Film Feature: Carrie and Chad Pick the 2016 Oscars

by Carrie Kahn on February 24, 2016

Film critics Carrie and Chad on who will – and who should – win the 88th Academy Awards

The 88th Academy Awards air this Sunday, February 28th on ABC at 5:30pm PST (as always, red carpet coverage begins much earlier, if you want to dish on fashion highs and lows). Spinning Platters film critics Carrie Kahn and Chad Liffmann share their predictions – and hopes – for the major categories. Follow along and see how we – and you – do on the big night!

BEST PICTURE:

Best Picture

Nominees: The Big Short/Bridge of Spies/Brooklyn/Mad Max: Fury Road/The Martian/The Revenant/Room/Spotlight
Carrie: Will Win: The Revenant; Should Win: Spotlight
Chad: Will Win: Spotlight; Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road 

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING:

best-directors

Nominees: Adam McKay, The Big Short/George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road/Lenny Abrahamson, Room/Alexander G. Iñárritu, The Revenant/Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Carrie: Will Win: Iñárritu, The Revenant; Should Win: McKay, The Big Short
Chad: Will Win: Iñárritu, The Revenant; Should Win: Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:

Nominees: Bryan Cranston, Trumbo/Matt Damon, The Martian/Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant/Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs/Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Carrie: Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio; Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio
Chad: Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio; Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:

Best Actress

Nominees: Cate Blanchett, Carol/Brie Larson, Room/Jennifer Lawrence, Joy/Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years/Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Carrie: Will Win: Brie Larson; Should Win: Charlotte Rampling
Chad: Will Win: Brie Larson; Should Win: Brie Larson

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

Best Supporting Actress

Nominees: Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight/Rooney Mara, Carol/Rachel McAdams, Spotlight/Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl/Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Carrie: Will Win: Alicia Vikander; Should Win: Jennifer Jason Leigh
Chad: Will Win: Alicia Vikander; Should Win: Alicia Vikander

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

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Nominees: Christian Bale, The Big Short/Tom Hardy, The Revenant/Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight/Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies/Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Carrie: Will Win: Sylvester Stallone; Should Win: Tom Hardy
Chad: Will Win: Sylvester Stallone; Should Win: Sylvester Stallone

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

animated

Nominees: Anomalisa/Boy and the World/Inside Out/Shaun the Sheep/When Marnie Was There
Carrie: Will Win: Inside Out; Should Win: Inside Out
Chad: Will Win: Inside Out; Should Win: Inside Out

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

documentary

Nominees: Amy/Cartel Land/The Look of Silence/What Happened, Miss Simone?/Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
Carrie: Will Win: Amy; Should Win: Meru (okay, it’s not even nominated, but it should have been – and it should have won!)
Chad: Will Win: Amy; Should Win: Amy

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY:

cinematography

Nominees: Roger Deakins, Sicario/Ed Lachman, Carol/Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant/Robert Richardson, The Hateful Eight/John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
Carrie: Will Win: Lubezki, The Revenant; Should Win: Richardson, The Hateful Eight
Chad: Will Win: Lubezki, The RevenantShould Win: Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN:

Costume Design

Nominees: Jacqueline West, The Revenant/Paco Delgado, The Danish Girl/Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road/Sandy Powell, Cinderella/Sandy Powell, Carol
Carrie: Will Win: Powell, Carol; Should Win: Powell, Carol
Chad: Will Win: Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road; Should Win: Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE:

Best FF

Nominees: A War (Denmark)/Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)/Mustang (France)/Son of Saul (Hungary)/Theeb (Jordan)
Carrie: Will Win: Son of Saul; Should Win: Son of Saul
Chad: Will Win: Son of Saul; Should Win: Didn’t see enough nominees 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

Adapt Screenplay

Nominees: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short/Nick Hornby, Brooklyn/Phyllis Nagy, Carol/Drew Goddard, The Martian/Emma Donoghue, Room
Carrie: Will Win: Randolph & McKay, The Big Short; Should Win: Randolph & McKay, The Big Short 
Chad: Will Win: Randolph & McKay, The Big Short; Should Win: Randolph & McKay, The Big Short 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Orig Screenplay

Nominees: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, and Joel Coen, Bridge of Spies/Alex Garland, Ex Machina/Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, and Ronnie Del Carmen, Inside Out/Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight/Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, and Alan Wenkus, Straight Outta Compton
Carrie: Will Win: Singer & McCarthy, Spotlight; Should Win: Singer & McCarthy, Spotlight
Chad: Will Win: Singer & McCarthy, Spotlight; Should Win: Singer & McCarthy, Spotlight

 

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… and never fear: if you weren’t able to get to all the films this year, Screen Junkies has made this super handy summary guide to the Best Picture nominees:

 

Carrie Kahn

Moving from the arthouse to the multiplex with grace, ease, and only the occasional eye roll.

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