Oscars 2017 Winner Predictions: Who will win the best actor, best directors, best films & best actress?

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New Delhi | Updated: February 26, 2017 3:23:01 PM

Oscars 2017 Winner Predictions: In the best actor category, there is a direct competition between Ryan Gosling and Casey Affleck.

Ryan Gosling, Oscars 2017 Winner Predictions, Oscars 2017 Predictions, Oscars 2017, Oscar award predictions, Oscar 2017, 89th academy awards, la la landOscars 2017 Winner Predictions: Ryan Gosling is nominated in the best actor category. (Source: Reuters)

The 89th Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Monday morning and just like every other year, this year too there is a tough competition for the top trophies. Even though 2016 was highly dominated by Superhero and fantasy flicks like Captain America: Civil War, Batman vs Superman, Deadpool, Doctor Strange and Fantastic Beasts, classics like La La Land and Manchester by the Sea made their presence felt getting love from both critics and viewers. Mel Gibson’s comeback indie film Hacksaw Ridge also earned a nomination in for the best film. So who’s going to win? And, who will suffer a heartbreak? Well, let’s
find out.

Out of the nine films nominated in the best picture category, La La Land is certainly the front-runner with 14 nominations to its name but Oscars are always full of surprises. Last year, Spotlight won just two awards and out of that one was for the best film and this year too, La La Land will face tough competition from Arrival, Manchester by the Sea, Hacksaw Ridge and Hell or High Water but Moonlight can also emerge as the dark horse.

In the best actor category, there is a direct competition between Ryan Gosling and Casey Affleck. Thet both were so brilliant in their respective roles that even Andrew Garfield was shocked to hear about his nomination. Veteran, Denzel Washington also earned a nomination this year for his brilliant performance in Fences. In the leading actress category Meryl Streep earned a record 21st Oscar nomination and if she goes on to win that trophy, you can expect a lot of Donald Trump remarks on stage. Her closest competition would be Emma Stone.

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Amongst the directors, there is a lot of buzz around Damien Chazelle for creating a magnificent world in the La La Land but Denis Villeneuve is also a strong contender for Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner starring sci-fi drama Arrival. Mel Gibson’s World War drama about a soldier who saves 75 men in Okinawa without firing a single bullet was also received well critically making him another contender for the best director of the year.

Here are the nominees in these categories:

Best Picture

Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Actor in a Leading Role

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Actress in a Leading Role

Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

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