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-Introduction-

I will not lie, I have not seen a lot of the choices for this year’s Oscar show and I do not plan on watching it because it is really little more than a popularity contest. Nevertheless, I did see plenty films of last year that I did love and therefore, I plan on giving a list of my alternative picks for the Oscars vs. what was chosen. Nevertheless, I did see some of the nominees as the reader can gather from some of the choices under the “My Personal Choice” category. My alternate list of nominees is below each “My Personal Choice” section, so one will know what were the Oscar picks (2017 Academy Awards) vs. My Nominees. Under all of the “My Nominees” categories, you will see that I have chosen my pick already (i.e. The Winner). If some of my alternate choices sound radical then I advise the reader to first read my blog entry regarding my top 10 films of 2016 right here. Anyway, I hope you enjoy my blog entry regarding The 2017 Academy Award Nominees Vs. My Nominees. Without further ado, here they are below:

-Nominees for Best Picture (2017 Academy Awards)-
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

My Prediction: La La Land, Manchester by the Sea or Moonlight
My Personal Choice: Hacksaw Ridge
The Winner: Moonlight

-My Nominees for Best Picture-
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Hacksaw Ridge
High-Rise
Love & Friendship
Miles Ahead
The President
Suicide Squad
Sully
Sunset Song
Wiener-Dog

The Winner: High-Rise

-Nominees for Best Actor (2017 Academy Awards)-
Manchester by the Sea: Casey Affleck
Hacksaw Ridge: Andrew Garfield
La La Land: Ryan Gosling
Captain Fantastic: Viggo Mortensen
Fences: Denzel Washington

My Prediction: Manchester by the Sea: Casey Affleck or La La Land: Ryan Gosling
My Personal Choice: Hacksaw Ridge: Andrew Garfield
The Winner: Manchester by the Sea: Casey Affleck

-My Nominees for Best Actor-
Miles Ahead: Don Cheadle
Valley of Love: Gerard Depardieu
Hacksaw Ridge: Andrew Garfield
Blood Father: Mel Gibson
The President:
Misha Gomiashvilli
A Hologram for the King and Sully: Tom Hanks
High-Rise: Tom Hiddleston
The Measure of a Man: Vincent Lindon
Standing Tall: Rod Paradot
Deadpool: Ryan Reynolds
Spa Night: Joe Seo

The Winner: Miles Ahead: Don Cheadle

-Nominees for Best Actress (2017 Academy Awards)-
Elle: Isabelle Huppert
Loving: Ruth Negga
Jackie: Natalie Portman
La La Land: Emma Stone
Florence Foster Jenkins: Meryl Streep

My Prediction: Jackie: Natalie Portman, La La Land: Emma Stone or Florence Foster Jenkins: Meryl Streep
My Personal Choice: N/A
The Winner: La La Land: Emma Stone

-My Nominees for Best Actress-
Arrival: Amy Adams
Love & Friendship: Kate Beckinsale
Standing Tall: Catherine Deneuve
Sunset Song: Agyness Deyn
Things to Come and Valley of Love: Isabelle Huppert
Suicide Squad: Margot Robbie
The Dressmaker: Kate Winslet

The Winner: Sunset Song: Agyness Deyn

-Nominees for Best Supporting Actor (2017 Academy Awards)-
Moonlight: Mahershala Ali
Hell or High Water: Jeff Bridges
Manchester by the Sea: Lucas Hedges
Lion: Dev Patel
Nocturnal Animals: Michael Shannon

My Prediction: Any of the five nominees
My Personal Choice: Hell or High Water: Jeff Bridges
The Winner: Moonlight: Mahershala Ali

-My Nominees for Best Supporting Actor-
Love & Friendship: Tom Bennett
Hell or High Water: Jeff Bridges
Wiener-Dog: Danny DeVito
High-Rise: Luke Evans
Hell or High Water:
Ben Foster
Sunset Song: Kevin Guthrie
High-Rise: Jeremy Irons
Standing Tall: Benoit Magimel
Sunset Song: Peter Mullan
The Dressmaker: Hugo Weaving

The Winner: Hell or High Water: Jeff Bridges

-Nominees for Best Supporting Actress (2017 Academy Awards)-
Fences: Viola Davis
Moonlight: Naomie Harris
Lion: Nicole Kidman
Hidden Figures: Octavia Spencer
Manchester by the Sea: Michelle Williams

My Prediction: Any of the five nominees
My Personal Choice: Hidden Figures: Octavia Spencer
The Winner: Fences: Viola Davis

-My Nominees for Best Supporting Actress-
Wiener-Dog: Ellen Burstyn
The Dressmaker: Judy Davis
Certain Women: Lily Gladstone
High-Rise: Sienna Miller
High-Rise: Elizabeth Moss
Hidden Figures: Octavia Spencer

