A final set of Oscar predictions

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This is it, ladies and gentlemen, the moment of truth for a prognosticator. Almost a full year of musing on the Academy Award race has led here. We’re now just a few days out from the Oscars being held, with a new slate of winners set to enter the record books. As such, this is the last chance to solidify predictions, in advance of Sunday night. After that, it’ll be time to look ahead to the 2016 releases and which of them could be contenders. For now though, I have my final thoughts on the race, before all is revealed, of course. Take a gander now…

What you’ll notice below is that, frankly, not much has changed. Basically, the frontrunners are all set to take the big prizes. Best Picture seems locked up for The Revenant, though there’s still that outside chance of The Big Short swooping in. If you’re looking for races to keep an eye on, it’s obviously Best Supporting Actress as well as the technical ones. The techs are where we’ll see if The Revenant is truly a force with the Academy. You’ll see some last minute tinkering in my predictions, but by and large, it’s what we’ve figured out over the last few updates. Make of that what you will. For me, it just is what it is.

Here you go folks. My final set of Oscar predictions:

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BEST PICTURE

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

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
2. Adam McKay – The Big Short
3. George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
4. Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
5. Lenny Abrahamson – Room

BEST ACTOR

1. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
2. Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
3. Matt Damon – The Martian
4. Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
5. Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

BEST ACTRESS

1. Brie Larson – Room
2. Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
3. Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
4. Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
5. Cate Blanchett – Carol

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Sylvester Stallone – Creed
2. Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
3. Tom Hardy – The Revenant
4. Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
5. Christian Bale – The Big Short

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
2. Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
3. Rooney Mara – Carol
4. Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
5. Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

1. Spotlight
2. Straight Outta Compton
3. Inside Out
4. Ex Machina
5. Bridge of Spies

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

1. The Big Short
2. Room
3. The Martian
4. Carol
5. Brooklyn

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

1. Inside Out
2. Anomalisa
3. When Marnie Was There
4. Shaun the Sheep Movie
5. Boy and the World

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. The Revenant
3. The Danish Girl
4. The Martian
5. Bridge of Spies

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. The Revenant
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Carol
4. Sicario
5. The Hateful Eight

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Carol
3. The Revenant
4. Cinderella
5. The Danish Girl

BEST FILM EDITING

1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. The Revenant
3. The Big Short
4. Spotlight
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. The Revenant
3. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

BEST SOUND MIXING

1. The Revenant
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
4. The Martian
5. Bridge of Spies

BEST SOUND EDITING

1. The Revenant
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
4. The Martian
5. Sicario

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. The Revenant
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. The Martian
5. Ex Machina

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

1. The Hateful Eight
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3. Carol
4. Sicario
5. Bridge of Spies

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

1. Spectre (Writing’s on the Wall)
2. The Hunting Ground (Til It Happens to You)
3. Youth (Simple Song #3)
4. Racing Extinction (Manta Ray)
5. Fifty Shades of Grey (Earned It)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Amy
2. Cartel Land
3. The Look of Silence
4. Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
5. What Happened, Miss Simone?

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

1. Son of Saul
2. Mustang
3. A War
4. Theeb
5. Embrace of the Serpent

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

1. Sanjay’s Super Team
2. World of Tomorrow
3. Bear Story
4. Prologue
5. We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

1. Body Team 12
2. Claude Lanzmann: Specters of the Shoah
3. A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
4. Last Day of Freedom
5. Chau, Beyond the Lines

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

1. Ave Maria
2. Shok
3. Day One
4.Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
5. Stutterer

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Stay tuned to see who and what wins on Sunday night at the Oscars!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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