My Picks for the Oscars 2016

Best Picture
The Nominees: “The Big Short,” ‘’Bridge of Spies,” ‘’Brooklyn,” ‘’Mad Max: Fury Road,” ‘’The Martian,” ‘’The Revenant,” ‘’Room,” ‘’Spotlight.”

This is quite a tough one and with genres as different as chalk and cheese and the Academy in a serious mess as the gem “carol” did not even get nominated, my pick would be “Spotlight”. The reason being it is a true story and brought out into the open the sins that happen behind closed doors in the halls of the Lord! “The Big Short” may make a surprise cut as well!

Best Actor
The Nominees: Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”; Matt Damon, “The Martian”; Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”; Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”; Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl.”

Give the elusive statuette to Leo – once and for all – end this drama. The surprising miss here is the non-nomination of Michael B. Jordan for his powerhouse yet understated role in “Creed”. With time on his side I hope the young actor will win in due course of time.

Best Actress
The Nominees: Cate Blanchett, “Carol”; Brie Larson, “Room”; Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”; Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”; Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn.”
Brilliant performance by Brie Larson that should not be overlooked – I am gunning for her!

Best Supporting Actor
The Nominees: Christian Bale, “The Big Short”; Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”; Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”; Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”; Sylvester Stallone, “Creed.”

For the sheer love of Rocky I would want grandpa Sylvester to win for inspiring two generations with the pulsating “Eye of the Tiger” playing in the background. Tom Hardy is one star who is growing in stature with every movie; but who Ireally think deserves the award this year is Mark Rylance who stole the thunder from right under Tom Hanks’ nose in “Bridge of Spies”.

Best Supporting Actress
The Nominees: Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”; Rooney Mara, “Carol”; Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”; Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”; Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs.”
I am in a bit of a bother in picking one clear winner here. Odds in favour of Alicia Vikander for “The Danish Girl” though I won’t be surprised if Kate Winslet wins for “Steve Jobs”.

Best Director
The Nominees: “The Big Short,” Adam McKay; “Mad Max: Fury Road,” George Miller; “The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Inarritu; “Room,” Lenny Abrahamson; “Spotlight,” Tom McCarthy.
Well it is likely that it is the year of “The Revenant” and Alejandro G. Inarritu will win the statuette but on a personal note I am gunning for George Miller who at 70 plus gave us one cracking movie the first definitive blockbuster of the year gone by in “Mad Max: Road of Fury”.

So what are your picks???

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