So to go with my final predictions for Best Supporting Actor and Actress which I posted yesterday here are the remaining lead categories.
This is what Best Actress would look like if Viola Davis was put in lead, which she may be, for her powerful turn as the wronged house-wife Rose Maxson in “Fences.”
Emma Stone is leading the pack with her delicious turn as an aspiring actress for the ages in the tremendously popular valentine to today’s Hollywood in “La La Land.”
Then left to right, there’s Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in “Jackie,” the aforementioned Davis, six time nominee Amy Adams for “Arrival” and grand ole dame Meryl Streep playing a grand ole dame “Florence Foster Jenkins.”
But let’s not forget the formidable FrenchieIsabelle Huppert for the French language “Elle.” She’s won the Golden Globe, the LA Film Critics, and the New York Film Critics, a stats bustin’ trifecta of honors, so I think the academy will HAVE to include her. Who gets knocked out? Well, if Viola Davis stays in Supporting, Huppert is in. Otherwise it might be Amy Adams.
For best actor, there is virtually no contest. But here’s The Five. All nominated also for BAFTA except Denzel Washington, who was replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal for “Nocturnal Animals.” But without a doubt it’s Casey Affleck’s tortured parent in “Manchester by the Sea.”The other tag-alongs will be former Spider-Man Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge,” Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic” and Ryan Gosling in “La La Land.”
Best Picture I think will contain the surprise inclusion of BAFTA favorite, “Nocturnal Animals” which hasn’t been showing up state-side quite as strongly as it has been in Europe. There is a really large voting block of Brits in AMPAS we mustn’t forget.
And of course, there will be the favorite so far, “La La Land” which is the film that will get the most nominations maybe a historic 14!Then we have “Manchester by the Sea,” “Moonlight”, “Hidden Figures”, “Hell or HighWater”, “Hacksaw Ridge”, and hopefully “Jackie”. I don’t think “Fences” is going to make it.