I have been running (read as: sprinting) from movie to movie for the past month and some change to mentally prepare myself for this post.
I love movies. I also love a good gamble. SO, filling out an Oscar Ballot makes a lot of sense to me each year. A few friends and I all fill out ballots each year and compare scores. (I have a strong track record if memory serves *wink*)
Usually, I don’t make it to as many movies as I’d like to in time for the Oscars, but this year was different. I found a great $5 weekday movie theater and made a list of what I’d like to see. The nominated movies I ended up seeing this season were Arrival, Fences, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Moonlight, Suicide Squad, Sully, Rogue One, Moana, Trolls, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Zootopia.
I worry that because I saw so many of the nominated movies, I may let my personal feelings towards the movies cloud my judgement. Example: At one point in Moonlight, there is a pot on the stove heating up water for tea and the pot shakes back and forth, making this clicking sound. That detail melted me – It was so awesome. For that, it should win every sound award from the Jack Academy of Motion Picture Reviewing. BUT, I am going to do my best to put myself in the shoes of the actual Academy.
I do have a whole lot of opinions though, which I will recap later this week after results are shared this evening. (If Moana doesn’t win best animated picture, I’ll likely be sobbing).
Jack’s 2017 Oscar Predictions:
Best Picture: La La Land
Best Director: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Actor In A Leading Role: Denzel Washington, Fences
Actress In A Leading Role: Emma Stone, La La Land
Actor In A Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Actress In A Supporting Role: Viola Davis, Fences
Foreign Language Film: The Salesman
Makeup and Hairstyling: Star Trek Beyond
Cinematography: La La Land
Film Editing: La La Land
Short Film, Live Action: Sing
Sound Mixing: La La Land
Visual Effects: Kubo And The Two Strings
Original Score: La La Land
Original Song: “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana (Because you can do anything if you follow your heart and stingrays)
Sound Editing: Sully
Original Screenplay: Manchester By The Sea
Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight
Costume Design: Jackie
Documentary Feature: I Am Not Your Negro
Documentary, Short Subject: The White Helmets
Production Design: Arrival
Animated Feature: Moana (This one I realize is a major stretch, and I have a STRONG feeling it is going to be Zootopia, but I am following my heart/dreams on this one because of the ocean having personality, stingrays, and Dawyne “The Rock” Johnson)
Animated Short: Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Here we go! If you want to fill out your own ballot, you can use the Vanity Fair one here. Challenge my decisions in my comments and post your own ballots. I’ll be back tomorrow or Tuesday to share my reactions!!