Although overall a tough race, it seems largely narrowed down between Ryan Gosling of La La Land and Manchester by the Sea’s Casey Affleck.
Our predictions and further analysis are below:
Affleck has picked up at the BAFTAs and Golden Globes drama, while Gosling won at the Golden Globes comedy/musical. Albeit popular, I can’t see La La Land sweeping the Oscars like it did in the Golden Globes, and this is one category that I don’t expect to match. Affleck’s performance is the true basis of this film, both measured and minute while evoking strong reactions from audiences. Gosling is certainly a strong contender, helping to bring the musical genre to the forefront once again. Plus, his film has a strong Hollywood connection which could push the Academy in his court. Affleck was nominated previously in 2007 for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford while Gosling was nominated in 2006 for Half Nelson.
Viola Davis is almost locked to win her category of Supporting Actress for Washington directed Fences, and despite his grounded, moving performance he seems to be losing out to Affleck above. Especially after winning twice and getting 4 additional nominations in previous years. Other nominees include Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge and Viggo Mortensen for summer indie-comedy Captain Fantastic.
- Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
- Ryan Gosling – La La Land
- Denzel Washington – Fences
- Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
- Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
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