The 89th Annual Academy Awards – Predictions

Not all the photos below align with the my actual prediction, just wanted people to see images from all the nominees 

 

Best Picture:

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The Nominees – Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight

Prediction Moonlight, While I don’t think it will be sweeping awards this year, and personally it’s not my favourite film of the year. There’s no doubt about it that the story presented here is powerful and the acting/direction that contributes to it makes this film best picture worthy. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if La La Land takes the cake!

Directing: 

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The Nominees -Denis Villeneuve for Arrival, Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge, Damien Chazelle for La La Land, Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea, and Barry Jenkins for Moonlight

Prediction – Damien Chazelle for La La Land, This man is only 32 years old with three films under his belt, the previous film being Whiplash, which in itself is a great film. Although Chazelle brings an even bigger musical spectacle, and was able to convince myself and the rest of the world that you can make a successful musical in this day and age. He without a doubt has this one in the bag with bringing everything together.

Cinematography:

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The Nominees -Bradford Young for Arrival, Linus Sandgren for La La Land, Greig Fraser for Lion, James Laxton for Moonlight, Rodrigo Pieto for Silence

Prediction – Lunis Sandgren for La La Land, It’s funny because this is my favourite category and my mind is telling me to go for Bradford Young, but my gut is telling my Sandgren for La La Land. There are some extremely beautiful images in this film, that are also contributed with soothing camera movements.

Actor in a leading role:

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The Nominees – Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea, Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge, Ryan Gosling for La La Land, Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic, and Denzel Washington for Fences

Prediction – Denzel Washington for Fences, Shamefully, I’ve only seen Gosling and Denzel’s performances, and despite Casey Affleck winning the bulk of the awards prior to the Academy Awards, I still think Denzel will come on top along with his SAG Award. Also, I’m glad to see Viggo Mortensen catch some recognition, and I also believe Colin Farrell deserved a nomination.

Actress in a leading role:

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The Nominees -Isabella Huppert for Elle, Natalie Portman for Jackie, Emma Stone for La La Land, Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins, and Ruth Negga for Loving 

Prediction – Emma Stone, Emma Stone gave such an incredible performance here. While some of here performance came off a little hammy in certain moments, overall she was able to dig deep into real emotions that were definitely felt through the silver screen. Most notably her first audition scene, and her final song.

Actor in a supporting role:

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The Nominees -Mahershala Ali for Moonlight, Michael Shannon for Nocturnal Animals, Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water, Lucas Hedges for Manchester by the Sea, and Dev Patel for Lion

Prediction – Mahershala Ali for Moonlight, Despite having such a small amount of screen time in this film, his role is undoubtably one to remember. Not only was Mahershala Ali great at playing a gangster than runs his own set up, this character was complex and exhibited emotions you normally wouldn’t see in such a character. Part of that has to do with the screenplay, but Ali brought a sense of serenity to him. I think his last moments in this film will stick with me for quite a long time.

Actress in a supporting role:

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The Nominees -Viola Davis for Fences, Naomi Harris for Moonlight, Nicole Kidman for Lion, Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures, and Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea

Prediction – Viola Davis for Fences,  Viola brought so much intense energy to this film in the form of many ranges of emotions. While Naomi Harris played such a great role in Moonlight, she will unfairly lose to Viola Davis, who should have been considered a leading character… but they have to make sure La La Land rakes in the awards this season!

Animated Feature Film:

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The Nominees –Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, The Red Turtle, and Zootopia  

Prediction –Zootopia, I must admit, I never watch the animated films that come out, but when I finally get around to seeing them I regret waiting so long, and I feel like that will be the case with Zootopia.

Film Editing: 

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The Nominees –Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, La La Land, and Moonlight

Prediction – Arrival, This film handles the concept of time better than most sci-fi films have ever done before, and was able to keep everybody fooled up until the moment where we needed to know it most. On your second viewing you will realize the clues were there, and on the third viewing you will be floored by how the organization of this film truly is. Though if this doesn’t win, I think the three piece story of Moonlight will take it, because it’s decision to make it’s cuts at certain moments reflected heavily on the emotions of the viewer. In addition editing makes for the pacing which maintains a certain mood and this film excelled there.

