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2016 Oscars Preview

Marter | 27 Feb 2016 15:00
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The annual Academy Awards celebration marks the point in time where the entirety of the world comes together to find out what the best films and performances of the year were - according to, on average, the tastes of a 63-year-old White male. But, hey, that's neither here nor there. The fact of the matter is that, regardless of your individual feelings on the Oscars, those little statues are still seen as the most prestigious prize in the film world. The show gets to run as long as it wants, all of the big-name celebrities show up - there are very few "accepting on the behalf of" moments - and if you win an Oscar, it can seriously affect both the projects you get offered and your earning potential.

Now, for non-filmies, only a few awards actually matter. I understand that. I'll only be talking in detail about the big awards, although I'll offer a little bit of a preview for the others, too, for those of you who do care. (Seriously, though, if the "lesser" awards got awarded before, and the Oscars telecast was only two hours, it'd be such a better show.)

Best Picture

For a while, the Best Picture Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards seemed like a lock for Spotlight. As far as I'm concerned, that's the right winner. But then The Big Short began winning a bunch of awards, and it seemed like the momentum had turned. Following that, The Revenant's momentum began to spike - and at the right time. Right now, it's looking like the favorite, even without a Best Screenplay nomination. If you're placing bets The Revenant is the one to pick.

Honestly, it'd be pretty cool if Mad Max: Fury Road won, but it's looking a very distant 4th place at best. The narrative of George Miller coming back to direct a series that died 30 years earlier is an intriguing one, but it's still an action movie, and this isn't the place to recognize those except when it comes to the technical awards.

Academy Awards' Predicted Order
1. The Revenant
2. The Big Short
3. Spotlight
4. Mad Max: Fury Road
5. The Martian
6. Brooklyn
7. Room
8. Bridge of Spies

My Order
1. Spotlight
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. The Martian
4. Room
5. Bridge of Spies
6. Brooklyn
7. The Big Short
8. The Revenant

Best Director

With The Revenant picking up so much steam for the Best Picture award, it only makes sense that its director, Alejandro G. Inarritu, is doing the same for the Best Director category. While splits have happened in the past, they're relatively uncommon. George Miller has a shot at winning Best Director, which is something that he can't really say about Best Picture.

Academy Awards' Predicted Order
1. Alejandro G. Inarritu
2. Adam McKay
3. George Miller
4. Tom McCarthy
5. Lenny Abrahamson

My Order
1. Tom McCarthy
2. George Miller
3. Alejandro G. Inarritu
4. Lenny Abrahamson
5. Adam McKay

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