Academy Awards 2017: Our Oscars Predictions
Each year, the Oscars ceremony is the highlight of the awards season. It’s the night the stars come out to play on Hollywood Boulevard. On January 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 89th edition of the awards ceremony. These much-coveted trophies will be handed out on 26 February (or for UK audiences, the early hours of the 27th) at a ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
We’ve predicted the following people to walk away victorious on the big night…
Nominated for an Academy Award for the second time, on this occasion we’re expecting Fences star Viola Davis to triumph in the Best Supporting Actress category. Davis stars as Rose Lee Maxson, the wife of the waste collector Troy (played by Denzel Washington), in an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by August Wilson. Davis and Washington reprised their roles for the film, having played the couple in a 2010 Broadway theatre production.
- Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
- Nicole Kidman (Lion)
- Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
- Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Those who only know Mahershala Ali as Remy from House of Cards should be sure to check out his performance in Moonlight. Ali’s performance as drug trafficker Juan, who the film’s main character Chiron takes under his wing, is certainly Oscar-worthy.
- Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
- Dev Patel (Lion)
- Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)
- Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Damien Chazelle has already bagged a Golden Globe in this category for his efforts with La La Land, for which he also wrote the script. The film is a wonderful musical tribute to the city of Los Angeles, and if he wins, Chazelle will be the youngest ever recipient of the Best Director award.
- Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
- Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
- Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
- Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
The race for Best Actress is neck-and-neck. But even though Emma Stone delivered an enchanting performance in La La Land, Natalie Portman should receive this award for the second time in her career. Having previously won back in 2011 for her role as an innocent and fragile ballerina in Daron Aronofsky’s Black Swan, this time she’s set to win for her portrayal of First Lady Jackie Kennedy in Pablo Larraín’s Jackie.
- Emma Stone (La La Land)
- Ruth Negga (Loving)
- Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
- Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Everything points to an exciting duel here between Denzel Washington and Casey Affleck. But we believe that the bookies’ favourite Affleck will be rewarded with the Oscar for his role as caretaker Lee, who has to look after his nephew after the boy’s father unexpectedly dies.
- Denzel Washington (Fences)
- Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
- Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
- Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
This delightful musical is a throwback to Hollywood’s golden age, and has been sweeping home lots of trophies at awards ceremonies so far in 2017. La La Land’s nostalgia will prove a hit with Academy Awards voters and with 14 category nods, the film equalled the record for most Oscar nominations, putting it level-pegging with joint record-holders All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997). It’s therefore a shoo-in to win the Oscar for Best Film. Any other winner would be a huge shock.
- Manchester by the Sea
- Hacksaw Ridge
- Hidden Figures
- Hell or High Water