The nominations for this year’s Oscars have just been released and before anybody panics, there does appear to be nominees with a little more melanin. That’s right people; unlike last year’s whitewash of an Oscars, the 89th Academy Awards nominees include some stellar black talent including Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, and Ruth Negga. There’s even a little British-Indian thrown in the mix in the shape of Dev Patel. Sufficed to say, it’s a hell of a lot more diverse than last year.
All being well, this should mean that the run-up to the Oscars will be slightly less controversial. Although, I’m sure over the coming weeks something controversially controversial will crop up persuading some to controversially boycott the ceremony leading to controversy.
But until that happens, let me reveal who I think will win those all-important little gold men:
Best Picture – La La Land
Honesty is the best policy, as they say, so I’ll be honest- I haven’t seen it. But with people going on about it like it’s the best thing since sliced bagels, you don’t have to be psychic to predict that this rom-com musical is going in for the Oscar win. Besides, it stars Emma Stone who is just brilliant and Ryan Gosling who is just gorgeous. Is he good at acting? I don’t know; I can’t say that’s what I was paying attention to, to be honest.
Best Actor – Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Andrew Garfield plays the role of real-life U.S. Army corporal Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to ever be awarded the Medal of Honor. I got goosebumps from the trailer alone, so Garfield’s portrayal of Doss is definitely one that should be recognised. I’m sure Gosling is great in La La Land, but Hacksaw Ridge is a powerful story, and earns Garfield an Oscar-worthy performance.
Best Actress – Ruth Negga, Loving
Another true story, Loving chronicles the lives of Richard and Mildred Loving; a white man and black woman who married in 1967 despite Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws which prohibited whites from marrying non-whites. This law was overturned thanks to Mildred after her and her husband spent a year in prison. I am a sucker for true stories like this, especially ones that tell such an important story like Loving.
Best Supporting Actor – Dev Patel, Lion
Another true story (stop me if I’m getting predictable) in which Dev Patel plays Saroo Brierley, an Indian man who is adopted by an Australian family as a child after getting separated from his own. The film is based on Saroo’s autobiographical account of losing his family in India, living in Australia, and finally being reunited with his biological family 25 years later. I might be overdoing it with the Oscars for ‘true movies’ but I think an actor who can capture the experience of a real person deserves the recognition.
Best Supporting Actress – Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Moonlight is an emotional film playing out the life of Chiron, a gay black man, from his childhood to adult life. Naomie Harris plays his abusive drug-addict mother, a stark contrast to roles she has taken on before. So much so, that she almost turned down the offer of the role. Despite the change in character type, Naomie is still phenomenal in the role displaying her abilities as an actress.
Best Animated Feature Film – Zootopia
This year’s nominees contained two Disney films; Moana and Zootopia, and as Disney law states, it will probably be one of those films that win the Oscar. Moana was a beautiful film and I’d say my favourite of the two, but Zootopia carried this very ~important~ moral message of everyone being different but still the same on the inside. It will probably win an Oscar just for the feels.
Best Costume Design – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
The most recent in J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World films, this film was bound to be full of costumes that look just as magical and fantastical as the beast themselves. As every category seems to, this one also contained La La Land. I’m sure their costumes are lovely and everything, but they ain’t wizards, so…
Best Make-up and Hairstyling – Star Trek Beyond
This category only contained three films; Star Trek Beyond, Suicide Squad, and some random Swedish film I’ve never heard of it. As anyone should do when judging this category, I just looked at the characters’ hair and makeup and chose the most-impressive looking ones. That happened to be the aliens and other strange things from Star Trek Beyond.
Best Original Score – La La Land
La La Land is a musical and everyone has been raving about it. Therefore, it will probably win. Need I explain more?
Best Original Song – ‘How Far I’ll Go,’ from Moana
This category had two nominations for La La Land for the songs ‘Audition (The Fools Who Dream)’ and ‘City of Stars.’ Despite the hype around La La Land, I chose the song from Moana because I personally just think it’s better.
Visual Effects – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
To be honest, again, this is the only film that I’ve seen in this category but I still think it will win and let me tell you why. 1) It’s technically a Disney film so carries that title, 2) it has loads of cool spaceships in it, and 3) it has loads of explosions in it. The cool spaceships and explosions are visual effects which is why it should win the Oscar. Case closed.