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The Film Yap Reviews This Weekend’s Releases and previews the 88th Academy Awards

What a morning for movies! The Film Yap’s Christopher Lloyd does double-duty, giving us a preview of what’s in theaters this weekend and his thoughts on this Sunday’s Academy Awards. He shares his take on who will likely win, who should win and then what he calls his “Chris Cross.” Take a listen!• Eddie the Eagle

Based-on-true story of a nobody amateur ski jumper who defied the odds to represent England in the Winter Olympics. A little contrived but entertaining.”

• Gods of Egypt

We’ve had CGI spectacles starring the Greek and Norse pantheon of deities, so now it’s time for the Egyptians. Because everyone wanted to see a Horus vs. Set throwdown!”

• Triple 9

This hardcore crime thriller starring Casey Affleck and Chiwetel Ejiofor has the cops and crooks teaming up for a major heist.”

• The Good Dinosaur – Chris says, “Buy It!”

Criminally overlooked film was Christopher’s favorite animated feature of the year. With the reptile as the main character and the boy as his sidekick. Heartfelt and wise.”

… and here’s Chris’s take on this year’s nods for the 88th Academy Awards!Best Picture

Will Win: Spotlight

Should Win: Spotlight

Chris Cross: The End of the Tour, Love & Mercy, Mr. Holmes and Steve Jobs replace Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, The Martian and The Revenant.Actress in a Leading Role

Will Win: Brie Larson- Room

Should Win: Brie Larson- Room

Chris Cross: The commanding Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) and the sublime Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van) knock out Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) and Cate Blanchett (Carol).Actress in a Supporting Role

Will Win: Kate Winslet

Should Win: Rachel McAdams

Chris Cross: Elizabeth Banks centered Love & Mercy, while Rooney Mara contributed to the overwrought snoozefest that is Carol.Actor in a Leading Role

Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio- The Revenant

Should Win: Michael Fassbender- Steve Jobs

Chris Cross: Jacob Tremblay (Room) and Jason Segel (The End of the Tour) replace Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) and Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl).Actor in a Supporting Role

Will Win: Sylvester Stallone- Creed

Should Win: Mark Ruffalo- Spotlight

Chris Cross: Steve Carell (The Big Short), Michael Shannon (99 Homes) and Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) edge out Christian Bale (The Big Short), Tom Hardy (The Revenant) and Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies).Director

Will Win: George Miller- Mad Max: Fury Road

Should Win: George Miller- Mad Max: Fury Road

Chris Cross: Tough call, but I will knock out Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu (The Revenant) for James Ponsoldt (The End of the Tour), a criminally overlooked film. Ridley Scott (The Martian) deserved a nom, too, but not sure who I’d cross out.

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