The Oscars seem to do whatever they can to make themselves less and less relevant. You could argue that they never were and it would be hard to disagree. Since 2008 when the top 2 grossing and critically acclaimed films, The Dark Knight and WALL-E, got 14 nominations but none for best picture, the show has been in a tail spin.
This year, they are set for a sweep of La La Land, a movie that basically says how great movies are. I have not seen – I will – but the reviews are mixed at best and hardly worth a record tying 14 nominations.
My insane schedule at work kept me from the movies a lot this year. But I still follow the buzz and the web sites, so for what its worth, here is my predicted list of winners. I see a year of upsets.
Best Picture – Moonlight. Its been gaining momentum as has the back lash against La La Land
Director – La La Land. Damien Chaziel is a golden boy and it seems fashionable to split these awards in recent years.
Actor – Denzel Washington. Fences. Well loved in a killer role he directed. Directing himself to a best actor will put him in very unique company. He is in a dead lock with Casey Affleck.
Actress – Isabel Huppert. Elle. She won the Globe. Heavy acclaim. They love foreign actresses. Emma Stone is favoured. I see an upset here.
Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali. Moonlight. Mortal Lock.
Supporting Actress – Viola Davis. Fences. Finally. Mortal lock. Long long overdue.
Original Screenplay – Manchester by the Sea
Adapted Screenplay – Moonlight
Cinematography – La La Land
Production Design – La La Land
Costume – Florence Foster Jenkins. Wide open category. Maybe to Jackie.
Make-up – Star Trek Beyond
Score – La La Land
Song – City of Stars from La La Land
Visual Effects – Rogue One. No other movie was close.
Sound – La La Land
Sound Effects – Hacksaw Ridge.
Editing – La La Land. Until recent years always went with best pic.
Foreign Language – The Salesman
Doc. Feature – OJ Simpson: Made in America
Doc. Short – The White Helmets
Animated Feature – Kubo and the two Strings. Please this over Zootopia. Please.
Animated Short – Piper. Perhaps the best thing Pixar has done next to WALL-E.
Live Action Short – Le Femme et le TGV. Total, total guess.
If La La Land Sweeps, well ,this will be my worst year EVER!!