Tomorrow is the big day! It always seems like the Academy Awards are forever away, in that the speculation of who's going to be nominated starts in early March for the following February. In a way, the show can be anticlimactic because the precursors typically give us a very strong indication of who's winning what. With that in mind, my predictions in the Best Picture, Director and Acting categories are as follows:
La La Land
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
runner-up: Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Actress in a Leading Role
Emma Stone (La La Land)
runner-up: Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Actor in a Leading Role
Denzel Washington (Fences)
runner-up: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Actress in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis (Fences)
runner-up: Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
runner-up: Dev Patel (Lion)
I personally would prefer Casey Affleck over Denzel Washington, but I just have a feeling that Denzel is gonna get the love from the Academy. It's impossible to not predict Emma Stone, but Huppert is not out of it. I can't imagine a scenario where Viola doesn't win, and although Mahershala Ali didn't get BAFTA, I think he'll snag this one.
Meryl's honor is of course breaking her own record with her 20th nomination. What am I going to blog about after this weekend?! Back to a bunch of speculation about future projects, probably. My fav.
Enjoy the show!