This article was very last minute – remember that Mozart composed the overture to “Don Giovanni” the night before the premiere – but, here are my final predictions for the 88th Academy Awards held tonight. For the sake of brevity, I will only cover the major categories.
Best Picture: “Spotlight”
Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Actress: Brie Larson, it’s a lock!
Best Screenplay: “Ex Machina” – Original, “The Big Short” – Adapted.
Animated Feature: “Inside Out,” it’s a lock!
Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone
Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander
Original Score: Ennio Morricone
Possible Upsets: None of these outcomes would be a shock to me.
Best Picture: “The Revenant”
Best Director: Adam Mckay, believe it or not
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, although this would be a 1980 US Olympic hockey team “miracle on ice” level upset
Best Screenplay: “Spotlight” – Original, “Room” – Adapted
Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance
Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet
Original Score: Johann Johannsson