Oscars Prediction

Happy almost Oscar’s weekend everyone! Here I will be placing my predictions for the major awards and I will be living tweeting along with the awards on Sunday.  Best picture:

“Arrival”

“Fences”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hell or High Water”

“Hidden Figures”

“La La Land”

“Lion”

“Manchester by the Sea”

“Moonlight”

Winner: La La Land

To say I am obsessed with this movie is an understatement. I have seen it countless times (over 5) and it is perfect in the way that Mumford & Sons first album is perfect. It is cliché to say but all of the little imperfections that make the movie seem more realistic really help push this to a movie of a generation. It has also helped reinvigorate my love of jazz music

Lead actor:

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land,”

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Winner: Casey Affleck

No surprise here because Casey Affleck was truly fantastic here. It is one of his most honest performances and it shows off in the way he is able to lift up other actors

Lead actress:

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Winner: Natalie Portman

I have not seen Elle or Loving, although Loving is on my list and has been since I have seen the trailer late this summer. It is hard to choose here because Meryl did not have that great of a showing in FFJ and Emma Stone was great but not really an award winning performance; leaving me with Natalie Portman

Supporting actor:

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Winner: Mahershala Ali

If Ali does not win here it is a crime because Moonlight was one of the best films this year and a big part of it was his ability to transform a stereotypical character into something so much more

Supporting actress:

Viola Davis, “Fences”

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Winner: Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris as Chiron’s mom was once again truly amazing, but I can also make a case for Michelle Williams who had one of the most heartbreaking scenes in Manchester By The Sea. Tight race but it goes to Harris

Best director:

“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle

“Hacksaw Ridge,” Mel Gibson

“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins

“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan

“Arrival,” Denis Villeneuve

Winner: Barry Jenkins

Okay so here is the toughest category because any of these auteurs could win this year. My hear wants to go with Denis Villeneuve because Arrival took the Sci-Fi genre and turned it on its head with masterful shots and getting the best performances out of Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams in a long time. Mel Gibson has proved that a broken clock is correct twice a day with Hacksaw Ridge. Kenneth Lonergan really pulled a performance out of Casey Affleck that no one knew he could do and final Damien Chazelle. The man is a modern day film genius and I cannot wait to see what he does next, but I think this one goes to Barry Jenkins.
Okay so I did not have any hot takes or do anything out of the nom but if you disagree and want to embrace the debate, do so below in the comment section!

My film review of The Nice Guys is coming out later this evening along with an update to the site and introducing some upcoming features that Erich and I are really happy to announce 


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