The Oscars 2017: (P)redictions & (W)ishes


So, that time is upon us again, as the 89th Academy Awards air at 8:30pm EST (or Monday Feb 27th @ 1:30am GMT) - and at the urging of a couple friends of mine, I've decided to partake in the guessing of the near future and give my predictions and wishes, labeled with 'P' and 'W', or 'PW' if both are the same.

I will omit predictions for categories I know little of, and can only wish I could have seen Elle and Loving before making these predictions. Toni Erdmann is high on my list on next cinema viewing choices as well. Cheers, and my congrats to all the nominated films and people involved in creating such great work! ^_^

BEST PICTURE

Arrival (W)

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land (P)

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land (P)

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences (W)

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ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land (P)

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins (W)

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ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (P)

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water (W)

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

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ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Viola Davis, Fences (P)

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion (W)

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

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ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Kubo and the Two Strings (P&W)

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival

La La Land

Lion (P)

Moonlight

Silence (W)

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COSTUME DESIGN

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie (P&W)

La La Land

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DIRECTING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land (P)

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight (W)

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DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) *OMITTED*

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America

13th

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DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT) *OMITTED*

Extremis

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

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FILM EDITING

Arrival (W)

Hacksaw Ridge (P)

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM *OMITTED*

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Tanna

Toni Erdmann

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MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond (P&W)

Suicide Squad

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Jackie

La La Land (P)

Lion (W)

Moonlight

Passengers

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (P)

"Can’t Stop The Feeling" from Trolls

Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

"City Of Stars" from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

"The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story

Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

"How Far I’ll Go" from Moana

Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda (W)

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PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival (W)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land (P)

Passengers

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SHORT FILM (ANIMATED) *OMITTED*

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper

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SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION) *OMITTED - though best wishes to Sing & Timecode* ^_^

Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

Sing

Timecode

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SOUND EDITING

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge (P)

La La Land

Sully (W)

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SOUND MIXING

Arrival (W)

Hacksaw Ridge (P)

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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VISUAL EFFECTS

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book (P)

Kubo and the Two Strings (W)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Arrival

Fences (P)

Hidden Figures

Lion

Moonlight (W)

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WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Hell or High Water (W)

La La Land (P)

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

Happy watching (and predicting)!

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