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    • March 3, 2017 5:38 PM EST
    • Not the best Oscars I have seen, good lord I felt for Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in that mess-up, felt even sorry for the La La Land people, I felt La La Land was the correct choice by the way. I am sure they know now how Steve Harvey felt. :D

    • February 28, 2017 10:01 AM EST
    • Your picks are good, but what a mess-up for Best picture, that was as bad as Steve Harvey. lol

    • February 27, 2017 1:49 AM EST
    • After the results are now in I have to say your picks were pretty damn good and maybe all should have been true winners.

    • February 25, 2017 7:04 PM EST
    • I like your picks, we have to get you on the Academy panel. I am hoping for Denzel. 

    • February 25, 2017 3:58 PM EST
    • Okay, Sunday’s Oscar night. That means you all get my annual predictions. It’s a TSO tradition going back 15 years ago. Once again I give you my Should Win (SW) pick, my Will Win (WW) pick and my Closest Threat (CT) pick. So here goes:

       

      BEST PICTURE :

      WW: La La Land

      SW & CT: Moonlight

       

      La La Land looks poised to be the first musical since 2002’s Chicago to win Best Picture. Also the first Best Picture winner to gross $100 million since 2012’s Argo. What is up with the Academy nowadays?

       

      BEST DIRECTOR:

      WW: DAMIEN CHAZELLE/La La Land

      SW & CT: BARRY JENKINS/Moonlight

       

      It’s the year of La La Land. Admit it. People love musicals. And Chazelle delivered a completely original one for the big screen.

       

      BEST ACTOR:

      SW & WW: DENZEL WASHINGTON/Fences

      CT: CASEY AFFLECK/Manchester By The Sea

       

      Normally the Academy is reluctant to give an actor or actress a third Oscar. However Denzel is the one to do it by bringing Troy Maxson to the big screen, and in a big way.

       

      BEST ACTRESS:

      WW: EMMA STONE/La La Land

      SW & CT: ISABELLE HUPPERT/Elle

       

      It’s usually the acting performances that have the best chances of winning Oscars. Emma delivered.

       

      BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

      SW & WW: MAHERSHALA ALI/Moonlight

      CT: DEV PATEL/Lion

       

      Remember how for the past two years there was the #OscarsSoWhite row? This year there are seven non-white actors nominated. Mahershala Ali is anticipated to win for playing a gangsta with a smooth style and a wise head.

       

      BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

      SW & WW: VIOLA DAVIS/Fences

      CT: OCTAVIA SPENCER/Hidden Figures

       

      If anyone can steal Fences from Denzel, it’s Viola!

       

      BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

      SW: TAYLOR SHERIDAN/Hell Of High Water

      WW: KENNETH LONERGAN/Manchester By The Sea

      CT: DAMIEN CHAZELLE/La La Land

       

      If there’s one category Manchester By The Sea still has its best chances at, it’s this.

       

      BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

      SW & WW: BARRY JENKINS and TARELL ALVIN McCRANEY/Moonlight

      CT: ERIC HEISSERER/Arrival

       

      Isn’t it weird that Moonlight has won a lot of Original Screenplay awards? The fact it’s based off a short story is why the Academy classifies it as Adapted.

       

      BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

      WW: Zootopia

      SW & CT: Kubo And The Two Strings

       

      2016 was a remarkable year for animated movies. So many of them and they entertained best. That may explain why favorites like Finding Dory and The Secret Life Of Pets got snubbed. Just too much competition.

      Disney has won this category ten out of fifteen times. No question this is the Oscar they most want to win. Zootopia is just what they need to win it.

       

      BEST ART DIRECTION:

      WW: La La Land

      CT: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

       

      BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

      SW & WW: GREIG FRASER/Lion

      CT: LINUS SANDGREN/La La Land

       

      BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

      WW: MARY ZOPHRES/La La Land

      CT: MADELINE FONTAINE/Jackie

       

      BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

      WW: O.J.: Made In America

      CT: 13th

       

      BEST FILM EDITING:

      WW: TOM CROSS/La La Land

      CT: JOHN GILBERT/Hacksaw Ridge

       

      BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

      WW: Toni Erdmann (Germany)

      CT: The Salesman (Iran)

       

      Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won five years ago for A Separation. However he will boycott the Oscars in protest of Trump’s immigration policies.

