Our predictions for Sunday’s Oscar broadcast

Before we can finally stop arguing with one another about whether La La Land is good or not or if Moonlight is “implausible” (it’s not) and look ahead to what 2017 will offer, the Oscars will serve as one last hurrah for the endless cycle of predictions, debates, and endless complaints about all the movies that were included and omitted.

But before the arrival of the glitz, glamour and golden statues mark the biggest night of awards season, IBTimes UK attempts to predict who will win big on the night in certain categories.

Barry Jenkins did a masterful job of telling “Moonlight’s” story, and he made one of the best films of 2016. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose movie The Salesman is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, is refusing to attend following President Donald Trump’s travel ban for citizens from Muslim-majority nations.

It’s not exactly going out on a limb to predict that the Oscar telecast will be overlong.

Writing for The Conversation, he said: “The Oscars are chosen by more than 6,000 voting members of the 17 branches of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences”.

When all is said and done, this is really the thing people like to talk about the most following the Oscars.

Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) in “La La Land”.

I’d love to see Jeff Bridges win for “Hell or High Water”.

“Similarly, Mahershala Ali for Supporting Actor in Moonlight, and Viola Davis for Supporting Actress in Fences look to have every reason to feel confident”.

But given it’s only up for three Oscars in total (Picture, plus Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer), it would be a major upset if it won the top prize. It primarily involves defacing Matt Damon’s seating card and plotting ways to keep Damon from winning as a producer for the drama “Manchester by the Sea”. One of the more memorable moments occurred in 1978 when Vanessa Redgrave won best supporting actress for “Julia” and used her acceptance speech to condemn the “Zionist hoodlums” that had been campaigning against her because of her pro-Palestinian views. But there are some tight races to be found elsewhere, so below I run down my picks for who’s going to win every category while also offering up who could win, should win, and should have been nominated. Given both it’s critical acclaim and box office success; expect it to get the most attention on the broadcast as well as be the big victor.

BEST DIRECTOR: La La Land’s Damien Chazelle seems set to win this one, too.

And, as The Hollywood Reporter previously reported, Bonnie and Clyde stars Warren Beatty will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film’s release by co-presenting the best picture Oscar. And anyone who thinks they know what pictures will win the three short film categories is kidding themselves – there are no boxes and wheels in Oscar betting, so any guess is a good play.

And Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Sky News she will not condemn stars who use the Oscars platform to make political points.

Samuel L Jackson's not a fan of La La Land: 'I only made it through 20 minutes'

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