Awards season is almost upon us. And you know what that means: everyone with an opinion is breaking out their final Oscars 2017 predictions. This year’s crop of nominees present pretty tight races. The mix of various winners over the past few months – such as in the Golden Globes and Screen Actors’ Guild Awards – have made it that much more interesting.
Of course, there will always be heavyweights. La La Land, Moonlight, and Manchester by the Sea have all been outstanding, and will elbow each other on the way to the top this year. Meanwhile, some deserving films and performers were snubbed for the nomination ballots. But who else could possibly take home those Academy Awards?
Here are some of the Oscars 2017 predictions for four of the most major categories:
Winner: La La Land
La La Land has been on a tear, grabbing nominations left and right. Unless the film pulls an American Hustle, it’s likely to pick up a few wins, including the big one – Best Picture. The Academy has already shown that they enjoy the love letters to old Hollywood, when The Artist won back in 2012. And La La Land, as a complete package, is as good ass you can get to that kind of tribute. Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight could still score an upset, but it’d be a surprise.
Meanwhile, Silence – a heavy, hard-hitting Martin Scorsese effort – should have at least made the list.
Winner: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Snub: Martin Scorsese (Silence)
Damien Chazelle’s win of the DGA’s puts him in the driver’s seat for this Award. La La Land was able to strike a fine balance between seeing the world through the eyes of a dreamer, and that of a realist, with great deftness. A win here would make Chazelle the youngest director to ever land the Award. And honestly, with hits like this and Whiplash on his resume, he deserves it.
Winner: Denzel Washington (Fences)
Snub: Andrew Garfield (Silence)
This one is the tough one, with three very strong potential winners in the running. Ryan Gosling’s outing in La La Land was a great effort – and don’t forget how he learned all that piano for the role. Casey Affleck still has a lot of momentum after being an early favorite. But Denzel Washington’s SAG win swung plenty of favor his way. His performance for Fences was snappy, striking, and loaded with emotion all at once. He has the edge.
Andrew Garfield is on the ballot for his portrayal of an army medic in Hacksaw Ridge. But his tackling of a Jesuit priest in Silence deserved as much a nod.
Winner: Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Snub: Amy Adams (Arrival)
Plenty of people expect Emma Stone to grab this one, turning the night into a La La Land-palooza. However, a serious case could be made for Isabelle Huppert’s performance in Elle. It’s rare for a foreign language film to score the award, but Huppert could shake the audience with a few monologues alone. It may be an upset, but she’s the one who deserves it.
Sci-fi films don’t always get a lot of love in the Oscars, but at least Amy Adams should have had a nod for her performance in Arrival.