Oscar predictions 2017: Who should (and will) win at the Academy Awards

Even though there is only one real victor on Oscar night - whoever takes Best Picture - voters often like to spread the wealth. Hidden Figures is up for four gongs.

Gold Derby, a site that collates the awards predictions of experts and members of the public, has "La La Land" as a clear favorite in 10 categories, including best film, director, actress, score and song.

Best Original Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan for "Manchester by the Sea".

If there's one category La La should be on alert for, it's Best Song where it has two songs up for the prize "City of Stars" and "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)". To have a successful Oscars bash, you don't need much. Both have won their fair share of awards in the run-up to the Oscars and each of them wrote the movies that they directed, which The Academy holds in high regard. For the Grammys this means we have to wait all night to watch Beyoncé lose to Adele, and for the Oscars this means that Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress all round out the last hour when the world is too wine-drunk to care anymore. While I don't think talent should be judged on the notoriety of the film, it is hard for me to give a top award to an actor who was seen by a relative handful of people. The American filmmaker will be just 32 years and 38 days old on the evening of the 89th Oscar's ceremony, making him 242 days younger than Norman Taurog, the current record-holder with a 1931 win for Skippy. While Trump is sure to get some ribbing, there's so much more for Jimmy to poke fun at.

Q6. How many Oscars will La La Land win?

You're wrong. Each and every one of you. From the makeup trends that will develop from stars' looks to the gorgeous gowns, I would make the argument that it's the real show. Fun fact: The Academy Awards still officially have an exclusive category for Musicals, but not enough films have qualified for the category to come back. since 1984.

How many awards is it actually likely to win? .

Well you can bank on La La Land, but who else?

It's a fitting venue to view the Oscars - numerous movies nominated in major categories have played at the art-house film venue this year, including "Moonlight", "Fences", "Hell or High Water", "Lion", "Manchester By the Sea", "Jackie", "Elle", "Loving", "Florence Foster Jenkins" and "Captain Fantastic", as well as best foreign language film nominees "Toni Erdmann" and "A Man Called Ove".

Axford has gotten some television talk show time the last two years to discuss his picks, but other than giving a few interviews, this year he says he's just going to post his picks on Facebook and social media "and we'll see how that goes". Who will win? Who will lose? The White Helmets is the big challenger but with Joe's Violin also in the mix, it's a decision as to whether to back the shorty or take the risk on a less likely victor with a tempting multiplier.

Compare that set list to West Side Story, the 1961 best picture victor.

  • Salvatore Jensen