THE 89TH ACADEMY AWARDS / 2017 (UPDATED)

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

It’s that time of year again! Oscar time this Sunday! It’s also time for my predictions for the big night. Who will win and who should win. Enjoy the show Sunday night!

BEST PICTURE

  • ARRIVAL
  • FENCES
  • HACKSAW RIDGE
  • HELL OR HIGH WATER
  • HIDDEN FIGURES
  • LA LA LAND
  • LION
  • MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
  • MOONLIGHT

WHO WILL WIN – LA LA LAND
WHO SHOULD WIN – LA LA LAND
I’LL BE ANGRY IF THIS WINS – MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

La La Land
is my favourite on this list and it’s definitely the frontrunner to take home the top prize. It’s not going to be everyone’s choice. It’s becoming quite a polarizing film for people, but I think it’s a stunning and brilliant film that Hollywood loves and THAT IS WHO VOTES… thank god! Can you imagine if they let viewers vote. Twilight would have won years ago. You don’t have to like their choices, but they are the ones in the industry who are celebrating each other. We’re just watching. So because Hollywood does love itself and watching movies about itself, then this is clearly the choice for them. Moonlight would be my runner up on this list which is actually a decent batch a movies and a fair competition for all.

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Denis Villeneuve, ARRIVAL
  • Mel Gibson, HACKSAW RIDGE
  • Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND
  • Kenneth Lonergan, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
  • Barry Jenkins, MOONLIGHT

WHO WILL WIN – DAMIEN CHAZELLE, La La Land
WHO SHOULD WIN –DAMIEN CHAZELLE, La La Land
I’LL BE ANGRY IF THIS WINS –Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea. I just wasn’t a fan of this movie.

Damien Chazelle has created an original musical film that is an amazing homage to the classic Hollywood musicals. He’s made a modern day classic. Plus he made Whiplash and that was my favourite film of that year. This guy is 2 for 2 for me.

BEST ACTOR

  • CASEY AFFLECK
    Manchester by the Sea
  • ANDREW GARFIELD
    Hacksaw Ridge
  • RYAN GOSLING
    La La Land
  • VIGGO MORTENSEN
    Captain Fantastic
  • DENZEL WASHINGTON
    Fences

WHO WILL WIN – DENZEL WASHINGTON, Fences / CASEY AFFLECK, Manchester by the Sea
WHO SHOULD WIN – VIGGO MORTENSEN, Captain Fantastic
I’LL BE ANGRY IF THIS WINS – None they are all deserving!

This is a tough category. It’s between Casey and Denzel with Denzel taking the slight lead. He’s won twice before so they may want to give it to Casey then, but then there’s that whole controversy which I don’t think should interfere with the voting, but it does. My choice would be cancel both and give it to Viggo because he’s absolutely superb in a terrific underrated film that didn’t get a lot of attention when it came out. Thankfully he got the nomination and that is the movie getting it’s justice.

BEST ACTRESS

  • ISABELLE HUPPERT
    Elle
  • RUTH NEGGA
    Loving
  • NATALIE PORTMAN
    Jackie
  • EMMA STONE
    La La Land
  • MERYL STREEP
    Florence Foster Jenkins

WHO WILL WIN – EMMA STONE, La La Land
WHO SHOULD WIN – EMMA STONE, La La Land
I’LL BE ANGRY IF THIS WINS – I love Meryl, but she’s taking a slot that Taraji P. Henson or Hailee Steinfeld should have been in.

This is Emma’s year. She’s simply amazing in this role. There is more emotion in the song she sings near the end of the film than anything I saw in Manchester by the Sea (I’m heartless I know). She shines and deserves the gold. In any other year this would have been Natalie’s. The only one that could steal it from Emma is Isabelle Huppert.

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

WHO WILL WIN – MAHERSHALA ALI, Moonlight
WHO SHOULD WIN – MAHERSHALA ALI, Moonlight
I’LL BE ANGRY IF THIS WINS – I’m sorry it’s beat up on Manchester by the Sea by me, but Lucas Hedges.

