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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.

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