In prior years I have been a lot more invested in the Academy Awards, I slacked off a little bit this year but I still have my thoughts and (slightly less informed) opinions on some categories. This is a mix of who I think will win and my personal thoughts on who should win.
  1. Best Picture - The Big Short
    The way the Oscars select a best picture is through a point system rather than an outright vote, and I feel like The Big Short would be number two or three on most voters list, putting it on top. It's so well acted, bringing out incredible performances from already talented actors, a period piece, a true story, and relevant to current events; al things the Oscars love. Personally I would like to see this go to Bridge of Spies, Room, or Mad Max
  2. Best Director - Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
    This is one of those movies that is really incredible, but you'll probably only want to watch it once, even with that being the case, Alejandro G. Iñárritu will take it home for the second year in a row. It's beautifully shot and acted, and (as mentioned above) has everything the Oscars love (period piece, based on real events).
  3. Best Actress in a Leading Role - Brie Larson, Room
    I loved this book so much and the movie is actually fantastic. Brie Larson's performance is so intensely emotional and has a dynamic range that is truly powerful. Could also see Cate Blanchett taking this and she's wonderful so even though I haven't seen Carol I'm sure it's brilliant. No hate on Jennifer Lawrence but all I heard was bad things about Joy. Brie Larson totally breaks out in this film, and it's a damn shame/the definition of a snub that Jacob Tremblay wasn't nominated opposite her.
  4. Best Actor in a Leading Role - Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
    I hate the idea that Leonardo Di Caprio has "earned" this by being nominated so many times without winning (I foresee a follow-up list chronicling how he was outperformed each year he lost, also while we're talking overlooked nominees can we mention Amy Adams?). Eddie Redmayne's performance is complicated and perfect, in comparison to Leo's performance of mostly lying on a mat and grunting. Bryan Cranston and Michael Fassbander also had better performances than Leo this year ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  5. Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
    I would prefer to see this go to Rachel McAdams for Spotlight cause that movie was awesome and she's so great, but I think Vikander will win and it is really a beautiful performance.
  6. Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Tom Hardy, The Revenant
    In contrast to Leo's performance in this movie, we see Tom Hardy at his absolute best in The Revenant. He makes you understand the no-nonsense-logically but emotionally difficult decisions of his character, and he truly is a huge part in shaping this film.
  7. Best Adapted Screenplay - The Big Short
    The only book I read in this category was Room so personally that's my vote, but The Big Short takes what seems like would've been a super boring book and makes a pretty compelling and artistic film.
  8. Best Original Screenplay - Straight Outta Compton
    the fact that this movie wasn't nominated for ten other things makes the entire Oscar nominating process seem line a farce, I really hope they at least honor it in this way. (see my rant list On Straight Outta Compton here: ON "STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON") also it's really freaking cool that Inside Out also got nominated for this
  9. Best Animated Feature - Inside Out
  10. Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
    The first Hat Trick in this category, Emmanuel will go three in a row (Gravity in 2014, Birdman in 2015) and it's well deserved. He is an artist and is advancing new techniques in filming that I love.
  11. Best Song - Writing On The Wall by Sam Smith, Spectre
    Fantastic song, a great way to honor the Bond franchise and this gorgeous action film
  12. Best Original Soundtrack - The Hateful Eight
    Haven't seen the movie but the soundtrack is amazing. I would have loved to see The Revenant nominated for this because that music was Incredible and Bryce from The National helped write it so I love that