       

      BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:

      WW: Suicide Squad

      CT: A Man Called Ove

       

      BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

      SW & WW: JUSTIN HURWITZ/La La Land

      CT: NICHOLAS BRITTELL/Moonlight

       

      A score to an original musical is a foregone conclusion.

       

      BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

      SW: ‘Audition (The Fools Who Dream)’/La La Land

      WW: ‘City Of Stars’/La La Land

      CT: ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling!’/Trolls

       

      BEST SOUND MIXING:

      WW: Hacksaw Ridge

      CT: La La Land

       

      BEST SOUND EDITING:

      WW: Hacksaw Ridge

       

      BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

      WW: The Jungle Book

      SW & CT: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

       

      We all know Star Wars delivers the best visual effects of the year. Problem is that’s the expectation for every Star Wars movie. That explains why Ex Machina won last year; because their visual effects did not have the expectations Star Wars gets each time. That also explains why The Jungle Book has the edge this year.

       

      BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM:

      WW: Silent Nights

       

      BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM:

      WW: Piper

       

      BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT:

      WW: Joe’s Violin

       

      And there you go. My predictions for tomorrow’s Academy Awards. This will be the first time Jimmy Kimmel is hosting. Will he do a good job or will he mess up? We’ll see.

    • February 2, 2017 8:21 PM EST
    • I was surprised of the snubs of Amy Adams and Hugh Grant. Finding Dory was also a surprise too.

      Colton said:

      @OmahaTrevor85 I would like to know what was the most surprising snubb for you out of the nominations.

      Your opinion is important as you seem to know your stuff.

       

    • January 28, 2017 12:15 PM EST
    • @OmahaTrevor85 I would like to know what was the most surprising snubb for you out of the nominations.

      Your opinion is important as you seem to know your stuff.

    • January 27, 2017 2:55 PM EST
    • Stunned by the snub to Finding Dory and Martin Scorsese.

    • January 26, 2017 4:57 PM EST
    • No Finding Dory, Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

    • January 24, 2017 11:48 PM EST
    • Absolutely shocked over the snubs of Martin Scorsese, Deadpool and Annette benning.

    • January 24, 2017 5:17 PM EST
    • I am OUTRAGED over the snub of "Finding Dory." :(

    • January 23, 2017 4:45 PM EST
    • Lewis MacDougall for a nomination, come on make it so. :)

    • January 23, 2017 4:31 PM EST
    • Hacksaw Ridge best Pic.

      Mel Gibson best director

      Andrew Garfield best actor. :)

    • January 23, 2017 1:08 AM EST
    • Your predictions are always a welcome sight, I wonder do you watch all these movies?

    • January 23, 2017 12:54 AM EST
    • Hacksaw Ridhe was just excellent as was Hell Or High Water. I say both are nominated and one wins it.

    • January 22, 2017 9:59 PM EST
    • What about A Monster Calls for best pic, you don;t think it even has a chance for a nomination?

    • January 22, 2017 7:23 PM EST
    • Finding Dory better be nominated. :)

    • January 22, 2017 6:43 PM EST
    • It never fails. With each Oscar season comes my set of predictions. Yep, even after 15 years, I’m still going strong. So with Tuesday being the day of nominations, I decided to have a go at predicting the nominees. Once again, I predict the five, or whatever appropriate number, that I most believe will be nominated. Some categories may have an additional dark horse (DH) prediction or two for potential upsetters to my main picks as well as a possible For Your Consideration (FYC) pick for efforts that most deserve the nomination but have lousy chances. So here are my predictions:

       

      BEST PICTURE

      -Arrival

      -Fences

      -Hacksaw Ridge

      -Hell Or High Water

      -Hidden Figures

      -La La Land

      -Lion

      -Manchester By The Sea

      -Moonlight

      -Sully

      DH1: Loving

      DH2: Deadpool

      DH3: Elle

      FYC: Silence

       

      There most likely won’t be ten Best Picture nominees but I decided to predict ten in case. Who would’ve thought that Deadpool would have a chance for Best Picture? After it received a Producers Guild nomination, it is a possibility.

