Oscar Predictions & Winners 2017

In Australia it is currently exactly 1 hour and 20 minutes until the Academy Awards begin, and I am perched on a bench outside the glorious New Farm Cinema filled with expectation for what is soon to unfold. My mind is buzzing with excitement for all of the wonderful films I’ve seen leading up to the ceremony, and I cannot wait for the deserving winners to be revealed!

Here are my predictions!

Best Picture – Manchester by the Sea, which I believe should win for being an outstanding film .. yet we all assume La La Land will take the victory.

WINNER: Moonlight

Best Director – La La Land’s Damien Chazelle deserves this one.

WINNER: Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Best Actor – Denzel Washington will probably win this one for Fences over Casey Affleck, but either way they both deserve an Oscar.

WINNER: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress – Isabelle Huppert deserves this one, but neck and neck with Emma Stone that is.

WINNER: Emma Stone – La La Land

Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali hit it out of the ballpark for his astonishing performance in Moonlight.

WINNER: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis will get this one hands down.

WINNER: Viola Davis – Fences

Best Cinematography – Silence was beautiful, and so were many other nominees in this category, but as most of us predict, La La Land will be victorious.

WINNER: La La Land

Original Screenplay – Manchester by the Sea (of course)

WINNER: Manchester by the Sea

Adapted Screenplay – Moonlight deserves this one, but Lion is right behind it.

WINNER: Moonlight

Best Animation – Zootopia really nailed if for me as one of the best kiddie movies ever.

WINNER: Zootopia

Best Editing – La La Land

WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge (Go Australia!)

Best Documentary – O.J. Made in America

WINNER: O.J. Made in America

Best Foreign Film – The Salesman

WINNER: The Salesman

Best Production Design – A tie between Arrival and La La Land.

WINNER: La La Land

Best Costume Design – Jackie, or front-runner Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

WINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Best Documentary Short – The White Helmets

WINNER: The White Helmets

Best Original Score – La La Land, but Lion was spectacular too.

WINNER: La La Land

Best Song – City of Stars from La La Land, a beautiful and deserving piece that destroyed by heart.

WINNER: City of Stars – La La Land

Make Up and Styling – Star Trek Beyond

WINNER: Suicide Squad

Best Animated Short – Piper from Pixar was the best!


Best Live Action Short – Silent Nights


Best Sound Editing – Hacksaw Ridge blew me away with its sound editing, fingers crossed.

WINNER: Arrival

Best Sound Mixing – Hacksaw Ridge or of course La La Land.

WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge (Go Australia!)

Visual Effects – Deepwater Horizon was superb, but I think The Jungle Book will take this one because I had to watch it 3 times when it came out, and each time was better!

WINNER: The Jungle Book

Of course, we all know La La Land will take out many awards, and a girl can dream about Manchester by the Sea taking our top prize, but this year has been sensational and I’ve seen some of the best pictures yet! Everyone here deserves an Oscar for their amazing work, especially the front-runners.

Updates will follow as the Awards ceremony unfolds. I’m popcorn and heart ready. ✌


The 89th Academy Awards 2017: The Full List of Nominees


The moment we’ve all been waiting for …

Best Picture
Hacksaw Ridge
Hidden Figures
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Best Cinematography
La La Land

Best Actor
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Nega – Loving
Emma Stone – La La Land
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis – Fences
Naomi Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Director
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chaazelle – La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Best Documentary
Fire at Sea
I am not Your Negro
Life, Animated
OJ: Made in America

Best Documentary Short
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Best Foreign Language Film
Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

Best Costume Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land

Best Score
La La Land

Best Song
Audition – La La Land
Can’t Stop the Feeling – Trolls
City of Stars – La La Land
How Far I’ll Go – Moana
The Empty Chair – Jim: The James Foley Story

Best Sound Editing
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

Best Sound Mixing
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

Best Production Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Ceasar!
La La Land

Best Original Screenplay
Hell Or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

Best Adapted Screenplay
Hidden Figures

Best Animated Feature
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Best Animated Short
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Best Live-Action Short
Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights

Best Film Editing
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land

Best Visual Effects
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Make Up and Hairstyling
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

La La Land tops the race with 14 nominations in the Academy Awards this year, and after the controversial #OscarsSoWhite last year the increased diversity striking a chord. Bring it on Jimmy Kimmel!