Hell of a Thing’s Oscar Predictions

Being the day of the 89th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, we thought it would be fun to have a little friendly competition between our two film contributors, Eric Schmidt and Kirk Yoshonis, in an Oscar pool. Below are the picks; some are accompanied by a little blurb with the reason behind the pick and some without. The letter ‘E’ denotes a pick or comment from Eric, and a ‘K’ from Kirk. Picks without a letter of specification denotes an agreeance between the two.

Coverage for the event begins at 7pm EST. Enjoy!

Best Picture

La La Land – Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt

E – La La Land will pull it out because it makes you feel good.
K – Hollywood likes Hollywood and La La Land makes it look beautiful.

Best Achievement in Directing
E – Damien Chazelle – La La Land
K – Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

I think this film just barely misses out on the Best Picture win, but I think Barry Jenkins will get recognition for his masterpiece.

Best Actor
E – Denzel Washington – Fences
Casey Affleck may get the upset but Denzel will pull this thing out. He is one of the greatest to ever do it.
K – Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress
Emma Stone – La La Land
E – Pretty much a guarantee.

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

E – Don’t see anyone taking this away from him. This is a Cotton Mouth style beat down.

Best Supporting Actress
E – Viola Davis – Fences
See Denzel Above. Pretty much the same.

K – Naomie Harris – Moonlight

This film is incredibly moving, and I think a lot of it has to do with Naomie Harris’ performance.

Best Adapted Screenplay
E – Moonlight – Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin-McCraney

La La Land isn’t in this category so they got it.
K – Arrival – Eric Heisserer

I think that Hollywood is ready to accept the fact that genre films should be taken seriously again, and this film is unbelievably smart.

Best Original Screenplay
E – La La Land – Damien Chazelle
It’s their night.

K – 20th Century Women – Mike Mills

I’m going with a real underdog. This film is what we need right now, and the story and relationships in the film are perfect.

Best Foreign Language Film
The Salesman (Forushande, original title)

E – This is based on the political climate right now. Muslim ban. Suck it Trump.

Best Documentary Feature
E – OJ: Made in America – Ezra Edelman, Caroline Waterlow
Haven’t seen any of them yet but taking my best guess.
K – Life, Animated – Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman

While I have also unfortunately not seen any of the nominees, I did listen to a podcast about the subject and it was extremely interesting.

Best Animated Feature
E – Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner
Same as above. Hoping it can beat out Zootopia because it looked good.

K – Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

This film has a fantastic message, a great cast, and is just a lot of fun.

Best Film Editing
E – La La Land – Tom Cross

K – Arrival – Joe Walker

This film is centered around a cognitive story that truly benefits from being told through cinema due to the use of editing, and Joe Walker did a great job.

Best Original Song
City of Stars – Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

E – La La Land will win. Just have to choose the right song of the two nominated.
K – Tonight is the night to celebrate the titular location, so of course it’s going to take the cake.

Best Original Score
La La Land – Justin Hurwitz

E&K – Duh

Best Cinematography
E – La La Land – Linus Sandgren
K – Silence – Rodrigo Prieto

Scorsese isn’t going to walk away from tonight with nothing to show for his latest project, and while I have yet to see the film, the biggest (mostly only) words of commendation I have heard were about the way it was shot.

Best Costume Design
E – Jackie – Madeline Fontaine

I think Jackie might pull this one out over La La Land. Historical films tend to do well in this category. The yellow dress might pull it out for La La Land though.

K – La La Land – Mary Zophres

I don’t see any other film managing to pry the statuette from the coffee-soaked attire of the Best Picture winner.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Star Trek Beyond – Joel Harlow, Richard Alonzo

E – This category is basically a joke. Sorry nominees.

K – I agree.

Best Production Design
La La Land – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

Best Sound Editing
La La Land – Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou

Best Sound Mixing
Rogue One – David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson

Best Visual Effects
E – The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, Dan Lemmon

My heart wants Star Wars but the effects are heavy in this one and they look great. Talking animals.

K – Doctor Strange – Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould

Just two words: “Marvel Studios”

Best Short Film Live Action
Mindenk (Sing) – Kristóf Deák, Anna Udvardy

Best Short Film Animated
E – Pearl – Patrick Osborne
K – Blind Vayasha – Theodore Ushev

Best Documentary Short
E – The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara

K – Joe’s Violin – Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen

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