Nick’s Oscar Picks

What a crazy Oscar season! No front runners! Too many actors and directors and movies for the slots available! Who knows what category my newest crush, Alicia Vikander, is going to be nominated in. (My prediction: both!) What’s an Academy Award predictor to do? As always I feel quite confident about my prognostications but this year more than any other I could be very very wrong.

What I do know is there will be somebody under the age of 16 nominated (eight year-old Jacob Tremblay for Room) and another who should have been (Abraham Attah, 15, for Beasts of No Nation). For my money the Supporting Actor category was the toughest. My heart says Tom Hardy—not just because he was awesome in everything from Mad Max to Legend this year but because he was absolutely phenomenal in The Revenant—but my brain says Christian Bale. Spotlight, though, could have either Michael Keaton or Mark Ruffalo take that final spot.

Two years ago I had the brilliant idea to split up my Academy Award predictions and my ridiculously fun The Year in Movies piece—where I opine on such grandiloquent life-changing matters as the oft-confusing ‘Best Movie That Made the Most Amount of Money’ and ‘Worst Movie That Made the Least Amount of Money’ and, of my course, my sagacious naming of the next ‘it’ actress, actor, and director and awarding of the ‘Movie Quote of the Year’, all while revealing the five worst and 11 best films of 2015—and I see no reason to stop doing so now. Please check back for that before Chris Rock hosts the 88th Oscar telecast.

And I’ll shortly follow up this submission with another annual tradition, my Oscar Snubs and Surprises, but for now, made by myself alone, sans the aid of any Internet trolling or cheat sheets, behold my uncannily accurate 13th annual Academy Award predictions . . . :

An apéritif:

Animated: Inside Out
Cinematography: The Revenant
Documentary: Amy
Foreign: Son of Saul
Screenplay (original): The Hateful Eight
Screenplay (adapted): The Big Short

And now, without further ado, the nominees are . . . :

Supporting Actress:

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Rooney Mara, Carol

Sleeper: Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Dark Horse: Joan Allen, Room

Supporting Actor:

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Jacob Tremblay, Room
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Sleeper: Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Dark Horse: Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

Lead Actress:

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Brie Larson, Room
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Sleeper: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy (and the fifth nominee if Vikander is tabbed for The Danish Girl in the Supporting Actress category).
Dark Horse: Emily Blunt, Sicario

Lead Actor:

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

Sleeper: Geza Rohrig, Son of Saul
Dark Horse: Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation

Best Director:

Adam McKay, The Big Short
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Sleeper: Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies
Dark Horse: Todd Haynes, Carol

Best Picture:

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

And the Oscar goes to . . .

Supporting Actress: Rooney Mara
Supporting Actor: Jacob Tremblay
Lead Actress: Brie Larson
Lead Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
Director: Ridley Scott
Picture: Spotlight

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