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Oscar Watch with Scott

Hey everyone, I hope your Holidays were fun and that you got to see a few movies (even if one of those was “Star Wars”). This Sunday, the 10th, is the Golden Globes, the first major stop on the way to the biggest movie awards shows of the year—the Oscars. Today, I outline my predictions for the winners in the major film categories (not television, and not the smaller stuff due to word limits and all). So let’s get to it!

*Note: When I do this for my blog, I Bold the movies I want to win, and italicize the ones I think will win. Sometimes they line up, sometimes they don’t.

Best Motion Picture—Drama


“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Revenant”



I would love for the underdog action movie that blew everyone away to really shake things up. “The Revenant” has not been officially out yet (my review for it will be published in next week’s issue). so that leaves “Spotlight,” which is one of the best made movies of the year.

Best Motion Picture—Comedy:

“The Big Short”

“The Martian”




This one is really a toss-up—does the critically acclaimed sci-fi adventure win in the Comedy category despite not being an straight-up comedy? Or does the 50/50 Dramedy take it. I think they’re going to give it to The Big Short purely on the basis that sci-fis hardly ever win anything.

Best Actor—Drama:

Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”)

Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”)

Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”)

Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”)

Will Smith (“Concussion”)

If Leo doesn’t win this, after eating raw bison liver and sleeping inside a dead animal, I really don’t know what it will take for him to win anything. The other films have received mostly mixed reviews also, so that hampers their buzz-worthiness in terms of winning.

Best Actress–Drama:

Cate Blanchett (“Carol”)

Brie Larson (“Room”)

Rooney Mara (“Carol”)

Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”)

Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”)

Reason: As much as I love all of these performances, Brie Larson is really one of the brightest and most talented actresses working today. After being completely snubbed for her remarkable breakout in “Short Term 12,” it is only fair that she gets something for a truly astounding performance.

Best Actor–Comedy:

Matt Damon (“The Martian”)

Christian Bale (“The Big Short”)

Steve Carell (“The Big Short”)

Al Pacino (“Danny Collins”)

Mark Ruffalo (“Infinitely Polar Bear”)

Reason: If The Big Short were to win Best Comedy, I think it’s fair—and accurate—if Matt Damon wins for “The Martian.” You can almost certainly count out Mark Ruffalo and Al Pacino.

Best Actress–Comedy

Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”)

Amy Schumer (“Trainwreck”)

Melissa McCarthy (“Spy”)

Lily Tomlin (“Grandma”)

Maggie Smith (“The Lady in the Van”)

Reason: I’m going to bet against a favorite here, and it will probably come back to bite me in the ass. Yes, Jennifer Lawrence is really great, one of the best actresses of our time, but Amy Schumer—in a breakout lead role—really nailed it. Also, Lawrence has already won—but that really hasn’t stopped anybody else from winning twice.

Best Supporting Actor:

Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”)

Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”)

Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy”)

Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”)

Michael Shannon (“99 Homes”)

Reason: In my time as a film writer/critic, I never thought that Stallone would ever be getting as much buzz as he is for his work in “Creed.” It is a hefty role that broke many hearts, especially for major fans of “Rocky “like myself.

Best Supporting Actress:

Jane Fonda (“Youth”)

Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”)

Helen Mirren (“Trumbo”)

Alicia Vikander (“Ex-Machina”)

Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”)

Reason: A double nominee, it would be pretty heartbreaking if Vikander didn’t at least win one (that being if she somehow managed to steal the award out from under Brie Larson). A few months ago I would have said Winslet, and I almost want to say Leigh after “The Hateful Eight,” but Vikander is a majorly rising star—so even if for some reason she doesn’t win, this won’t be her last rodeo.

Best Director:

Todd Haynes (“Carol”)

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“The Revenant”)

Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”)

George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)

Ridley Scott (“The Martian”)

Best Screenplay:

“The Big Short”

“Steve Jobs”

“The Hateful Eight”



Best Original Song: See You Again (“Furious 7”)

Best Score: “Carol”

Best Animated Film: “Inside Out”

Best Foreign Film: “Son of Saul”

The Golden Globes will be on NBC at 5pm on Sunday Jan. 10.

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