It’s time for the 89th annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. This week we’re sharing our predictions for Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role and Best Picture. The asterisk by a nominee’s name denotes 2017 Golden Globe winner.
And the nominees are…
- Actor In A Leading Role: *Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Ryan Gosling (La La Land), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) and Denzel Washington (Fences)
Kat’s Prediction: It’s possible that this year’s leading actor Golden Globe winner Casey Affleck could take this home, but Denzel Washington is my top choice.
Matt’s Prediction: Many people in the industry weren’t thrilled with Casey Affleck’s Golden Globe win because of previous harassment allegations against the actor, so it’s likely this award will go to Denzel Washington.
- Actress In A Leading Role: *Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Ruth Negga (Loving), Natalie Portman (Jackie), Emma Stone (La La Land) and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Kat’s Prediction: This category can easily be won by any of these talented women, but I’m going with Meryl Streep. Second choice is Ruth Negga.
Matt’s Prediction: My money’s on Meryl Streep as well, but if Academy voters get swept up in La La Land madness, we could see Emma Stone walk away with this.
- Best Picture: Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester By the Sea and *Moonlight
Kat’s Prediction: I’ve heard great things about all of the nominated films, but I’m going with Hidden Figures. Second choice is Moonlight.
Matt’s Prediction: La La Land is the heavy favorite here, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say the fabulous performances by Viola Davis and Denzel Washington will tip this to Fences.
Special mention (Music: Original Song Category): Justin Timberlake has received his first Oscar nomination for his hit song “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the motion picture Trolls.
The Oscars air tonight (February 26) at 7pm EST on ABC! Best of luck to all the nominees!