We started with predicting the nominees, but we're obviously foolish because Josh and I have decided to, once again, attempt predicting the winners. Yes, we did this last year as well, and guess what; we bombed! Neither of our Best Picture or Best Director predicted winners were even nominated, and out of all categories predicted the only correct prediction was the most obvious, Visual Effects (although we both did predict that Desplat would win, we just predicted the wrong film). So, why bother with it this year?
Because it's fun!
|Bridge of Spies|
Yes, both Josh and I have discussed this and come to the conclusion that Bridge of Spies feels like the early favorite. This probably means that it'll be snubbed everywhere, but whatever. Spielberg and Hanks together again for a Cold War drama sounds ubber Oscar baity, and in a field of films that look great but also feel un-Oscary, this is at least a safe bet, for now.
|Steven Spielberg/Bridge of Spies|
If the film takes top honors, you better believe that Spielberg is going to snatch his third directing Oscar. He probably came very close in 2012, so it's not too far fetched to think that he could waltz away with another trophy, considering that he's probably the most respected and popular American director in the world.
We're pretty in sync this year with what we think will win, at least in the major categories, and something tells me that Spectre could be a big hit with AMPAS, especially in the technical categories. Skyfall was an unexpected success, and this should be a big money-maker, so the prestige combined with ticket sales could make this a bigger Oscar player than it's predecessors.
Once again, we're in agreement. This one is a tad tricky, as Haynes is not really an Oscar magnet, but the film is everything Oscar loves (period drama/political commentary/progressiveness/Cate Blanchett) and so we see this playing into their hands rather well.
|Demolition vs. Joy|
Here is our first differing prediction. Josh is leaning towards Oscar finally favoring David O. Russell, rewarding him with an Oscar for his screenplay, and I'm leaning towards Bryan Sipe snagging the win for penning Jean-Marc Vallee's latest offering. Vallee is on a real hotstreak with Oscar, and this looks keen for recognition.
We think it's time. It's about damn time! This role has been likened to the one that won an Oscar for Jennifer Lawrence. I'll take it. A depressed woman who smokes weed and deals with some heavy shit who winds up making a serious difference in Jake Gyllenhaal's life. Yeah, I'll take it!
We think it's time. It's damn time! Hopefully this won't turn out like Edward Norton's career comeback, you know, where he loses the Oscar. Law is in a biopic, with a real baity character, showy and he's so damn likable! I'll take it!
|Leonardo DiCaprio/The Revenant|
Everyone in the world thinks it's time, but does AMPAS. He's fortunate that Inarritu is helming this, as he's on a hotstreak right now, but will AMPAS feel forced into rewarding Eddie Redmayne once again?
|Carey Mulligan/Suffragette vs. Cate Blanchett/Carol|
At this present moment, I think Josh and I foresee a race between these two, and we're both leaning towards a different victor. I personally see Suffragette playing better with Oscar than Josh does, and Mulligan's character is against type for her (abrasive, headstrong) and she anchors the film, and is prime age to snatch the prize.
|Far From the Madding Crowd vs. Pan|
|Bridge of Spies vs. The Revenant|
|Far From the Madding Crowd vs. Pan|
Makeup & Hairstyling
|Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens vs. The Danish Girl|
|Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens|
Sound Editing & Mixing
|Spectre vs. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens|
|Thomas Newman/Bridge of Spies|
|Something from Inside Out|