The Oscars Permutation

Ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of the year again, where movies released in 2016 are recognized. By this I am talking about The 89th Academy Awards, or “Oscars”, which is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements and scheduled to hold on February 26, 2017.

Here is my take on the movies nominated for various awards and who I think merits the awards.

NOMINEES FOR BEST PICTURE

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

 

This is probably the most sought after category because it represents the “perfect” movie for the year under review.

I would give it to Hacksaw Ridge because that movie had it all. Perfect acting and delivery, awesome plot and flawless directing.

 

NOMINEES FOR DIRECTING

  • Denis Villeneuve for Arrival
  • Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge
  • Damien Chazelle for La La Land
  • Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
  • Barry Jenkins for Moonlight

 

Since my best movie for the year is Hacksaw Ridge, it’s only expected that I give it to Mel Gibson. However, with his many run-ins with Hollywood, I am not sure he will be given the award. *fingers crossed*

 

NOMINEES FOR ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington, Fences

 

I am sure you would expect that I will give this award to Andrew Garfield. His performance was superb but Denzel was just out of this wild. Did you see his almost 5 minute solo rant in the movie? How does one remember such lines?

 

NOMINEES FOR ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Isabelle Huppert in Elle
  • Ruth Negga in Loving
  • Natalie Portman in Jackie
  • Emma Stone in La La Land
  • Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins

 

Natalie wins this one for me. Her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy was faultless.

 

NOMINEES FOR ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

 

  • Viola Davis in Fences
  • Naomie Harris in Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman in Lion
  • Octavia Spencer in Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams in Manchester by the Sea

 

Viola Davis is definitely taking this trophy. She already snatched the Golden Globe for it, so why not an Oscar to put the cherry on the cake.

 

NOMINEES FOR ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Mahershala Ali in Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges in Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea
  • Dev Patel in Lion
  • Michael Shannon in Nocturnal Animals

 

I am thorn between Jeff Bridges and Mahershala Ali but I think Mahershala Ali should nick this one.

 

NOMINEES FOR ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Arrival, Eric Heisserer
  • Fences, August Wilson
  • Hidden Figures, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
  • Lion, Luke Davies
  • Moonlight, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney

 

I think August Wilson’s adaptation of Fences was the best of the lot.

 

NOMINEES FOR ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan
  • La La Land, Damien Chazelle
  • The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou
  • Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
  • 20th Century Women, Mike Mills

 

Taylor Sheridan is in the front of the pack in this category.

 

NOMINEES FOR ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle
  • Zootopia

 

The stop motion graphics deployed in Kubo & the 2 Strings was just breathtaking but Moana was just out of this world. There was so much detail in the environment and because of this, it would most likely win this award.

 NOMINEES FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Land of Mine (Denmark)
  • A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
  • The Salesman (Iran)
  • Tanna (Australia)
  • Toni Erdmann (Germany)

I haven’t seen any of these movies, so I will just go with the Iranian movie, just because.

 

NOMINEES FOR DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

 

  • Fire at Sea
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Life, Animated
  • O.J. Made in America
  • 13th

 

Again, another set of movies I have not seen. So randomly, I will pick I Am Not Your Negro just because it sounds nice.

 

NOMINEES FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY

 

  • Arrival, Bradford Young
  • La La Land, Linus Sandgren
  • Lion, Greig Fraser
  • Moonlight, James Laxton
  • Silence, Rodrigo Prieto

 

The camera works in La La Land accentuated the overall feel of the movie so it should win this.

 

NOMINEES FOR FILM EDITING

 

  • Arrival, Joe Walker
  • Hacksaw Ridge, John Gilbert
  • Hell or High Water, Jake Roberts
  • La La Land, Tom Cross
  • Moonlight, Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

 

Arrival was perfectly edited especially when the movie was doing fast forwards. It was fantastic.

 

NOMINEES FOR PRODUCTION DESIGN

 

  • Arrival, Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock
  • Hail, Caesar! , Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh
  • La La Land, Davis Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
  • Passengers, Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serdena

 

The overall visual appearance of Passengers was flawless. Fantastic Beast was good too but not as good.

 

NOMINEES FOR COSTUME DESIGN

  • Allied, Joanna Johnston
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Colleen Atwood
  • Florence Foster Jenkins, Consolata Boyle
  • Jackie, Madeline Fontaine
  • La La Land, Mary Zophres

 

Jackie takes the day, need I say more?

                                                          

NOMINEES FOR MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

  • A Man Called Ove, Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
  • Star Trek Beyond, Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
  • Suicide Squad, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson

 

Suicide squad was the most glammed of the lot.

