The nominations are in! Yesterday saw the 2016 Academy Award nominations finally be announced ahead of the ceremony next month. There were plenty of sure bets, with The Revenant leading the pack at 12 nominations, but also some welcome surprises with Mad Max: Fury Road getting 10 nominations. Now that we can all be done speculating over who would be nominated, we can get onto speculating about who will win – here are my predictions for the acting categories…
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo (1st nomination)
Matt Damon – The Martian (3rd acting nomination)
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant (6th nomination)
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs (2nd nomination)
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl (2nd nomination)
Who will win? It’s a tough call between DiCaprio and Redmayne. All hilarious jokes aside, DiCaprio probably deserves it more as it looks like his work on The Revenant was another level, but The Danish Girl is as oscar-baiting as they come and that could see DiCaprio losing out for another year.
Cate Blanchett – Carol (7th nomination)
Brie Larson – Room (1st nomination)
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy (4th nomination)
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years (1st nomination)
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn (2nd nomination)
Who will win? I think Blanchett probably has this in the bag, especially given the fact that Carol has been snubbed for Best Picture. That said, it’s an extremely tough category and I could see any of them winning, but my bet is on her.
Best Supporting Actor:
Christian Bale – The Big Short (3rd nomination)
Tom Hardy – The Revenant (1st nomination)
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight (3rd nomination)
Sylvester Stallone – Creed (2nd acting nomination)
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies (1st nomination)
Who will win? I’m pretty firmly in the belief that Hardy will take this one home, as The Revenant is all but guaranteed to sweep up at the awards next month, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who would love to see Stallone come out of nowhere to bag the prize (he did win the Golden Globe after all).
Best Supporting Actress:
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight (1st nomination)
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl (1st nomination)
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs (7th nomination)
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight (1st nomination)
Rooney Mara – Carol (2nd nomination)
Who will win? I’m willing to bet Vikander, who frankly should have been up in the Best Actress section for her role in The Danish Girl, which was easily equal to Redmayne’s. Like Best Actress though this is an extremely tough category where they are all deserving, and in with a decent chance, of winning.
Who do you think will take home the Academy Awards next month? Let me know in the comments section!