I've stopped watching the Oscars a few years ago due to its rough presentations, and categorical decisions made by the Hollywood Foreign Press. Not to mention that once again, the Academy decided to snub its registry for black actors which has been going on for a number of years now (It's a topic I'll write about later). It's been a tough sale to actually choose the movies, technical scopes, and actors to be best suited for the trendy. However, that doesn't mean I won't give my own opinion on who will win and who I think should win. I've seen pretty much every nominated movie and it was difficult to pick, and I thought I'd take the time to write down what I think will happen before the big movie prom night begins.
Best Picture. Which one will win: Spotlight. Which one I want to win: Room. Both had a lot of energy and heart, and I admire how much production was put into both, but Room stuck with me the most as being a grand family drama with dire risk.
Best Director. Who will win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant). Who I want to win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant). There's no other movie director in this current generation that has a lot of excellent and breathtaking filmmaking tricks then this amigo. He has a great imagination for the screen and as a storyteller (Go back and watch his previous films for a better idea).
Best Leading Actor. Who will win: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant). Who I want to win: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant). This pretty boy is a machine and has worked immensely in acting. He shows in The Revenant it's possible to play a lone, broken character, and still have fifteen lines of dialogue to be known as acting greatness. Also, I just want him to get the damn award so we can all stop with the jokes about him not winning already. Dammit.
Best Leading Actress. Who will win: Jennifer Lawrence (Joy). Who I want to win: Brie Larson (Room). JLaw has received enough publicity for her performances and on-screen time during interviews and the Academy will accept her right away during the show. It's time we got someone else who's promising like Brie Larson. She's fierce and heartwarming playing a mother who wants to make changes with her life and for her reclusive son.
Best Supporting Actor. Who will win: Sylvester Stallone (Creed). Who I want to win: Tom Hardy (The Revenant). Both a legend with at least four decades of work and a cool guy rising to the top of Hollywood movies, they were tremendous. But like Leo, Hardy has got a good shot at winning because he too has fluent, method acting under him and his sinister role gives a startling look of a ruthless character.
Best Supporting Actress. Who will win: Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight). Who I want to win: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl). One is tough, the other is collected, but Alicia shines and is protective with Eddie Redmayne. Just like in Ex Machina, Alicia has a calm effect and determination in a period drama.
Best Original Screenplay. Who will win: Spotlight. Who I want to win: It's a three way tie between Spotlight, Ex Machina, and Straight Outta Compton. This is one of the best and the most difficult to choose. All three show new, thought provoking terms in storytelling while providing inside information based on real life events.
Best Adapted Screenplay. Who will win: The Big Short. Who I want to win: Room. Most biographical films with enormous acclaim is seen best when it comes to screenplay. The Big Short is a prime example. But also, Room can be much like that too. Both are based on books and Room was more inspiring for it's juxtaposition and linguistic, emotional layout.
Best Animated Film. Which one will win: Inside Out. Which one I want to one: Anomalisa. I like Disney and their stylized animations, but like before, it's about time they let some other animated films make the cut. Anomalisa would be an interesting change because not only is it a mature movie, but it shows that adults can get into animation and not just for kids.
Best Foreign Film. Which one will win: Son of Saul. Which one I want to win: Son of Saul. Embrace of the Serpent was merely close to my liking until Son of Saul came along and it's haunting themes and direction kept me engaged more and more.
Best Documentary Film. Which one will win: The Look of Silence. Which win I want to win: The Look of Silence. It's amazing and sad to talk to the people whom you've had a bad history with. This is shown when an elderly man goes through it all. It's a sad, but forgiving account with gorgeous footage taken in Indonesia.
Best Short Documentary. Which one will win: Body Team 12. Which one I want to win: Last Day of Freedom. Regarding the whole Oscar snub story and other stories in the news, Last Day of Freedom will be liberating to win because it's visual representations and message is deep and contextualized and is worth sharing.
Best Short Film. Which one will win: Stutter. Which one I want to win: Day One. Both films show the great risk of going up against your uptight fear, but Day One is proven to be more brave in it's writing and female lead.
Best Animated Short. Which win will win: Sayjay's Super Team. Which one I want to win: Tie between Sayjay's Super Team and World of Tomorrow. Yet another Pixar movie will go with Inside Out, although I did like smooth animations and even though I'm not a religious person, I still enjoyed it's themes, and World of Tomorrow has great artistic techniques that were, not only entertaining, but it's also a way of learning how to get into animation.
Best Original Score. Who will win: Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight). Who I want to win: Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario). I enjoyed both, of course, but being a fan of his stratospheric, and mysterious instrumental pieces, Jóhannsson is heart pounding and fits perfectly for a suspenseful crime thriller. If Ryuichi Sakamoto was on the list, I would add him, but it's unfortunate.
Best Original Song. Which one will win: "Writing's on the Wall" by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith (Spectre). Which one I want to win: "Til It Happens to You" by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren (The Hunting Ground). I'm not usually good at picking songs for this sort of category. I have to listen to both the lyrics and the instrumental version of a song before I make a recommendation. Til It Happens to You is loud and embracing, and well thought out lyrically. It's a dark song with strong honesty attached.
Best Sound Editing. Who will win: Mad Max: Fury Road. Who I want to win: Mad Max: Fury Road. It's wild, surrounded with the sounds of sand, and violence rocking all around. Not to mention the sound of the roaring engines blazing was incredible.
Best Sound Mixing. Who will win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Who I want to win: The Revenant. The sound of the Frontier is anonymous, and the breathing from the characters is chilling. I enjoyed both a lot, but The Revenant sounded more alive as if you were out in the wilderness.
Best Production Design. Who will win: Bridge of Spies. Who I want to win: Mad Max: Fury Road. I'm sure Bridge of Spies or The Danish Girl will win because of it's vibrant colors and design pieces of history, but Mad Max has a lot natural settings and post production sets that make the desert dangerous and adventurous. Best Cinematography. Who will win: The Revenant. Who I want to win: It's a tie between The Revenant and The Hateful Eight. Both are beautiful; the natural lighting and Panavision is so real and crisp. Best Hair and Makeup. Who will win: The Revenant Who I want to win: The Revenant. The bloody effects and the dirty hair and skin. Ew. Yet, it's good nonetheless. Best Costume Design. Who will win: Mad Max: Fury Road. Who I want to win: Carol. The costumes are clean and fitting and once again goes well with a period piece. Best Film Editing. Who will win: The Big Short. Who I want to win: Mad Max: Fury Road. It was strange getting used to the editing in Mad Max when everything was moving by so fast, but there was a reason why it was like that. Once clear, It was great. Best Visual Effects. Who will win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Who I want to win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Yes, yes. It was fabulous and that's probably why it might take home the award. There were a lot of awesome effects that I thought were cheesy, but turned out to be stunning. What are your predictions?