Monday, February 27, 2017

Oscar Fail

I amuse myself each year by filling in an Oscar ballot to try and guess who might win the Academy Awards. This year the Academy handed out 30 Oscars. Here are my guesses for each category:

Best Picture: La La Land (actual winner: Moonlight, after some confusion)
Best Director: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (actual winner: Damien Chazelle, La La Land)
Foreign Language Film: The Salesman (CORRECT)
Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Stone, La La Land (CORRECT)
Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea (CORRECT)
Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (CORRECT)
Actress in a Supporting Role: Viola Davis, Fences (CORRECT)
Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea (CORRECT)
Adapted Screenplay: Hidden Figures (actual winner: Moonlight)
Animated Feature: Kubo and the Two Strings (actual winner: Zootopia)
Film Editing: La La Land (actual winner: Hacksaw Ridge)
Sound Editing: La La Land (actual winner: Arrival)
Sound Mixing: La La Land (actual winner: Hacksaw Ridge)
Visual Effects: The Jungle Book (CORRECT)
Short Film, Animated: Blind Vaysha (actual winner: Piper)
Short Film, Live Action: Timecode (actual winner: Sing)
Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made in America (CORRECT)
Documentary Short Subject: Joe's Violin (actual winner: The White Helmets)
Original Score: La La Land (CORRECT)
Original Song: "City of Stars" (CORRECT)
Production Design: La La Land (CORRECT)
Makeup: Star Trek Beyond (actual winner: Suicide Squad)
Cinematography: La La Land (CORRECT)
Costume Design: La La Land (actual winner: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)

That's 12 correct guesses out of 30, or a miserable 40 percent, my worst score in quite some time.

As for the show itself, Jimmy Kimmel did a great job, and I hope he returns. I was happy to see the continuation of his long-running rivalry with Matt Damon, and I'm a little surprised that he didn't blame the Best Picture mixup on Matt. That would have been something to see...

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