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2016 Oscar predictions: Who should win? Who will win? Who could surprise?

The Oscars brings Hollywood's finest together for one night to honor the previous year's work on the silver screen. However, the best nominee doesn't always take home the golden statue.

With the Oscars just days away, Local10.com managing editor Peter Burke is predicting the night's biggest winners, offering insight on which nominees are the most likely to win, which nominees are the most deserving and which nominees could pull an upset on Oscar Sunday.

Best Picture Nominees

"The Big Short"

"Bridge of Spies"

"Brooklyn"

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

"The Martian"

"The Revenant"

"Room"

"Spotlight"

WHO WILL WIN?

"The Revenant"

"The Revenant" is a cross between fellow Best Picture winners "Dances with Wolves" (on steroids) and "Unforgiven."

WHO SHOULD WIN?

"The Revenant"

Any movie other than "The Revenant" would be a disappointment.

WHO COULD SURPRISE?

"Spotlight"

Never underestimate an ensemble cast reenacting a real-life American scandal.

 

Best Director Nominees

Adam McKay, "The Big Short"

George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Alejandro G. Inarritu, "The Revenant"

Lenny Abrahamson, "Room"

Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"

WHO WILL WIN?

Alejandro G. Inarritu

Make it two in a row for the Mexican director, who won for "Birdman" last year.

WHO SHOULD WIN?

Alejandro G. Inarritu

Inarritu keeps challenging himself, this time choosing to direct a film in all-natural lighting.

WHO COULD SURPRISE?

George Miller

The Australian director could finally be recognized for his reimagining of the films that made original "Mad Max" actor Mel Gibson a star.

 

Best Actor Nominees

Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"

Matt Damon, "The Martian"

Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"

Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"

Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"

WHO WILL WIN?

Leonardo DiCaprio

The fifth time is the charm for DiCaprio after four previous acting nominations.

WHO SHOULD WIN?

Leonardo DiCaprio

DiCaprio donned an unkempt beard, slept in an animal carcass, endured freezing temperatures and risked hypothermia in his portrayal of fur trapper Hugh Glass.

WHO COULD SURPRISE?

Eddie Redmayne

The Oscars have been rewarding of cross-dressing, gender-bending performances in the past (see Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club" or Gwyneth Paltrow in "Shakespeare in Love").

 

Best Actress Nominees

Cate Blanchett, "Carol"

Brie Larson, "Room"

Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"

Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"

Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"

WHO WILL WIN?

Brie Larson

The Oscars have no fury like a woman enslaved.

WHO SHOULD WIN?

Brie Larson

Acting in solitude (or near solitude) usually has its benefits when it comes time to unseal the envelope.

WHO COULD SURPRISE?

Jennifer Lawrence

Lawrence is becoming the new Meryl Streep with four nominations and one win (for "Silver Linings Playbook") since 2010.

 

Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Christian Bale, "The Big Short"

Tom Hardy, "The Revenant"

Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"

Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"

Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

WHO WILL WIN?

Sylvester Stallone

The "Italian Stallion" should finally take home the golden statue for the Rocky Balboa character that made him famous in 1976.

WHO SHOULD WIN?

Tom Hardy

Hardy was superbly cast as John Fitzgerald, a survivalist villain, whose hasty decision to kill another human being has dire consequences. 

WHO COULD SUPRIRSE?

Mark Rylance

This British thespian is better known for his work on the stage than on the screen, so he could be rewarded for his Shakespearean skills.

 

Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"

Rooney Mara, "Carol"

Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight"

Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"

Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"

WHO WILL WIN?

Alicia Vikander

There always seems to be an upset in at least one major category every season. This first-time nominee will be it.

WHO SHOULD WIN?

Rachel McAdams

Her portrayal of journalist Sacha Pfeiffer should erase any lingering perceptions of Regina George from "Mean Girls" or Claire Cleary from "Wedding Crashers."

WHO COULD SURPRISE?

Jennifer Jason Leigh

This first-time Oscar nominee has been acting in Hollywood for nearly four decades, so she could win favor from her peers.

 

Best Original Screenplay Nominees

"Bridge of Spies" by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

"Ex Machina" by Alex Garland

"Inside Out" by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley

"Spotlight" by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

"Straight Outta Compton" by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff

WHO WILL WIN?

"Spotlight"

It wouldn't be the first time that a Best Picture runner-up has claimed the top writing prize.

WHO SHOULD WIN?

"Spotlight"

This is a fitting category for a film about the art of investigative journalism and crafting a story that will captivate a large audience.

WHO COULD SURPRISE?

"Straight Outta Compton"

Will the diversity debate push this white-scripted, black-themed movie over the top?

 

Best Adapted Screenplay Nominees

"The Big Short," by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

"Brooklyn," by Nick Hornby

"Carol," by Phyllis Nagy

"The Martian," by Drew Goddard

"Room," by Emma Donoghue

WHO WILL WIN?

"Carol"

Overlooked for Best Picture, "Carol" won't be denied in the screenwriting category.

WHO SHOULD WIN?

"The Big Short"

Who would have thought that a movie about the collapse of Wall Street could be entertaining?

WHO COULD SURPRISE?

"Room"

Emma Donoghue, who penned the novel and the screenplay, has writing chops in a category that rewards storytelling.