Just when you think the winners are set in stone, Oscar season always has a surprise or two up its sleeve. Things always change during award season, and those who seemed like sure bets to win an Oscar, may not even be a contender come Sunday night. Just ask Eddie Murphy or Sylvester Stallone.
Even some my own predictions have changed since the nominations were announced a little over a month ago. So now, it is time for my annual list of who I think will win, and who I think should win. For the sake of time I’m sticking to the major awards, and away we go…
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“Manchester by the Sea”
Who will win: “La La Land” will take the big award of the night.
Who should win: I would love to see an underdog win, and that’s why “Hidden Figures” should take the prize.
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land,”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”
Who will win: Casey Affleck has been winning everything in sight for his work in “Manchester by the Sea.” This will continue come Sunday night.
Who should win: I say give it to Denzel!
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Who will win: Emma Stone for “La La Land.”
Who should win: Emma deserves it this year.
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”
Who will win: This category is a toss-up, but I think Mahershala Ali will win it.
Who should win: I’d be okay with Ali winning, but I would like to see Dev Patel finally win something.
Viola Davis, “Fences”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”
Who will win: This award will easily go to Viola Davis.
Who should win: No complaints here, this is Viola Davis’ year.
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”
Who will win: The easy bet is Damien Chazelle for “La La Land.”
Who should win: I’m torn between Denis Villeneuve and Mel Gibson. The academy loves a redemption story, and Gibson needs one badly.
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“The Red Turtle”
Who will win: This is always Disney’s category, so “Zootopia” should take it.
Who should win: Going with a Disney movie is easy, but I’d like to see “Kubo and the Two Strings” pull off an upset.
If “La La Land” walks away with a ton of statues on Sunday, then this will be a very boring Academy Awards. Not that “La La Land” doesn’t deserve all the awards its winning, but it would be nice for the academy to surprise audiences once in a while.
The Academy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel will air live on ABC this Sunday night.