This is it: the last award. The show is tomorrow where we’ll finally know what the academy has been thinking, but first, we have to make one.final.prediction. This is the big one, that everyone in film wants to win and every award show lover wants to have seen.
This year has a great list of directors who have never won in this category before, which should make this a very interesting fight. However, Denzel Washington who has been nominated elsewhere missed out on this coveted list for his directorial debut with Fences.
When the Oscar nominations first got announced, one of my biggest griping points was this category. How did Amy Adams not get nominated, but Meryl Streep added to her already impressive list for Florence Foster Jenkins? For starters, no one is talking about FFJ and as a much more important point, Amy Adams is the sole lead of this movie. She carries Arrival with a very finely tuned, subtly emotional, strong performance and I can’t imagine it would have been nominated for even half of its 8 Oscar nominations if not for her incredible performance.
However, with that major problem out of the way – let’s talk who was nominated! Our predictions and analysis are below:
Viola Davis seems locked to win here for her stunning, emotional performance in Fences after Paramount removed her from the very tough lead actress category and put her to supporting instead. But there are a few other great performances this season that are nominated, as well.
Film editing is a post production process focused on how each shot in a film is cut together to create the scenes. This is important to create a cohesive final product and provide the pacing the script and director desires for the film. Furthermore, the actor’s performance can be dictated by the choice of shots used and how they are put together which can make or break a performance.
Cinematography is an important part of creating a film. Cinematographers are the people behind the lens, and they need to have a vision or idea of what the movie needs to look like. In connection with the director they’re deciding how to frame each shot, how to use their lighting to produce the right feeling in audiences, and most importantly, they need to create meaning in the images they’re taking.
This year’s documentaries have a strong racial focus, as frontrunners OJ: Made in America and 13th, as well as I am Not Your Negro all take on different parts of black consciousness in America. Unless the Academy rejects OJ‘s roots as a TV five part series, this should win handily after picking up the majority of awards so far this season.
Other nominees are Fire at Sea and Life, Animated. Fire at Sea looks at a Greecian island’s experience as Syrian refugees come to their shores – but it barely interacts with those refugees. Finally Life, Animated looks to one family using Disney movies to help their autistic son.
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We have a strong animated category this year, including 2 Disney nominations in Zootopia and Moana alongside Studio Ghibli’s co-produced The Red Turtle. There are also two stop-motion animated picks from Kubo and the Two Strings, which picked up the statuette at the BAFTAs against both of Disney’s picks, and My Life as a Zucchini.