If Oscars predictions had an Oscar, I’d win it.
The time has come. The official Oscar nominations for 2017 have been released and film nerds the world over have jumped on the opportunity to share their thoughts.
Because I’m one of those film nerds, here are my Oscars predictions for the big five categories.
In the category for Best Picture I’m putting my money (all $76 of it) on Manchester by the Sea. Although I’d love to see Arrival (AKA the biggest mind-fuck since forever) take it home, I feel like the lovely people at The Academy have a soft spot for the heart-wrenches, and Manchester by the Sea seems to wrench more than most.
I have to voice my concerns that the likes of Hacksaw Ridge are sharing the spotlight for Best Picture. Aesthetically it was nice, but seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more one-sided, sensationalised war film ever. There was no nuance, and no self-awareness. And it sucked.
Best Actor (male)
For Best Actor (male) I’m a bit stumped. In fact, I’d go as far as to say I have no opinion other than Ryan Gosling shouldn’t win. But, before you get up in arms, just know La La Land was absolutely incredible – so much so I saw it twice within a week. That being said, I’m not convinced Gosling did enough to warrant a W.
Best Actor (female)
This one’s no easier. For Best Actor (female), I’m putting all my eggs in one basket and going for Natalie Portman in Jackie. Amongst many things, her accent was bloody spot-on and she made me cry a bunch so that’s always a bonus.
Best Supporting Actor (male)
There’s no question that I’m going for Dev Patel as Best Supporting Actor (male) for his role in Lion. Admittedly though that’s because he nailed the Aussie accent and part of the film was set in my home town.
However, I have an inkling that Michael Shannon will take it home for Nocturnal Animals. Just hearing the name of that film gives me chills and Shannon absolutely nailed the rogue detective.
Best supporting actor (female)
Last up, Best Supporting Actor (female). No doubt this one’s going to Viola Davis. As I’m sure you’ve gathered, I’m no stranger to shedding tears in movies, but boy did she bring on the waterworks. The story is immensely moving and Davis was a driving force behind it.
So there it is, my Oscars predictions for the big five. Reckon I’ve got it all wrong? Let us know in the comments below.