2016 Oscars: Who should win, who will win

As the Academy Awards approach, here are our best guesses at who will win, and who could potentially surprise us.

Best Picture1964988_731477590302817_8784308317399607553_n

 

Who will win: “The Revenant”

Who should win: “Brooklyn”

Wild card: “The Big Short”

“The Revenant” and “The Big Short” have been winning all the big awards so far, but one of the best films of this year was “Brooklyn.” The story of Irish immigrant Eilis, and her struggles being abroad was the most engaging film of 2015. — Erin Yarnall

Best Actor 12615437_471405289728117_7585099175191132915_o

Who will win: Leonardo DiCaprio

Who should win: Michael Fassbender

Wild card: Matt Damon

The race for this year’s Best Actor trophy is more momentous than any event in the Olympics, than man finally taking a step on the moon — it seems like everyone is waiting for Leo to finally win Best Actor, and with his role in “The Revenant” this year, he might just finally do it. — Erin Yarnall

Best Actress 12080239_550337111789614_5293732480631907131_o

Who will win: Brie Larson

Who should win: Brie Larson

Wild card: Jennifer Lawrence

This one should be no contest. Brie Larson’s breakout performance in “Room” was the best performance by any actress this year. The only contender could be Jennifer Lawrence, who earned a Golden Globe for her performance in “Joy” and is beloved by the Academy. — Erin Yarnall

Best Supporting Actor 12493409_589513837872658_870124622601485239_o

Who will win: Sylvester Stallone

Who should win: Sylvester Stallone

Wild card: Mark Rylance

In what’s possibly the best addition to the esteemed boxing franchise, Stallone’s portrayal of Rocky Balboa in “Creed” manages to not only still capture the heart of the beloved character but also further explore a fresh arc as Rocky stays behind the ropes for the first time in 40 years. — Pat Mullane

Best Supporting Actress 12466160_1394161984216742_531004573523535823_o

Who will win: Alicia Vikander

Who should win: Alicia Vikander

Wild card: Kate Winslet

Alicia Vikander is currently the frontrunner in what seems to be the most unpredictable acting category this year.  Having been listed under the Best Actress category for the Golden Globes, she now competes under Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards and it’s more likely there that’ll she’ll take the statue. — Pat Mullane

Best Original Screenplay 12698404_949249288530911_8192005061829800872_o

Who will win: “Spotlight”

Who should win: “Spotlight”

Wild card: “Inside Out”

The tight and densely researched script for “Spotlight” resulted in one of the best journalism films of the past 20 years. An old-school detective film about the non-flashy, yet important work behind the Boston Globe’s investigative reporting team and their discovery of systemic child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. — Pat Mullane

Best Adapted Screenplay 12371146_1704512913124570_8183009782148561829_o

Who will win: “The Big Short”

Who should win: “The Big Short”

Wild card: “Room”

For what’s arguably the best aspect of “The Big Short,” Charles Randolph’s and Adam McKay’s adaptation from the Michael Lewis book not only takes a laborious subject — the financial crisis — and make it comprehensible for the average unfamiliar audience, they do so in a smart, funny and engaging manner.  — Pat Mullane

Best Director 12489302_748997678567467_5942011868165246594_o

Who will win: Alejandro G. Inarritu

Who should win: Alejandro G. Inarritu

Wild card: George Miller

While George Miller incredibly and successfully rebooted his “Mad Max” franchise, Alejandro G. Inarritu made what sounds like the most difficult movie to ever make with “The Revenant,” as the director filmed chronologically, under insane weather conditions, but he was able to pull it off beautifully.  — Erin Yarnall

Best Cinematography 1404746_609610879177550_1254682683647665283_o

Who will win: “The Revenant”

Who should win: “The Revenant”

Wild card: “Sicario”

While it didn’t have the most engaging plot, (really how long can you watch someone writhe in pain), “The Revenant’s” cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki made the most beautiful film of 2015. But “Sicario,” the film about the Mexican cartel also featured incredible shots of the landscape.  — Erin Yarnall

 

 

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