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Most Anticipated Films of 2017

"Word from Sundance is that "Call Me By Your Name" is ravishing. I doubt it will be an Oscar contender, but we'll see." -Raul

"Bigelow is No 1 for me. Her last two films are brilliant works. And the Gloria Grahame bio with The Bening is way up there." - Brookesboy


Pablo Larraín (Jackie)
Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane)
Gael García Bernal (Neruda)
Billy Crudup (20th Century Women)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival



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89th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2016 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

 discuss on the blog

January 18th Final Predictions

ORIGINAL SCORE - a very difficult category to predict because the Oscar's music branch is the most insular of all branches (based on how few "first time nominees" they regularly honor - usually no more than 1 a year) and yet most of the buzzy scores this year were from never-before-nominated composers. Throwing my hands up and just saying...


Tier 1 - Predicted 5


La La Land
Justin Hurwitz
(never nom'ed)

The one to beat. IF it gets nominated though surely it will

Critics Choice Nom,  Globe Nom 

Florence Foster Jenkins
Alexandre Desplat (8 noms | 1 win)

The new John Williams destined to be in the mix each year?


John Williams
(50 noms | 5 wins)

For the past 45 years or so if he was eligible they've nominated him

Volker Bertlemann & Dustin O'Halloran 
(never nominated)

My guess for the second "never nominated" composer that gets in.

Critics Choice Nom,  Globe Nom 

Kubo and the Two Strings
Dario Marianelli
(3 noms | 1 win)

Laika's gorgeous feature wasn't a blockbuster with audiences but the buzz is still strong and Marianelli is always a great listen




Tier 2 - Potential Spoilers

Rogue One
Michael Giacchino
2 noms | 1 win

They like Star Wars films in this category but they've always been by Williams in the past


Nicolas Britell

 Fine score but will the music branch resist the new players?


Critics Choice NomGlobe Nom 




Mica Levy
(never nominated)


 Fine score but will the music branch resist the new players?


Critics Choice Nom


Nocturnal Animals
Abel Korzeniowki

 Fine score but will the music branch resist the new players?


Marc Macina

Fine score but will the music branch resist the new players?

Tier 3 Longer Shots

Jungle Book Debney (1 nom)
Light Btwn Oceans
Desplat (8 noms | 1 win)
Newman (13 noms)
Iglesias (3 nominations)
Birth of a Nation
Jackman (never nom'ed)
Zootopia Giacchino
Doctor Strange Giacchino
The Founder Carter Burwell (1 nom)
Allied Alan Silvestri (3 noms)
Fantastic Beasts and... James Newton Howard (8 noms)
The Handmaiden Jo Yeong-wook
Hell or High Water Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Hidden Figures Pharrell Wiliams & Benjamin Wallfish  Globe Nom 

Arrival Critics Choice Nom,  Globe Nom




ORIGINAL SONG - The list of official contenders list (91 in total) is now available. 

Tier 1 - Predicted 5
Nothing in this category is ever safe with gigantic snubs for frontrunning songs in the past. But the La La Land songs are both looking strong.

La La Land

"City of Stars"


Critics Choice Nom

La La Land



Critics Choice Nom,  Globe Nom 


"How Far I'll Go"

Critics Choice Nom,  Globe Nom



Sing Street
"Drive it Like You Stole It"

Critics Choice Nom

  Miss Sharon Jones
"I'm Still Here"

Tier 2 - Also Getting Attention


"Cant Fight This Feeling" by Justin Timberlake

Critics Choice Nom,  Globe Nom 

Rules Don't Apply
"Rules Don't Apply" 

Critics Choice Nom

 Jim: The James Foley Story
"Empty Chair"
"Dancing With Your Shadow"


"Try Everything"


Tier 3 - Longer Shots

Gold "Gold" Globe Nom 
Sing "Faith" Globe Nom 
Jim: The James Foley Story "Empty Chair" 
Lion "Never Give Up"  
Snowden "The Veil" 
13th "Letter to the Free
Queen of Katwe "Back to Life"
Hidden Figures "Running" or "I See a Victory"
Audrie & Daisy "Flicker"
Sausage Party "The Great Beyond"





Tier 1 - Predicted 5


La La Land


Hacksaw Ridge


 Deepwater Horizon
Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong
Rogue One

 Doctor Strange

 Hell or High Water

 Jungle Book

 Fantastic Beasts



Other Titles of Interest

Moana, Kubo and the Two Strings, Passengers, Patriot's Day, Captain America: Civil War, Allied, 13 Hours, and Zootopia



Tier 1 - Predicted 5


Hacksaw Ridge


 Deepwater Horizon


Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong

 Doctor Strange
 La La Land Rogue One
 Jungle Book
 Captain America: Civil War


Other Titles of Interest...

Passengers, Live by Night, Hell or High Water, Patriot's Day, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Allied, Jason Bourne, and Zootopia