Best Animated Film: I do not have a personal preference for what wins in this category because I have either not seen the nominated movies or was not impressed by them. My prediction is that “Inside Out” will win simply because it is Pixar, which is a recognized name. It is the same reason the extremely average “Big Hero 6” won last year.
Best Supporting Actress: My pick for Best Supporting Actress is Jennifer Jason Leigh for her portrayal of wanted criminal Daisy Domergue in “The Hateful Eight.” I doubt Leigh will win, though, because her vile character probably is not what would attract the majority of Academy voters. I do not have a solid prediction because it is hard to eliminate any contenders other than Leigh. A lot of the time, the Academy votes for people who are not as well-known and have not been nominated for an Oscar before, like Jared Leto for “Dallas Buyers Club” or Patricia Arquette for “Boyhood.” Based on that I would guess either Alicia Vikander for “The Danish Girl” or Rachel McAdams for “Spotlight” will win.
Best Supporting Actor: My pick for Best Supporting Actor would be Mark Ruffalo for his portrayal of investigative reporter Mike Rezendes in “Spotlight.” My prediction is that Tom Hardy will win for his portrayal of John Fitzgerald in “The Revenant” based on a system of disqualification. Mark Rylance will not win because, while his performance in “Bridge of Spies” was good, there was nothing that really stood out about it. The same goes for Christian Bale in “The Big Short.” Ruffalo probably will not win because of his criticism of the Academy over the diversity controversy, which might leave members salty towards him. This leaves Hardy and Stallone, and I highly doubt that the Academy would award someone for their performance in a movie from the “Rocky” franchise.
Best Actress: My personal pick and my prediction for Best Actress is Brie Larson for “Room.” Larson gives a performance that, I feel, stands out among the other nominees, mixed with the fact that her performance has desperation and distress to it, which attracts a lot of votes from the Academy. Look at Anne Hathaway from “Les Misérables” or Patricia Arquette from “Boyhood.”
Best Actor: My personal choice for Best Actor would be Bryan Cranston for “Trumbo,” but I think the winner will either be Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Revenant” or Eddie Redmayne for “The Danish Girl.” There has been a lot of speculation and hype about Leo’s performance, which makes me think he might finally win. However, due to the Academy’s history of passing Leo over, I also believe Redmayne might win his second consecutive year because the role he is playing is Oscar bait.
Best Director: My choice and prediction for Best Director is Alejandro Iñárritu for “The Revenant.” I predict he will win for the second year in a row as he and George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” are the only two movies on the list that have unique directing styles compared to the other three nominees. Miller is Iñárritu’s only real competition in the directing field, but I doubt he will win for the same reason I doubt Stallone will win: his movie just is not what the Academy usually votes for.
Best Picture: My personal choice for Best Picture would be “Spotlight,” the movie about investigative journalists at “The Boston Globe” uncovering the child molestation scandals that plagued the Catholic Church in the early 2000s. My prediction is that “The Revenant” will win. I believe this because of the overwhelming amount of appraises and attention the film received mixed with all of its technical and cinematic accomplishments that are also being recognized by the Academy.
The 88th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 with the award ceremony starting at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The ceremony will be hosted by comedian Chris Rock.