Reel and Unscripted’s 89th Annual Academy Award Picks
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One of the things I noticed with the best picture selections this year was the overall negative tones to most of the movies. Lion and Arrival are the only 2 movies that truly have no negative undertones. Even Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures and La La Land, movies that have positive messages, give negative vibes at times. Compared to other years, 2016 was a down year for movies and films like Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea and Fences showed us sad and depressing movies that we never want to see again. According to my rankings of the year, the best movie on this list is La La Land and it will win. By the way, Sully should have been the 10th nomination.
Out of the 5 nominations, Damien Chazelle for La La Land would be my pick and will probably win. However, if Clint Eastwood had made it in, his job with Sully was quite amazing.
The award season darling is Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea, and I really like Casey and if he wins, I’ll be happy for him, but let’s face it, Denzel Washington owned Fences and should win. Oh, and Andrew Garfield should have been nominated for Silence over Hacksaw Ridge… just saying. Where was Tom Hank’s and Joel Edgerton’s nominations?
Best Supporting Actor:
Only 2 people from this category deserved the nomination in my opinion. Michael Shannon, although I love him, shouldn’t have gotten the nod over his counterpart Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Lucas Hedges did a fine job but there were others more deserving, and Mahershala Ali, although I thought he was the best part of Moonlight, he was in the movie about 20 minutes. Dev Patel does a fine job in Lion, and if he wins, I’ll be very happy, but Jeff Bridges‘s character in Hell or High Water is funny, series and cunning all at the same time and for that he should win.
I know Emma Stone is the darling this award season, but when you go up against Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep, I have to give the award to a veteren who did a much better job. Portman in my opinion submersed herself in the role of Jackie O to the point of being unrecognized. She should win. By the way, Ruth Negga shouldn’t have gotten the nod over several Amy Adam’s roles. Huge snub!
Best Supporting Actress:
Another one of those categories that has nominations from people who are in the movie for a few scenes. Nichole Kidman and Michelle Williams are hardly in their movies and Octavia Spencer wasn’t even the most important of the 3 ladies in her movie. The landslide winner here is Viola Davis. No question. She is a force in Fences and is what makes Denzel so great!
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Out of these 5 nominations, the best and most interesting story is Arrival. Lion is a close 2nd.
Best Original Screenplay:
La La Land has a loveable and special story that only gets better as it goes along.
Best Animated Feature:
ZOOTOPIA! This was my #1 movie of the year and it will win! Kubo and the Two Strings was my #4 of the year, so it could have a chance.
The ending of La La Land tells me that this award will go here, but unfortunately since we don’t get to see all the footage, it’s a shot in the dark.
With only minor nominations, Silence has the best shot at winning here with it’s set pieces and visuals.
Best Original Song:
Justin Timerlake’s music isn’t my favorite, but ever since I heard “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” I can’t get it out of my head. My 2nd choice would be the song from Moana.
Best Make-up and Hair:
It will be Star Trek Beyond. Look at it’s competition.
This one was very hard as several could win but my gut says La La Land.
Best Production Design:
Again, another category that many could win, but I though Passengers was awesome (as many did not) and the visuals surrounding that spaceship were awesome.
Best Visual Effects:
I’m pretty sure a Star Wars movie is going to win this category. Rogue One for the win.