Welcome to Oscar weekend! Tomorrow night all the glitz and glam of Hollywood will be on the Academy Awards red carpet strutting their stuff and taking home some trophies.
Before I wrap up another amazing year at The Best Picture Project, I have to acknowledge that I would not have been able to keep up with these movies, much less have time to write about them without the support of my family, especially my wonderful husband. The past few months in our new home have been so hectic, escaping to a movie theater, usually solo, has been a rare treat.
As I write this, the evening before Oscar night, I’m in my “hiding spot,” recovering from a nasty cold, headphones on to block out the distractions and hoping my husband attends to whatever snack or potty needs our son has. This is how many of the past few reviews have been written. And I realize how lucky I am to continue this crazy blog for seven years now. I write here simply because I love it. I love film. This weekend is my superbowl, stuffy nose and hacking cough or not.
This year’s best picture race has been close in some aspects. However, I like to have a little fun and trim back the field, pretending we’re back in the olden times, pre 2008, and pick a top five from the larger herd of best picture nominees. Personally, I believe they would be:
La La Land Moonlight Lion Manchester by the Sea Arrival
Feel free to argue with me on the top five. Anyway, onto my official predictions:
I believe the front-runners here are Zootopia and Kubo and the Two Stings. Kubo has a strong visual edge, especially with its nomination for visual effects. But with Zootopia’s story of diversity and inclusion, I think it will win over the Academy voters and take the Oscar.
I’m guessing this will go to La La Land, but it would be nice to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them take it.
La La Land. That music moves the movie.
La La Land’s City of Stars. However, I would love to see Moana’s just as worthy song How Far I’ll Go take it so that Lin-Manuel Miranda can be the youngest EGOT winner ever.
My love for Star Wars wants to see Rogue One take this, but The Jungle Book’s completely immersive world of visual effects seems more worthy.
I’m terrible at predicting this category, but Moonlight seems to jump out at me.
I think this is a tight race. While I admire the technical long shots in La La Land, images from Lion keep creeping into mind. I pick Lion.
Moonlight. I just feel it.
I think this one comes down to La La Land and Manchester by the Sea. As much as I love La La Land, I feel that Manchester by the Sea deserves this one more.
Davis and Harris both brought amazing performances in very different ways. But I think this will be Viola Davis’ year.
Mahershala Ali stands apart from the crowd here.
I have only seen one performance here, Stone’s in La La Land. I’d vote for her, but I’m in no position to make a decent guess this year.
I have yet to see Viggo Mortensen’s performance, but I’m sure it was fantastic. I keep going back and forth between Casey Affleck and Denzel Washington, two powerful, gripping performances. I think Casey Affleck was perfect in his imperfect role, so why not.
Chazelle and Jenkins seem to lead this race. Flip a coin. Wait, Hollywood loves Hollywood. Chazelle wins.
With 14 nominations and a story about Hollywood hopefuls in love with Hollywood ideals, I think La La Land will easily take the top prize.
Thank you for joining me for another Oscar race and wonderful year of film. Have a fantastic Oscar night!