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She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in the romantic drama Monster's Ball (2001), which made her the only black woman to win a Best Actress Academy Award to date, as of 2017. "La La Land" awards total will be around six. He will be the first late night show host in around 10 years to take on emcee duties at the Oscars.

By "we", the U.S. actress meant Hollywood's African-American film artists - facing off with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - for the most part white.

Talk about playing to your base.

John Legend, who also appears in La La Land and took home his own Best Original Song Oscar in 2015 for Selma's "Glory", will perform "City of Stars" and "Audition (the Fools Who Dream)". This year's batch of nominees is as follows: "Arrival", "Fences", "Hacksaw Ridge", "Hell or High Water", "Hidden Figures", "La La Land", "Lion", "Manchester by the Sea" and "Moonlight". I personally prefer Affleck's quiet performance in "Manchester by the Sea", but some off-screen issues may have turned voters off of voting for him.

In supporting categories, the locks are Mahershala Ali of "Moonlight" and Viola Davis of "Fences".

It felt like an eternity for Leonardo DiCaprio who eventually won his first best actor award for The Revenant. It's also a technically impressive, lovely film that's about struggling artistry, which the Academy has repeatedly embraced (hence the recent Best Picture wins for The Artist and Birdman).

WHO WILL WIN: "La La Land". That would be good not only because Davis earned it for her stellar performance, but also because La La Land's nearly certain wins will make the Oscars far too white. again. Peck also snagged a nomination for Best Actor among the movie's other five nominations.

"Toni Erdmann" from Germany probably will win foreign language film, although "The Salesman" from Iran may triumph. I'm guessing "Suicide Squad" edges out "Star Trek Beyond", although it's really too close to reliably call. We expect that this one will be no different. And if "Jungle Book" doesn't take home best Visual Effects, it will be one of the biggest travesties in Oscar history.

The shorts are always hard to call. Still, my guesses here are "Ennemis Interieurs", "Piper" and "The White Helmets" to win the Live Action, Animated and Documentary Short categories. Personally, I'd vote for "The Lobster" (my favorite narrative film of the year) but Kenneth Lonergan's depiction of grief is worthy of an Oscar.

The rest of the night should belong to "La La Land", and as I ranked that as my number one film of the year, I won't have any issue with the film's many probable wins. Since their red carpet show begins at 1:30 pm ET and continues until the start of the Oscars themselves at 8 pm ET, you'll get a ton of comprehensive knowledge of just about everything Oscars related.

  • Salvatore Jensen