2016 marks the 88th Academy Awards ceremony; the longest-running film awards show, which began in 1929. The very first ceremony ran for 15 minutes, but by 2002, the ceremony lasted nearly four and half hours. This year's list has become the target of a potential boycott as accusations have been made about the all-white shortlist of acting nominees, but who deserves to win? Here are Oscar's choices for the top prizes:

BEST PICTURE

Nominations: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight.

My Choice: The Revenant

After a tough decision on what film to decide upon (especially with such strong competition from my other favourite nominee, Room) I have chosen The Revenant. It is an outstanding film, the storyline is so exciting throughout, all the actors give unbelievable performances and the locations looked fantastic on the big screen. Also, it has two of the most talented actors in the world and DiCaprio and Hardy do not let the director down. I felt I was “inside the film” itself when I was watching it, and I'd say it was my “stand out” movie of 2015/16, so therefore deserves the “Best Picture” Award. (Read Oscar's review of The Revenant here.)

BEST DIRECTOR

Nominations: The Big Short; Mad Max: Fury Road; The Revenant; Room; Spotlight

My Choice: Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant

The reason I have chosen the director of The Revenant is because every part of this film looked sensational and that must have been a very hard task considering how much is going on in each scene at times. The director has done a tremendous job, and managed to make this film an instant classic.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Nominations: Bryan Cranston, Trumbo; Matt Damon, The Martian; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant; Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs; Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

My Choice: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

For this category I have chosen Leonardo Dicaprio as he was magnificent in The Revenant. DiCaprio was terrific throughout and the scene with the bear was one of my most memorable of the whole cinematic year. This looked such a hard role to play, but Leo showed how unbelievably talented he is and that is why I have chosen him for this award. My second favourite performance was by Matt Damon in The Martian.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Nominations: Cate Blanchett, Carol; Brie Larson, Room; Jennifer Lawrence, Joy; Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years; Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

My Choice: Brie Larson, Room

I really enjoyed the performance of Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn so this was a hard decision to make, but for actress in a leading role I have chosen Brie Larson in Room. The movie is an incredible story and her acting is just phenomenal. I completely believed in her character and also thought this role was the hardest challenge to perform of all the actresses nominated. In my opinion Larson's performance was amazing and I really hope Brie wins this year’s Oscar. (You can read Oscar's review of Room here).

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Nominations: The Big Short; Brooklyn; Carol; The Martian; Room

My Choice: The Martian

Matt Damon had many scenes in The Martian on his own, so it can't have been an easy task writing these scenes for this film. However, I laughed at times, I gasped at times and I feared at times and to put an effect on the audience in this way takes great skill. The scenes with disco music and references to Henry Winklers “Fonzie” were the icing on the cake for me. All the films are well written but I really believe this was the best adapted screenplay of all. There ends my Oscar nominations for 2016 - good luck to all the nominees!

 

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