Oscars 2017: Our Nomination Predictions

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Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards are just around the corner and predictions are running rampant. The Oscar race is on, with front-runners taking the lead and others in the mix shaking things up. Here’s how the eight major categories are shaping up, with the top contenders fighting for the five coveted slots (or, in the case of Best Picture, ten).

Emma Stone + Ryan Gosling in 'La La Land'
Emma Stone + Ryan Gosling in ‘La La Land’

BEST PICTURE

Front-Runners:
Arrival
Deadpool
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Loving
Manchester By The Sea
Moonlight
Sully

In The Mix:

20th Century Women
Captain Fantastic
Fences
The Founder
Hacksaw Ridge
Love & Friendship
Nocturnal Animals
Patriots Day
Silence

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Director Martin Scorsese + Andrew Garfield on the set of Silence
Director Martin Scorsese + Andrew Garfield on the set of ‘Silence’

BEST DIRECTOR

Front-Runners:
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
Garth Davis (Lion)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

In The Mix:

Clint Eastwood (Sully)
David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water)
Denzel Washington (Fences)
Jeff Nichols (Loving)
Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book)
Martin Scorsese (Silence)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
Peter Berg (Patriots Day)
Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures)
Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals)

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Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton in ‘Loving’

BEST ACTOR

Front-Runners:

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Denzel Washington (Fences)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals)
Joel Edgerton (Loving)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Tom Hanks (Sully)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

In The Mix:

Adam Driver (Paterson)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Chris Pine (Hell or High Water)
Mark Wahlberg (Patriots Day)
Michael Keaton (The Founder)
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)

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Isabelle Huppert in Elle
Isabelle Huppert in ‘Elle’

BEST ACTRESS

Front-Runners:

Amy Adams (Arrival)
Annette Bening (20th Century Women)
Emma Stone (La La Land)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures)

In The Mix:

Amy Adams (Nocturnal Animals)
Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train)
Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen)
Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane)
Kate Beckinsale (Love & Friendship)
Rebecca Hall (Christine)
Sally Field (Hello My Name Is Doris)

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Mahershala Ali in Moonlight
Mahershala Ali in ‘Moonlight’

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Front-Runners:

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals)
Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)
Dev Patel (Lion)
Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

In The Mix:

Jovan Adepo (Fences)
Kevin Costner (Hidden Figures)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)
Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences)

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Viola Davis in Fences
Viola Davis in ‘Fences’

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Front-Runners:

Margo Martindale (The Hollars)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Molly Shannon (Other People)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Viola Davis (Fences)

In The Mix:

Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women)
Helen Mirren (Eye in the Sky)
Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures)

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Dev Patel in ‘Lion’

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Front-Runners:

Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures)
August Wilson (Fences)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Eric Heisserer (Arrival)
Luke Davies (Lion)

In The Mix:

Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan (Hacksaw Ridge)
Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese (Silence)
Jeff Nichols (Loving)
Todd Komarnicki (Sully)
Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals)
Whit Stillman (Love & Friendship)

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Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic
Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Front-Runners:

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By The Sea)
Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic)
Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou (The Lobster)

In The Mix:

Jared Bush and Phil Johnson (Zootopia)
Jim Jarmusch (Paterson)
Mike Mills (20th Century Women)

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The Oscar nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
 
The 89th Academy Awards will be handed out on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

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