It’s award season and with the 95th Academy Awards on March 13th, we sat down with our resident cinephile Jenny Leask for her predictions on the biggest night in Cinema. Jenny has been our Cinema Programmer for the last 6 years, having previously worked at cinemas in Edinburgh and for the Edinburgh International Film Festival since the mid 90s.

Do you agree with Jenny's predictions for the highest accolades in film?

Best Picture

I think this is a really difficult one, there's no clear frontrunner. My heart is with The Banshees of Inisherin, and All Quiet on the Western Front may get a boost from winning Best Film at the BAFTAs, but my money's tentatively on Everything Everywhere All At Once. If you missed it the first time round there'll be another chance to catch it on the big screen here this month!

Best Director

I suspect Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All At Once) may do a double and get best director(s) as well as best picture, but wouldn't be surprised if voters get sentimental and it goes to Spielberg (The Fabelmans).

Best Lead Actor

My money's on the much-loved Brendan Fraser, though I haven't had a chance to see The Whale yet (it's on here this week). Austin Butler was a brilliant Elvis though, and I LOVED Colin Farrell's performance in Banshees - if there was an award for Most Expressive Eyebrows he'd be the winner by a mile!

Best Lead Actress

Cate Blanchett (Tár) all the way on this one, I think. She's just extraordinary.

Who missed out?

As for who missed out, I think it's bizarre that neither Till nor The Woman King feature in either the Best Picture or Best Actress categories. There's been a lot written about the inclusion of Andrea Riseborough in the latter category, with allegations of unfair campaigning, but by all accounts her performance in To Leslie is superb - come and see it this month and judge for yourselves! - so it's hard to say who shouldn't have been nominated, and great to see so many strong female leads.

You still have a chance to see some of nominations and make your own mind up before the big night!

Everything Everywhere All At Once
When an interdimensional rupture unravels reality, an unlikely hero must channel her newfound powers
3 Mar - 8 Mar

The Whale
An obese, reclusive English teacher attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter
3 Mar - 8 Mar

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
A reinvention of the classic story of a wooden puppet brought to life in this stunning stop-motion musical tale.
4 Mar - 7 Mar

To Leslie
A West Texas single mother wins the lottery but quickly squanders the money, leaving behind a world of heartbreak.
10 Mar - 14 Mar

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On
An enchanting, whimsical and beautifully animated tale of an unlikely hero.
10 Mar - 16 Mar

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