Unlike most years, who’s going to win the 2016 Oscars, happening Sunday night at 8:30 p.m., is pretty much a lock (unless it isn’t). This is Leo’s year, as we’ve been told, ditto Sly’s and Brie’s (unless Saoirse sneaks in for an upset). Of the major awards, only Supporting Actress is up in the air.
So rather than bore you with predictions that everyone else is saying, we’ll do something even less useful: Here’s our list of who we’d prefer to win, all things considered:
Actor: Matt Damon, “The Martian”
This would go to Michael B. Jordan for “Creed.” But he’s not nominated, leaving a pretty blah field of lilywhite male nominees. Of these, the closest to the best was Damon’s endearingly upbeat, goofy turn as a brainiac botanist who finds craft ways to survive on Mars. Then again, what kind of monster hates ABBA?
Actress: Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”
The furor over the actress’ thoughtless, defensive response to #OscarsSoWhite — something or other about black performers not deserving it this year — seems to have died down. (And she claimed she was misquoted before backing up her comments.) So now we can safely say this: As a woman who realizes her longtime husband still pines for the One Who Got Away (by dying, as it were), she gave the most heart-wrenching turn of the five female leads. Yes, she was even better than Cate Blanchett in “Carol.” That’s saying something.