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Last year there was a major controversy over the Academy Awards being whitewashed as the association did not credit any actor or actress of color with a nomination. However, bygones are bygones, and the Academy has nominated people of color from actors to directors to producers. People are excited, so it won’t be surprising if this year’s Oscars will have higher ratings.

With such a diversity of stories and makers, it’s hard to predict who many win (even though the voters have their favorites). It is easier to list the nominations, and see for yourself:

BEST PICTURE

BEST PICTURE

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

While people enjoyed La La Land, they found out that it was hyped up to be more than it was. The most-talked about movies in regards to winning an Oscar has been Fences and Hidden Figures because of its “poetically heightened realism.” (Variety)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

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

Denzel Washington and Ryan Gosling seems to be the most talked about actors in regards to winning the Oscars. For so long being known as Ben Affleck’s little brother, Casey Affleck finally got to prove his talents and make a name for himself with Manchester by the Sea. However, with sexual harassment allegations that have surfaced, many (most notably Fresh Off the Boat actress Constance Wu) believe Affleck’s nomination should be revoked.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

It’s such a safe bet to go with Meryl Streep because let’s be honest here: it’s Meryl Streep. However, Natalie Portman has been acclaimed for her portrayal as Jackie leading some to say that Jackie Kennedy would have been proud.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

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

Mahershala Ali has already won a SAG and Critic’s Choice award for his role and seems to be the best bet. That being said, if Dev Patel wins, he will be only the third Indian actor to ever win an Oscar.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are both running for Best Supporting Actress, and it feels like Sophie’s Choice. While Michelle Williams was appreciated for her role in Manchester by the Sea, she didn’t have a big part in the movie. Then again, “there are no small parts, only small actors.” Also, I am a little surprised only one of the woman from Hidden Figures was nominated considering all three did a marvelous job at their respective role.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

Zootopia had a relevant message and was a great allegory for our current society and its social tensions. It left an impact on both the younger and older audiences. Moana was also a favorite because the new Disney princess was refreshing, and the story resonated with people who found a new role model for young girls to look up to.

COSTUME DESIGN

COSTUME DESIGN

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La land

Four out of the five movies nominated are time-period films, so it’s important to get the costumes right. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is just so aesthetically pleasing overall as a film, so it makes sense why they were nominated for costume design. Notwithstanding, costume designer Madeline Fontaine (from Jackie) was able to replicate Jackie Kennedy’s closet from the time-period down to the material.

DIRECTING

DIRECTING

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Denis Villenueve, Arrival

Moonlight is revered for telling the story of an individual, who classifies as a minority in most to all ways, living through hardships. While Manchester of the Sea is a great movie, it is about a white man and his white problems. To reiterate, great movie, but critics and audiences alike want stories that are not so outdated.

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

MUISC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Jackie

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Passengers

La La Land is the only one that really makes sense here. There has not been much talk about the other movies. Passengers is a surprise to see on this list. However, I get the appeal. It’s an action movie, and the soundtrack does it justice. Also, it has one track that has a Titanic, Celine Dion vibe to it.

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)," La La Land

"Can't Stop the Feeling," Trolls

"City of Stars," La La Land

"The Empty Chair," Jim: The James Foley Story

"How Far I'll Go," Moana

“How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana hands down should win, and there is no questioning it. Lin-Manuel Miranda is the gem of this century. It’s surprising to see “Can’t Stop the Feeling” on this list because this song was so overplayed on the radio that people started wearing earmuffs in the middle of August.

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion

Moonlight

Moonlight, Fences, Lion, and Hidden Figures all address racism from the core. They attack what it means to be confused, deprived, and shut down because of one’s race, gender, and/or sexuality and creates three, strong, mesmerizing writings. The competition is tough with such movies pitted against each other.

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

La La Land is funny and charming. It may have something to do with the fact that Ryan Gosling is saying the lines, but nevertheless, it is great feel-good writing. 20th Century Women is being called secret Oscar treasure given its insanely human nature in writing (which is usually a good way to get an Oscar). The motif of humanism continues with The Lobster which has been described as funny, yet disturbing. Aside from La La Land, these titles seem to be the more underrated movies of this Oscar season.

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