The Oscars: How did I do?

The Oscars were Sunday night and I thought I’d share with you how I did with my picks. The winner is in bold.

Best Actor

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” – My pick

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Viggo Mortenson, “Captain Fantastic”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”

 

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Emma Stone, “La La Land” – My pick

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

 

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight” – My pick

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

 

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, “Fences”

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures” – My pick

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

 

Directing

Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”

Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” – My pick

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

 

Adapted Screenplay

“Arrival”

“Fences”

“Hidden Figures” – My pick

“Lion”

“Moonlight”

 

Original Screenplay

“Hell or High Water”

“La La Land” – My pick

“The Lobster”

“Manchester by the Sea”

“20th Century Women”

 

Best Picture

“Arrival”

“Fences”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hell or High Water”

“Hidden Figures”

“La La Land” – My pick

“Lion”

“Manchester by the Sea”

“Moonlight”

I didn’t do too bad. La La Land was obviously my favorite and it should have won Best Picture. I’m still holding out hope that a musical will win Best Picture again. A musical hasn’t won that award since Chicago.

How did you do?

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My Oscar predictions – 2017

With the Oscars only a month away, I thought I’d make my Oscar predictions. This year, I’ve made an effort to see as many of the nominated movies as possible. I’ve chosen only the categories I’m most familiar with for my picks.

Best Actor

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” – Winner

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Viggo Mortenson, “Captain Fantastic”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”

I believe the winner of this category could be any of these actors because they all did a fantastic job. My pick is Casey Affleck. He portrayed the tragic story of Lee Chandler well. He made me really feel for the character.

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Emma Stone, “La La Land” – Winner

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Emma Stone should win. She really impressed me with her portrayal of a struggling actress.

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight” – Winner

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Mahershala Ali is definitely the one to beat in this category. He was phenomenal. I loved Dev Patel in Lion, but I’d be surprised if he’s able to overcome Mahershala Ali.

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, “Fences”

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures” – Winner

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

I loved everything about Hidden Figures and Octavia Spencer’s performance is one of the reasons I enjoyed it. As Dorothy Vaughan, she was tough and didn’t give up. I’m sure if Dorothy Vaughan were still alive, she’d be proud of Octavia Spencer’s portrayal of her life.

Directing

Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”

Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” – Winner

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

I know the work that goes into a musical. It is not an easy feat. For that reason, Damien Chazelle should win. He was creative and somehow brought the feel of an old Hollywood musical to a modern one.

Adapted Screenplay

“Arrival”

“Fences”

“Hidden Figures” – Winner

“Lion”

“Moonlight”

As I said before, I loved everything about Hidden Figures. I thought the true story was told well.

Original Screenplay

“Hell or High Water”

“La La Land” – Winner

“The Lobster”

“Manchester by the Sea”

“20th Century Women”

The story told in La La Land was wonderful. I enjoyed every minute of it. The way Mia and Sebastian supported each other and allowed each other to follow their dreams was beautiful.

Best Picture

“Arrival”

“Fences”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hell or High Water”

“Hidden Figures”

“La La Land” – Winner

“Lion”

“Manchester by the Sea”

“Moonlight”

La La Land deserves to win this one. The story, the music, and the choreography all make this one dynamic movie. Moonlight is the only other movie on this list that I believe could win.

What are your picks?

 

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La La Land is a great musical

I finally went to see La La Land this past weekend and it was fabulous. It reminded me of the old Hollywood musicals.

La La Land stars Emma Stone as Mia and Ryan Gosling as Sebastian. They both have dreams. She wants to be an actress and he wants to own a jazz club. In the pursuit of those dreams, they fall in love.

I enjoyed how their relationship was portrayed because they truly supported each other. There were ups and downs, but they always encouraged each other.

Stone and Gosling have a ton of chemistry. They played off of each other well and I see Oscar nominations in the not too distant future.

In the course of the story, there are great musical numbers. Mandy Moore, who choreographs the opening numbers for Dancing With the Stars, outdid herself. The opening number is amazing. I certainly wouldn’t mind being stuck in that traffic jam.

The songs are catchy. Even a couple of days later, I’m still singing some of the songs.

This is a musical that should not be missed. You will love the music, dancing, and Gosling and Stone’s performances.

Have you seen La La Land?

 

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