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The Movie Buff January: Oscar Predictions

Colby Perron, the Movie Buff, predicts the winners of this year's Academy Awards!

Colby Perron, Staff Writer

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It’s Oscar Time everyone! The best time of the year for all of the old white guys that make up the academy to vote on movies that pretty much nobody has ever heard or cared about until they are announced to be nominated for an award.

One day, I got a pop up on my Twitter feed (the one time I’ve ever actually checked my Twitter feed) that said that the Oscar nominees were up, and I just had to check them out. With the awards coming up, I want to make my predictions known for what will win each individual category.

Let’s start out with the guys who make the movie what it is-bringing feeling, comedy, and an overall sense of whatever that the movie is trying to make you feel: Best Actor. The nominees are: Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo in the film “Trumbo,” Matt Damon as Mark Watney in  “The Martian,” Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass in “The Revenant,” Michael Fassbender as billionaire tech mogul, Steve Jobs in the film “Steve Jobs,” and Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe in “The Danish Girl.” While DiCaprio was able to pull of the role of a lifetime and Damon was able to bring to life my third favorite movie of 2015, I am predicting the winner to be Eddie Redmayne. Today, transgender people are the topic of a lot of discussion, so Redmayne playing the role of a transgender woman who just wants to love is a definite shoo-in for the award. I haven’t seen “The Danish Girl” in its entirety, but working at a movie theater, I was able to see an excellent portrayal of a controversial character and that is my prediction for Best Actor.

Now onto the female stars of the movies that we go to see: Best Actress. The nominees are: Cate Blanchett as Carol Aird in “Carol,” Brie Larson as Ma in “Room,” Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano in “Joy,” Charlotte Rampling as Kate Mercer in “45 Years,” and Saoirse Ronan Eilis Lacey “Brooklyn.” I’m going to be frank I honestly didn’t even know two of these movies existed (being “45 Years” and “Brooklyn,”) and I didn’t get around to seeing the entirety of the other three, but my prediction will come none-the-less! While fan favorite J-Law may be the popular choice, most of the people I talked to gave negative reviews of her acting as well as the movie “Joy” in and of itself. As for Cate Blanchett, she just seems like she was in “Carol” for the nomination. Nothing about what I saw of her performance seemed all that worthy of winning; so therefore, my prediction (based on what I saw) is that Brie Larson will win the award.

Finally, we have the king of all of the categories: Best Picture! And the nominees are: “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant,” “Room,” and “Spotlight.” While great movies, I feel like “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” just don’t stand a chance in this competition. “Brooklyn,” “The Martian,” and “Room” are slightly more likely, but still, two movies trump over every one of them. While “The Revenant,” is an absolutely amazing movie (as I guarantee that you can see based on my predictions for how many awards it will win), but I definitely have to predict the award will go to “Spotlight.” “Spotlight” is easily the one movie that deserves best picture as it was the most well crafted, well told, well acted, well directed, and well shot movie all in one. While other movies may have beat it in one or two categories, only “Spotlight” can take all of them and make them into one excellently crafted and amazingly watchable movie.

Well, I may have skipped quite a few categories, but hey, do you really want to read a 10 page column? No? I didn’t think so. Anyway, those are my predictions for this year’s Academy Awards. Do you agree? What do you think I got wrong? I love to hear from my fans! That’s all for this time, and I’ll see you soon when I review “Hail, Caesar!”

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