My Oscar Predictions

This has felt like a very long awards season. And now that we’ve reached the final curtain, no one seems to care about the awards anymore, as now it’s all about what the winners are going to say. This says a lot about the current political climate, but also quite a bit about the standard of films up for Best Picture.

Yes they’re all good, but if they truly represent the best pieces of cinematic art over the past 12 months, then my goodness it must have been a mediocre year. I think most people would agree that Arrival, La La Land, and Moonlight more than deserve to be up there – regardless of some of the more recent, sniffy think-pieces that have been written about them. But the rest feel very middle of the road. Making up the numbers, where other far more compelling films could be competing instead – hello Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Kubo and the Two Strings, I, Daniel Blake, Victoria, The Witch.

But hey, forget all that, this is the hand we’ve been dealt, and these are the films we’ve been told are the best, so let’s shower them with adulation, before we quickly forget they exist.

Here are my predictions for where the awards will go.

Picture: La La Land
Actor: Denzel Washington
Actress: Emma Stone
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali
Supporting Actress: Viola Davis
Animated feature: Kubo and the Two Strings
Cinematography: Moonlight
Costume Design: Jackie
Director: Damian Chazelle
Documentary Feature: O.J Made in America
Documentary Short: Extremis
Editing: La La Land
Film in a foreign language: Toni Erdmann
Makeup and Hairstyling: Star Trek Beyond
Original Score: La La Land
Original Song: City of Stars
Production Design: La La Land
Short Film animated: Piper
Short Film live action: Sing
Sound Editing: La La Land
Sound Mixing: Arrival
Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
Adapted Screenplay: Arrival
Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea

I’m notoriously bad at predicting these things, but there you have it. We can all laugh at how terribly wrong I got it in the morning.

John ParkerComment