The 89th Academy Awards preview and predictions


The 89th annual Oscar award ceremony takes place on Sunday, February 26 at 8:30 PM. During the ceremony, the best films of 2016 will be honored. It will take place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood California and will be hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

In my opinion, 2016 was a down year for movies. There didn’t seem to be many good or highly anticipated films, with the exception of Star Wars: Rogue One, Suicide Squad, and maybe Deadpool. Hopefully, 2017 will live out to be a better year for movies with the anticipated releases of such movies such as the new Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars 8, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Justice League, the new Planet of the Apes, as well as a new Spider-man and Thor.

But while last year wasn’t very good, in my opinion, in terms of films, we still must celebrate the high points of 2016 in filmography.

So let’s get to it then. Here is the preview for the 89th annual Academy Awards, predicted by me (barely) and mostly someone who knows a lot about movies, movie whiz and Elder student Hunter Brockmann.

We first start with Best Documentary Feature. I personally haven’t even seen or heard of any of the other documentaries other than OJ: Made in America. I believe that a lot of people are in the same boat as me in that’s the only one they have seen out of all the others because this is the most mainstream. Hunter is in the same situation as me, except for he has not seen the OJ Simpson documentary film. He said that he hasn’t seen any of them either and he thinks OJ: Made in America will win, but wouldn’t be surprised if Life: Animated takes the award.

Now here comes the time for the real movie awards, I fell behind this year in going to the movies and watching new releases (with the exception of Deadpool and Suicide Squad this summer), so I don’t really have a good opinion on these. So, from now on I will strictly be interviewing Hunter for his opinions and who he think will “take the cake” this year.

We get to the award for Best Production Design. This award sees which movie had the best set during filming.

“I think that Arrival will win this award, I really enjoyed the way the setting was made up. I could however, also see Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them winning because they too had a good set and just based on the popularity of the movie (because of the Harry Potter aspect).”

Arrival is a movie about mysterious alien spacecraft that touch down across the world. An elite team led by a girl that is hired by the government, must be brought together to investigate it and try to communicate with them, as mankind teeters on the possibility of global war. It received very high praise.

An award that Hunter believes that will definitely go to Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is Costume Design. From what I’ve seen on the commercials, the costumes for that movie look pretty good and magical, appropriate coming from a background Harry Potter film.

Another award that Hunter thinks that Arrival will take this year is Best Film Editing.

For the winner of visual effects, Hunter says that this one is a no brainer. Star Wars: Rogue One will take this award on Sunday.

La La Land looks to take a lot of awards home on Sunday.

The winner of Original Score, which deals with the music that is composed to make something in the movie dramatic or happy will go to La La Land. La La Land is a movie that Hunter thinks will get a bundle of awards at the Oscars, also including Cinematography and Original Screenplay (the script of the film).

Cinematography deals with the way you make a motion picture, like how you use the cameras and lighting in a movie. It’s really the backbone of the film and mainly how it is made.

Makeup and Hairstyling is the next award we look at. I agreed with Hunter because we both went with Suicide Squad as a no brainer for this one. Especially with the characters of Joker (Jared Leto) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), they did a very nice job with all of their makeup that they needed and the hair that they wore.

Now we get to the “main awards here” including the Best Film of the year. Most of these next awards will go to actual people rather than just a movie as a whole.

For best directing, Hunter is going with La La Land and Damien Chazelle.

“It’ll probably be an easy win for La La Land in the category Best Director. I fully agree with this and believe that the Academy will pick this right too.”

I then looked up “what is La La Land about”? It seems like a popular choice at the Oscars to win most of the awards, and from what I hear is very highly acclaimed.

La La Land is the story about Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician that are struggling to make ends meet while trying to pursue their dreams in Hollywood, a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts.

Next we get to the awards for Best Actress and Actor in a supporting role. Hunter said that he guesses that the Academy will choose Viola Davis from the movie Fences, but his personal pick is Michelle Williams from Manchester by the Sea.

I’ve never heard of either of these films, so I found out what they are about.

The movie Manchester by the Sea is about a guy named Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) who is an irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment. This story follows him as he gets a call on a winter day saying that his brother has had a heart attack, and he has to be the guardian of his 16 year old nephew.

As for Fences, which sounds like a movie I personally would be interested in, this flick follows a Pittsburgh sanitation worker named Troy Maxson (depicted by Denzel) who once dreamed about a baseball career, but was too old to play when the Major League started admitting black players.

Hunter told me Actor in a supporting role will go to Michael Shannon in Nocturnal Animals. He said that he saw the movie last week and said he had a pretty great performance in this thriller.

In Nocturnal Animals, an art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.

Disney’s Zootopia looks to take Animated Film of the Year.

Following this award will be the announcement of the winner of Best Animated Film. Zootopia, which I watched with my little brother on Netflix and enjoyed, will be a runaway win for this category.

Last but not least before the movie of the year, we look at the Best Actress and Actor in a leading role. When I talked to Hunter, he knew who was going to win the award for the Best Actress leading this year, Emma Stone from the big hit La La Land.

” I’m hoping this is the year Emma Stone finally wins an Oscar. She was terrific in La La Land.”

The Best Actor in a Leading Role can go either way Hunter said. It will either be Casey Affleck from Manchester by the Sea, or Andrew Garfield in, a movie that I would really like to see by the trailers, Hacksaw Ridge.

Finally to end my preview, it is time for the Best Film of the Year.

“I think La La Land will be the one to win Best Picture. It would make sense that Hollywood chooses a movie about the magic of Hollywood. If not La La Land, then I think the award should go to Arrival because I would love to see Best Picture go to a Science Fiction piece.”

“I’m pretty neutral on all the other categories this year. My only complaint would be the choices nominated for Best Picture. The Academy is able to fill up to 10 movies and this year they only did 9. I feel like you could have easily put one more film up in that category. Either A Monster Calls, Patriots Day, Silence, Sing Street, or The Nice Guys would be a perfect fit.”

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