Monday, February 27, 2017

Dave-El Does Hollywood: Oscars 2017 - The Aftermath

Here are the nominees for 10 categories for last night's Oscars, my picks for who would win and how I actually did. Out of 10 possible points, how did I do?  

Best Picture
  1. Arrival
  2. Fences
  3. Hacksaw Ridge
  4. Hell or High Water
  5. Hidden Figures
  6. La La Land
  7. Lion
  8. Manchester by the Sea
  9. Moonlight

main pick: La La Land 
back up pick: Moonlight 
actual winner: La La Land 
no, wait!
actual winner: Moonlight 
points awarded to myself:  1/2


Best Director

  1. Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  2. Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  3. Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  4. Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
  5. Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
main pick: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
back up pick: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
actual winner: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
points awarded to myself:  1


Best Actor

  1. Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  2. Denzel Washington, Fences
  3. Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  4. Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  5. Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
main pick: Denzel Washington, Fences
back up pick: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
actual winner: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
points awarded to myself:  1/2

Best Actress

  1. Emma Stone, La La Land
  2. Natalie Portman, Jackie
  3. Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
  4. Isabelle Huppert, Elle
  5. Ruth Negga, Loving

main pick: Emma Stone, La La Land
back up pick: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
actual winner: Emma Stone, La La Land
points awarded to myself:  1

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  2. Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  3. Dev Patel, Lion
  4. Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
  5. Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

main pick: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
back up pick: Dev Patel, Lion
actual winner: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
points awarded to myself:  1

Best Supporting Actress

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

main pick: Viola Davis, Fences
back up pick: Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
actual winner: Viola Davis, Fences
points awarded to myself:  1

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. Moonlight
  2. Arrival
  3. Fences
  4. Lion
  5. Hidden Figures

main pick: Moonlight
back up pick: Arrival
actual winner: Moonlight
points awarded to myself:  1

Best Original Screenplay

  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. La La Land
  3. Hell or High Water
  4. The Lobster
  5. 20th Century Women
main pick: Manchester by the Sea
back up pick: La La Land
actual winner: Manchester by the Sea
points awarded to myself:  1


Best Animated Feature

  1. Zootopia
  2. Kubo and the Two Strings
  3. The Red Turtle
  4. My Life As a Zucchini
  5. Moana

main pick: Zootopia
back up pick: Maybe Moana but it looks like a lock for Zootopia unless one of the two "artier" entries (Kubo and the Two Strings or The Red Turtle) pulls a major upset.  
actual winner: Zootopia
points awarded to myself:  1



I normally don't make a pick for this one but let's take a look at....

Best Original Song

  1. “City of Stars,” La La Land
  2. “Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” La La Land
  3. “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana
  4. “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
  5. “The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story

main pick: “City of Stars,” La La Land
back up pick: “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana
actual winner: “City of Stars,” La La Land
points awarded to myself:  1

Bummer that Lin-Manuel Miranda didn't get his EGOT*.  

*Award winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar AND Tony.  

But not a bad turn for me this year with 9 out of a possible 10 points. I kind of took a chance with Denzel on Best Actor but I really thought the momentum was moving away from Casey Affleck. 
But Best Picture gets Steve Harvey'ed after Warren Beatty announces La La Land as the winner instead of Moonlight? Wow. It was down to the wire for those twp films and could've gone either way.  

And what do I get for my 9 out of 10 points? Self validation of my worth as a human being maybe? Also, I owe myself a frozen yogurt, that'll be nice. 90%. I'm OK with that.  

We're back with a new post on March 2nd which is the 4th anniversary of I'm So Glad My Suffering Amuses You. 

Until then, remember to be good to one another.  

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