2017 Oscar Predictions

Oscar predictions from a novice, an enthusiast, a buff, and a self-professed expert (in no particular order!).

Let us know what you think? Do you agree or disagree with our picks? Check back Monday for our reactions.

@Martinez_A 
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 Jimmy Kimmel’s performance: 3 stars

Best Picture: “La La Land”
Close call with Moonlight. It could go either way but I feel like the momentum is in La La Land’s favor.

Best Actor: Denzel Washington, “Fences”
As long as Casey Affleck doesn’t get it, I’ll be happy. This is another close call. This time between Gosling and Washington. Going have to give it to Denzel.

Best Actress: Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Not even a question.

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Once again, not even a question. Hands down winner.

Best Supporting Actress: Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
While Viola was great in Fences and is phenomenal is everything she does, Naomie’s performance was impactful and profound. Aside from Best Picture, this is the hardest category to pick a winner.

Best Director: “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
Chazelle was able to do the near impossible. Make a present day musical that paid homage to the past but was relevant and not to cheesy.

Best Original Screenplay: “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
Because once again Chazelle did the nearly impossible with La La Land.

Best Adapted Screenplay: “Moonlight”
Barry Jenkins took a well written play and transformed it into an compelling screenplay.

Best Foreign Language Film: “The Salesman”
Having not seen a single one of the nominated films, I’m going to say Hollywood will make a statement given the political environment and give the golden statue to the Iranian  The Salesman.

Best Original Score: “La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz
No need to explain!

Best Documentary Feature: 
“I Am Not Your Negro”
While the James Baldwin documentary is the underdog against O.J. and 13th, I have hope that this masterpiece will be victorious.

@Tien_Bischoff 

Jimmy Kimmel’s performance: 4 stars

Best Picture: “La La Land”
It’s arguably the best-directed film out of the bunch. Has humor. It also panders to the Oscar crowd.

Best Actor: Denzel Washington, “Fences”
Oscar voters like big performances. Though I think Affleck gave the better performance.

Best Actress: Emma Stone, “La La Land”
La La Land panders to Oscar voters.

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
It’s a great performance. Shout out to Bridges, Shannon and Hedges who all  gave wonderful and memorable performances

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, “Fences”
Another big performance. Deserved.

Best Director: “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
La La Land is beautifully directed. Similar to The Reverent, but a musical, a director showing off his skill in a beautiful way.

Best Original Screenplay: “Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan
A beautifully told story. Should have been nominated for best editing as well.

Best Adapted Screenplay: “Moonlight”
It is how a play should be adapted.

Best Foreign Language Film: “The Salesman”
Politics.  

Best Original Score: “La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz
It’s really good.

Best Documentary Feature: “13th”
No one is watching a 8 hours movie. And I Am Not Your Negro is too dense for the mainstream.  

@MatthewJohns0n
Matthew Johnson

Jimmy Kimmel’s performance: 3 stars

Best Picture: “Moonlight”
Because the Academy likes drama more than whimsical and Moonlight was touching and beautiful. Two of the academy’s favorite things.

Best Actor: Denzel Washington, “Fences”
Casey Affleck might pull it out here, but Denzel was great as a troubled man that was fun to hate.

Best Actress: Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Because the academy loves young actresses, and she was pretty amazing.

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
He wasn’t there for very long, but he had a huge impact on the main character.

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, “Fences”
DO I really need to give a reason?

Best Director: “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
He shut down a highway in LA for that opening number, and he’s gonna dance down the aisle to accept this award.

Best Original Screenplay: “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
It’s nice to watch something nice, and this was nice.

Best Adapted Screenplay: “Moonlight”
It’s pretty powerful film.

Best Foreign Language Film: “The Salesman”
I have to admit I haven’t seen any of these, but there’s some buzz around this one.

Best Original Score: “La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz
You try getting this tune out of your head.

Best Documentary Feature: “I Am Not Your Negro”
It’s a pretty unforgettable film, as it should be.   

 @MarabianNights
Marabia Smith

Jimmy Kimmel’s performance: 3.5 stars
He’s funny, quick on his feet, and good at ad-libbing. I am anticipating moments where I roll my eyes at him for dragging out a joke too long but overall, Jimmy is a good fit for the Oscars and I’m excited to see him host

Best Picture: “Moonlight”
I’m in no way, shape or form a gay black man in America but because I am black and I’ve lived in a “tough” neighborhood, I’ve seen my male friends and family members grapple with their sexuality and masculinity in the black community. I like that Moonlight tackled a topic like this and the more I think about how necessary a film like this way, the more I want it to win. It was aesthetically pleasing, relatable, and the acting was great.

Best Actor: Denzel Washington, “Fences”
In my opinion, Fences is the best acting I’ve seen Denzel Washington do. You can tell he really loves this play and wanted to get every uttered word correct.

Best Actress: Ruth Negga, “Loving”
To be fair, I’ve only seen Loving and La La Land of these three movies but Ruth Negga’s performance is fantastic in Loving (my favorite film from this year). She’s able to convey so much emotion- both subtle and overt- in a film that doesn’t offer her very much dialogue and I’m really excited to see her in more things.

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”
Again, I’ve only seen Moonlight and Nocturnal Animals and while Ali’s brief yet impactful performance was great in Moonlight, I’m going to give this one to Michael Shannon. Shannon, to be quite honest, carried the film (along with his interactions with co-star Jake Gyllenhaal) and he was my favorite part of this film. It was a good film overall but Shannon’s performance boosted it up for me that much more.

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, “Fences”
I mean, we’re all in agreement that Viola Davis practically invented acting. She snotted her way to this win and I’d be surprised if anyone else in this category- while all fantastic actresses- beats her this year.

Best Director: “Arrival,” Denis Villeneuve
Arrival was the one film this year that I knew I wouldn’t get sick of seeing if I were to ever watch it more than once at any given time. A lot of this has to do with Villeneuve’s direction. It was beautiful to watch and captivating. Loved it. He’s probably not going to win, though.

Best Original Screenplay: “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
I’m just saying La La Land because it’s the only one that I’ve seen out of these five movies but if I had to choose, I would have nominated the screenplay Loving and chosen that to win.

Best Adapted Screenplay: “Moonlight”
He took a play and made it into a great movie. Awesome.

Best Foreign Language Film: N/A
I’ve got no opinion. The only film I’ve heard of is “The Saleseman.”

Best Original Score: “La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz
Again, I’ve only seen two of these five so I’ll go with La La Land. I would have nominated the score for Nocturnal Animals or Arrival but that’s just me.

Best Documentary Feature: “I Am Not Your Negro”
This was such a hard category to choose from because I absolutely loved the films in this category (Full disclosure though, I didn’t see Fire at Sea and from what I’ve heard, I’m not missing much). I guess I’m giving it to I Am Not Your Negro because as soon as I had finished it.

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