It’s time for… Academy Award predictions!

Tonight the Academy Awards will be handed out again, and it is always a hot topic in the movie world, duh. I always hate how we can’t really watch it in The Netherlands, as there are no places to watch it and it is in the middle of the freaking night. Meh.. But, I can predict them and read what went down tomorrow ofcourse! So I will..


Best Picture
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

I think I am going to go with La La Land, as it really did something else, I have only seen Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures, La La Land and Manchester by the Sea and I loved all of them, but La La Land has that old Hollywood feel, the songs, the dancing, it is really a dreamy flick.

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

Here I am going to go for Denis Villeneuve with Arrival, cause I really love his work, I think he is a great director and Arrival was a movie that finally told the story a bit different, and that is thanks to the work of Villeneuve too.

Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Hihi, I am a bit on the fence here, as I was very impressed with Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge. However I believe he will get another chance to win an Academy Award, it is definitely Casey Afflecks turn now. He has done amazing work on multiple films, and especially the way he is acting in Manchester by the Sea, it is really extraordinary how he does it.

Actress in a Leading Role
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

I am going to go for Natalie Portman in Jackie. I loved the movie, it is so intense, and she did an amazing job at portraying this woman that actually existedHet accent was pretty cool, though I can judge if she did it very well. I am a bit sad I did not see Loving yet, cause Ruth Negga is probably just as entitled to the award, but I cannot really judge that.

Actress in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

I would definitely not want Michelle Williams to win, cause she was hardly in the movie, and she was not that good. She had her Week with Marilyn, you know. I think I would like Octavia Spencer to win for her Hidden Figures part. She is witty and cute, and she plays the role of a very important woman.

Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

I do not think Michael Shannon has won any Academy Awards yet, but I think he deserves this one for Nocturnal Animals, it was one of his best roles, the movie is excellent, and he can’t win an Oscar for his great portrayal of the guy in Boardwalk Empire, so please let him win tonight!

Adapted Screenplay
Arrival, Eric Heisserer
Fences, August Wilson
Hidden Figures, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
Lion, Luke Davies
Moonlight, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney

Though I have not seen Moonlight, I do want it to win a lot of awards because of the good causes and because what I have heard and seen of it was perfect. So yeah, Moonlight.

Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan
La La Land, Damien Chazelle
The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou
Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
20th Century Women, Mike Mills

Manchester by the Sea should win this one, cause I was impressed by how the story unfolds, very amazing how it is told, how it is drama but it has silver linings. Amazing!

Animated Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Embarrasingly (probably spelled that wrong) enough I have not seen a lot of animated movies this year. I would have liked to see The Red Turtle, but I did not get to it yet. I do think it should win though, cause of what I have read about it and that is something else than the usual. Plus, I really do not want Zootopia to win, it simply does not deserve it.

Foreign Language Film
Land of Mine (Denmark)
A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
The Salesman (Iran)
Tanna (Australia)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Haven’t seen any of these, so no idea.

Documentary Feature
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America

Again, unfortunately haven’t seen any of these.. 😦

Arrival, Bradford Young
La La Land, Linus Sandgren
Lion, Greig Fraser
Moonlight, James Laxton
Silence, Rodrigo Prieto

La La Land, hands down.

Film Editing
Arrival, Joe Walker
Hacksaw Ridge, John Gilbert
Hell or High Water, Jake Roberts
La La Land, Tom Cross
Moonlight, Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

I never really have an opinion on this, but I’d like to go with Hacksaw Ridge, as it has some rough edits that are pretty bold.

Production Design
Arrival, Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock
Hail, Caesar! , Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh
La La Land, Davis Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Passengers, Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serdena

Fantastic Beasts, I really loved it, the world that they have created deserves love.

Costume Design
Allied, Joanna Johnston
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Colleen Atwood
Florence Foster Jenkins, Consolata Boyle
Jackie, Madeline Fontaine
La La Land, Mary Zophres

Again, Fantastic Beasts.

Makeup and Hairstyling
A Man Called Ove, Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
Star Trek Beyond, Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
Suicide Squad, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson

Suicide Squad, I mean, Harley looked amazing and the Joker did too, it is just f’ed up the movie was sooooo bad.

Original Score
Jackie, Mica Levi
La La Land, Justin Hurwitz
Lion, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
Moonlight, Nicholas Britell
Passengers, Thomas Newman

I really loved the deep, dark sounds in Jackie, so I would definitely go for that.

Original Song
“Audition (The Fools who Dream),” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls, music and lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, and Karl Johan Schuster
“City of Stars,” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story, music and lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana, music and lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

I dislike the song, but I think Trolls should win, it was the big summer hit.

Sound Editing
Arrival, Sylvain Bellemare
Deepwater Horizon, Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
Hacksaw Ridge, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
La La Land, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
Sully, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

This is also something I have no expertise on, so let’s go for Arrival.

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

Rogue One has the most amazing sound of course 😉 #warsie

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

Hmm! Tricky one. How about Doctor Strange? I did not really love the movie, but the effects were mindbending.

I have no idea about shorts, so those I will not try to predict 😉 I wonder what will happen! Ieeh!

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