2016 is here, and after an eventful 2015 we were left wondering what will happen in 2016? What will be the major talking points? Of course many things are impossible to predict, but our writers have their say on what they think may happen in the coming year – will they be proved correct, or end up with egg on their faces? Only time will tell.
Leonardo DiCaprio still won’t win that evasive Oscar.
I really would have loved to have been able to say “This year will be Leo’s year!”, and after watching the trailer for his latest film The Revenant I have no doubt that he will once again be nominated for Best Actor. He’s playing an intensely awesome part in a film that straddles between historical fact and epic American folklore – and there’s a scene where he gets mauled by a bear. Classic Oscar material.
But then I saw the trailer for The Danish Girl. Sorry Leo – no chance.
The more cynical side of me immediately saw that a film capitalising on the fact that 2015 was the year that transgender issues became ‘in’ is the most ‘Oscar-baity’ of the bunch. But even with the cynicism aside – Redmayne practically became a national treasure after playing Stephen Hawking. And now he’s playing Lili Elbe – one of the first recorded recipients of gender reassignment surgery. As far as I’m concerned – the Oscar is already his for the taking.
All that being said, I haven’t actually seen either of the films yet – so maybe I shouldn’t be so sure. We’ll see. If I’m right, Leo will be as gracious as ever and I will fall all the more in love with him for it. If I’m wrong, and Leo does finally win that Oscar, he definitely won’t be the only one celebrating.
Arts funding to be increased and interactive theatre to be a hit.
Refugee crisis will worsen, Islamaphobia will increase, and Britain will sleepwalk into leaving the EU.
All the signs seem to be pointing to an EU exit for Britain. Just like Donald Trump’s campaign has gained momentum in the US due to fears about migrants and terrorism, so could the leave campaign in Britain – as David Cameron tries to rush through the In/Out referendum by the summer.
Bombing campaigns in Syria will have little impact on ISIS, and as long as they are allowed to sell oil and generate revenue they will spread their message of hate much further than the borders of Syria and Iraq. Terrorist attacks like the one in Paris are inevitable. Europe’s Schengen Agreement will be dissolve, as the flow of refugees continues, and Islamaphobic incidents will increase in both severity and volume – likely leading to further radicalisation of young Muslim’s and a continuing cycle of violence.
A section of the media will paint David Cameron’s negotiation attempts for a reformed Europe as a disastrous failure. The leave campaign, which will be backed by top Tory ministers trying to grab the top job, will spread a campaign of fear, much the same tactics that won the 2015 general election, over worries about immigration, terrorism and the NHS as its crisis escalates. The buzzword “security” will possibly be the most used word of the year. Britain, out of fear and lack of solid information, will vote to leave the European Union – a result that could even lead to David Cameron resigning as Prime Minister.
Of course, Britain may cautiously vote to remain in the EU, much like what happened in the Scottish referendum – but things can spiral out of control quickly in politics, and Britain is walking on thin ice at present.