Oscar Predictions – 89th Academy Awards


Whew! It’s been a long haul, but the big night is finally here! I’ve managed to see all the nominees for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Cinematography, and a few others besides. This year presented a unique challenge in that there was a clear standout: La La Land. In my experience there’s usually one movie that scoops up all the technical achievement awards (such as Gravity or Mad Max: Fury Road) while a movie with more emotional impact or thematic depth takes Best Picture (12 Years a SlaveSpotlight, etc…) But this year, La La Land embodies both of these characteristics, tied the record for most nominations with 14, and boasts spectacular box office success to boot. Predicting who would win in each category this year was mostly a matter of trying to decide what awards La La Land would not win. So without further ado, here’s my predictions for the 89th Academy Awards!

Main Categories:

Best Picture: La La Land
Best Actor: Denzel Washington for Fences
Best Actress: Emma Stone for La La Land
Best Supporting Actor: Dev Patel for Lion
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis for Fences
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
Best Cinematography: La La Land
Best Costume Design: Florence Foster Jenkins
Best Director: Damien Chazelle for La La Land
Best Editing: La La Land
Best Makeup and Hair: Star Trek Beyond
Best Original Score: La La Land
Best Original Song: City of Stars from La La Land
Best Production Design: La La Land
Best Sound Editing: Arrival
Best Sound Mixing: La La Land
Best Visual Effects: Doctor Strange
Best Adapted Screenplay: Eric Heisserer for Arrival
Best Original Screenplay: Damien Chazelle for La La Land

Other Categories:

Best Documentary Feature: O.J. Made in America
Best Documentary Short: The White Helmets
Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman
Best Animated Short: Piper
Best Live Action Short: Ennemis Interieurs
Well there you have it! Last year I had 75% accuracy, so here’s hoping I can top myself! Even if I don’t, I’ll be happy so long as La La Land wins Best Picture. It is the clear standout, my favorite movie of the year, and one of my favorite movies of all time, a fact which astounds even me since I usually don’t like musicals. I’ve got it down for 10 Oscars, so fingers crossed!
Also, I hope Manchester by the Sea gets stomped into the ground.
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