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It's almost time for the 2017 Oscars!

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It’s Oscar season again. As a film buff, I try my best to see all the contenders for best picture and all the films with nominated performances before the Oscars. There are numerous movie news and entertainment websites that have their own predictions and picks both before and after the nominations. The nominations were revealed several weeks ago, and now, I have made my own picks and predictions.

 

Here are my personal picks and predictions for the 2017 Oscars:

 

 

Best Picture

 

Nominees:

La La Land

Moonlight

Lion

Hell or High Water

Manchester by the Sea

Hidden Figures

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Arrival

 

My Pick to Win: La La Land

 

Could Win: Moonlight

 

Should Win: La La Land

 

Will Most Likely Win: La La Land

 

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Although my favourite on that list is Lion, I think La La Land is the clear winner this year. It has a great script, it has great performances, it has great direction, and being an original, modern-day musical works in its favour.

 

 

Best Actor

 

Nominees:

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Denzel Washington – Fences

Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

 

My Pick to Win: Casey Affleck

 

Could Win: Denzel Washington

 

Should Win: Casey Affleck

 

Will Most Likely Win: Casey Affleck

 

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Casey was superb in Manchester by the Sea. Denzel has been gaining momentum for his role in Fences (which he also directed), but I think it’s Casey’s year. Denzel already has a best actor Oscar for Training Day. Not to say that he is unlikely to win again, but I think the Academy is leaning toward Casey Affleck this year.

 

 

Best Actress

 

Nominees:

Emma Stone – La La Land

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Ruth Negga – Loving

 

My Pick to Win: Emma Stone

 

Could Win: Natalie Portman or Isbelle Huppert

 

Should Win: Emma Stone

 

Will Most Likely Win: Emma Stone

 

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I think Emma is the clear winner this year. She was on point in La La Land and she demonstrated her singing prowess. Isabelle Huppert has some momentum going for her, and Natalie Portman was stellar in her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy, but I think the win goes to Emma.

Best Director

 

 

Best Director

 

Nominees:

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge

 

My Pick to Win: Damien Chazelle

 

Could Win: Barry Jenkins

 

Should Win: Damien Chazelle

 

Will Most Likely Win: Damien Chazelle

 

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Damien was the mastermind behind La La Land. I think he has everyone beat this year. He is also hot coming off the momentum from Whiplash a couple years ago. That works in his favour. Barry Jenkins is probably the only other one who can compete with Damien this year. Although Moonlight is an artistic, well-made film with an important subject matter, I think Damien Chazelle has the edge and will come out with the win.

 

 

Best Supporting Actor

 

Nominees:

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Dev Patel – Lion

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea

Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

 

My Pick to Win: Jeff Bridges

 

Could Win: Jeff Bridges or Mahershala Ali

 

Should Win: Mahershala Ali

 

Will Most Likely Win: Mahershala Ali

 

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This is a tough prediction for me. None of these performances stood out to me this year. With that said, I know Mahershala Ali has been highly praised for his work in Moonlight, and I know the consistently good Jeff Bridges has been gaining momentum. I think having already won for best actor in the past works against Jeff this year. Although Mahershala Ali was only in one act of Moonlight, he definitely brought it with his memorable performance, and he will most likely come away with the Oscar this year.

 

 

Best Supporting Actress

 

Nominees:

Viola Davis – Fences

Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Nicole Kidman – Lion

Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures

Naomie Harris – Moonlight

 

My Pick to Win: Viola Davis

 

Could Win: Michelle Williams

 

Should Win: Viola Davis

 

Will Most Likely Win: Viola Davis

 

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Viola Davis is the leader in this category this year. She’s been nominated before, and she is due an Oscar. I thought she was the standout performance in Fences. She previously lost to her fellow nominee, Octavia Spencer, when they were both nominated for their work in The Help several years back. Although Octavia was good in Hidden Figures, I felt like the performances of her other co-stars, specifically Janelle Monae (not nominated), were more refreshing. Michelle Williams is always quite amazing, but she was only in maybe 3-4 scenes of Manchester by the Sea. I think Viola has the edge on everyone this year.

 

 

 

Those are my personal picks and predictions! I’m looking forward to the outcome of the Oscars!

 

 Have any of you seen these movies?

 

What do you think of these films and performances?

 

I’m interested to read what you think. Feel free to leave your comments below!

 

 

 

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Re: It's almost time for the 2017 Oscars!

I have a gut feeling that Natalie Portman will win Best Actress. Emma Stone was great in La La Land but Natalie Portman will get it!

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Hey @josh976!

 

Natalie Portman was definitely spectacular in Jackie.

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I think your picks are all who are going to win. The only surprise may be Huppert stealing Best Actress from Stone. I think Portman was far and away the best of the nominees, but there's no way she's winning without having won any other major award. Such a shame.

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Hey @pikachuforever.

 

Did you get a chance to see Elle? That's actually one I haven't seen yet.

 

 

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Re: It's almost time for the 2017 Oscars!


BBYTerence wrote:

Hey @pikachuforever.

 

Did you get a chance to see Elle? That's actually one I haven't seen yet.

 

 


It's on the list. Hoping to see it before next Sunday.

Watched Toni Erdmann last week -- literally at the same time as the news about the American remake came out. I expect it will be winning Best Foreign Film.