Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land swept away all the awards during the recently concluded Golden Globes. While it will most likely be among the nominees for Best Picture, La La Land still faces tough competition.
ExploreTalent is putting the spotlight on the top movies that are likely to go home with the Best Picture accolade during this year’s Academy Awards, which is to be held on February 28. Find out who made it to the list.
Oscar Predictions for Best Picture Award
1. La La Land
Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, J. K. Simmons
Chazelle made quite the name for himself with the indie feature Whiplash. It managed to rake in rave reviews from critics and went on to win several awards and recognition. Now Chazelle is back with La La Land, and this time, he is putting the focus on the glamour of Hollywood.
La La Land stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Both stars took home their respective awards during the Golden Globes, and they are often named the top contenders for the Best Actress and Best Actor category for the Academy Awards as well.
2. Manchester by the Sea
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Starring: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams
Not only is Manchester by the Sea a clear favorite for Best Picture, but its main star, Casey Affleck, is a strong contender for Best Actor as well. The movie centers around a brooding man who returns to the titular town following the death of his brother. His return opens old wounds for the people around him, and he tries desperately to escape the pain that has continued to follow him his whole life.
Director: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes
Thanks to successful festival screenings, the indie gem Moonlight received the recognition it truly deserved. The movie talks about a young man who is trying to grapple the pressure of living in a drug-filled Miami while coming to terms with his own sexuality. Aside from Best Picture, critics are predicting that Moonlight will rake in other nominations in Best Musical Score, Cinematography, and Support Role categories.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Drama films are not the only genres that can be nominated for Best Picture awards. Take Ex Machina, Gravity, and Avatar for example, the recognition these movies receive in major award shows marks a rise of sci-fi films.
Arrival happens to be one of the best movies of the year 2016, so there is a 100 percent chance that it will be nominated for Best Picture. It features a stunning performance by Amy Adams, who plays a linguist tasked to communicate with extraterrestrial beings that have settled on earth.
5. Hacksaw Ridge
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Teresa Palmer
After turbulent years outside the spotlight, Mel Gibson returns behind the camera to retell the story of American hero Desmond Doss. Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, is the only American soldier to fight in war without a weapon. The movie has already gotten three Golden Globe nominations, two SAG nominations, and rave reviews from critics.