Now after talking some smack about the Academy and the respective snubs and should-nots, let’s focus on the big prizes of tonight – starting with the achievements for best acting.

Best actress in a leading role

Oscar nominees for Best Actress are shown in this combination of file photos (L-R) Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett. REUTERS/Staff/Files

Let me start with the hardest (because I have not seen all movies) and easiest (because I have an absolute clear favorite) category. Both of the movies in this race which I watched were absolutely amazing – and the performances by their female leads both received the recognition they deserved. Now I do pledge to watch the remaining four movies and will either change my opinion or add the respective performance to the list I see them fit.

Here are the nominations for best actress in a leading role:

  • Cate Blanchett, Carol
  • Brie Larson, Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
And the Oscar Goes To....
Brie Larson for Room – the films impact may still be very fresh with me. But I have not seen a movie which touched me so deeply in a long long time. It really had everything you crave for in a Hollywood drama (really sad moments but also really uplifting moments) – I can and should not say too much about this film and you should not watch the trailer. But I can only tell the performance by Brie Larson was just astonishing. Her acting displays everything (surrender, love, hate, hope, desperation) you would expect from a character in her situation – and that deserves the Oscar.
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Brie Larson – I don’t always agree with the Academy but in this case, it is an absolute no-brainer. Sorry Cate Blanchett …

Best actress in a supporting role

oscars2016_supportingactressFrom the field of nominations, I find this category almost to be a more interesting as there are a lot of pretty great performances and in fact this is a very tough one to call (probably also because I have seen almost all these movies which makes the choice obviously harder).

Here are the nominations for best actress in a supporting role:

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara, Carol
  • Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
  • Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
And the Oscar Goes To....
Rooney Mara, Carol – it took me forever to decide on this. A very close race – loved Jennifer Jason Leigh (and I would personally vote for her), and thought that “All things Considered” Rachel McAdams portrayal of Sacha Pfeiffer was just as “on point” as possible. 
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Jennifer Jason Leigh – her performance reminded me of all her great performances when she was still a big deal – the broken, weak but crazy psychotic trainwreck. And Quentin Tarantino has managed to reinvigorate exactly that – now my hope is that her appearance in The Hateful Eight will have the same effect as it had on Travolta with Pulp Fiction in the 90s. 

Best actor in a supporting role

best-supporting-actor-oscar-nominees-2016Again another really tough call because really all movies were on the good to great scale (mostly towards the great point). I loved The Big Short probably the most (mainly because I read the book and loved the adaption of Michael Lewis’ brilliant depiction of the subprime crisis). But again – Tom Hardy totally deserves his nomination for The Revenant – he was so despicably evil and nasty. And even though, I did not think that Sly’s performance was oscar-worthy, it is Rocky we are talking about – and Rocky is awesome.

So here is the list of nominations:

  • Christian Bale, The Big Short
  • Tom Hardy, The Revenant
  • Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed
And the Oscar Goes To....
Sylvester Stallone – as I already stated in my previous post – as much as I love Rocky – I do not think that Sly should really win. But as usual the Academy will let the “lifetime” achievement of this actor and character influence their decision – and that is ok. Rocky is one of the most influential characters in pop culture and Ryan Coogler’s Creed does a wonderful job in pumping new blood into the franchise. 
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Jacob Tremblay – to my surprise, this amazing performance hasn’t even been nominated and that is just a shame. This was without a doubt the best performance of this season and it should and would have won. 

Best actor in a leading role

best-actor-oscar-nominees-2016There is probably no easier category than this one. Poor Leo has shown us for so many years that he is without a doubt one of the best actors of our times – still he has been Scrosese’ed so many times. Yes, the other ones were also good performances but if Leo does not win tonight – who knows what he is doing next 🙂

For formality reasons, here is the list of nominations:

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Eddy Redmayne, The Danish Girl
  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
And the Oscar Goes To....
Leonardo DiCaprio. Period. 
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Well, Leonardo DiCaprio – Obviously. 

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