Which films, actors and directors have a chance of taking home statuettes on Hollywood’s biggest night?
This story appears in our April/May issue, published the week before Oscars nominations were announced.
WILL WIN: Spotlight has the combo of gravitas, quality and mass appeal.
SHOULD WIN: The gorgeous, well-constructed and entertaining Mad Max: Fury Road.
COULD WIN: The Martian’s popularity makes it a contender. Bridge of Spies has the right pedigree, and The Revenant is a heavy hitter. But don’t forget Joy with its Oscar-darling director and star or the emotionally effective Inside Out, likely to win Best Animated Feature.
WILL WIN: Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs.
SHOULD WIN: Bryan Cranston telling a Hollywood story in Trumbo.
COULD WIN: It could be the first Academy Award for Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) or Johnny Depp (Black Mass), the third for Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies), the second — and first acting award — for Matt Damon (The Martian), or the second in a row for the stunning Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl).
WILL WIN: Tom McCarthy, of The Station Agent and The Visitor, will finally get his win for Spotlight.
SHOULD WIN: I’d be happy to see to see George Miller (Mad Max), Todd Haynes (Carol), László Nemes (Son of Saul), or Andrew Haigh (45 Years) take home the prize.
COULD WIN: After last year’s win for Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu is an obvious favorite for The Revenant, as are Ridley Scott (The Martian) and David O. Russell (Joy).
WILL WIN: Brie Larson (Room) and she utterly deserves it.
SHOULD WIN: In addition to Larson, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez was frenetic fun in Tangerine, and Charlotte Rampling offered an exquisitely understated performance in 45 Years.
COULD WIN: Perennial favorite Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), New York City–born and Ireland-raised Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), or the inimitable Cate Blanchett (Carol).
WILL WIN: Don’t bet against fast-paced and powerful Holocaust film, Hungary’s Son of Saul.
SHOULD WIN: Though Son of Saul is worthy, France’s Mustang (think a Turkish Virgin Suicides) is good and Canada’s Félix et Meira is truly special.
COULD WIN: Taiwan’s The Assassin, Brazil’s The Second Mother, Germany’s Labyrinth of Lies (like Song of Saul, a Holocaust film), and Chile’s The Club (like Spotlight, a film about naughty priests).
Last modified: January 22, 2018