As it’s April Fools Day, I thought that I should make a fool of myself, and attempt to predict the 88th Academy Awards, held in February 2016. As the large majority of the films have yet to have released any footage, let alone premiered their films, it really is a stab in the dark. It’s fun to do, even if you do end up making awful predictions, as you can see if you have seen my Early predictions I made last March for the 87th Awards ceremony. Yet, if you get something right, you get eternal bragging rights (last March I predicted both Inarritu’s, and DiCaprio’s wins, while correctly going out on a limb on Redmayne, Fassbender, Blanchett, Ronan, Mara, Jennifer Jason Leigh in the acting categories, plus Inside Out and Shaun the Sheep Movie in Animated Feature). OK, let’s get this over with…
Best Picture: Billy Lynn’s Long Half Time Walk, The Birth of a Nation, Collateral Beauty, The Founder, Howard Hughes, La La Land, Loving, Passengers, Silence, Sully.
Best Director: Damien Chazelle- La La Land, Clint Eastwood- Sully, Ang Lee- Billy Lynn’s Long Half Time Walk, Nate Parker- The Birth of a Nation, Martin Scorsese- Silence.
Best Actor: Casey Affleck- Manchester by the Sea, Andrew Garfield- Silence, Tom Hanks- Sully, Michael Keaton- The Founder, Will Smith- Collateral Beauty.
Best Actress: Annette Bening- 20th Century Women, Emily Blunt- The Girl on the Train, Jessica Chastain- The Zookeeper’s Wife, Lupita Nyong’o- The Queen of Katwe, Emma Stone- La La Land.
Best Supporting Actor: Aaron Eckhart- Sully, Steve Martin- Billy Lynn’s Long Half Time Walk, Edward Norton- Collateral Beauty, Liam Neeson- Silence, Michael Shannon- Loving.
Best Supporting Actress: Lily Collins- Howard Hughes, Laura Dern- The Founder, Aja Naomi King- The Birth of a Nation, Laura Linney- Sully, Rachel Weisz- The Light Between Oceans.
Best Original Screenplay: The Birth of a Nation, Collateral Beauty, La La Land, Loving, Passengers.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Billy Lynn’s Long Half Time Walk, The Founder, Silence, Sully, The Zookeeper’s Wife.
Best Animated Feature: Finding Dory, Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, The Red Turtle, Zootopia.