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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

Predicted Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
If there is one lock this year it is Leonardo DiCaprio. “The Revenant” marks his sixth acting Oscar nomination and after losing every time and being looked over for countless other worthy performances, it appears 2016 will finally be his year. Twenty three years after his first Oscar nomination for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”, DiCaprio has given the Academy a performance they really can’t ignore this time around.

He took “suffering for your art” to a whole new level on the arduous filming of “The Revenant” and there’s nothing the Academy loves more than a grueling transformation. DiCaprio has been nominated and won the Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and the Critics Choice Award – there’s no way he’ll be going home empty handed…again.

2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress

Predicted Winner: Brie Larson, Room
Like DiCaprio; Brie Larson is an absolute lock to win for her role as a kidnapped mother in Lenny Abrahamson’s adaptation of “Room”. An early favorite since the movie premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, Larson has maintained her winning momentum throughout the awards season. Having garnered the Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and Critics Choice Award, it would require a ginormous upset for Larson to lose the Best Actress prize.

2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

Predicted Winner: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
This is another category that is truly a toss-up. Given the way previous awards have swung, the race appears to be between Stallone and “Bridge of Spies” star Mark Rylance. This is a very complex category to judge because Rylance secured nominations at the Golden Globes, SAGS, Critics Choice Award, and the BAFTAs. However, he’s only won the BAFTA. Meanwhile, Stallone was only nominated at the Globes and Critics Choice Award, where he won both awards. That means Stallone beat out Rylance in the only two match-ups they had.

2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

Predicted Winner: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
In an unpredictable 2015 race, Vikander appears to be the favorite going into Sunday night, having secured the Critics Choice Award and the SAG for her role as Gerda Wegener in Tom Hooper’s glossy drama “The Danish Girl”. Her stiffest competitor is Kate Winslet, who won the BAFTA and the Golden Globe for her work in “Steve Jobs”. On the surface it sounds like there’s a deadlock between the two, however upon closer examination it becomes clear Vikander has the edge.

Let's Talk About...The Top 5 Emmy Snubs

That time of year has come and gone. The day that can consume TV fans with great frustration, the announcement of the Primetime Emmy Awards. For every exciting nomination, there is typically more than a disproportionate trail of disappointing snubs. This year proved no exception. Besides “Game of Thrones” rightfully earning its 24 nominations, there was little excitement to be had for this TV fan. So it is with that Eclectic Pop tackles the Top 5 slights that cut the deepest.

The 3 Major Takeaways from the 2015 Oscars & What They Could Mean for Next Year's

It’s been a couple of weeks since Hollywood’s biggest night and as crazy as it seems, all of those months of anticipation and focus have already shifted to next year’s potential frontrunners. With that in mind, Eclectic Pop dissects the 3 major takeaways from this year’s Oscars and the impact it could have on the next…

Movie Review Assembly: The 2015 Oscar Nominees

Brush up on Eclectic Pop’s movie reviews of the Oscar nominated films battling it out for glory by clicking the title you wish to read. Be sure to check back, as the list will be populated further as more reviews are published. The movies are listed in alphabetical order.

2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

Predicted Winner: Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"

This is the only suspenseful category in the acting portion of the Oscars. The competition between Michael Keaton and Redmayne has been intensely close. Ever since the release of “Birdman” at the Venice Film Festival, Keaton had been leading the pack. Then the SAGs took place and they proved to be a game changer. The edge is Redmayne’s coming into tonight.

2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress

Predicted Winner: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"

This category is an absolute lock. Withstanding one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history, the four-time nominee should claim the prize on her fifth nod. Given Moore is a veteran and long-deserving recipient, none of her other competitors have really posed a viable threat throughout the season.

Her performance as a professor suffering from early on-set Alzheimer’s disease has been at the center of critical raves since the film’s debut. Curiously, Moore’s is the only nomination the film garnered. You would think a film containing the Best Actress winner would also be among the Best Picture contenders.

2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

Predicted Winner: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

This is another category that’s winner is a no brainer. Ever since “Whiplash” burst onto the scene at last year’s Sundance Film Festival it has been the buzz of awards observers with Simmons’ performance as a relentless and brutal music teacher, earning early raves. His winning momentum has only gotten stronger throughout the year.

2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

Predicted Winner: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"

Arquette’s role as a single mom raising a boy who grows into young adulthood, has earned her every award she’s been in contention for. Her win is as inevitable as her Leading Actress counterpart, Julianne Moore.

Why She Will Win | There’s no way the Oscars would put an end to her winning streak. Of particular interest with Arquette’s awards sweep is the character she portrays is the most ordinary of the lot. The Academy breaks a tradition of sorts with this vote, given their propensity to recognize the performances of actors who portray characters dealing with larger than life tribulations. “Boyhood” as a whole breaks that pattern.

Let's Discuss: What The Top 2 Takeaways From The 2015 BAFTAs Mean For The Oscars

Michael Keaton vs. Eddie Redmayne | It’s the only Oscar race still up for grabs and with Redmayne nabbing the Best Actor BAFTA the margin between the two has only got closer. Redmayne will come into the Oscars having won both the Best Actor Golden Globe in the drama category, the SAG and the BAFTA.…