Here is my take on the movies nominated for various awards and who I think merits the awards.
NOMINEES FOR BEST PICTURE
- Hacksaw Ridge
- Hell or High Water
- Hidden Figures
- La La Land
- Manchester by the Sea
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
- My Life as a Zucchini
- The Red Turtle
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
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
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
Time code sounds nice ….
NOMINEES FOR DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
- 4.1 Miles
- Joe’s Violin
- Watani: My Homeland
- The White Helmets
Extremis has a nice ring to it…