Holocaust. Smart money says that films about the Shoah generally do best in this category. There are three documentaries about the Syrian crisis in this category, and it seems like it makes sense that, especially
Best Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made in America. I didn't watch any of the documentaries, but everyone says this is gonna win.
Best Animated Short Film: Piper. I was not into this, but it is going to win. See my discussion on this category here.
Best Live-action Short Film: La Femme et le TGV. I am feeling less confident about this than I was. It is possible that maybe Sing can win this. Still, I'm going with this one.
|Are you shining just for me? (Best part of this movie.)|
Best Original Song: "City of Stars" from La La Land
Best Makeup & Hairstyling: Harlow & Alonzo, Star Trek Beyond. It has to be them, right? It just can't be the guys who did Suicide Squad. It just can't.
Best Sound Editing: Mackenzie & Wright, Hacksaw Ridge. I am going to do a last-minute switcheroo and say that Hacksaw is gonna take this one. I feel like La La Land winning everything, especially an award like this, just seems unlikely. There has to be a little backlash. And Hacksaw, with its amazing editing, really deserves this one.
|Give these explosions an Oscar, please.|
Best Sound Mixing: Nelson, Lee & Morrow, La La Land
Best Visual Effects: Corbould, Hickel, Knoll & Lee, Rogue One. Apparently most people think this is going to go to The Jungle Book. Eh. Perhaps I think it just makes sense to give it to the movie that made the most money. The Jungle Book was fine and all, but, like, Rogue One was really good, and shouldn't we all be grateful to have an actual good Star Wars movie?
Best Foreign Language Film: Toni Erdmann. Yet another one where I am going to vote against conventional wisdom. I hear folks saying that Iran will win this award. Asghar Farhadi's film The Salesman is very good, but Toni Erdmann is an absolute delight from start to finish, and I think it makes more sense for voters to choose this one. Plus, it is going to be remade quite soon by a Hollywood studio and will star Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. The Farhadi push does make sense. He is in the news a lot right now because he and his cast will not be attending the Oscars due to the Trump administration's attempted travel ban on visa-holders from Iran. I know it sounds crazy, but I still think it will go to Toni Erdmann. Just know, that this is not conventional wisdom when you fill out
|While we're here, I just want everyone to know |
how cute I think Justin Hurwitz is.
Best Original Score: Hurwitz, La La Land
Best Film Editing: Cross, La La Land
Best Production Design: Vermette & Hotte, Arrival. If you want to win your office poll, you should probably choose La La Land here, but I just can't bear to keep writing La La Land.
Best Costume Design: Zophres, La La Land. If someone else can win, I think that person is Madeline Fontaine for Jackie.
Best Cinematography: Sandgren, La La Land
Best Supporting Actress: Davis, Fences. Category fraud or no, Viola is getting this Oscar.
|This man deserves an Oscar.|
Don't fuck it up, Academy!
Best Original Screenplay: Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Best Adapted Screenplay: Jenkins & McCraney, Moonlight
Best Actor: Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Stone, La La Land
Best Director: Chazelle, La La Land
Best Picture: La La Land