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2017 Oscar Predictions: Who Will Win Big?

Updated on January 29, 2017

Reminder: This article is just an opinion, which means it is subjective. Vote in the poll at the end if you agree/disagree with our choices. Also, since we dont want this article to turn into a lengthy book, we will deal only with the major categories. Enjoy!

Category: Best Supporting Actor

The nominees for the best supporting actor this year are:

  1. Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
  2. Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
  3. Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
  4. Dev Patel (Lion)
  5. Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

: Mahershala Ali to win.

The Best Supporting Actor nominees this year are 5 amazing roles. Every single one of them did a good job, each in their own way, which means excellent praise for Lucas Hedges because this was his breakout role. Still, if you ask us and most of the critics, the stand out supporting performance of the year was Mahershala Ali in Moonlight. A captivating film with an amazing story and even better acting. If he doesn't win the Oscar that would mean an upset in our eyes.

Category: Best Supporting Actress

The nominees are:

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

Prediction: Viola Davis

The Best Supporting Actress award this year needs to go to Viola Davis. The competition is big and even Nicole Kidman who was not that important in Lion could take it away. Also, another big suggestion for the award could be Michelle Williams who, although appears briefly in her movie, appears with real intent and could cause and upset if we might call it that. Still, we would be really disappointed if Viola doesn't receive this one. Big big big big performance from her, simply amazing. Team Viola!

Viola Davis Captivating Scene

Category: Best Original Screenplay

The nominees are:

  1. Lobster
  2. La La Land
  3. 20th Century Women
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. Hell or High Water

Prediction: La La Land

Probably the first of many Oscars to go to La La Land, best original screenplay is one of those that we hope turns out a different way than we predicted. The main reason behind the possible upset here is that, since La La Land will probably take a lot of other Oscars, this one could be left for a movie like Hell or HIgh Water who relies heavily on the genius of its screenplay, which can't be said so much for La La Land. The main reason we this its still going to be a win for the Damien Chazelle movie is because it won Golden Globe for the best original screenplay earlier.

Category: Best Adapted Screenplay

The nominees are:

  1. Arrival
  2. Moonlight
  3. Fences
  4. Lion
  5. Hidden Figures

Prediction: Moonlight

Another one where our mind and heart disagree. Don't get us wrong, we adore Moonlight, but its just the fact that we also really, really loved Arrival and this might be the only chance for it to receive an Oscar this year. The effort made adapting it was extraordinary, considering that it is based on just a short story. Still, Moonlight will probably go away with this one.

Category: Best Actor

Time to move on to the huge ones. The nominees for Best Actor are:

  1. Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
  2. Viggo Mortenson (Captian Fantastic)
  3. Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
  4. Denzel Washington (Fences)
  5. Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Prediction: Ryan Gosling

Okay, hear us out. We know that Casey Affleck had a huge role in his movie and we know how good he was, but with recent scandals he was involved in (sexual harassment scandals), it will probably take away some of his chances which is the only reason we won't pick him. So, our second pick is now our first pick, Ryan Gosling to win this one. Also, we love him in La La Land so it will be deserved if he wins.

Category: Best Actress


  1. Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
  2. Ruth Negga (Loving)
  3. Natalie Portman (Jackie)
  4. Merryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
  5. Emma Stone (La La Land)

Prediction: Emma Stone

We have always been fans of best actor and best actress being won by the same movie, if the movie is as good as La La Land. Also, the amazing chemistry they have between them in the movie is magnetic. If Ryan wins best actor, we pray that Emma wins best actress. (Since Amy Adams was snubbed this year. Arrival and Nocturnal Animals and still no nomination? Wow...)
Check out our favourite scene from the movie:

Category: Best Picture

Nine nominees for this one:

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

Prediction: La La Land

Our heart picks Manchester by the Sea, our mind goes to La La Land. Since chances for an Oscar are slim for the Kenneth Lonergan movie, we really hope he gets this one. Then again, every other critic in the world sees the award going to La La Land, which is not bad as well, and fully deserved, we would just like to see more distribution of Oscars amongst the films, that is all.

Category: Best Director

The nominees are:

  1. Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
  2. Dennis Villeneuve (Arrival)
  3. Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
  4. Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
  5. Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Prediction: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

And we continue with the La La Land train, which will most probably, win the most Oscars this year. In this category, it is almost impossible to choose one director. Denis has done an amazing job, Barry as well, Kenneth also deserves it and so does the most probable winner, Damien. All beware of the La La Land train!

The man himself


As we impatiently wait for the ceremony, we can say that it was a good year for the art of film. Many amazing films, many breathtaking performances. In the end, the big winner, so it seems, will be La La Land. Upsets always happen though, and we can't wait to see what happens this time on the 89th Academy Awards Ceremony.
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    • brianlokker profile image

      Brian Lokker 

      24 months ago from Bethesda, Maryland

      So it looks like you're predicting that La La Land will win the Big 5 Oscars. If so, it will be only the fourth movie in history to do that. I haven't seen it yet, so I can't comment about whether or not I agree. But that would be very interesting!


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