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The 2016 Academy Award Predictions

Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio could win in the same year!

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Now that the BAFTA's are over, it's time to take a look at who's leading the Oscar race for the biggest awards of the night.

Best Picture

The Revenant pulls ahead of the rest after winning both the BAFTA for Best Film and the Golden Globe award for Best Drama, whilst The Martian won Best Comedy. It's biggest competition is Spotlight which won Best Picture at the Critics Choice Movie Awards and has been picked by many to win the Oscar. Also awarded at the Critics Choice Awards, The Big Short won Best Comedy and fan favourite Mad Max: Fury Road won Best Action. Brooklyn wasn't nominated in some of the big playing award shows, but managed to pick up the BAFTA for Best British Film. The Revenant is the only film to win more than one of these awards for Best Picture, based on that, it's chances at the Academy Awards are pretty big.

Animated Feature Film


There's no question as to which film will win this award, Inside Out has been at the top of it's game since day one. Shaun the Sheep Movie is the only other film to be nominated at every other big award show, but it's chances of winning are pretty low. Anomalisa was thought by many to be a real contender in this category but it's yet to pick up any real traction.

Best Director

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu has lead the way in this category since winning the Golden Globe back in January, his only slip was at the Critics Choice Movie Awards when George Miller won for directing fan-favourite Mad Max: Fury Road. Lenny Abrahamson was a pleasant surprise when nominations for the Oscars were announced, and many were shocked that Ridley Scott and Todd Haynes were both missing from the list, but overall it's a one man race ending with Iñárritu nabbing his second consecutive Best Director award.

Best Original Screenplay

Can anybody stop Spotlight team Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer? Probably not. They would have done a clean sweep this award season but the Golden Globes have just one one award for both Original and Adapted screenplay, so Aaron Sorkin walked away with it for Steve Jobs. He's not eligible for this category so it's Spotlight's to lose. Although, wouldn't it be great if Straight Outta Compton won?

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short has no real competition at the Oscars, so it's guaranteed to win. It's the only film this year to be nominated at the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Critics Choice Movie Awards and the Writers Guild of America awards. Steve Jobs writer Aaron Sorkin won Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes but wasn't nominated for the Academy Award, so Adam McKay has nothing to worry about there.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

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Brie Larson has won the BAFTA, the Golden Globe, the Critics Choice and the SAG award for her role in Room, so expect to see her on stage accepting an award come Oscar night. She has no real big competition either, Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett are the only other actresses who have been nominated alongside Brie for all of these awards, but they haven't beaten her before so it's unlikely they'll beat her to the Oscar. Charlotte Rampling has had little-to-no buzz for her performance in 45 Years and Jennifer Lawrence won the Golden Globe for her role in Joy but when it was announced she was nominated for the Oscar, everyone seemed pretty surprised, so it's safe to say she won't win. Amy Schumer won the Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy and Charlize Theron won for Best Actress in an Action film, but neither are nominated at the Oscars so it's Larson all the way!

Best Actor in a Leading Role

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Leonardo DiCaprio is in the same situation as Brie Larson, he's won all the other awards leading up to the Oscars, so his chances are extremely high. Besides DiCaprio, it's been the same old faces in this category no matter what award show we're at. Matt Damon won the Golden Globe for Actor in a Comedy and Christian Bale won the Critics Choice Movie award for the same category for his role in The Big Short, but he's nominated for Supporting Actor at the Oscars so it doesn't really come into play here. Tom Hardy won the Best Actor in an Action film at the same award show, but he wasn't nominated for Mad Max: Fury Road so that's irrelevant as well.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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Sylvester Stallone has won both awards he's been nominated for, the Golden Globe and the Critics Choice Movie award, but he was missing off of a few nomination lists this year, so don't be surprised if Mark Rylance nabs the Oscar on the night for his role in Bridge of Spies. Jacob Tremblay wasn't nominated for the Oscar, but he did win at the Critics Choice awards for Best Young Actor/Actress. Also left off out of the nominations this year, Idris Elba, who picked up the SAG award for his role in Beasts of No Nation.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Alicia Vikander and Kate Winslet go head-to-head after winning two awards each. Vikander won the Critics Choice Movie award and the SAG for Supporting Actress, whilst Kate Winslet won the BAFTA and the Golden Globe. Interestingly, at the award shows that Kate Winslet was crowned victorious, Vikander was nominated in the Lead Actress category instead for her role in The Danish Girl. Outside of these two, Rooney Mara got enormous attention early on for her role opposite Cate Blanchett in Carol but come award season it had fizzled out. Rachel McAdams was nominated for the SAG and the Critics Choice, but her spot at the BAFTAs and Golden Globes was taken by Vikander again for a different film, Ex Machina. Jennifer Jason Leigh was predicted to do a clean sweep this year, but she's yet to win anything for The Hateful Eight.

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