“2017 Oscar Predictions”

The Oscars are mere moments away, so let’s predict all the major categories. Is La La Land going to clean house? Will a dark horse win the day?

Best Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali: Moonlight
Jeff Bridges: Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges: Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel: Lion
Michael Shannon: Nocturnal Animals

I believe that Mahershala Ali has the best chance of winning. His performance was absolutely incredible and heart warming. If anyone knocks him off it’s Dev Patel in Lion. This is a film about perseverance, overcoming, and finding yourself. This is the year of diversity at the Academy Awards, so either of these two will win.

Prediction: Mahershala Ali

Best Supporting Actress:

Viola Davis: Fences
Naomie Harris: Moonlight
Nicole Kidman: Lion
Octavia Spencer: Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams: Manchester by The Sea

If anyone other than Viola Davis or Michelle Williams wins this award I’ll be truly shocked. I don’t see anyone else winning. Two heart wrenching performances, but those two ladies took it to another level this year.

Prediction: Viola Davis

Best Actor:

Casey Affleck: Manchester by the Sea Andrew Garfield: Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling: La La Land
Viggo Mortensen: Captain Fantastic Denzel Washington: Fences

This is the easiest category to predict. Casey Affleck is running away with this award. Manchester By the Sea was made for him. The sadness he bears throughout the film, while trying to give his love to his nephew is some of the best work of 2016. My dark horse is Andrew Garfield. You talk about a powerful performance, Garfield as Desmond Doss was just that. He brought tears to your eyes. I’m going with Affleck here, but in my heart I’m pulling for Garfield.

Prediction: Casey Affleck

Best Actress:

Isabelle Huppert: Elle
Ruth Negga: Loving
Natalie Portman: Jackie
Emma Stone: La La Land
Meryl Streep: Florence Foster Jenkins

I feel very strongly about this category. If anyone other than Natalie Portman wins for playing Jackie Kennedy than the Oscars got it wrong (like Sly losing best supporting actor last year). Hollywood is a selfish place, so they may give this Oscar to Emma Stone. They love movies in which Hollywood is painted in a positive light. If Stone wins, doesn’t Gosling also have to win? They don’t work without each other. Both of their performances are predicated on the chemistry the share. Do they both win? If Gosling wins best actor (he shouldn’t) than Emma will definitely win here.

Prediction: Natalie Portman

Best Director:

Damien Chazelle: La La Land
Mel Gibson: Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins: Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan: Manchester by the Sea Denis Villeneuve: Arrival

Damien Chazelle has been the front runner for this Oscar all year. La La Land was brilliantly directed. The set pieces, and musical numbers were magical and he deserves to win this award. If anyone else takes it, that’ll be Villeneuve or Gibson. Both films are visually stunning.

Prediction: Damien Chazelle

Best Animated Film:

Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

This is another two horse race between Kubo and Moana. Those are two gorgeous pictures. Kubo’s stop motion, and Moana’s vibrancy make this a hard one to pick. Right now I’m going with Moana, but this is a coin flip.

Prediction: Moana

Best Picture:

Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

In my heart of hearts, I’m rooting for Hacksaw Ridge, which was my favorite film of 2016. It has no chance here because of La La Land. This film will clean up in my opinion. It’ll win most of the categories it’s nominated for, except for the acting ones. It’s looking like an 11/14 for the musical, which would be a historic night.

Prediction: La La Land

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