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DiCaprio, Inarritu, Stallone?

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The Super Bowl For The Movie Industry Will Happen This Weekend, And Regardless Of The Hype Or Controversy, The Event Will Undoubtedly Make A Few Careers And Cement Others

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By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 26, 2016 — Greetings, movie lovers! Are you somehow unaware the the Super Bowl of the movie world is happening this weekend?

Because it absolutely is.

Yes, The Academy Awards are taking place on Sunday and being that it is Hollywood’s biggest night, this week’s Movie News Mixtape will take a look at this year's nominees, headlines and possible winners. Let’s dig in, shall we?

(Some Bold) Predictions For Hollywood’s Biggest Award Ceremony
There has been a lot surrounding this year’s Oscars, though, most of it has been clouded with negativity due to the fact that there is very little color in the nominees, which prompted the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Granted, fan favorite Chris Rock is hosting and there is still plenty to look forward to this year. Leonardo DiCaprio is either finally going to get his long overdue Oscar or is up for one of the biggest upsets in Academy Awards history. Also, this year’s Best Picture race is one of the most unpredictable in years and with any luck, we will get to see Jennifer Lawrence do something very charming again. In any case, here is a look at each major category and some predictions to go along with it.

Best Picture

The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, and Spotlight.
Who Will Win? - (BOLD PREDICTION) Mad Max: Fury Road

Normally, there are some very strong indicators that can help figure out who is going to take home the top prize every year, or at least help narrow it down to a couple very serious candidates. However, this year has been totally bananas and all over the place and has led to one of the most wide open races in years. So, with that being said, I believe the vote will split very heavily between Spotlight, The Revenant and Room, leaving the door open for George Miller’s critically acclaimed action masterpiece Mad Max: Fury Road to sneak in and take the Best Picture statue home. Also, Miller is not likely to win for Directing, so that will probably help push some votes that way for the big prize.

Actor In A Leading Role

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo; Matt Damon, The Martian; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant; Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs; and Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl.
Who Will Win? - Leonardo DiCaprio

With how many times Leo has been robbed over the years, it is a bit hard to confidently say that he will finally get his Oscar for his uncompromising and dedicated performance in The Revenant, but to quote Rafiki from The Lion King, “it is time!” He has pretty much picked up every major award leading up to the big night and this is a classic situation where the Academy will very likely honor the body of work as opposed to the individual accomplishment. That being said, anyone who has seen The Revenant knows that his performance is absolutely worthy of an Oscar. If there is an upset in store, it will come in the form of Michael Fassbender for his work in Steve Jobs.

Actress In A Leading Role

Cate Blanchett, Carol; Brie Larson, Room; Jennifer Lawrence, Joy; Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years; and Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn.
Who Will Win? - Brie Larson

There isn’t a whole lot to talk about here. Larson has won virtually every major and minor award that is handed out to honor an actress for a performance in a film. If she doesn’t win, it will serve as one of the biggest surprises in Oscar history and it is hard to imagine any other actress in the pack sneaking up to snatch it away. Though, the Academy really does love Cate Blanchett.

Actor In A Supporting Role

Christian Bale, The Big Short; Tom Hardy, The Revenant; Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight; Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies; and Sylvester Stallone, Creed.
Who Will Win? - Sylvester Stallone

This is another category that is probably a lock for one because the Academy loves to honor an actor in their twilight years for their greater body of work, but also because old Sly was nothing shy of fantastic in the seventh installment of the Rocky franchise. However, the other side of that coin is that this is one of the categories that most points to the fact that this was just a killer year for movies and great performances.

Actress In A Supporting Role

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight; Rooney Mara, Carol; Rachel McAdams, Spotlight; Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl; and Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs.
Who Will Win? - Your guess is as good as mine!

This category is absolutely stacked and there is no very clear frontrunner because every single performance is worthy of a win and probably would win in a different year were they not all competing against one another. If one were to put a gun to my head and make me choose, I would say flip a coin between McAdams and Winslet, but really this to me is the most wide open category of the evening.

Animated Feature Film

Anomalisa, Boy & The World, Inside Out, Shaun The Sheep and When Marnie Was There.
Who Will Win? - Inside Out

There is no need to discuss this further. If you were to only bet on one category, put your money on Inside Out to win this year. Plain and simple.

Best Director

Adam Mckay, The Big Short; George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road; Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant; Lenny Abrahamson, Room; and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight.
Who Will Win? - Alejandro G. Inarritu

There is almost no question, it looks like Inarritu is going to repeat in this category after winning last year for Birdman. The production for The Revenant was famously brutal and Inarritu was uncompromising with his vision. He also has the most momentum heading into Sunday. That being said, this category is known for a good surprise here and there.

Things We Learned: DC And Warner Bros. Still On Track (Sort Of)
The DC Cinematic Universe - Ok, so aside from some pictures surfacing online and some sequels getting greenlit, the big news of the week all surrounded Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and the greater DC Cinematic Universe that Warner Bros. is kicking off in a little less than a month. There was some serious talks that things were not looking good last week and that some plans may shift, but it was confirmed this week that production has already started on Justice League and that Zack Snyder is indeed still directing. He even took to Twitter to post a photo with Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa that also seemed to show The Flash costume in the background. In other DC movie news, there will reportedly be an R rated version of Batman V. Superman on Blu-Ray, likely a response to how well Deadpool is doing. Also, the studio got a bit of heat because they refused to show an early cut of the film to a young boy who had terminal cancer, who just passed away. In any case, things are on track for Warner Bros. and Batfleck moving forward, at least for now.

Box Office Preview/Review and Predictions
As predicted, Deadpool continued to dominate the box office last week taking in another $55 million, leaving the competition in the dust. Granted, the indie horror period piece The Witch pulled in an impressive $8.5 million after receiving a ton of praise from critics and being made for pocket change. However, the viewer score for the movie has been less than impressive, which could hurt it this week. The three major films opening this week are a very mixed bag with the Gerard Butler epic Gods Of Egypt, the amazing cast boasting thriller Triple 9 and the feelgood sports story Eddie The Eagle all coming out. There are a lot of question marks heading into the weekend, but one thing you can bet on is that the critics are going to level I>Gods Of Egypt and it will be the year’s first box office disaster.

Weekend Box Office Predictions

  • Deadpool
  • Risen
  • Eddie The Eagle
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Triple 9

That’s it for this week, movie lovers. Be sure to come back next week for all of the Hollywood news you need, want and didn’t know you needed.

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