Movies’ big night is here, and it’s not without controversy.
Hosted by comedian Chris Rock, the 88th Academy Awards will air at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.
Since nominees were announced, the Oscars have been the kid in the corner that can’t do anything right.
Big names like Will Smith, Spike Lee and a handful of others are boycotting this year’s ceremony due to the lack of diversity in nominees.
Actor Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”), Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” and director Ryan Coogler (“Creed”) were among those not nominated.
However, the academy has said this year’s ceremony will be it’s most diverse show to date in terms of presenters and performers.
All eyes will be on actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who is hoping to get his first Oscar on his fifth nomination for the gritty drama “The Revenant.” That film leads with 12 nominations.
As always, though, expect surprises. And this year’s race for best picture is wide open.
So just who will take home that coveted statue? Let’s take a look at the six big categories.
The nominees are: “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant,” “Room,” “Spotlight”
And the Oscar goes to … “The Revenant.” While many have pegged the ensemble dramas “Spotlight” and “The Big Short” as front runners, “The Revenant” has a few things working in its favor.
First, the film is still doing great numbers at the box office, grossing more than $165 million domestically. It also has a commanding performance from DiCaprio. But most of all, it has elements of past winners (think “Gladiator” and “Braveheart”) that make it a familiar choice for Academy voters.
Upset alert: “The Martian” is the sleeper in this category. Ridley Scott has taken home Oscar gold before, and this movie was all over critics’ choice lists. It’s a feel good film that dazzled with its story and had staying power at the box office well past its release date.
The nominees are: Adam McKay for “The Big Short,” George Miller for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu for “The Revenant,” Lenny Abrahamson for “Room,” Tom McCarthy for “Spotlight”
And the Oscar goes to … Miller, an industry veteran who started his career in 1979 with the first “Mad Max,” comes full circle to take home the trophy for the nonstop action sequel “Fury Road.”
The nominees are: Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo,” Matt Damon in “The Martian,” Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant,” Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs,” Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”
And the Oscar goes to … DiCaprio finally gets it on his fifth try. He should have two by now. But, hey, sometimes you have to be beaten up by a couple CGI bears to get the glory.
The nominees are: Cate Blanchett in “Carol,” Brie Larson in “Room,” Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy,” Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years,” Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”
And the Oscar goes to … Larson’s performance has been the most buzzed about of all the nominees. But don’t be surprised if Blanchett walks away with this one.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
The nominees are: Christian Bale in “The Big Short,” Tom Hardy in “The Revenant,” Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight,” Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies,” Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”
And the Oscar goes to … Stallone seems like the sure bet here. Though he has shown flashes of his talent in the past, in “Creed” Stallone gives the type of performance that makes you forget all those dumb action films he’s forced onto the world.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
The nominees are: Jennifer Jason Leigh in “The Hateful Eight,” Rooney Mara in “Carol,” Rachel McAdams in “Spotlight,” Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl,” Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs”
And the Oscar goes to … All signs point to this one going to Vikander. However, after Winslet took home the Golden Globe in this category, this one could be a toss-up. Don’t count out Mara, either.
BEST ANIMATED FILM
And the Oscar goes to … “Inside Out” wins, but Charlie Kaufman’s “Anomalisa” didn’t get the attention and credit it deserves.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
And the Oscar goes to … “The Big Short” is hilarious and took a huge subject (the mortgage crisis of the mid-2000s) and made it human.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
And the Oscar goes to … “Spotlight” should win this, but something tells me “Inside Out” will. Then, everyone will have a field day with Disney beating out the story of N.W.A. in “Straight Outta Compton.”
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