It‘s that time again: Oscars season. The season where all the best films of the year are pitted against one another in the awards ceremony to end all awards ceremonies, a gathering set to celebrate the crème de la crème of the film industry and their achievments over the past year. As long as they‘re white that is. Will Leo be overlooked yet again? Will Jennifer Lawrence fall over? Will John Travolta tragically mispronounce even more names?
All will be revealed on Sunday 28th, at the 88th Academy Awards. But, for now, here are the editor‘s predictions.
In a tough category, it looks like the battle for the top spot will be between Matt Damon for The Martian, and Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant. Eddie Redmayne looks unlikely to repeat last year‘s success, when he won for The Theory of Everything, and both Brian Cranston and Michael Fassbender have taken a backseat awards-wise so far this year – Leo has been clearing up at each ceremony, with Damon close behind.
Could win – Matt Damon
Winner – Leonardo DiCaprio (at long last)
With Brie Larson being lauded the world over for her role in Room, and both Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett praised for their acting in Brooklyn and Carol, this is a category saturated with talent. Charlotte Rampling received indie kudos for 45 Years, but her inflammatory comments about #OscarsSoWhite will surely have dented her chances at a win. Jennifer Lawrence has been largely overlooked at the preceeding awards, so I doubt that she‘ll be leaving the Oscars with a statue.
Could win – Cate Blanchett
Winner – Brie Larson
This is a category that is truly up for grabs, with all 8 films in the running being worthy of recognition. But one of them has to win, and I for one don‘t envy the people having to make the choice in this category. I‘d really like Brooklyn to take the top spot, but in the end, both The Revenant and The Martian have been gathering awards left right and centre, and probably won‘t stop at the Oscars.
Could win – The Martian
Winner – The Revenant
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