2017 Academy Awards: Nominees and Predictions

It’s that time again – the most wonderful time of the year – basically the superbowl of the entertainment crowd – THE ACADEMY AWARDS!  There’s a few front-runners and favorites in this year’s nominees – with La La Land being nominated 14 times! The nominees this year are diverse and deserving. Here’s the full list of nominees with some of my picks and predictions:


Best Picture



Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land


Manchester by the Sea


La La Land has been nominated for 14 awards at this year’s ceremony. It’s the current favorite to win – however, Moonlight has been gaining some fair traction of late (with good reason). For most Academy members, La La Land is the least polarizing of the Best Picture nominees, and it will prove to be the consensus pick.

Will Win: La La Land

Should Win: Moonlight




Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

In recent years, the Academy has proved more amenable to a split where one film wins Best Picture and another wins Best Director, so conceivably, Barry Jenkins has a shot to prevail here even if La La Land wins Best Picture. In this case, Daman Chazelle has made a more technically demanding film – with so many moving parts, dance numbers, songs and imaginative sets.

Will Win: Damian Chazelle, La La Land

Could Win: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight


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

Casey Affleck was the early favorite in this category for his devastating work in Manchester By The Sea. However, the tides seem to have shifted, if slightly, to Denzel Washington with the SAG Awards win for his towering performance in Fences. This will be a tight race – down to the last second, and one of the hardest to predict. Given recent controversies surrounding Affleck, I’d give edge to Denzel.

Will Win: Denzel Washington, Fences

Could Win: Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea



Actress in a Leading Role

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Emma Stone has this category locked. Her performance was wonderful and has been the favorite since early screenings of La La Land.

Will Win: Emma Stone, La La Land

Could Win: Isabelle Huppert, Elle



Actress in a Supporting Role

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

It’s Viola Davis, duh.

Will Win: Viola Davis

Should Win: Viola Davis


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

This category is ALWAYS my favorite category – full of the best and most memorable performances of the year. I think this will go to Mahershala Ali, though he’s vulnerable to an upset. Jeff Bridges fits the more conventional profile of a winner here, and Dev Patel took home the BAFTA.

Should Win: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Could Win: Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water


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

Should Win: Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, 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

Should Win: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea

Could Win: Damian Chazelle, La La Land


Animated Feature Film

Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle



Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine (Denmark)

A Man Called Ove (Sweden)

The Salesman (Iran)

Tanna (Australia)

Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Will Win: The Salesman

Should Win: Toni Erdmann


Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America




Arrival, Bradford Young

La La Land, Linus Sandgren

Lion, Greig Fraser

Moonlight, James Laxton

Silence, Rodrigo Prieto


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


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


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



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


Original Score

Jackie, Mica Levi

La La Land, Justin Hurwitz

Lion, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka

Moonlight, Nicholas Britell

Passengers, Thomas Newman


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



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



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



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


Animated Short Film

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes



Live Action Short Film

Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights



Documentary Short Subject


4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets



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