The Winner: Certain Women: Lily Gladstone

-Nominees for Best Director (2017 Academy Awards)-
Arrival: Denis Villeneuve
Hacksaw Ridge: Mel Gibson
La La Land: Damien Chazelle
Manchester by the Sea: Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight: Barry Jenkins

My Prediction: La La Land: Damien Chazelle, Manchester by the Sea: Kenneth Lonergan or Moonlight: Barry Jenkins
My Personal Choice: Hacksaw Ridge: Mel Gibson
The Winner: La La Land: Damien Chazelle

-My Nominees for Best Director-
Suicide Squad: David Ayer
Miles Ahead: Don Cheadle
The Mermaid: Stephen Chow
Sunset Song: Terence Davies
Sully: Clint Eastwood
Hacksaw Ridge: Mel Gibson
Eisenstein in Guanajuato:
Peter Greenaway
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: Ang Lee
The President: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Zack Snyder
Wiener-Dog: Todd Solondz
High-Rise: Ben Wheatley

The Winner: High-Rise: Ben Wheatley

-Nominees for Best Original Screenplay (2017 Academy Awards)-
Hell or High Water: Taylor Sheridan
La La Land: Damien Chazelle
The Lobster: Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Fillippou
Manchester by the Sea: Kenneth Lonergan
20th Century Women: Mike Mills

My Prediction: Hell or High Water: Taylor Sheridan, La La Land: Damien Chazelle or Manchester by the Sea: Kenneth Lonergan
My Personal Choice: Hell or High Water: Taylor Sheridan
The Winner: Manchester by the Sea: Kenneth Lonergan

-My Nominees for Best Original Screenplay-
Beautiful Something: Joseph Graham
Certain Women: Kelly Reichardt
Hacksaw Ridge: Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan
Hell or High Water: Taylor Sheridan
Miles Ahead: Steven Baigelman, Don Cheadle, Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson
The President: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
and Marziyeh Meshkiny
Spa Night:
Andrew Ahn
Standing Tall: Emmanuelle Bercot and Marcia Romano
Wiener-Dog: Todd Solondz

The Winner: Wiener-Dog: Todd Solondz

-Nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay (2017 Academy Awards)-
Arrival: Eric Heisserer
Fences: August Wilson
Hidden Figures: Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
Lion: Luke Davies
Moonlight: Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney

My Prediction: Hidden Figures: Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi or Moonlight: Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney
My Personal Choice: Hidden Figures: Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
The Winner: Moonlight: Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney

-My Nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay-
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: Jean-Christophe Castelli
Blood Father: Peter Craig and Andrea Berloff
The Dressmaker: Jocelyn Moorhouse and P.J. Hogan
High-Rise: Amy Jump
A Hologram for the King: Tom Tykwer
Love & Friendship: Whit Stillman
Suicide Squad: David Ayer
Sully: Todd Komarnicki
Sunset Song: Terence Davies

The Winner: High-Rise: Amy Jump

-Nominees for Best Cinematography (2017 Academy Awards)-
Arrival: Bradford Young
La La Land: Linus Sandgren
Lion: Grieg Fraser
Moonlight: James Laxton
Silence: Rodrigo Prieto

My Prediction: Any of the five nominees
My Personal Choice: Arrival: Bradford Young
The Winner: La La Land: Linus Sandgren

-My Nominees for Best Cinematography-
Arrival: Bradford Young
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: John Toll
The Dressmaker: Donald McAlpine
The Finest Hours: Javier Aguirresarobe
Hacksaw Ridge: Simon Duggan
Hell or High Water: Giles Nuttgens

High-Rise: Laurie Rose
Knight of Cups: Emmanuel Lubezki
Sunset Song: Michael McDonough

The Winner: Sunset Song: Michael McDonough

-Nominees for Best Costume Design (2017 Academy Awards)-
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

My Prediction: Any of the five nominees
My Personal Choice: N/A
The Winner: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

-My Nominees for Best Costume Design-
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The Dressmaker
High-Rise

Love & Friendship
Suicide Squad

The Winner: The Dressmaker

-Nominees for Best Sound Mixing (2017 Academy Awards)-
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One
13 Hours (Nomination revoked)

My Prediction: Any of the five nominees
My Personal Choice: Hacksaw Ridge
The Winner: Hacksaw Ridge

-My Nominees for Best Sound Mixing-
Arrival
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
The Finest Hours

Hacksaw Ridge
High-Rise

Suicide Squad

The Winner: Hacksaw Ridge

-Nominees for Best Film Editing (2017 Academy Awards)-
Arrival: Joe Walker
Hacksaw Ridge: John Gilbert
Hell or High Water: Jake Roberts
La La Land: Tom Cross
Moonlight: Joe McMillon and Nat Sanders

My Prediction: Any of the five nominees
My Personal Choice: Hacksaw Ridge: John Gilbert
The Winner: Hacksaw Ridge: John Gilbert

