Controversy is swirling around the Oscars for the second year in a row, but nothing can be done to correct the critical errors and omissions with this year's nominees.

And according to Reuters/Ipsos poll results released last week, the majority of people don't care enough to skip the Oscars as some Hollywood luminaries (including Spike Lee, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith) will be doing.

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So as hopes for next year's awards season to better reflect our diverse world are shared, let's try to figure out who will be lauded for their work Sunday night.

Best Picture

Nominees: "The Big Short," "Bridge of Spies," "Brooklyn," "Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Martian," "The Revenant," "Room" and "Spotlight."

Should win: "Brooklyn."

Will win: "The Revenant."

"Brooklyn," despite being firmly set in the 1950s, is a timeless story, but it is cowering under the bravado of some of its competitors this year. It's very likely "The Revenant," with 12 nominations total, will sweep this year's Oscars. If it doesn't win, look for the big award of the night to go to "Spotlight" or "The Big Short;" both have been picking up various guild and critics' awards this season.

Best Director

Nominees: Lenny Abrahamson ("Room"), Alejandro G. Inarritu ("The Revenant"), Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight"), Adam McKay ("The Big Short") and George Miller ("Mad Max: Fury Road").

Should win: Miller.

Will win: Inarritu.

Inarritu is pretty much guaranteed to win this one, even if the sweep doesn't happen for "The Revenant." He'll be the third director in Oscar history to win back-to-back trophies. (He won last year for "Birdman.") "The Revenant" is a solid film and Inarritu definitely deserves it if he wins, but Miller's work as the leader of the action-packed opus that is "Mad Max: Fury Road" is worthy of every bit of praise it has received.

Best Actor

Nominees: Bryan Cranston ("Trumbo"), Matt Damon ("The Martian"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant"), Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs") and Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl").

Should and will win: DiCaprio.

Another win for "The Revenant." The era of sad Leo memes is over. It's finally DiCaprio's year.

Best Actress

Nominees: Cate Blanchett ("Carol"), Brie Larson ("Room"), Jennifer Lawrence ("Joy"), Charlotte Rampling ("45 Years") and Saoirse Ronan ("Brooklyn").

Should and will win: Larson.

Larson's star-making turn in "Room" is pretty much a sure thing in Oscar pools this year.

Best Supporting Actor

Nominees: Christian Bale ("The Big Short"), Tom Hardy ("The Revenant"), Mark Ruffalo ("Spotlight"), Mark Rylance ("Bridge of Spies") and Sylvester Stallone ("Creed").

Should win: Rylance.

Will win: Stallone.

Stallone finally will take home an Oscar for playing Rocky Balboa, following a plethora of other award wins, including the Golden Globe. He did bring a good amount of gravitas to "Creed," but character actor Rylance's turn as a charismatic imprisoned Soviet spy is the best thing about "Bridge of Spies."

Best Supporting Actress

Nominees: Jennifer Jason Leigh ("The Hateful Eight"), Rooney Mara ("Carol"), Rachel McAdams ("Spotlight"), Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl") and Kate Winslet ("Steve Jobs").

Should win: Leigh.

Will win: Winslet.

Quentin Tarantino has been successfully resurrecting the careers of forgotten and underrated actors for more than two decades, and Leigh is absolutely perfect in "The Hateful Eight." Winslet's turn as Joanna Hoffman is not her most impressive performance, but she seems to be sweeping up trophies left and right for "Steve Jobs." If she doesn't win, look for emerging star Vikander to take home the Oscar.

Best Original Screenplay

Nominees: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen ("Bridge of Spies"); Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley and Ronnie del Carmen ("Inside Out"); Alex Garland ("Ex Machina"); Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff ("Straight Outta Compton"); and Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight").

Should win: Garland.

Will win: Singer and McCarthy.

"Spotlight" is a great film, no doubt about it. But it is a fairly standard investigative journalism movie. "Ex Machina" and "Inside Out" truly were two of the most original movies of 2015, but they will fall to the awards-season powerhouse that is "Spotlight."

Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominees: Emma Donoghue ("Room"), Drew Goddard ("The Martian"), Nick Hornby ("Brooklyn"), Phyllis Nagy ("Carol") and Charles Randolph and Adam McKay ("The Big Short").

Should win: Goddard.

Will win: Randolph and McKay.

Everyone is falling over themselves to heap praise on top of "The Big Short." While it is an interesting film and boasts decent performances from a strong ensemble cast, its Oscar buzz has been a little puzzling-it is by no means one of the best films of the year. "The Martian" perfectly blended drama, action and, yes, a little comedy, into a truly compelling movie.

Best Film Editing

Nominees: Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens"), Hank Corwin ("The Big Short"), Tom McArdle ("Spotlight"), Stephen Mirrione ("The Revenant") and Margaret Sixel ("Mad Max: Fury Road").

Should win: Sixel.

Will win: Mirrione.

This will be yet another trophy to add to the sweep for "The Revenant," no matter how strong some of its competitors are.

Best Cinematography

Nominees: Roger Deakins ("Sicario"), Ed Lachman ("Carol"), Emmanuel Lubezki ("The Revenant"), Robert Richardson ("The Hateful Eight") and John Seale ("Mad Max: Fury Road").

Should and will win: Lubezki.

Lubezki has some tough competition, but some of the shots in "The Revenant" were just downright stunning.

Best Visual Effects

Nominees: Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens"); Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams ("Mad Max: Fury Road"); Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer ("The Revenant"); Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner ("The Martian"); and Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett ("Ex Machina").

Should win: The team from "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Will win: The team from "The Revenant."

This likely will be yet another stop on the "Revenant" train, if only for the much-talked-about bear scene, but the effects in most of its competitors' work seem to be a bit superior.

