Star-studded predictions


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In a year fraught with political and social turmoil, many citizens have been flocking to movie theaters around the country to enjoy a little cinematic escapism. Over the summer there were many movies that did not meet the public’s high expectations, including Suicide Squad, Independence Day: Resurgence and Alice Through the Looking Glass. These ‘flops’ have been forgotten in the wake of the many wonderful movies that have premiered this year, many of which came out in the past month.

Now that it is the new year, it is time for these standout works to be recognized. There are many prestigious awards presented each year, but the Academy Awards (Oscars) are considered to be the biggest prizes of the year. The nominations for them will be announced on January 24. Almost a month later, the Oscars Ceremony will be held on February 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. With the award season in full swing, Crossed Sabres decided to make a few predictions of who will be honored on Oscar Sunday.


Our predictions for the 89th Academy Award nominations (in order of likelihood to be nominated) are as follows.


Best Picture:

La La Land


Manchester by the Sea

Hacksaw Ridge


Hell or High Water



Hidden Figures


Loving [pictured above]

Nocturnal Animals

Best Actor:

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) [pictured above]

Denzel Washington (Fences)

Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

Joel Edgerton (Loving)

Tom Hanks (Sully)

Andrew Garfield (Silence)

Chris Pine (Hell or High Water)

Colin Farrell (The Lobster)


Best Actress:

Emma Stone (La La Land)

They won all 7 of their nominations!!

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Amy Adams (Arrival)

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Natalie Portman (Jackie) [pictured above]

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

All love, all pride. #MOONLIGHT

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Dev Patel (Lion) [pictured above]

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals)

Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)

Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)

Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight)

Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)

Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)


Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Congratulations to @ViolaDavis on her #GoldenGlobes win for Best Supporting Actress. #FencesMovie

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Viola Davis (Fences) [pictured above]

Naomie Harris (Moonlight)

Nicole Kidman (Lion)

Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women)

Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures)


Best Director:

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Martin Scorsese (Silence) [pictured above]

Denzel Washington (Fences)

Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals)

Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

Garth Davis (Lion)

David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water)

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Jeff Nichols (Loving)

Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures)

Best Animated Feature Film:

Zootopia [pictured above]

Happy new Year! ?? #Zootopia

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Kubo and the Two Strings

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Finding Dory


Best Foreign Language Film:

Elle (France) [pictured above]

Toni Erdmann (Germany)

The Salesman (Iran)

A Man Called Ove (Sweden)

Divines (France)

Neruda (Chile)

Land of Mine (Denmark)

My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland)

Best Original Screenplay:

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) [pictured above]

#KennethLonergan al photocall di #ManchesterByTheSea, oggi al @romacinemafest. #RomaFF11

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Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)

Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic)

Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou (The Lobster)

Jared Bush & Phil Johnston (Zootopia)

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese (Silence)

August Wilson (Fences) [pictured above]

Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals)

Luke Davies (Lion)

Eric Heisserer (Arrival)

Andrew Knight & Robert Schenkkan (Hacksaw Ridge)


Best Original Song:

City of Stars (La La Land)

How Far I’ll Go (Moana) [pictured above]

Can’t Stop the Feeling (Trolls)

Audition (La La Land)

Faith (Sing)

Running (Hidden Figures)

Gold (Gold)

Best Original Music Score:

Justin Hurwitz (La La Land) [pictured above]

@JohnLegend discusses his role as Keith and taking on playing a guitar in #LALALAND.

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Johann Johannsson (Arrival)

Hans Zimmer & Pharrell Williams & Benjamin Wallfisch (Hidden Figures)

Opetaia Foa’l & Mark Mancina & Lin Manuel Miranda (Moana)

Nicholas Britell (Moonlight)

Dustin O’Halloran & Hauschka (Lion)

Rupert Gregson-Williams (Hacksaw Ridge)

Michael Giacchino (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

Best Cinematography:

Linus Sandgren (La La Land)

James Laxton (Moonlight)

Bradford Young (Arrival) [pictured above]

Rodrigo Prieto (Silence)

Seamus McGarvey (Nocturnal Animals)

Simon Duggan (Hacksaw Ridge)

Greig Fraser (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

Giles Nuttgens (Hell or High Water)