Morricone – The Hateful Eight

Best Original Song








“Earned It” – Fifty Shades of Grey

Till It Happens To You” – The Hunting Ground

Simple Song 3″ – Youth

Manta May” – Racing Extinction

“Writings On The Wall” – Spectre

Though Earned It is good, I don’t think that it can win tonight. It’s between Writings On The Wall from the new Bond film Spectre, sung by Sam Smith and Till It Happens To You, from The Hunting Ground sung by Lady Gaga.

“Writings On The Wall” – Spectre

The rest of the awards are not so important so I’ve just wrote them here:

Best Documentary Short: Body Team 12

Best Live Action Short Film: Day One

Best Sound Editing: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Cinematography: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Make-Up: The Revenant

Best Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Film Editing: The Big Short

Best Visual Effects: Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Archie Wingate


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