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DiCaprio in The Revenant

Everyone’s (least) favorite award show is finally upon us! It’s Oscar time! After months of waiting through tough competition, underdogs and top dogs, white washing, shocking snubs and similar surprises we can stop scratching our heads or pretending to care in order to seem more cultured.

As Chris Rock prepares to take the stage and usher in another three hour long soirée or celebrity back patting, critics are dishing out their final predictions. Updating where necessary following any changes from last night’s Indie Spirits. So in an attempt to make sense of the past five months (let’s face it, Oscar Season is a year-round event), here are my final (and hopeful) predictions… Sound off in comments below.

Picture: The Revenant or Spotlight

The top prize of the night, suitably, has some room for upset. The Revenant and Spotlight have been dancing back and forth across the line of “sure-thing” and “underdog” with The Big Short and Mad Max looking on from the sidelines waiting for their chance to jump in.

Director: George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road

The second to last accolade has a few possibilities up it’s sleeve. The simplest choice would be to give it to McCarthy for Spotlight or Iñárritu for The Revenant however the Academy could be a little bold and choose more colorful picks like Adam McKay for The Big Short or George Miller for Mad Max, who I see walking off with the gold.

Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant 

No argument. When you have all 28 experts on voting for the same actor it’s pretty definite. Besides the Oscars wouldn’t be THAT upsetting… would it? (Looking at you Michael Fassbender)

Actress: Brie Larson for Room

Boasting the support of pretty much anyone who saw the movie, Larson should be looking to clear more room on her – steadily growing – trophy shelf.

Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone for Creed

Few people give mentions of Ruffalo or Rylance however it’s the comeback of the season with Stallone remaining the clear frontrunner for this prize, which would not only mark his first win at the Oscars, but is his first nomination since his first back in ‘77 for Rocky.

Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl 

A breakout star in 2015, Vikander saw two career defining turns in Ex Machina and The Danish Girl, cementing a chance at the gold for the latter within the past few months.

Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road

Original Screenplay: Spotlight

Adapted Screenplay: Room

Animated: Inside Out

Documentary: Amy

Edit: The Revenant

Score: The Hateful Eight

Costume: Cinderella

Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road

Original Song: “‘Til It Happens To You” from Hunting Ground

Cinematography: The Revenant

Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road

Foreign: Krigen (A War)

Makeup/Hair: Mad Max: Fury Road

Sound Mixing: The Revenant

Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Documentary Short: A Girl in the River

Animated Short: World of Tomorrow

Live Short: Day One

Check back tonight for live coverage of the Academy Awards!

The 88th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles at 7 pm EST. The telecast will be broadcast on ABC starting with Red Carpet coverage at 7 pm. For more information visit


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