2017 Oscar Nomination Predictions

Hacksaw Ridge 2016

Will May Gibson’s war epic Hacksaw Ridge get the recognition it deserves?

List compiled by Eddie on 20/01/2017

The 2017 Oscars are set to be dominated by a few select films, with magical cinematic musical La La Land set to be the film to beat, in not only the main categories but many of the technical slots as well as nominations are officially announced on Tuesday January 24th .

It’s been a tougher year than most to gauge just where the voters are at this year, with last years “whitewashing” controversy likely to dictate certain aspects of the nominations whilst one time shoe-in films like Sully and Martin Scorsese’s long talked about Silence could either fall or fly once nominations are announced. Many Australian film fans will be hoping Mel Gibson’s war epic Hacksaw Ridge can get some well-deserved recognition too.

However the nominations fall, the 2017 ceremony should be quite the event.

Happy reading and happy watching.

Disclaimer – predictions made in December of 2016

*denotes winner

Main Categories

Best Film


La La Land is a safe bet as Best Picture winner

  1. La La Land*
  2. Moonlight
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Arrival
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. Hacksaw Ridge
  7. Sully
  8. Silence
  9. Fences
  10. Loving

Best Director


Denis Villeneuve deserves some Academy love for his great Sci-Fi Arrival

  1. Damian Chazelle – La La Land*
  2. Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
  3. Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
  4. Martin Scorsese – Silence
  5. Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Best Actor


Washington is no stranger to this category and his work in Fences looks strong

  1. Ryan Gosling – La La Land
  2. Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
  3. Denzel Washington – Fences
  4. Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea*
  5. Joel Edgerton – Loving

Best Actress


In Jackie, Natalie Portman gives the performance of her career

  1. Emma Stone – La La Land
  2. Natalie Portman – Jackie*
  3. Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
  4. Amy Adams – Arrival
  5. Ruth Negga – Loving

Best Supporting Actor


With lots of critical love, Mahershala Ali should benefit from Moonlight’s success

  1. Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals
  2. Mahershala Ali – Moonlight*
  3. Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
  4. Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
  5. Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actress


Alongside Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams delivers a knockout turn in Manchester by the Sea

  1. Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
  2. Nicole Kidman – Lion
  3. Viola Davis – Fences*
  4. Naomie Harris – Moonlight
  5. Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures

Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water’s script was a real Texas tinged masterpiece

  1. Damien Chazelle – La La Land
  2. Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water
  3. Barry Jenkins & Tarell McCraney – Moonlight
  4. Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea*
  5. Efthimis Filippou & Yorgos Lanthimos – The Lobster

Adapted Screenplay


The touching true story of Lion has been adapted into a standout film

  1. August Wilson – Fences*
  2. Eric Heisserer – Arrival
  3. Jay Cocks – Silence
  4. Luke Davies – Lion
  5. Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals

Subsidiary Categories

Original Score

  1. Johann Johansson – Arrival
  2. Kathryn Kluge & Kim Allen Kluge – Silence
  3. Justin Hurwitz – La La Land*
  4. Michael Giacchino – Star Wars: Rogue One
  5. Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka – Lion

Best Cinematography

  1. Linus Sandgren – La La Land*
  2. Rodrigo Prieto – Silence
  3. Bradford Young – Arrival
  4. James Laxton – Moonlight
  5. Roger Deakins – Hail, Caesar!

 Best Animated Film

  1. Your Name* (there are two predictions for winner here, as Jordan couldn’t live with seeing Your Name not voted for)
  2. Moana
  3. Kubo and the Two Strings*
  4. Zootopia
  5. The Red Turtle

Best Documentary

  1. OJ: Made in America*
  2. 13th
  3. Life, Animated
  4. Gleason
  5. The Eagle Huntress

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. Elle*
  2. The Salesman
  3. Fire at Sea
  4. Toni Erdmann
  5. Sparrows

Best Film Editing

  1. La La Land*
  2. Arrival
  3. Moonlight
  4. Silence
  5. Star Wars: Rogue One

Best Production Design

  1. La La Land*
  2. Star Wars: Rogue One
  3. Arrival
  4. Silence
  5. Hacksaw Ridge

Best Visual Effects –

  1. Arrival
  2. Star Wars: Rogue One
  3. Sully
  4. The Jungle Book*
  5. Doctor Strange

Best Costume Design

  1. Jackie
  2. Silence
  3. La La Land
  4. Love and Friendship
  5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them*

Best Original Song

  1. City of Lights – La La Land
  2. Audition – La La Land*
  3. How Far I’ll Go – Moana
  4. I See Victory – Hidden Figures
  5. Can’t Stop the Feeling – Trolls

Best Sound Editing

  1. Star Wars: Rogue One*
  2. Deepwater Horizon
  3. Hacksaw Ridge
  4. Arrival
  5. Sully

Best Sound Mixing

  1. Hacksaw Ridge
  2. Deepwater Horizon
  3. Doctor Strange
  4. La La Land*
  5. Arrival

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  2. Star Wars: Rogue One*
  3. Hacksaw Ridge

Nomination Tally Top 10

1. La La Land = 13

2. Arrival = 11

3. Silence = 8

4. Moonlight = 7

5. Hacksaw Ridge = 6

6. Star Wars: Rogue One = 6

7. Manchester by the Sea = 6

8. Fences = 4

9. Lion = 3

10. Loving = 3

Who do you think is heading to the Oscars with a swag of nominations? Is there a particular film you think deserves some recognition? Let us know in the comments below!

12 responses to “2017 Oscar Nomination Predictions

  1. I don’t think either “Silence” or “Sully” will be nominated for the Best Picture, but I am confident that “La La Land” will win in the Best Director and Score/Song categories. What I am really really angry at is that “The Handmaiden” was not the official selection of South Korea. Yes, kind of predictable in a way maybe, but, but…it is such a brilliant movie.

    • Looking forward to catching The Handmaiden. Yeh it’s hard to know with Sully or Silence. These predictions were done in December but it does feel as though Silence has just lot any real hope it once seemed to have.

      • I think you will really like the Handmaiden, I just don’t see anyone not liking it. I like how intelligent it is, and I have no doubts it would have won the Best Foreign Picture award had it been put into consideration.

  2. I think because the buzz is so exceptional for La La Land and Hollywood does love musicals (see Chicago) that is probably the Best Picture winner. I do think Ben’s baby brother Casey may receive an Oscar nomination but I don’t know if he will win. The Academy does love the old guard so I expect to see Denzel, I expect to see Meryl and Tom nominated. I do think that Hidden Figures will be nominated as well.

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