This past Tuesday, January 24th, the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards ceremony were announced with La La Land earning the most with 14. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 26th at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The industry is abuzz with their preferred winners, the snubs, predictions, and celebration of diversity never seen before in any Oscar ceremony. There is at least one non-white actor nominated in each acting category and Bradford Young has become the first African-American cinematographer to be nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Arrival just to name a couple of landmark records for the Oscars in diversity.

This has been one of the most interesting races for film in recent memory. As opposed to other years in this decade so far when it came down to only three or even just one film to win the biggest awards, many of the nominees are strong contenders to score big. La La Land, Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Fences, and Moonlight, all nominated for Best Picture, won critics and audiences over in their own unique ways. These films and more are unlike anything else in their respective genres, and they deserve to be recognized for that alone. This is a tough race, indeed, so here are my predictions and preferences for the 89th Academy Awards that I could have a legitimate say in! For the complete list of nominees, click here.

Best Picture: La La Land or Moonlight

Best Director: Damien Chazelle for La La Land

Best Actor: Ryan Gosling for La La Land

Best Actress: Emma Stone for La La Land

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali for Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis for Fences

Best Original Screenplay: Damien Chazelle for La La Land

Best Adapted Screenplay: Eric Heisserer for Arrival

Best Animated Feature: Zootopia or Moana

Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz for La La Land

Best Original Song: “City of Stars” (La La Land) or “How Far I’ll Go” (Moana)

Best Cinematography: Bradford Young for Arrival

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Star Trek Beyond

Best Film Editing: Joe Walker for Arrival or Tom Cross for La La Land

Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book or Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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