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Oscar Predictions 2016

I am a movie fan — pure and simple. I have even been known to take movie vacations, where I catch up on movies and see one every day. One of my favorite things is predicting who will win at the Academy Awards. It is not just about whether a performance was better than others, but you have to factor in such things as have they won before, are they or the movie too popular, have they been overlooked before, and so on. This is one of the most open fields in years. Here are my picks for the Top Six Awards.Oscars 2016

Best Actor (Bryan Cranston “Trumbo,” Matt Damon “The Martian,” Leonardo DiCaprio “The Revenant,” Michael Fassbender “Steve Jobs,” Eddie Redmayne “The Danish Girl”) Eddie won last year for the “The Theory of Everything.” Matt Damon has won an Oscar before, but for screenplay not for acting. Bryan Cranston has his first nomination after his successful run on “Breaking Bad.” Leonardo has never won an Oscar. He is overdue. It’s his race to lose. Final choice: Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Actress (Cate Blanchett “Carol,” Brie Larson “Room,” Jennifer Lawrence “Joy,” Charlotte Rampling “45 Years,” Saoirse Ronan “Brooklyn”) 2 previous Oscar winners here: Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence — and its’ too soon for them to repeat. That leaves an industry veteran (Rampling) and 2 sort-of newcomers. Brie Larson has the heat. Final choice: Brie Larson

Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale “The Big Short,” Tom Hardy “The Revenant,” Mark Ruffalo “Spotlight,” Mark Rylance “Bridge of Spies,” Sylvester Stallone “Creed”) One previous winner (Bale) and one previous nominee Stallone (“Rocky”). Tom Hardy is coming off a great year with Mad Max, Legend and The Revenant. Mark Ruffalo is a consistent performer who can go between smaller movies and The Avengers franchise. But oddsmakers are saying it is Stallone’s to lose. Final choice: Sylvester Stallone

Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight,” Rooney Mara “Carol,” Rachel McAdams “Spotlight,” Alicia Vikander “The Danish Girl,” Kate Winslet “Steve Jobs”) Kate Winslet is the only previous winner here. Rooney was previously nominated for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The race is betweem McAdams amd Vikander for me. Vikander is a newcomer who has had a great year (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl). Final choice: Alicia Vikander

Best Director (Adam McKay, “The Big Short,” George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Alejandro Inarritu, “The Revenant,” Lenny Abrahamson, “Room,” Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”) Inarritu won last year for Birdman, so it is may be too soon to repeat. Even though the film looks beautiful and was a tough shoot, it is still a bit of a downer. Tom McCarthy made a movie about journalism exciting. This seems to be a fight between Inarritu and Miller, but since Inarritu won the DGA award, he will most likely win again this year. Final choice: Alejandro Inarritu

Best Picture (The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight) What an interesting batch of films! You have real-life stories versus book adaptations versus one all-out action film. Comedy doesn’t seem to play well with a best picture winner. For that reason, I think The Martian and The Big Short are out. Ditto for action, sorry Mad Max. So that leaves Bridge of Spies, Room, Brooklyn and The Revenant. Room is too small a movie. Brooklyn is not substantial enough. What I have observed is that movies with a lot of choice acting roles often win. The Revenant has 2 main roles, and is often wordless during it’s run. But with many great speaking roles, and the importance of the subject matter, I am picking Spotlight. Final choice: Spotlight

Those are my picks. If you think differently, then please sound off in the comments. And if you win big in an Oscar pool, please let me know too.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and more.



Hunks on Film

Male stars drive the box office. A good looking guy can go from a nobody to a leading man in no time flat. Which male movie stars are today’s screen hunks? Read on:

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  • Michael Fassbender, age 37 — Movie highlights: Shame, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Prometheus. Equally adept at indie movies and big studio movies, he famously did his own nude scenes in Shame.
  • Vin Diesel, age 46 — Movie highlights: Fast & Furious franchise, XXX, Pitch Black. Going back to the Fast & the Furious franchise was the best career decision he ever made.
  • Chris Hemsworth, age 30 — Movie highlights: Thor, The Avengers, Rush. He has shown he has talent beyond his biceps.
  • Ryan Gosling, age 33 — Movie highlights: Crazy Stupid Love, Lars and the Real Girl, Drive. One of the most adventurous leading men on the list, he is definitely not afraid to take chances with his roles.
  • Chris Evans, age 33 — Movie highlights: Fantastic Four, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers. He graduated from cheap teen movie spoofs to one of the most profitable actors now working.
  • Channing Tatum, age 34 — Movie highlights: Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. He definitely has “Stepped Up” his career from his early days as an exotic dancer.
  • Michael B. Jordan, age 27 — Movie highlights: Fruitvale Station, That Awkward Moment. He has more experience from TV, but he is definitely an actor to watch out for.
  • Zac Efron, age 26 — Movie highlights: Hairspray, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Neighbors. He may have come from Disney, but he has broken away from the pack unlike most of his former HSM costars.
  • Jeremy Renner, age 43 — Movie highlights: The Hurt Locker, The Avengers, American Hustle. He is riveting in anything you put him in.
  • Bradley Cooper, age 39 — Movie highlights: The Hangover, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle. Finally he showed he is more than just a pretty face and is choosing movies more worthy of his talents than the Hangover series.
  • Matt Damon, age 43 — Movie highlights: The Bourne franchise, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Saving Private Ryan. Is there anything this guy can’t do? I would love to see him do some more comedy.
  • Ben Affleck, age 41 — Movie highlights: Argo, The Sum of All Fears, Pearl Harbor. Directing has definitely given him a second career he can fall back on. It will be interesting to see his take on Batman.
  • Jason Statham, age 46 — Movie highlights: The Bank Job, Transporter franchise, Crank. So he doesn’t have as much range as other actors on this list, he is good at his genre… which is a guy who has a bad attitude and likes to kick ass.
  • Brad Pitt, age 50 — Movie highlights: 12 Monkeys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, World War Z. Too pretty for his own good when he was younger, he has chosen his roles very carefully.
  • Christian Bale, age 40 — Movie highlights: Batman trilogy, The Fighter, American Psycho. He really dives into his roles, and gives it all he has got.
  • Matthew McConaughey, age 44 — Movie highlights: Dallas Buyers Club, The Wedding Planner, A Time to Kill. He was praised early on in his career, before all the bad romantic comedies, and arrest for nude bongo playing. I am glad he found his passion for acting again.
  • Chadwick Boseman, age 32 — Movie highlights: 42, Get on Up. The upcoming James Brown bio pic looks like a hit for him.
  • Jaime Foxx, age 46 — Movie highlights: Ray, Dreamgirls, Django Unchained. He has come a long way from “In Living Color.” He has won an Oscar and Grammys too.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, age 39 — Movie highlights: Titanic, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Aviator. Now tell me why this man has not won an Oscar yet? I just don’t get it.

So that’s my list. Did I leave anyone out? Let me know your thoughts. I hope to see you at the movies.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Speedos lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

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