Despite calls for a boycott, the show will go on. And it’s hard to believe awards season is finally over!
The second to last major awards season event—The Independent Spirit Awards—will air live today [February 27] on IFC at 5pm ET and on Sunday, The Academy Awards will air at 7pm ET on ABC. Chris Rock is hosting and we expect there to be many jokes tackling #OscarsSoWhite.
Certain categories are more predictable than others. Leonardo DiCaprio is expected to take home his first Oscar for The Revenant. Indie darling Brie Larson who gives a powerful performance in Room, is expected to win Best Actress. Sylvester Stallone is the favorite to take home Best Supporting Actor for his work in Creed. The Best Supporting Actress category is a bit trickier. Kate Winslet won the Golden Globe for Jobs, but Alicia Vikander took home the Critics Choice Award for her work in The Danish Girl. Best Picture and Best Director are also up in the air. The Revenant, The Big Short, Spotlight and The Martian were all beloved this season
Hungarian holocaust film Son Of Saul is expected to take home Best Foreign Film. Legendary costume designer Sandy Power is competing against herself as she is nominated for both Carol and Cinderella. 87-year-old Italian composer Ennio Morricone will likely win for scoring The Hateful Eight. The documentary category is also extremely competitive. Two music docs Asif Kapadia‘s stunning portrait of Amy Winehouse and Liz Garbus‘ Nina Simone documentary are going head to head.
The Original Song category is also pretty exciting. Lady Gaga, The Weeknd and Sam Smith are all nominated. While “Earned It” seems like the obvious winner from a pop culture standpoint, the Academy may go with “Writing’s On The Wall” or lesser known tracks like “Manta Ray” or “Simple Song #3.”