Best Production Design

Nominees: Jack Fisk and Hamish Purdy ("The Revenant"); Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson ("Mad Max: Fury Road"); Arthur Max and Celia Bobak ("The Martian"); Eve Stewart and Michael Standish ("The Danish Girl"); and Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo and Bernard Henrich ("Bridge of Spies").

Should win: The team from "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Will win: The team from "The Revenant."

The tiniest post-apocalyptic details are perfectly created in "Mad Max: Fury Road," but it looks as if the film will be brushed aside yet again by "The Revenant."

Best Costume Design

Nominees: Jenny Beavan ("Mad Max: Fury Road"), Paco Delgado ("The Danish Girl"), Sandy Powell ("Carol"), Sandy Powell ("Cinderella") and Jacqueline West ("The Revenant").

Should and will win: Beavan.

"The Revenant" won't continue its Oscar reign in this category. Look for a very deserving Beavan to win for her futuristic apparel work for "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Nominees: Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini ("The Revenant"); Love Larson and Eva von Bahr ("The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared"); and Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin ("Mad Max: Fury Road").

Should win: The team from "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Will win: The team from "The Revenant."

A group of people are about to win an Oscar for uglifying one of America's biggest movie stars. This year, it's the team from "The Revenant" for the insane work they did on DiCaprio and his co-stars.

Best Original Song

Nominees: David Lang ("Simple Song No. 3" from "Youth"); Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith ("Writing's on the Wall" from "Spectre"); J. Ralph and Anohni ("Manta Ray" from "Racing Extinction"); Diane Warren and Lady Gaga ("Til It Happens to You" from "The Hunting Ground"); and The Weeknd, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Quenneville and Stephan Moccio ("Earned It" from "Fifty Shades of Gray").

Will win: "Til It Happens to You."

This is a tough one to pick. This year's frontrunner, "See You Again" from "Furious 7," wasn't even nominated. The flash of having Lady Gaga involved with "Til It Happens to You" probably makes it the best bet. The "Spectre" theme is nowhere near the perfection of Adele's Oscar-winning "Skyfall," but it could grab a win, too.

Best Original Score

Nominees: Carter Burwell ("Carol"), Johann Johannsson ("Sicario"), Ennio Morricone ("The Hateful Eight"), Thomas Newman ("Bridge of Spies") and John Williams ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens").

Should and will win: Morricone.

Legendary composer Morricone will finally win his first Best Original Score Oscar. He should count himself lucky he doesn't have to compete with anyone from "The Revenant."

Best Sound Editing

Nominees: Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender ("The Revenant"); Mark Mangini and David White ("Mad Max: Fury Road"); Alan Robert Murray ("Sicario"); Oliver Tarney ("The Martian"); and Matthew Wood and David Acord ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens").

Should win: The team from "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Will win: The team from "The Revenant."

A lot of the more technical awards will come down to a battle between "The Revenant" and "Mad Max: Fury Road," two of the most critically acclaimed action-packed films of the year.

Best Sound Mixing

Nominees: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo ("Mad Max: Fury Road"); Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth ("The Martian"); Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin ("Bridge of Spies"); Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens"); and Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek ("The Revenant").

Should win: The team from "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Will win: The team from "The Revenant."

If the sweep for "The Revenant" happens, it will definitely win both sound awards. If it falters a little, "Mad Max: Fury Road" could dominate the technical categories.

Best Animated Feature

Nominees: "Anomalisa," "Boy and the World," "Inside Out," "Shaun the Sheep Movie" and "When Marnie Was There."

Should and will win: "Inside Out."

Pixar continues making great original films, so it will continue to dominate this category.

Best Animated Short

Nominees: "Bear Story," "Prologue," "Sanjay's Super Team," "We Can't Live Without Cosmos" and "World of Tomorrow."

Should and will win: "World of Tomorrow."

Don Hertzfeldt, who made the equally adorable and terrifying "World of Tomorrow" (available to watch on Netflix), is a beloved animator whose work has been critically acclaimed for almost two decades. He should win his first Oscar this Sunday.

Best Live Action Short

Nominees: "Ave Maria," "Day One," "Everything Will Be Okay," "Shok" and "Stutterer."

Will win: "Shok."

"Shok" has received a number of accolades from film festivals around the world, so look for it to pick up the Academy Award.

Best Documentary Short

Nominees: "Body Team 12," "Chau, Beyond the Lines," "Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah," "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" and "Last Day of Freedom."

Will win: "Body Team 12."

"Body Team 12" plays on the global fears during the Ebola outbreak, making it a timely choice to win, especially as the fears surrounding the Zika virus start to swirl.

Best Documentary Feature

Nominees: "Amy," "Cartel Land," "The Look of Silence," "What Happened, Miss Simone?" and "Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom."

Will win: "The Look of Silence."

"The Look of Silence" has amassed an impressive list of wins and nominations, but the love for gone-too-soon singer Amy Winehouse could leapfrog that list to see a win for "Amy."

Best Foreign Film

Nominees: "Embrace of the Serpent," "Mustang," "Son of Saul," "Theeb" and "A War."

Will win: "Son of Saul."

The Hungarian film has been picking up most of the other major awards in this category, including the Golden Globe and the Critics' Choice Award, so look for it to take the Oscar, too.

Tune in

The 88th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, will air at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on ABC. Red carpet coverage begins at 6. Jimmy Kimmel will host a special episode of his late-night show, tentatively scheduled for 11:05, following the local news.

On the E! network, the pre-show starts at 12:30 p.m., and the red carpet coverage starts at 4:30. The network's "after party" show starts at 10:30 with behind-the-scenes interviews with the winners.