Oscar Nomination Predictions 2017



Oscar Nomination Predictions 2017

by Ross

Frontmezzjunkies has not been a good film buff this year, so a lot of these are guesses based on the buzz that I’m reading and hearing.  I only did the top 8 categories, because the rest would have been even more guesses based on next to nothing. The * is my guess who will win, even though a more informed guess will come later.  Let the Oscar games begin?

The nominations come out this Tuesday, January 24th.


Best Film

  1. La La Land*✅
  2. Moonlight✅
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Arrival✅
  5. Hell or High Water✅
  6. Hacksaw Ridge✅
  7. Hidden Figures✅
  8. Lion❌
  9. Fences✅
  10. Loving❌

Best Director

  1. Damian Chazelle – La La Land*✅
  2. Barry Jenkins – Moonlight✅
  3. Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea✅
  4. Denis Villeneauve – Arrival✅
  5. Garth Davis – Lion❌ Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge

womenposterBest Actor

  1. Ryan Gosling – La La Land✅
  2. Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge✅
  3. Denzel Washington – Fences✅
  4. Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea*✅
  5. Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic✅

Best Actress

  1. Emma Stone – La La Land✅
  2. Natalie Portman – Jackie*✅
  3. Isabelle Huppert – Elle✅
  4. Amy Adams – Arrival❌ Ruth Negga – Loving
  5. Annette Bening – 20th Century Women❌ Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Aaron Taylor-Johnson ❌ Michael Shannon– Nocturnal Animals 
  2. Mahershala Ali – Moonlight*✅
  3. Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water✅
  4. Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea✅
  5. Dev Patel – Lion✅


Best Supporting Actress

  1. Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea✅
  2. Nicole Kidman – Lion✅
  3. Viola Davis – Fences*✅
  4. Naomie Harris – Moonlight✅
  5. Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures✅

Original Screenplay

  1. Damien Chazelle – La La Land✅
  2. Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water✅
  3. Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou- The Lobster✅
  4. Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea*✅
  5. Mike Mills – 20th Century Women✅


Adapted Screenplay

  1. August Wilson – Fences*✅
  2. Eric Heisserer – Arrival✅
  3. Barry Jenkins – Moonlight✅
  4. Luke Davies – Lion✅
  5. Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals❌ Hidden Figures

I am leaning a bit more towards “Nocturnal Animals” than most, but although I found it very disturbing and difficult to watch, I did think it was well done, well acted, and very well crafted.

“20th Century Women” is also one I’m leaning a bit more towards over “Florence Foster Jenkins”, which I liked but didn’t really think it should arrive at the Oscars over a film like “20th Century”.

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