Predictions: 88th Academy Awards

We’re almost there! Oscar Sunday to a cinephile like me is THE BEST Sunday of the year. Unless, of course, my beloved New York Giants are playing in the Super Bowl. In that case, Oscar Sunday becomes the second best Sunday of the year.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

The Academy Awards will air this Sunday at 7PM on ABC, and will be hosted by Chris Rock. I broke down my predictions in a “will win/should win” format to separate my predictions from who I would actually like to win, or who deserves to win. In the occasion that I agree with the predicted winner, it will simply read as “will win/should win” – you’ll get the picture.

Without further adieu, here are my predictions for the 88th Academy Awards:

Best Picture

Will Win/Should Win: The Revenant

Actor in a Leading Role

Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Should Win: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Actress in a Leading Role

Will Win/Should Win: Brie Larson, Room

Actor in a Supporting Role

Will Win/Should Win: Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Actress in a Supporting Role

Will Win/Should Win: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Animated Feature Film

Will Win/Should Win: Inside Out

Cinematography

Will Win: Emmanuel ‘Chivo’ Lubezki, The Revenant

Should Win: Roger Deakins, Sicario

Costume Design

Will Win/Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Directing

Will Win/Should Win: Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant

Documentary (Feature)

Will Win/Should Win: Amy

Documentary (Short Subject)

Will Win: Chau, Beyond The Lines

Film Editing

Will Win/Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Foreign Language Film

Will Win: Son of Saul

Makeup and Hairstyling

Will Win/Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Original Score

Will Win: Carter Burwell, Carol

Should Win: Johan Johansson, Sicario

Original Song

Will Win: ” ‘Till It Happens To You”, Diane Warren and Lady GaGa, The Hunting Ground

Production Design

Will Win/Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Short Film (Animated)

Will Win: Bear Story

Should Win: Sanjay’s Super Team

Short FIlm (Live Action)

Everything Will Be Okay

Sound Editing

Will Win/Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Sound Mixing

Will Win: The Revenant

Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Visual Effects

Will Win: The Revenant

Should Win: Fury Road/Ex Machina

Adapted Screenplay

Will Win: Charles Randolph & Adam McKay, The Big Short

Should Win: Emma Donahue, Room

Original Screenplay

Will Win/Should Win: Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy, Spotlight


And there you have it, folks! What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments and I will see you all on Oscar Sunday!

This is Jovanni, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.

Jovanni Ibarra
jovannixibarra@gmail.com