2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture
written by Souranath Banerjee
On Sunday, February 28th, it’s that time of the year when they give away those awards!
Yes, on this day, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences will hand over the most prestigious awards of the entertainment world – the Academy Awards or the Oscars.
On the basis of the ‘preferential voting’ system (democratic and unbiased), all the nominees are chosen each year for the various award categories and then they simply wait, hope and pray to win!
This year Chris Rock will be hosting the award ceremony on ABC.
In total 305 feature films are competing for Best Picture nominations. Though the final and official seven/eight nominated ones will be announced on Thursday, January 14th, it’s always fun to guess, predict and anticipate a little before hand.
So let the predictions for the ‘Best Picture’ category begin!
10. Beasts of No Nation (Netflix)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xb9Ty-1frw
An African country at war, where violence is routine and murder is the law.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, this is the story of a kid who is forced to join a group of soldiers and take up the gun to fight and kill people.
A raw and deadly film that shows the emotional turmoil of a child soldier. And surely a favorite in the Oscar race.
9. Carol (The Weinstein Company)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4z7Px68ywk
The combination of New York in 1950s and Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and a perfect love story.
Full of emotions and breathtaking visuals, superb music and brilliant acting – the film is a complete package of aw
Directed by Todd Haynes, this one is a favorite of mine as well as the Oscar nominees.
8. Youth (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T7CM4di_0c
Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz and director Paolo Sorrentino cooks up one of the best mouthwatering cinema of this year.
A film that reflects on the youth and relishes the old age with the same intensity. It deals with friendship, love, marriage, lust, professions, emotions and above all emotions. I bet my
7. The Hateful Eight (The Weinstein Company)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnRbXn4-Yis
Quentin Tarantino is back with his 8th film and along with Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tim Roth among others this one gets as gritty and violent as you can expect it to be.
Powerful performances with awesome visuals and a superbly entertaining story line.
An Oscar favorite because ‘No one comes up here without a damn good reason’.
6. Brooklyn (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15syDwC000k
1950s Brooklyn as the backdrop, the film is about an Irish immigrant’s life, her love story and her past, and the choices she makes.
Directed by John Crowley, and outstanding performance by Saoirse Ronan, this is a film that breadths perfection.
My personal favorite and I wish it all the luck for the tough Oscar chart ahead.
5. Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Brothers)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEJnMQG9ev8
In the year 1979 Mad Max was established – a drifter, a loner and of course mad as hell. And this is the latest addition to the popular franchise.
Powerful, dramatic and full of energy, directed by George Miller, this is undoubtedly the best action flick of 2015 and a leader in the Oscar race for the ‘Best Picture’.
4. The Revenant (20th Century Fox)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoebZZ8K5N0
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (whose film Birdman won the ‘best director’, ‘best picture’ and ‘best screenplay’ awards last year), has come up with this brilliant tale of an explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio).
A fur trading expedition in the 1820s; inspired by true events this is an epic adventure, a quest for survival and also a sure favorite in this year’s Oscar.
3. The Big Short (Paramount Pictures)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDlYm15ztK4
When Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt come together – you know it’s worth it.
Directed by Adam McKay, this is a biographical account of the time (mid 2000) when there was a financial crisis in the US, and four individuals decided to fight the greedy banks for their lack of foresight.
Looks like a pretty sure thing for the award ceremony. Watch out!
2. Room (A24 Films)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Ci-pAL4eE
Adopted from Emma Donoghue‘s famous novel, this is one unique story of a five-year old boy who is told by his loving mother that their 10-by-10 foot ‘room’ is the only world that exists!
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, a brilliant film that surely is becoming people’s favorite and a likely contestant for the Oscar.
Brilliant performance by Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay.
- Spotlight (Open Road Films)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwdCIpbTN5g
Probably the most significant cinema on ‘journalism’ made after the epic All the President’s Men (1976).
Directed by Tom McCarthy, this is one film that is considered certainly as the top favorite in this year’s Oscar game.
With Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber among others this is one safe film to put your money.
and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most popular one).
+1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Disney)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGbxmsDFVnE
The recently released ever popular addition to the Star Wars franchise and a sudden favorite for the Oscars.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, this film with it’s immense fan following has the potential to be a game changer in the race for this years ‘Best Picture’ Academy Awards.
By the way, this film has recreated the U.S. box office record beating James Cameron‘s Avatar!
And now the films though not included in my list but are certainly fair competition for the award: Straight Outta Compton, Creed, Trumbo, Son of Saul, Black Mass, The Danish Girl, Love & Mercy, Tangerine, Sicario, Steve Jobs, The Martian, Bridge of Spies and Joy.
And finally – A Thank You to the movies of 2015.
Poster courtesy: www.impawards.com.