Movie Reviews

It’s time for the Oscars and time for those of us supposed experts to weigh in with our picks. Let’s get this one thing straight, of course the Oscars are subjective and do not reflect, could not reflect, what everyone believes are the best movies or performances. If it was a fan vote Star Wars Rogue One or one of a myriad of Superhero adventures would likely win Best Picture.
Instead, a group of very knowledgeable people in the field of film have gathered to attempt to aggregate their opposing tastes into something that reflects what the industry believes is the best of the best. It’s not perfect, but it’s still a whole lot of fun to talk about and debate. This is my tiny contribution to that conversation.

Best Picture

My choice would be Arrival but that’s not gonna happen. I am of two minds on this one. On the one hand La La Land was near record setting in nominations. On the other hand, last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy is undoubtedly weighing on voters regardless of the call to simply choose the best of the best. Regardless of the controversy, there are great arguments in favor of either Moonlight or Hidden Figures but it would be naïve to assume that the controversy doesn’t increase each film’s chances this year. That said, I am still picking La La Land to win based on its popularity, artistry and the fact that it has the broadest appeal of all of the nominees.

Winner La La Land

Best Actor

Not much conversation here, Denzel wins for Fences.

Winner Denzel Washington for Fences

Best Actress

This race pretty much ended when Taraji P. Henson wasn’t nominated for Hidden Figures. Emma Stone will take home her first Oscar for her lovely performance in La La Land.

Winner Emma Stone La La Land

Best Supporting Actor

A month ago I would have said that Mahershala Ali was a shoe-in to take home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. But in the run up the ballots being cast Dev Patel has been getting an immense amount of attention. Putting aside the fact that Patel really is the lead actor in Lion, his performance is deeply emotional and personal and the film is a global smash. That’s not to say that Ali isn’t as good but his film has a far tougher subject matter and is much less seen than the wide appeal Lion.

Winner Dev Patel Lion 

Best Supporting Actress

Yet another no contest category, Viola Davis will win for Fences

Winner Viola Davis Fences

Best Director

Damian Chazelle La La Land

Best Animated Feature

The Red Turtle

Best Cinematography

La La Land

Best Costume Design

La La Land

Best Documentary Feature

I Am Not Your Negro

Best Documentary Short Subject


Best Film Editing

La La Land

Best Foreign Language Film

Toni Erdmann

Best Makeup and Hair

Star Trek Beyond

Best Original Song

City of Stars from La La Land

Best Production Design

La La Land

Best Animated Short

Pear Cider and Cigarette

Best Live Action Short

Extremis Interviews

Best Sound Editing

Hacksaw Ridge


Best Sound Mixing


Hacksaw Ridge

Best Visual Effects

Rogue One A Star Wars Story

Best Adapted Screenplay


Best Original Screenplay

Manchester by the Sea