The 89th Academy Awards – Predictions!

It’s that time of year where the best of the film industry is supposedly honored as we celebrate this year in cinemas! As the stars take to the red carpet tonight  here are our predictions for the impending award ceremony.

Here’s the thing: I really don’t want La La Land to sweep the board. Granted, it’s a triumphant modern musical. However, I believe the diversity of movies this year – including horror, drama, comedy, and science fiction – all deserve a shot at the copious amount of awards. So while perhaps I believe that Damien Chazelle and Justin Horowitz deserve to collect the gong, I also am under the utmost belief that Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight should score the Best Film award because it is the most impeccable piece of cinema.

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Here is who we want to win and who’ll most likely win:

Best Picture

Arrival 
Fences 
Hacksaw Ridge 
Hell or High Water 
La La Land – Will Win
Lion 
Moonlight – Could Win/REALLY REALLY WANT TO WIN
Manchester by the Sea
Hidden Figures

Best Director

Denis Villenuve (Arrival)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land) – Will Win
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Barry Jenkis (Moonlight) – Want to Win

Actor in a Leading Role

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)Will Win/Want to Win
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) – Will Win/Want to Win 
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Dev Patel (Lion) – Might Win
Michaael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Actress In A Leading Role 

Isabelle Huppert (Elle) – Will Win/Want To Win 
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Emma Stone (La La Land) – Could Win 
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Actress in a Supporting Role 

Viola Davis (Fences) – Will Win/Want to Win
Naomie Harris (Moonlight) – Want to Win
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)

Animated Feature Film

Kubo and the Two Strings – Want to Win 
Moana 
Zootopia – Will Win
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Cinematography

Bradford Young (Arrival) 
Linus Sandren (La La Land) – Will Win
Greig Fraser (Lion)
James Laxton (Moonlight)
Rodrigo Prieto (Silence) – Want to Win

Costume Design

Joanna Johnston (Allied)
Collen Atwood (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) – Will Win/Want to Win
Madeline Fontaine (Jackie)
Mary Zophres (La La Land)
Consolata Boyle (Florence Foster Jenkins)

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Best Feature Documentary 

Fire At Sea 
I Am Not your Negro 
Life, Animated 
O,J: Made in America 
13thWill Win/Want to Win

Best Short Documentary

Extremis – Want to Win
4.1 Miles 
Joe’s Violin 
Watani: My Homeland – Will Win 
The White Helmets

Best Film Editing 

Joe Walker (Arrival)
John Gilbert (Hacksaw Ridge) – Will Win
Jake Roberts (Hell or High Water)
Tom Cross (La La Land)
Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon (Moonlight) – Want to Win

Best Foreign Language Film 

Land of Mine  
A Man Called Ove 
The Salesman – Will Win/Want to Win
Tanna
Toni Erdmann – Could Win

Best Make-Up and Hair-styling

Eva von Bahr and Love Larson (A Man Called Ove) 
Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo (Star Trek Beyond) – Will Win/Want To Win
Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson (Suicide Squad)

Best Original Music 

Mica Levi (Jackie)
Justin Hurwitz (La La Land) – Win Win/Want to Win
Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka (Lion)
Nicholas Britell (Moonlight) – Want to Win
Thomas Newman (Passengers)

Best Original Song 

Audition (The Fools who Dream)
from La La Land; Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Can’t Stop The Feeling from Trolls; Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
The Empty Chair from Jim: The James Foley Story; Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
City of Stars from La La Land; Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul – Will Win
How Far I’ll Go from Moana; Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda – Want to Win

Best Production Design

Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Paul Hotte (Arrival)
Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) – Will Win 
Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh (Hai, Caesar!) – Want to Win
Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco (La La Land)
Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena (Passengers)

Best Short Film (Animated)

Blind Vaysha 
Borrowed Time – Want to Win
Pear Cider and Cigarettes 
Pearl 
Piper Will Win

Best Short Film (Love Action)

Timecode 
Ennemis Interieurs 
La Femme Et Le TGV
Silent Nights  – Will Win/Want to Win
Sing

Best Sound Editing 

Sylvain Bellemare (Arrival) 
Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli (Deepwater Horizon) – Want to Win
Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright (Hacksaw Ridge) – Will Win
Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan (La La Land)
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman (Sully)

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Best Sound Mixing

Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye (Arrival)
Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace (Hacksaw Ridge)
Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow (La La Land) – Will Win/Want to Win
David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth (13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi)

Best Visual Effects

Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton (Deepwater Horizon)
Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould (Doctor Strange) – Want to Win
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon (The Jungle Book)  – Will Win
Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff (Kubo and the Two Strings) – Want to Win
John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Eric Heisserer (Arrival)
August Wilson (Fences)
Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures)
Luke Davies (Lion)
Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight)Will Win/Want to Win

Best Original Screenplay

Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou (The Lobster)  – Want to Win
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)Will Win
Mike Mills (20th Century Women)


What do you think? 
The Academy Awards screen tonight! 

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