And the winner is …

Most people make their Oscar predictions from official nominations, but this year’s awards are marked by controversy so in that spirit I took some license with mine.

Best Picture – At first I picked Spotlight because investigative journalism is dying and the movie makes clear the important role it plays in our society. Then I thought no, it’s The Big Short, because the script is innovative and entertaining but still exposes in frustrating detail a complicated economic injustice. But then I saw Mad Max: Fury Road, and it’s just the craziest movie, plus there’s one shot that literally took my breath away. So I pick Mad Max because as a complete movie experience – thrilling, captivating, original – nothing beats it.

Best Actor – Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation, neither of which was nominated but he’s the best actor in any film I’ve seen this season.

Best Actress – Don’t care.

Best Supporting Actor – Loved Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies, but I’m pulling for Sylvester Stallone because anyone who can keep the Rocky franchise going for decades, and then update it with a movie like Creed, well let’s just give him a statue.

Best Supporting Actress – Anyone but Kate Winslet, because I just don’t get it.

Best Director – George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road. Hands down.

Best Original Screenplay – I don’t understand why Spotlight is classified as an original screenplay because I own the book, but whatever, I vote for Spotlight.

Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay – The writers of The Big Short did an amazing job, but so did Emma Donoghue in adapting Room, her own novel, so I vote for her.–EFH

That’s a wrap on the Best Movie of 2016 bracket and when all is said and done it comes down to two movies for me – The Big Short and Spotlight. Those are the two movies that stayed with me the longest and because I thought The Big Short had more inventive storytelling, that’s my pick for best movie. 

My other picks, not who I think will win but who I want to win, are:

Best Actor – Matt Damon, The Martian

Best Actress – Brie Larson, Room

Best Supporting Actor – Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Best Supporting Actress – Only saw Spotlight, so no opinion

Best Director – George Miller.

Best Original Screenplay – Bridge of Spies

Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay – The Big Short

Enjoy the festivities!–CKB

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