By Emily Knepple, Arts & Entertainment Editor, and Brigid Clifford, Sports Editor
This year, the Trinity Hall Tribune continued the tradition of gathering the community’s predictions for the winners of the coveted Grammy and Academy Awards. This year, the students and faculty were polled on both their favorites and their predictions in the top categories for both awards shows. See how their survey picks compared to the actual results below.
THE 88th ACADEMY AWARDS (Feb. 28, 2016)
The majority of voters picked The Martian as the movie they wanted to win Best Picture, with The Big Short and The Revenant tied for first place as their predictions for this category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, however, gave the Oscar to Spotlight.
Actor in a Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio was Trinity Hall’s favorite pick and prediction for the winner in this competitive category. After six nominations, DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar for his outstanding performance in The Revenant.
Actress in a Leading Role
For this category, Jennifer Lawrence was Trinity Hall’s double winner, earning 75 percent of the votes in the Favorites Poll and 69 percent in the Predictions Poll, but at the real ceremony, Brie Larson took home the statue for her work in Room.
Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale was both the favored and predicted winner of this category in the school polls as well. Ironically, the actual Oscar winner, Mark Rylance from Bridge of Spies, was not predicted or favored by any student or faculty to win.
Actress in a Supporting Role
Kate Winslet was the top prediction and top choice for the Actress in a Supporting Role category for her performance in Steve Jobs, but Alicia Vikander ultimately won the Oscar for the role in The Danish Girl.
Animated Feature Film
Inside Out swept the polls in this category, winning the favorites and the predictions polls by a landslide. It was clearly a favorite of the Academy’s as well, who deemed it Oscar worthy.
THE 58th GRAMMY AWARDS
Record of the Year
Although Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” edged out Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” as the favorite in this category, the community predicted Swift would take home the Grammy for Record of the Year by a large margin. At the show, however, the award went to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.
Album of the Year
Taylor Swift’s first pop album 1989 was the runaway top vote-getter in both polls for this category, and the crossover artist became the first female to win a Grammy for Album of the Year twice. She also got a lot of kudos for her memorable acceptance speech.
Best New Artist
Tori Kelly was the clear favorite in this category, but the Trinity Hall voters correctly predicted that Meghan Trainor would win the actual Grammy award.
Best Pop Solo Performance
Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” came in a close second to Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” in both polls for this category, but at awards show Sheeran won his first Grammy award for Best Pop Solo Performance.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Once again, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars was the surprise winner in this category for many Trinity Hall students and faculty in this community, as most favored “See You Again” by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa but predicted “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar would win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Best Song Written for Visual Media
“See You Again” by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa, written for the movie Furious 7, was the strong favorite and predicted winner in the Trinity Hall polls. The Grammy, however, went to “Glory,” which was performed and written by Common and John Legend (along with songwriter Che Smith) for the movie Selma.