The Oscars 2017 is just around the corner, which means there's not that much time to watch all the films and pretend you're an expert. To give you a helping hand, here are our Oscar predictions. Or just think of it as a handy guide to all the films being tipped for a big win.
It’s that time of year again, when your newsfeeds are inundated with pictures of famous people on red carpets and all of your friends suddenly become film critics overnight. It’s awards season, the pinnacle of which is always The Academy Awards.
2016’s Oscars were- quite frankly- an embarrassment to Hollywood and the film industry, given that the matter of racial inequality loomed large, despite the fact it’s the 21st Century. While films such as Creed and Straight Outta Compton featured black actors in leading roles, the nominations were given to the white supporting actor and the white screenwriters respectively. And that’s just one example.
In fact, the only saving grace was Leo’s win, which had been two decades in the making. We’re still watching GIFs of Kate Winslet’s reaction to her old pal’s acceptance speech and we don’t care who knows it.
And so, all eyes are on The Oscars 2017 to see what progress has been made. Thankfully, the line-up of films themselves already looks a lot more diverse in terms of subject matter and casting, which can only be a good thing. As The Oscars is being held on 26th January this year, there’s not a lot of time left for cramming. You know, so you can fool all of your friends and loved ones into thinking you’re a bonafide film buff. So, without further ado, here are our Oscar predictions (of sorts).
La La Land
One of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, this musical delight reunites one of our favourite on-screen duos, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The brainchild of Damien Chazelle, who previously directed Oscar nominated Whiplash, this is a story of a jazz musician (him) and an aspiring musician (her) and, if the trailer is anything to go by, it’s going to be absolutely beautiful. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival to rave reviews- we’ll be surprised if this doesn’t receive at least one nomination.
A fictionalisation of the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple arrested in 1958 because they lived in Virginia, an American state that enforced segregation laws, this film will both enrage and enthrall at the same time. Directed by Jeff Nichols (Mud, Midnight Special) Ruth Negga stars as Mildred, Joel Edgerton as Richard. This is an all-consuming love story that only helps to reiterate the importance of compassion, understanding and- perhaps most importantly- unity. Negga is up for the BAFTA Rising Star Award, so a Best Actress nomination would be the cherry on top for this brilliant British actor.
The Oscars isn’t complete without a biopic in the running and Jackie looks set to be one of the most mesmerising of recent years. Natalie Portman plays Jacqueline Kennedy in the aftermath of the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, and has already been praised for her complex and captivating performance. We expect to see Portman up for Best Actress and, given that Jackie has become such an enduring style icon, we’d hope there’s a nod to the costume department, too, led by Madeline Fontaine.
Manchester by the Sea
Starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, this film tells the story of Lee, whose brother Joe dies of a heart attack. As Lee goes to break the sad news to Joe’s son, Patrick, he’s informed that Joe’s will names him as the sole guardian to his nephew. The main crux of the story, however, is about a tragedy far greater than this, although we don’t discover what that is until later in the film. You’ll want to wear waterproof mascara: this is a heartbreaking tale of loss, love and redemption and will surely receive a nomination for Best Picture.
Told in three chapters, Moonlight is the story of a gay black man trying to accept his sexuality. Again, this is a heartbreaker but it’s also a story beautifully told and, at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement is still firmly campaigning against police brutality in the US, it’s also incredibly poignant. Every performance will blow you away but, as super fans of the amazing Naomie Harris, we have to say this might be her best yet. If there’s any justice, this will receive multiple nominations. Given that it had a whopping six Golden Globe nominations, this bodes well. Seriously, go see it.
With an all-star cast including Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, Lion tells the story of Saroo Brierley, lost from his family from the age of five and subsequently adopted by an Australian couple. He then attempts to find his family with the help of Google Earth. Based on a true story, Dev Patel plays Saroo and Nicole Kidman his adoptive mother, making for a powerful on-screen relationship.
Receiving Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Score and Best Picture (Drama) it’s looking likely that Lion will be acknowledged by the Academy. Fingers crossed.
We had to mention this film. It’s been nominated for countless other awards already- and with good reason. The story follow Amy Adams’ character Louise Banks, a linguist called in to help the US army when twelve extraterrestrial spaceships land all over the world. Louise has to decipher an alien language and learn how to communicate with an entirely new species. This synopsis is not really doing it justice but we’re so obsessed with this film, we’re worried we might accidentally drop a spoiler. What will we say is that there’s a big twist and it will blow your mind. Amy Adams is phenomenal; if she doesn’t receive a nomination for Best Actress, we give up.