-My Nominees for Best Film Editing-
Arrival: Joe Walker
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: David Brenner
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: Tim Squyres
Eisenstein in Guanajuato:
Elmer Leupen
The Finest Hours: Tatiana S. Riegel
Hacksaw Ridge: John Gilbert
Hell or High Water: Jake Roberts
High-Rise: Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley
Suicide Squad: John Gilroy
Sully: Blu Murray

The Winner: Hacksaw Ridge: John Gilbert

-Nominees for Best Sound Editing (2017 Academy Awards)-
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

My Prediction: Any of the five nominees
My Personal Choice: Hacksaw Ridge
The Winner: Arrival

-My Nominees for Best Sound Editing-
Arrival
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
The Finest Hours

Hacksaw Ridge
High-Rise
Suicide Squad

Sully

The Winner: Hacksaw Ridge

-Nominees for Best Visual Effects (2017 Academy Awards)-
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One

My Prediction: Any of the five nominees
My Personal Choice: Kubo and the Two Strings
The Winner: The Jungle Book

-My Nominees for Best Visual Effects-
Arrival
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The Finest Hours
Kubo and the Two Strings
Suicide Squad
Sully

The Winner: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

-Nominees for Best Makeup (2017 Academy Awards)-
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

My Prediction: Any of the three nominees
My Personal Choice: Suicide Squad
The Winner: Suicide Squad

-My Nominees for Best Makeup-
Deadpool
Suicide Squad

The Winner: Suicide Squad

-Nominees for Best Original Song (2017 Academy Awards)-
Jim: The James Foley Story: Song: The Empty Chair
La La Land: Songs: Audition (The Fools Who Dream) and City of Stars
Moana: Song: How Far I’ll Go
Trolls: Song: Can’t Stop the Feeling

My Prediction: La La Land: Either of the two songs
My Personal Choice: N/A
The Winner: La La Land: Song: City of Stars

-My Nominees for Best Original Song-
Suicide Squad: Songs: Heathens and Sucker for Pain
Wiener-Dog: Song: The Ballad of Wiener-Dog

The Winner: Wiener-Dog: Song: The Ballad of Wiener-Dog

-Nominees for Best Original Score (2017 Academy Awards)-
Jackie: Mica Levi
La La Land: Justin Hurwitz
Lion: Dustin O’Halloran and Volker Bertelmann
Moonlight: Nicholas Britell
Passengers: Thomas Newman

My Prediction: La La Land: Justin Hurwitz or Moonlight: Nicholas Britell
My Personal Choice: N/A
The Winner: La La Land: Justin Hurwitz

-My Nominees for Best Original Score-
Arrival: Johann Johannsson and Max Richter
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL
The Dressmaker: David Hirschfelder
The Finest Hours: Carter Burwell
Hacksaw Ridge: Rupert Gregson-Williams
Hell or High Water:
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
High-Rise: Clint Mansell

The Winner: High-Rise: Clint Mansell

-Nominees for Best Animated Short (2017 Academy Awards)-
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cidar and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

My Prediction: Any of the five nominees
My Personal Choice: N/A
The Winner: Piper

My Nominees for Best Animated Short: N/A

-Nominees for Best Live Action Short (2017 Academy Awards)-
Ennemis within
The Railroad Lady

Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

My Prediction: Any of the five nominees
My Personal Choice: N/A
The Winner: Sing

My Nominees for Best Live Action Short: N/A

-Nominees for Best Documentary Short (2017 Academy Awards)-
Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

My Prediction: Any of the five nominees
My Personal Choice: N/A
The Winner: The White Helmets

My Nominees for Best Documentary Short: N/A

-Nominees for Best Documentary (2017 Academy Awards)-
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America
13th

My Prediction: Any of the five nominees
My Personal Choice: N/A
The Winner: O.J.: Made in America

-My Nominees for Best Documentary-
Lo and Behold

The Winner: Lo and Behold

-Nominees for Best Foreign Language Film (2017 Academy Awards)-
Land of Mine (Denmark)
A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
The Salesman (Iran)
Tanna (Australia)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)

My Prediction: Any of the five nominees
My Personal Choice: N/A
The Winner: The Salesman (Iran)

-My Nominees for Best Foreign Language Film-
Aferim! (Romania)
The Measure of a Man (France)

The Mermaid (China/Hong Kong)
The President (Georgia/France/UK/Germany)
Standing Tall (France)
Valley of Love (France)

The Winner: The President (Georgia/France/UK/Germany)

-Nominees for Best Animated Film (2017 Academy Awards)-
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

My Prediction: Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana or Zootopia
My Personal Choice: Kubo and the Two Strings
The Winner: Zootopia

-My Nominees for Best Animated Film-
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Little Prince

The Winner: Kubo and the Two Strings

-Nominees for Best Production Design (2017 Academy Awards)-
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

My Prediction: La La Land
My Personal Choice: Arrival
The Winner: La La Land

-My Nominees for Best Production Design-
Arrival
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The Dressmaker
The Finest Hours
Hacksaw Ridge

High-Rise
Love & Friendship

The Winner: High-Rise

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