89th Academy Awards – Winners Wishlist

With one of the biggest, if not the biggest, film awards across the world to be awarded only a day later, there is galore of prediction lists. I would be cautious in using term ‘prediction’ as no logical\satistical derivations were used to prepare the list but only emotional take on the movies watched. Hence, this article would be a “wishlist” of winners for 89th Academy Awards.

“La La Land” will win the highest number of awards with “Fences” to be the surprise package. 

Here is my wishlist for who to win the 89th Academy Awards 2017:


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Best Picture: Moonlight [Moonlight blends in two of the most complicated subjects that the country and the world tried to keep a blind eye to. Berry Jenkins “Moonlight” is what the world needed in the times we are living in]. Close Next: Manchester by the Sea.

Animated Feature Film: Kubo and the Two Strings and My Life as a Zucchini might have to fight it out for the animated feature film but one to choose would be “Kubo and the Two Strings“. Close Next: My Life as a Zucchini

Foreign Language Film: Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” has won the accolades all around the world and I would expect nothing different at the Academy too. His resistance to entering the US for political reasons probably might affect the decision a bit. Close Next: Toni Erdmann



Adapted Screenplay: Tarell Alvin McCraney‘s brilliant story was even more eloquently translated for the screen by writer-director Berry Jenkins for Moonlight

Original Screenplay: Even though I personally would love to see Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou to win it for The Lobster for the most innovative script I watched this year but Writer-Director Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea might win it.

Acting Category:


Actor: It is too tight for me to wish for either of Casey Affleck and Denzel Washington. But, I am tempted to call out Casey Affleck for his performance in Manchester by the Sea. One of the key tribute for an acting brilliance is how much the performance “surprised” (with already proved performances expectations from Denzel), Casey Affleck surprised me. Close Next: Denzel Washington

Actress: Isabelle Huppert. Not a common thing to see an actress from a foreign language film to be nominated and with that done, Isabelle Huppert might as well go all the way for her brilliant performance in the movie, Elle. Even though all the other actresses did their best, the selection would be relatively easy. Close Next: Emma Watson

Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali. Of the theme that is dark and the moonlight that shines, Mahershala Ali is the hope in the world. Close Next: Jeff Bridges

Supporting Actress: It is extremely difficult to call one. Viola Davis, Naomi Harris, Octavia Spencer are probably the front runners with Nicole Kidman and Michelle Williams not far behind. But, if only one has to be picked it would be Viola Davis for her brilliance despite the strong presence of Denzel Washington. Close Next: Naomi Harris

Technical Categories:

Directing: Damien Chazelle might as well be the youngest filmmaker to have ever won an Academy Award. His musical “La La Land” won itself 14 nominations speaks volumes about the movie. Close Next: Berry Jenkins

Editing: I would personally love to see either of John Gilbert or Jake Roberts win it. In either of Hacksaw Ridge or Hell or High Water, editing makes a whole lot difference if you wish to compare Pre vs. Post production cinematic experience. John Gilbert to win it with Jake Roberts as Close Next. 

Cinematography: It is very difficult to differentiate the skill of cinematography with a lot of emphasis on visual effects and CGIs for a space drama, but Bradford Young made his presence know for Arrival, without much attention drawn to the world of visual effects. Close Next: Linus Sandgren.

Costume Design: Madeline Fontaine should win this hands-down for the movie Jackie. It is absolutely spot on. Close Next: Colleen Atwood

Makeup and Hairstyling: Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson for Suicide Squad. There is a lot of scope for the treatment when comics moves on to motion picture and they got it extremely amusing color mixing.

Visual Effects: The Jungle Book

Production Design: Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them

Music and Sound Categories: My knowledge to judge or take a call on music or sound department is largely limited and so I would like to go with a popular choice for music and sound.

Sound Editing: Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan for La La Land

Sound Mixing: Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace for Hacksaw Ridge

Original Song: “City of Stars” for La La Land

Original Score: Justin Hurwitz for La La Land

Non-Feature Films: [More of a guesswork than any knowledge of watching or exposure]

Short Film [Animated]: Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Short Film [Live Action]: Time Code

Documentary [Short Subject]: The White Helmets

Documentary [Feature]: O.J: Made in America

This is my wishlist for 24 categories in the 89th Academy Awards to be screened at 5:30 PM PST from Dobly Theatre in Hollywood, California. The show will be hosted by Jimmy Kemmel. I will update the list again once the winners list is announced to see how much of my wish got fulfilled.

Note: All the images are copyrighted for The Academy.


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