       

      BEST DIRECTOR

      -DAMIEN CHAZELLE/La La Land

      -MEL GIBSON/Hacksaw Ridge

      -BARRY JENKINS/Moonlight

      -KENNETH LONERGAN/Manchester By The Sea

      -DENIS VILLENEUVE/Arrival

      DH1: GARTH DAVIS/Lion

      DH2: DENZEL WASHINGTON/Fences

      FYC: MARTIN SCORSESE/Silence

       

      Remember the big #OscarsSoWhite controversy that’s been happening for the past two years? This year it looks like a lot more minorities have better chances at getting nominated. In fact this year could be the first year two black directors—Denzel Washington and Barry Jenkins—get nominated.

       

      BEST ACTOR

      -CASEY AFFLECK/Manchester By The Sea

      -ANDREW GARFIELD/Hacksaw Ridge

      -RYAN GOSLING/La La Land

      -VIGGO MORTENSON/Captain Fantastic

      - DENZEL WASHINGTON/Fences

      DH1: TOM HANKS/Sully

      DH2: JOEL EDGERTON/Loving

       

      It should come as no surprise that Ryan Gosling is the only former mouseketeer to ever be nominated for an Oscar: in 2006 for Half Nelson.

       

      BEST ACTRESS

      -AMY ADAMS/Arrival

      -ISABELLE HUPPERT/Elle

      -NATALIE PORTMAN/Jackie

      -EMMA STONE/La La Land

      -MERYL STREEP/Florence Foster Jenkins

      DH1: EMILY BLUNT/The Girl On The Train

      DH2: RUTH NEGGA/Loving

      FYC: ANNETTE BENING/20th Century Women

       

      Is there any stopping Meryl Streep? She looks poised to earn nomination #20.

       

      BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

      -MAHERSHALA ALI/Moonlight

      -JEFF BRIDGES/Hell Or High Water

      -HUGH GRANT/Florence Foster Jenkins

      -DEV PATEL/Lion

      -AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON/Nocturnal Animals

      DH1: LUCAS HEDGES/Manchester By The Sea

      DH2: MICHAEL SHANNON/Nocturnal Animals

      FYC: ISSEI OGATA/Silence

       

      One of the problems about the recent #OscarsSoWhite row is that it made the race issue look like it’s only between black and white. It’s other races too. In fact Dev Patel looks poised to be the first Asian actor in ten years to be nominated and the first actor of South Asian descent since Ben Kingsley.

       

      BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

      -VIOLA DAVIS/Fences

      -NAOMIE HARRIS/Moonlight

      -NICOLE KIDMAN/Lion

      -OCTAVIA SPENCER/Hidden Figures

      -MICHELLE WILLIAMS/Manchester By The Sea

      DH1: JANELLE MONAE/Hidden Figures

      DH2: GRETA GERWIG/20th Century Women

       

      BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

      -DAMIEN CHAZELLE/La La Land

      -BARRY JENKINS and TERELL ALVIN McCRANEY/Moonlight

      -KENNETH LONERGAN/Manchester By The Sea

      -JEFF NICHOLS/Loving

      -TAYLOR SHERIDAN/Hell Or High Water

      DH1: PAUL LAVERTY/I, Daniel Blake

      DH2: MIKE MILLS/20th Century Women

      FYC: YORGOS LANTHIMOS and EFYHIMIS FILIPOU/The Lobster

       

      Each year it’s an interesting look to see which year’s scripts had the most muscle? Original or Adapted? This year looks like it’s the Originals’ year.