NOMINEES FOR ORIGINAL SCORE

 

  • Jackie, Mica Levi
  • La La Land, Justin Hurwitz
  • Lion, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
  • Moonlight, Nicholas Brittell
  • Passengers, Thomas Newman

If La La Land doesn’t take this, it will be Ojoro.

 

NOMINEES FOR ORIGINAL SONG

 

  • “Audition (The Fools who Dream),” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls, music and lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, and Karl Johan Schuster
  • “City of Stars,” La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz, lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story, music and lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
  • “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana, music and lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

My first inclination is to go with Trolls but that Lin-Manuel song in Moana is life.

 

NOMINEES FOR SOUND EDITING

  • Arrival, Sylvain Bellemare
  • Deepwater Horizon, Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
  • Hacksaw Ridge, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
  • La La Land, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • Sully, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

 

Hacksaw Ridge and their whizzing bullets was great but Deepwater with that constant creaking sound in the background takes the cake for me.

 

NOMINEES FOR SOUND MIXING

  • Arrival, Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
  • Hacksaw Ridge, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace
  • La La Land, Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee, and Steve A. Morrow
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, and Mac Ruth

 

13 hours is it o!

NOMINEES FOR VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Deepwater Horizon, Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Justin Billington, and Burt Dalton
  • Doctor Strange, Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli, and Paul Corbould
  • The Jungle Book, Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon
  • Kubo and the Two Strings, Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, and Brad Schiff
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, and Neil Corbould

 

You can see the hardwork that went into Kubo & the 2 Strings but the Inception-esque Doctor Strange was superb. Star Wars wasn’t bad too.

 

NOMINEES FOR ANIMATED SHORT FILM

  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  • Pearl
  • Piper

 

Blind Vaysha just because it sounds like an old kung fu movie.

 

NOMINEES FOR LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

  • Ennemis Intérieurs
  • La Femme et le TGV
  • Silent Nights
  • Sing
  • Timecode

 

Time code sounds nice ….

 

NOMINEES FOR DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

  • Extremis
  • 4.1 Miles
  • Joe’s Violin
  • Watani: My Homeland
  • The White Helmets

 

Extremis has a nice ring to it…

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  • Nice predictions Bro. The Oscars is something I look forward to at this time of year. Worthy of note is the number of African-American folks nominated in the major award categories. Compensation for all the fiasco surrounding last year’s ceremony? Maybe. But 2016 was definitely a good year for African-American cinema. The best picture category this year is very close. I can’t confidently place a finger on any of the nominees. Mel Gibson is one of the finest directors in Hollywood. Along with Clint Eastwood and Ben Affleck, I think the trio (of all actor – directors) have got the Midas touch behind the cameras. But Gibson’s many dramas off screen may just see him overlooked. Let’s pray that doesn’t happen. It still surprises me to this day that Denzel has got only two Oscars as an actor. I can’t think of any movie in which his perform wasn’t flawless. I hope he gets the nod this time. I haven’t seen Jackie. If Portman’s performance is as good as you say it is, then this would surely be a befitting Comeback. Viola Davis all the way Bro. She owned last year. She was impeccable! Damn! Jeff Bridges Na bros but I think Michael Shannon gave a very impressive interpretation in Nocturnal Animals. Concerning best animated feature – hmm, the attention to detail in Moana was something else. But don’t you think the social message in Zootopia might just see it get the nod? I agree with the rest of your predictions. The sound mixing in 13 Hours? My God! You need to see my face when I’m seeing that movie. In fact, I dey go watch am again with High definition surround sound. Make I disturb my neighbors small.
    Nice Job. Keep up the good work. Fingers crossed, let’s see how the ceremony pans out. Cheers!
    @Ataguba (Twitter)

  • Nice.. I can see why you would make such predictions..
    In my opinion Viola Davis wins for her role in fences, I see LA La Land bagging all their award including their director Damien Chazelle, original song has got to be between LA LA land’s City of Stars and J. Timberlake’s Can’t stop the feeling for Trolls, Masherali Ali for Best supporting actor, Casey Affleck might just take this home, not forgetting dense tough category but my money for Best actor in a motion picture. Isabelle Rupert for herbrole in Elle or Emma Stone for LA LA land.. Oh Meryl Streep might but my money is on Emma. Original screenplay might go to LA LA land. I am not your Negro definitely wins for documentary..its good from what I’ve read. I see Zootopia winning animated feature although Kubo and the two strings and Moana might bag it.. The salesman (Iranian) and A man named Ove(sweden) for foreign film but I see a man named ove winning..hairstyle and makeup would go to Star Trek beyond.. Manchester by the Sea, La La Land, Moonlight, Fences, Elle, Zootopia, I see them bagging awards home

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