Costume Design:

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The Nominees – Allied, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Florence Foster Jenkins, Jackie, and La La Land

Prediction – Jackie, I’m not too sure about this category but I’m going with Jackie

Visual Effects:

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The Nominees –Deepwater Horizon, Dr. Strange, The Jungle Book, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 

Prediction – Doctor Strange,  This film’s look was essentially a product of Inception, but these brilliant people ramped it up to the 20th power with these visuals.

Writing (Original Screenplay):

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The Nominees –Hell or High Water, La La Land, The Lobster, Manchester by the Sea, and 20th Century Women

Prediction – The Lobster,  I haven’t seen Manchester by the Sea, and while I do love La La Land, and still catch the feels from the ending.. I think The Lobster deserves the Original screenplay award, because who would have ever thought of this.. ever.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay:

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The Nominees –Arrival, Fences, Hidden Figures, Moonlight, and Lion

Prediction – Arrival, I will defend this film to my grave that it 100% deserves this award over any of these other films in this category. Referring back to my comments on Mahershala Ali’s character, it had me thinking oh maybe Moonlight does deserve this award but nope. Arrival’s screenplay brings to life a story about a linguistics professor helping save an entire race. The concept alone doesn’t sound like it could ever be remotely entertaining, but Villeneuve and Amy Adams (who deserved a nomination) were able to keep everyone entertained. This film also handled the concept of time better then most other sci-fi films, in such a way that is incomprehensible to our human minds. Additionally this film was able to open with one of the most heartbreaking things i’ve ever seen on film, and was able to present it for a second time, and equally had me in my emotions.

Foreign Language Film:

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The Nominees –Land of Mine from Denmark, A Man Called Ove from Sweeden, Tanna from Australia, The Salesman from Iran, and Toni Erdmann from Germany

Prediction – Toni Erdmann, to be honest this is the only film i’ve heard of, so i’m going to guess this film..

Makeup and Hairstyling:

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The Nominees –A Man Called Ove, Star Trek Beyond, and Suicide Squad

Prediction –A Man Called Ove, I’ve never seen this film, but does the academy even care about this category anymore?

Music (Original Score):

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The Nominees –La La Land, Moonlight, Lion, Jackie, and Passengers

Prediction – La La Land, I don’t think this needs much explanation. Kudos Justin Hurwitz.

Music (Original Song):

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The Nominees -“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana, “City of Stars” from La La Land, “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from Trolls, and “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story

Prediction – “City of Stars” – La La Land,  I think this is overall the better of the two La La Land songs nominated here, wait two nominations? That sure helps win a category.

Production Design:

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The Nominees –La La Land, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Arrival, Hail, Caesar!, and Passengers

Prediction – La La Land, I mean… I have no idea. I want to say Hail, Caesar! but I doubt it and I can’t imagine any of the other films winning, sooooo La La Land it is!

Sound Editing:

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The Nominees –Arrival, Deepwater Horizon, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, and Sully

Prediction – Arrival, Do you ever just create a new sound for an Alien race to speak, along with a written language. Hats off too Jóhann Jóhannsson for these beautifully brooding tones in this film.

Sound Mixing:

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The Nominees –Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Thirteen Hours

Prediction – La La Land, How could a jazz musical not win this category?

Documentary:

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The Nominees –Fire at Sea, I Am Not Your Negro, Life, Animated, OJ: Made in America, and 13th

Prediction – *Pass*, I haven’t seen these films, but i’ve heard good things.

Documentary Short Subject: 

The Nominees -“Extremis”, “4.1 Miles”, “Joe’s Violin”, “Watani: My Homeland”, and “The White Helmets”

Prediction – *Pass*,  I have’t seen these films, but congrats on the nominations!

Short Film (Live Action):

The Nominees – “Timecode”, “Sing”, “Silent Nights”, “Ennemis Interieurs”, and “La Femme et le TGV”

Prediction – La Femme et le TGV,  On the simple fact that I rode on the TGV back in January 2017, so the name alone sounds intriguing, and I will make my vote just on that! (Seesh I hope the academy doesn’t really vote like this, but it would explain a lot 😉

Short Film (Animated):

The Nominees – “Piper”, “Borrowed Time”, “Pear Cider and Cigarettes”, “Blind Vaysha”, and “Pearl”

Prediction – *Pass*,  Congrats on your nominations!

 

 

Prediction Recap:

La La Land: 7

Arrival: 3 

Fences: 2 

Moonlight: 2 

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