       

      BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

      -LUKE DAVIES/Lion

      -TOM FORD/Nocturnal Animals

      -ERIC HEISSERER/Arrival

      -ALLISON SCHROEDER and THEODORE MELFI/Hidden Figures

      -AUGUST WILSON/Fences

      DH1: JAY COCKS and MARTIN SCORSESE/Silence

      DH2: TODD KOMARNICKI/Sully

      FYC: RHETT REESE and TOM WERNICK/Deadpool

       

      BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

      -Kubo And The Two Strings

      -Moana

      -My Life As a Zucchini

      -The Red Turtle

      -Zootopia

      DH1: Finding Dory

      DH2: Miss Hokusai

       

      This category has often been the case where movies that were sure shots for nominations-- The Peanuts Movie last year and The Lego Movie the year before – were actually snubbed in favor of independent fare. We’ll see what big favs get snubbed out this year.

       

      BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

      -GREG FRASER/Lion

      -JAMES LAXTON/Moonlight

      -SEAMUS McGARVEY/Nocturnal Animals

      -LINUS SANDGREN/La La Land

      -BRADFORD YOUNG/Arrival

      DH: RODRIGO PRIETO/Silence

       

      BEST COSTUME DESIGN

      - COLLEEN ATWOOD/Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

      -MARION BOYCE and MARGOT WILSON/The Dressmaker

      -CONSOLATA BOYLE/Florence Foster Jenkins

      -MADELINE FONTAINE/Jackie

      -MARY ZOPHRES/La La Land

      DH1: MARY ZOPHRES/Hail Caesar!

      DH2: EIMER NI MHAOLDOMHNAIGH/Love & Friendship

       

      BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

      -The Eagle Huntress

      -Life, Animated

      -OJ: Made In America

      -13th

      -Tower

      DH: Weiner

       

      BEST FILM EDITING

      -TOM CROSS/La La Land

      -JOHN GILBERT/Hacksaw Ridge

      -JENNIFER LAME/Manchester By The Sea

      -NAT SANDERS and JOI McMILLON/Moonlight

      -JOE WALKER/Arrival

      DH1: JAKE ROBERTS/Hell Or High Water

      DH2: JULIAN CLARKE/Deadpool

       

      BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

      - It's Only The End Of The World (Canada)

      -A Man Called Ove (Sweden)

      -The Salesman (Iran)

      -Tanna (Australia)

      -Toni Erdmann (Germany)

       

      BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

      -NICHOLAS BRITWELL/Moonlight

      -JUSTIN HURWITZ/La La Land

      -JOHANN JOHANSON/Arrival

      - DUSTIN O'HALLORAN and HAUSCHKA/Lion

      -JOHN WILLIAMS/The BFG

      DH1: HANS ZIMMER, PHARREL WILLIAMS and BENJAMIN WALFISCH/Hidden Figures

      DH2: ABEL KORZENIOWSKI/Nocturnal Animals

       

      BEST ORIGINAL SONG

      -‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’/Trolls

      -‘City Of Stars’/La La Land

      -‘Heathens’/Suicide Squad

      -‘How Far I’ll Go’/Moana

      -‘Try Everything’/Zootopia

      DH1: ‘Faith’/Sing

      DH2: ‘Just Like Fire’/Alice Through Looking Glass

      FYC: 'The Great Beyond'/Sausage Party

       

      BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

      - Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

      - Hail Caesar!

      -Jackie

      -Hacksaw Ridge

      -La La Land

      DH1: Arrival

      DH2: Rogue One

       

      BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

      -Captain America: Civil War

      -Doctor Strange

      -Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

      -The Jungle Book

      -Rogue One

      DH: Arrival

       

      And there you go. My predictions for this year’s Oscar nominees. Of course I won’t predict for every category, like the short movies. Just the main ones and the technical ones I know best. We’ll see how I did Tuesday morning.

    • January 18, 2017 5:17 PM EST
    • Moonlight, never heard of it, have to check it on IMDB.

    • January 9, 2017 1:22 PM EST
    • I see you missed Best Drama but you did pick Moonlight as the closest threat, you know your stuff mate.

    • January 6, 2017 12:14 AM EST
    • The only movie I have seen of all those is Deadpool, seems like us kids/Teens don't like award winning films. lol

    • January 4, 2017 11:28 PM EST
    • So Manchester by the Sea I see, no pun intended......then I must see it.