Mahershala Ali 100% deserves this win! However this is a tough category. Jeff Bridges and Michael Shannon are equally incredible in terrific films, but are kind of cancelling each other out in similar roles. Moonlight is going to win some gold and this will be one of the categories.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • VIOLA DAVIS
    Fences
  • NAOMIE HARRIS
    Moonlight
  • NICOLE KIDMAN
    Lion
  • OCTAVIA SPENCER
    Hidden Figures
  • MICHELLE WILLIAMS
    Manchester by the Sea

WHO WILL WIN – VIOLA DAVIS, Fences
WHO SHOULD WIN – VIOLA DAVIS, Fences
I’LL BE ANGRY IF THIS WINS – Nicole Kidman. She’s great in Lion, but it’s nothing new that we haven’t seen from her before. She’s not the standout in the film.

This is Viola’s year. She should have won it a couple years ago for The Help so this is going to be the Academy making up for that. Her biggest competition is from Naomie Harris, but I think she’s got the edge because she’s been winning at all the other award shows. Octavia has won before and it’s her co-stars that really deserved the nominations more.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • KUBO & THE TWO STRINGS
  • MOANA
  • MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI
  • THE RED TURTLE
  • ZOOTOPIA

WHO WILL WIN – ZOOTOPIA
WHO SHOULD WIN – KUBO & THE TWO STRINGS
I’LL BE ANGRY IF THIS WINS – I think they are all deserving, I’m sure.

My heart lies with Kubo & the Two Strings this was hands down one of the best films of the year and it shouldn’t even be a question as to who is going to win this. Sadly it won’t. Zootopia has been winning all the awards and while it is a good movie, it’s not as memorable for me, Disney has done better.

BEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

  • ARRIVAL
  • FENCES
  • HIDDEN FIGURE
  • LION
  • MOONLIGHT

WHO WILL WIN – MOONLIGHT
WHO SHOULD WIN – MOONLIGHT
I’LL BE ANGRY IF THIS WINS – These are all great choices I can’t argue any of these.

Moonlight has this. Barry Jenkins is going to win in the category for sure. It’s the Academy’s way of rewarding a film that really does deserve to be.

BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

  • HELL OR HIGH WATER
  • LA LA LAND
  • THE LOBSTER
  • MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
  • 20TH CENTURY WOMEN

WHO WILL WIN – MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
WHO SHOULD WIN – LA LA LAND
I’LL BE ANGRY IF THIS WINS – The Lobster… No way. I will lose my mind. I did not care for this movie. It’s a great original idea so the nomination I completely understand, but there’s no way a film that gets 1 nomination for screenplay will win.

Unfortunately Manchester by the Sea is going to take this one. Another way for the Academy to split up the prizes which is what they’ve been doing a lot of over the last few years. La La Land is my choice because I loved the movie.

AND THE REST…

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

WHO WILL WIN – LA LA LAND
WHO SHOULD WIN – MOONLIGHT

BEST FILM EDITING

WHO WILL WIN – LA LA LAND
WHO SHOULD WIN – LA LA LAND

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

WHO WILL WIN – LA LA LAND
WHO SHOULD WIN – JACKIE

BEST MAKEUP/HAIR

WHO WILL WIN – STAR TREK BEYOND
WHO SHOULD WIN – STAR TREK BEYOND

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

WHO WILL WIN – LA LA LAND
WHO SHOULD WIN – LA LA LAND

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

WHO WILL WIN – LA LA LAND
WHO SHOULD WIN – JACKIE

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

WHO WILL WIN – ‘CITY OF STARS’ – LA LA LAND
WHO SHOULD WIN –‘AUDITION (THE FOOLS WHO DREAM)’ – LA LA LAND

BEST SOUND EDITING

WHO WILL WIN – LA LA LAND
WHO SHOULD WIN – LA LA LAND

BEST SOUND MIXING

WHO WILL WIN – LA LA LAND
WHO SHOULD WIN – LA LA LAND

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

WHO WILL WIN – THE JUNGLE BOOK
WHO SHOULD WIN – DR. STRANGE

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

WHO WILL WIN – PIPER
WHO SHOULD WIN – PIPER

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

WHO WILL WIN – THE SALEMAN
WHO SHOULD WIN – ?

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

WHO WILL WIN – OJ: MADE IN AMERICA
WHO SHOULD WIN – ?

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

WHO WILL WIN – ?
WHO SHOULD WIN – ?

BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

WHO WILL WIN – ?
WHO SHOULD WIN – ?

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