Oscar 2016 Big Winner predictions

Written by: Peter Howard

Despite the amount of controversy surrounding lack of diversity in the nominees at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, someone still has to win.  There are several excellent contenders for the evening’s top awards, and there are some that I can’t help but wonder how they even made the cut at all.  Here is a list of the nominees of the five most coveted categories and who I think should win and who will most likely win.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone, Creed


Who should win: Truthfully, the nominees in this category this year are all mediocre at best.  If I had to choose one based on their performance in the film, Tom Hardy.

Who will probably win: It’s really up for grabs for everyone except Mark Ruffalo.  My honest prediction is for either Mark Rylance, Christian Bale, or Tom Hardy.   Rylance could win because he was nominated in the same category for this year’s Golden Globe Awards and did not win, usually if you are nominated in the same category for both ceremonies, you will win one or the other.  Bale because he has already won the both the Oscar and Golden Globe in 2011 in this category for the film The Fighter and has garnered enough of the Academy’s admiration to win again.  And Tom Hardy because The Revenant looks like it could make a sweep in every category it is nominated for.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Who should win: Jennifer Jason Leigh, hands down.  Her performance in The Hateful Eight opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell was an exciting thing to watch in a while.  Being the only female in a male dominated film made by Quentin Tarantino is no easy feat and she managed to shine beautifully.

Who will win: Most likely Alicia Vikander, Rachel McAdams, or Kate Winslet.  Vikander will win because of the subject matter contained in The Danish Girl.  Rachel McAdams will win because she is extremely likable and talented even when she plays a bad girl.  And Kate Winslet will win because whenever Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated, Kate Winslet wins before he does.

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Who should win: LEO!!!  For goodness sake, give this man an Oscar at long last!  The poor boy has paid his dues and his performance in The Revenant is truly Oscar-worthy.

Who will win: Anyone but Leo.  In all likelihood, the academy will continue to dangle a golden statue in front of him only to give it to another actor.  This year, I will say, he does have some decent competition from Eddie Redmayne, Michael Fassbender, and Matt Damon.

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Who should win: Brie Larson.  After winning this year’s Golden Globe for this performance, I guarantee she is a shoe in to win.

Who will win: Brie Larson or Charlotte Rampling.  Rampling may win because the Academy sometimes will give it to the older actress who is a first time nominee over the younger one.

Best Picture: The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant



Who should win: The Revenant should win but, in my opinion, anyone other than Mad Max: Fury Road.

Who will win: Either The Martian, Room, or Bridge of Spies.  The Martian could win because the Academy has thrown curve balls for the night’s top honor and in the past has given the statue to a completely undeserving film.  Room could win because it is a film that has generated enough buzz this season to actually take home the big one.  Bridge of Spies because, like Room, has created a buzz and also has a cast of bigger named actors.

So there you have it, the predictions for this year’s Academy Awards’ top five categories.  Who will actually take home the awards?  Tune in to the Oscars live Sunday, February 28 at 6pm cst on ABS network.

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