The predictions for this year’s winners is an at all time high as audience and critics both place their bets on their top contenders based on the equation of liking and sense.
The #OscarSoWhite scandal might have initially discouraged a lot of Oscar fans this year. For a while, many would have thought that the Oscars ceremony would collapse this year as majority of diverse actors called for a boycott of the ceremony.
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However, the Academy of Motion Picture and Science turned the things around with their reforms announcement and brought out all the nominees for this year’s Oscar lunch. After the lunch and series of other awards, the Oscars are on the right path to creating the hype that they do every year.
As audience and critics both go to social networking platforms and electronic press to express their views and single out there favourite for this year to win an Oscar.
Alejandro G. Innaritu’s The Revenant has come out at the top as the favourite to win the Best Picture nomination. The film is already the most nominated film of the night with 12 nominations including the Best Director for Alejandro G. Innaritu, Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio and Best Supporting Actor for Tom Hardy along with a series of technical awards.
The movie has been praised by many for its raw emotions, harsh landscape in which the movie has been shot in and the buzz surrounding Leonardo’s performance and Innaritu’s directorship.
While many people are calling out for Leo to finally win this year’s golden man, many are also saying that this one was indeed one of his weakest performances ever.
The wish for him to win is generated more on the basis of his not winning an Oscar previously rather than his performance in The Revenant. Many critics argue that Leo’s performance was lack-lustre in the emotional and artistic sense and riddled with the heinous survival acts that he had to perform for the movie.
Those kind of acts can also be exhibited by a contestant in a survivor series. Many critics are also saying that the other actors in the category did not perform exceptionally in their roles including Bryan Cranston in Trumbo, Michael Fassbender in Jobs, Matt Damon in The Martian and Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl. Bryan’s performance has been dubbed dry and bland while Matt Damon’s performance might have been eclectic but certainly not at the sam level of survival mode as Leo’s.
Eddie Redmayne did not garner enough excitement for his role and many people think that Eddie’s performance was certainly underwhelming compared to his role in The Theory of Everything. Jobs did not create enough hype for Fassbender to be considered a strong contender as it did for Winslet as a supporting actress.
Winslet is also being accredited as a winning contender based on her record. Having already won a Golden Globe for the role, she was unprecedented in the category at the Globes because Alicia Vikander was nominated in the Best Actress category.
Things are different at the Oscars though. Vikander has definitely risen as a contender for the win and she has an array of awards to make her position firm for her performance in The Danish Girl. This is once more a case of the Supporting Actress getting more hype than the Best Actor.
Rachel McAdams and Rooney Mara have been the mild contenders for this category and as polls come in, they are nowhere near to being the favorites to win this year. It is possible that both the actresses’ performance was outshined by rest of the cast like Cate Blanchett in Carol.
Blanchett, despite having a great record at the Oscars in also a mild contender to win this year. Although her performance in Carol has been critically praised, she is not the favorite to win this year. Charlotte Rampling is the underscore for 45 Years and not a favorite to win this year. Even though she has been praised critically, Sairose Ronan’s role in Brooklyn did not manage to get enough Oscar hype.
This year is a serious competition between Jennifer Lawrence for Joy and Brie Larson for Room. Both actresses have enjoyed support and praise but Brie holds out a certain advantage over Jennifer. The Oscars however have been unpredictable in this area.
Jennifer’s own Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook over Jessica Chastain’s Zero Dark Thirty was a surprise for even Jennifer as many would think. It might be possible that Jennifer pulls out another Oscar win yet again or as many are predicting, it is definitely Brie’s to win.
Another favorite to win this year is Sylvester Stallone for his reprisal of Rocky Balboa in the movie Creed in the Best Supporting Actor category. He has been nominated for the prestigious award after some forty years and audience and critics alike have praised his emotional performance this time around. The other favorite to win this year is Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies.
The actor’s performance has captured the buzz for his favorite status but amidst the diversity issue, his role’s nomination and win are both being seen as white preferentialism. Other nominees in this category have been deemed seriously not deserving of the win. Christian Bale’s nomination for The Big Short is being called unfair.
For many, if there was anyone who deserved a nomination from The Big Short lineup of actors, it was Ryan Gosling. Mark Ruffalo’s performance in The Spotlight has also failed to generate enough hype for a win. Same is the case with Tom Hardy’s role in the Revenant which has faced major undermining due to the hype about Leo and Innaritu’s win.
Innaritu being a favorite has become an issue among the audience and the critics. Having already won the Best Director trophy last year, many people are saying that he is unlikely to win another in the following year. However, his work in The Revenant has become a glaring sign board that assigns him as the winner. Many critics are still arguing that The Revenant is the same as it is for Leo.
One of the director’s underwhelming performance in their filmography. The time will tell whether Innaritu will pick the trophy this time around or not. Lenny Abrahamson for Room is the surprise nominee in this category as having beaten the favorite Todd Haynes for Carol. He is still the underdog and most unlikely to win this year.
Two director facing off one another on an equal level is Tom McCarthy for Spotlight and Adam McKay for The Big Short. Both directors have been acclaimed by audience and critics but they are not the favourites to win.
The only director who seem to have a chance to beat Innaritu is George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road. George has become the top contender in most polls and critic views as the man who will win the trophy against Innaritu.
Mad Max: Fury Road is also the unprecedented winner in most audience polls and critic views. Compared to The Revenant, Mad Max has garnered an overwhelming support to win the Best Picture trophy this year.
The movie is second in contention to The Revenant. The movie has also been nominated in various categories and the film is supported in almost all American states as the favorite to win this year. So while Innaritu and Leo might pick their awards, Mad Max is the favorite to pick the biggest award of the night.
In comparison, the other films that are favorite to pick the award at the Oscars are The Big Short, The Spotlight and The Martian for their storylines. Bridge of Spies and Brooklyn have been left behind in the race to being the number one contenders for the win.
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So this is it folks! The rest you can do now is wait till 29th February to see whether your favorite wins or loses out to other movies that the people have chosen as their favorites.