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Oscars 2016: Who’s Going to Win, Who Should Win

Our predictions for who’s going home with the gold — and who really deserves it

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The scandal! The insult! infamy! Turning Oscar 2016 into a Whites-Only affair means the Academy will take the red-carpet walk of shame on Feb. 28th. How could it not since people are mad as hell that there's not a single person of color among the 20 acting nominees. Oscar voters got a pass last year when they did the exact the same stupid thing. But this time it's personal. Spike Lee, Will Smith and wife Jada are among those calling for a boycott. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs quickly announced reforms to "begin  the process of significantly changing our membership composition." Translation: It's mostly old white dudes.

Meanwhile, we get to shift through those who are nominated in the major categories, looking for frontrunners and spoilers and leaving some space to bitch about the snubs. Party on. Here are our picks for will win in the six major categories — and who we think should be going home a winner.

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George Miller on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road

Courtesy of Warner Brothers

Best Director

  • Lenny Abrahamson, Room
  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
  • Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
  • Adam McKay, The Big Short
  • George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Just might be the most contentious category of Oscar 2016. The smart money says there'll be a split between Best Picture and Best Director.

Should Win: Miller
At 70, the Aussie filmmaker reinvented his action franchise with a feminist twist and a poet's eye.

Will Win: Iñárritu
Only twice in 88 years (the last in 1951) has a director won back-to-back Oscars. And no one has directed consecutive Best Pictures. By honoring the Birdman winner, the Academy can make history.

Robbed: Ridley Scott (The Martian) — the legend behind Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down — had been touted to take home his first Oscar, at 78. Now he's not even nominated. See, white dudes get shafted too. Disturbing? Yup. But eclipsed by the Academy's growing exclusion of minorities. If he doesn't quit his Oscar hosting job, Chris Rock might kick racist ass. If not, #OscarsSoWhite is trending. Speak up.

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