    • January 4, 2017 10:40 PM EST
    • I decided to predict only the movie awards as they are the ones I have the best sense with. So without further ado, here are my predictions for who will win on Sunday. The * is my prediction for who will winn and the + symbolizes my prediction who will be its closest threat:

       

      Best Motion Picture, Drama

      -Hacksaw Ridge

      -Hell or High Water

      -Lion

      *Manchester by the Sea*

      +Moonlight+

      This year looks like a race between Manchester By The Sea and La La Land for the Best Picture Oscar.

       

      Best Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy

      -20th Century Women

      -Deadpool

      +Florence Foster Jenkins+

      *La La Land*

      -Sing Street

      Wouldn't it be something if Deadpool won? That would be a surprise.

       

      Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

      +Amy Adams, Arrival+

      -Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane

      -Isabelle Huppert, Elle

      -Ruth Negga, Loving

      *Natalie Portman, Jackie*

      All the buzz appears to be about Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy. I haven't seen it yet but I hope it's a film that not your typical depiction of her.

       

      Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

      -Annette Bening, 20th Century Women

      -Lily Collins, Rules Don’t Apply

      -Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen

      *Emma Stone, La La Land*

      +Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins+

      Emma vs. Natalie for the Best Actress Oscar. Tough call.

       

      Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

      *Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea*

      -Joel Edgerton, Loving

      -Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

      -Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

      +Denzel Washington, Fences+

      Is this Casey's year to finally come out of Ben's shadow? We'll see.

       

      Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy

      -Colin Farrell, The Lobster

      +Ryan Gosling, La La Land+

      *Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins*

      -Jonah Hill, War Dogs

      -Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

      How about that? Two Canadians named Ryan competing in this category.

       

      Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

      *Mahershala Ali, Moonlight*

      -Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

      -Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins

      +Dev Patel, Lion+

      -Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

      Moonlight has to be one of the best films you most likely missed.

       

      Best Performance by Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

      *Viola Davis, Fences*

      +Naomie Harris, Moonlight+

      -Nicole Kidman, Lion

      -Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

      -Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

      If anyone can steal Fences from Denzel, it's Viola.

       

      Best Director, Motion Picture

      *Damien Chazelle, La La Land*

      -Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

      -Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

      -Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

      +Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea+

      Directors of Oscar-contending musicals often get the short end of the stick. I think Damien will get it here.

       

      Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

      -La La Land

      -Nocturnal Animals

      +Moonlight+

      *Manchester by the Sea*

      -Hell or High Water

      This is usually where critical darlings have their best chances of winning. Definitely Manchester By The Sea's for the taking.

       

      Original Score, Motion Picture

      -Nicholas Britell,Moonlight

      *Justin Hurwitz, La La Land*

      +Johann Johannson, Arrival+

      -Dustin O'Halloran & Volker Bertelmann, Lion

      -Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams and Benjamin Walfisch, Hidden Figures

      Admit it. A score from a freshly original musical is bound to take it.

       

      Best Motion Picture, Animated

      +Kubo and the Two Strings+

      -Moana

      -My Life as a Zucchini

      -Sing

      *Zootopia*

      You can forget about Dory. This year's battle in the anomated category is Kubo vs. Zootopia. I'm predicting more for Zootopia because it's more family-friendly.

       

      Best Original Song, Motion Picture

      +“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls+

      *“City of Stars,” La La Land*

      -“Faith,” Sing

      -“Gold,” Gold

      -“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

      Yes, it's tempting to choose 'Can't Stop The Feeling' but 'City Of Stars' will be the big winner for this year.

       

      Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

      -Divines

      +Elle+

      -Neruda

      -The Salesman

      *Toni Erdmann*

      Toni Erdmann and Elle have the biggest buzz but I'm going with Toni Erdmann.

       

      And there you go. My predictions for this year's Golden Globes. winners to be decided on Sunday the 8th.

    • August 26, 2016 12:50 AM EDT
    • Excellent top ten as always Trevor, I can find no fault, I tend to agree I might try to find a way to get Sicario in top ten but it is fine as a mention.

    • August 16, 2016 8:44 PM EDT
    • Yea and not just cause of our ages, all ages think Mad max rocks. :)
      OmahaTrevor85 said:

      Wow! A load of Mad Max fans. I can easily understand why.