Sunday, February 26, 2017
Predicting the 2017 Oscars!
And here we are again, another year, another Oscars ceremony that will probably be filled with controversy, however unlike the previous two years, this controversy is not due to who was or wasn't nominated, but due to who the current President now is.
Whether you agree with my stance on this or not, I really wish actors and filmmakers could really leave their political opinions aside for one night. We at home want to be entertained and enjoy ourselves as the movies of 2016 are celebrated. We know you don't like the President, and do you really think your acceptance speech is going to change America's mind one way or the other? No, it won't. My thinking has always been that politics and entertainment really shouldn't ever collide anyways, especially when it's entertainment made for the general audience at large, which the Oscars ceremony is. Half of your potential audience probably voted for Trump, while the other half didn't. By hewing too closely to the thinking of one half, you alienate the other half of your audience, which is why I'm against movie and TV mixing politics and entertainment unless it's a niche movie or TV show where the political ideas are crucial to the story or for the audience the story is designed for. But I digress, getting back on track...
As is per usual, I like to predict the Oscars each and every year. Unlike last year, there are very few up in the air categories. The only real question is: How many Oscars is La La Land going to win? That and the question as to which actor will bring home Best Actor, Denzel or Casey Affleck. The other acting races have all been sewn up for a while. The only other real surprises could come in the form of Adapted Screenplay (Arrival or Moonlight), and in the tech categories. The real enigma with the tech categories is figuring out if the Academy will spread the love or if they'll simply mark La La Land for every category it's nominated for, even if it's not the best choice. I personally think La La Land will have a big haul, but I don't think it will break records like some are predicting. La La Land will more than likely net 7 Oscars, but I don't think it will do more than 9, even if some of my left field predictions don't pan out. As for predictions regarding the show itself, well, it's Jimmy Kimmel hosting, so we can at least know it will probably be funny. He's the kind of guy who makes fun of anybody, so he is the person I am least worried about in regards to making an annoying political statement.
So without further ado, here are my predictions, with a few bold predictions in the crafts categories for fun!
Best Animated Short - Piper
Best Documentary Short - Joe's Violin
Best Live Action Short - Ennemis Interieurs
Best Sound Mixing - La La Land
Best Sound Editing - Hacksaw Ridge
Best Visual Effects - The Jungle Book
Best Makeup and Hairstyling - Star Trek Beyond
Best Costume Design - Jackie
Best Production Design - Arrival
Best Cinematography - La La Land
Best Film Editing - Hacksaw Ridge
Best Original Song - "City of Stars" from La La Land
Best Original Score - La La Land
Best Documentary - O.J.: Made in America
Best Foreign Language Film - The Salesman
Best Animated Feature - Zootopia
Best Adapted Screenplay - Moonlight
Best Original Screenplay - Manchester by the Sea
Best Supporting Actress - Viola Davis, Fences
Best Supporting Actor - Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Best Actress - Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Actor - Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Director - Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Picture - La La Land
And those are my predictions! As always, remember to check back either later tonight or tomorrow for my thoughts on the Oscars ceremony and my personal reflections on how well I did or didn't do with my predictions.