Next to Christmas and my birthday, Oscar night is one of my FAVORITE days of the year (no seriously, I LOVE the Oscars)! Every year I make it my personal goal to see ALL of the Oscar nominated films BEFORE the Oscars (and before they even get nominated!). I love seeing dozens of movies throughout the year and guessing which films the Academy will recognize (I’m usually 90% right!) I’m happy to say that this year marks the NINTH straight year that I’ve completed my goal of seeing every Best Picture Oscar nominated film (if you can’t already tell, I’m a huge film buff!). For the past three years here on the blog, I’ve been able to correctly predict (almost) EVERY major Oscar win (I only got one prediction wrong back in 2015) so here’s hoping for another year of successful predictions. Here are my predictions for the 89th Academy Awards:
Best Picture: I will be HIGHLY surprised if La La Land doesn’t go home with the Best Picture win but IF something else were to win, I think it would be Moonlight. Although, I’m 99.9% positive La La Land is not only going to win Best Picture, but it’s going to win almost every other category it’s nominated in (expect Best Actor, sorry Ryan!).
Best Director: I’ve been following Damien Chapelle’s career for a few years now (basically since I saw Whiplash back in 2014) and I absolutely adore his work. I knew La La Land had been a passion project of his for many years and when I saw the first teaser trailer for it I immediately knew it was going to blow me away (I love me a good musical!).
Best Actor/Actress: Although I picked Casey Affleck as my official prediction for Best Actor, I wouldn’t be shocked if Denzel Washington won. As for Best Actress, Emma Stone has definitely got this one in the bag!
Best Supporting Actor/Actress: Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis are shoo-ins for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
Best Original Screenplay/Adapted Screenplay. As some of you may or may not know, not only am I currently working on a screenplay of my own but I’ve also wanted to win an Oscar for either Best Original Screenplay or Best Adapted Screenplay since I was eight! So it’s no surprise that this is one of my favorite categories at the Oscars. Although all of the nominees are deserving of a golden statue, my money is on Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea!
Will you be watching the Oscar’s this Sunday? Who are you rooting for/who do you think will win an Academy Award?