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The Dose: Oscar Predictions

The Dose: Oscar Predictions

The Dose: Oscar Predictions
February 03
22:41 2016

The Editorial Board

Best picture: Spotlight

It has everything an Oscar winner needs: plot twists, intense emotion, startling realism and a spectacular cast of actors. Based on a true story about investigative journalism, “Spotlight” stays loyal to the facts—and who doesn’t love a good detective story?

Actor in a leading role: Michael Fassbender

Fassbender brings the late Apple co-founder to life in the biographical film “Steve Jobs.” Through his startlingly human portrayal, the actor does the impossible by bringing Jobs to life. An Oscar win seems only fitting.

Actress in a leading role: Brie Larson

An up-and-coming actress, Larson slays at her gripping role in “Room.” This is her first Oscar nomination, but the buzz that the 26-year-old has inspired hints that she has more than a fighting chance at winning.

Actor in a supporting role: Tom Hardy

Hardy all but disappears into his intense, wide-eyed role in “The Revenant.” As his brutal, badass acting in the film was essentially undisputed by critics, this nomination comes as no surprise.

Actress in a supporting role: Alicia Vikander

As a supporting actress, Vikander outshines the leading roles in “The Danish Girl.” Her tragic and compassionate performance in the film captured the hearts of viewers and elicited this much-deserved nomination.

Animated feature film: Inside Out

Pixar’s latest animation is a veritable emotional rollercoaster. Dynamic, psychedelic and original, “Inside Out” is a powerhouse film well-deserving of an Oscar.

Directing: Mad Max: Fury Road

The fourth film of the Mad Max series is nothing short of spectacular. In what has been called a “revitalization of cinema,” George Miller captivates viewers from start to finish, confidently earning its nomination.

Music (original score): Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Having composed all six of the previous Star Wars films, John Williams returns for the seventh with another legendary score. After more than a decade, the saga is back with a vengeance, and the iconic musical score is no exception.

Visual effects: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This one is almost a no-brainer. In just over two hours, the seventh Star Wars installment amazed and intrigued viewers with impressive visuals, responding and fulfilling fans’ requests for more realistic effects.

Writing (adapted screenplay): Big Short

Equally terrifying and spectacular, “The Big Short” brags a screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay. It’s no shock that the highly intelligent and expertly crafted writing garnered an Oscar nomination—and almost undoubtedly a win.

Writing (original screenplay): Straight Outta Compton

Intense. Personal. Revolutionary. The flawless, candid and outspoken writing making up the screenplay for “Straight Outta Compton” will no doubt propel the film to a win at this year’s awards.

Featured graphic: Erica Wieting | Features Editor

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