La La Land Has Two Chances for Best Original Song Oscar

It's front-runner status has led to some backlash, and there is still that lack of a best ensemble nod from the Screen Actors Guild ("Braveheart" is the only film to win best picture without a SAG ensemble nomination).

In an observable attempt to become culturally relevant in the wake of last year's embarrassing and controversial ceremony (none of the 20 major nominations were for persons of color, prompting multiple celebrity boycotts), the Academy has chosen to recognize artistic contributions of a much broader and well-deserving group.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali is the front-runner for his portrayal of a drug dealer with a kind side in Moonlight.

Bridges already has an Oscar, so he's a long shot at best.

And, as The Hollywood Reporter previously reported, Bonnie and Clyde stars Warren Beatty will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film's release by co-presenting the best picture Oscar. PST Sunday on ABC, followed by the awards ceremony at 5 p.m. It primarily involves defacing Matt Damon's seating card and plotting ways to keep Damon from winning as a producer for the drama "Manchester by the Sea". Clinton supporters were found to be more likely than Trump backers to have seen this year's Oscar crop, such as Arrival (31% Clinton-ites vs. 28 percent Trump-ers) and Manchester by the Sea (22 percent vs. 19 percent). As a result, the nominations in the acting categories has gone from zero people of color being nominated last year to a record setting seven this year in the four acting categories.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - "Moonlight" is as delicate a piece of writing as I can imagine in a screenplay.

Expect Manchester by the Sea to narrowly beat La La Land for Best Original Screenplay as its lone award of the night.

The video mentions that La La Land is the heavy favorite to win Best Picture this year while a movie like Moonlight will get left in the dust, presumably because of this preferential ballot system. While my heart is set on "Moonlight", I wouldn't be mad at all if this lovely, inventive musical took home the ultimate prize.

"La La Land" has danced and sung its way into the hearts of several people with a Los Angeles love story expected to win big at the Oscars this year. That will bring the "La La Land" total to a dominating nine awards out of 14 nominations.

Best Foreign Language Film - Ever since "Elle" unexpectedly didn't make the cut, the offbeat German film "Toni Erdmann" was seen as the frontrunner. "Toni Erdmann", the nearly-three-hour German comedy/drama was immediately the frontrunner. This is really a documentary miniseries for TV. 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.

Best animated feature: "Kubo and the Two Strings"; "Moana"; "My Life as a Zucchini"; "The Red Turtle"; "Zootopia".

A cynical dissection of "Moonlight" claims that the film has checked all the boxes needed to win an Oscar because it's based on a coming-of-age play with a main character who is a minority, gay and broke.

  • Salvatore Jensen