Wins That Could Make History at the Oscars This Sunday

However, in recent years it seems that the Oscars voting process has favored movies that are less bold than some of the nominees they're up against, and there's a logical explanation as to why that's been happening.

"It was hard movie to get financed, and there's always that question about who is the audience", Chazelle said.

While La La Land is the firm favourite to be named this year's Best Picture, it has stiff competition from Moonlight, which is closing in at 11/2.

Millions of viewers around the world will tune in for Tinseltown's biggest night, with Damien Chazelle's romantic musical pinning its hopes on 14 nominations, tied with "Titanic" (1997) and "All About Eve" (1950) for the most ever. It was my pick last year for the best picture and was the most fun I had in a theater all year. Next Sunday, Jimmy Kimmel hosts the annual celebration of film.

"I think what makes up a good movie is the story behind it", Leady said.

So why is this film winning over the Academy's voters?

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of Broadway's Hamilton, will perform Moana's Oscar-nominated song "How Far I'll Go" from Disney's Moana, which he wrote.

I will cover my opinions on all of the acting categories, as well as directing and best picture. After all, it would be kind of a travesty if you missed Emma Stone's stunning gown, Chrissy Teigen's red carpet charm, or the gorgeous and talented cast of Hidden Figures.

For the first time in many years, seven actors of colour have been nominated for Oscars in 2017, spanning each of the acting categories. Paddy Power now has Casey Affleck as the favorite to win Best Actor (4-to-7), Emma Stone for Best Actress (1-to-6), Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor (1-to-10) and Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress (with a whopping 1-to-50).

Mahershala Ali from "Moonlight" is the favorite and probably my second choice.

Two awards La La Land can expect to lose are likely to go to Manchester by the Sea, for Kenneth Lonergan's original screenplay and Casey Affleck's lead performance.

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For more on La La Land, read this article from the latest print issue of Fortune on the film's visual effects studio.

We took a look at every 2017 best picture nominee's budget and compared it to its domestic box-office gross, based on numbers from Box Office Mojo.

And then there are those who say the other nominees, though long shots, could sneak in and grab best picture.

It all started previous year with a passionate video appeal on Facebook on January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr.

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