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BuzzHub’s 2017 Oscar Predictions (Updated with Winners)

The 2017 Academy Awards take place in Hollywood next Sunday, so it’s time for our annual predictions in every category. Who will win, who could win, who should win and who was snubbed for each award? Read our choices now…

Best Picture

Biggest Snub: I, Daniel Blake

Should Win: La La Land

Could Win: La La Land

Will Win: Moonlight

Did Win: Moonlight


This is our riskiest bet. La La Land, as beloved as it is, has received some unfortunate backlash from those who deem its portrayal of jazz culture ‘culturally sanitised’. Moonlight, meanwhile, is a very resonant film for our troubled political times, and the Academy may determine it’s more worthy of recognition in the top category.

Best Director

Biggest Snub: Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book)

Should Win: Damien Chazelle

Could Win: Barry Jenkins

Will Win: Damien Chazelle

Did Win: Damien Chazelle


Whatever happens with Best Picture, Chazelle is guaranteed this prize. La La Land is, simply, the best-directed film of the last few years.

Best Actor

Biggest Snub: Adam Driver (Paterson)

Should Win: Ryan Gosling

Could Win: Casey Affleck

Will Win: Denzel Washington

Did Win: Casey Affleck


This is a very tough call, but Washington has recently been winning where it matters: at the SAGs etc. Affleck’s performance has more substance, but the opportunity to award Washington his third Oscar for an excellent drama that he also directed may be too much for Academy members to pass up.

Best Actress

Biggest Snub: Amy Adams (Arrival)

Should Win: Emma Stone

Could Win: Natalie Portman

Will Win: Emma Stone

Did Win: Emma Stone


Portman was initially the frontrunner, but Jackie– quite a cold film- has failed to win much love from voters. Stone is spectacular in La La Land, and will justly win.

Best Supporting Actor

Biggest Snub: Trevante Rhodes/André Holland/Ashton Sanders/Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight) 

Should Win: Mahershala Ali

Could Win: Dev Patel

Will Win: Mahershala Ali

Did Win: Mahershala Ali


Moonlight is an extraordinary showcase of understated, heartbreaking male performances. This entire category could easily be filled with its actors. Ali, the ‘chosen one’, is the undeniable frontrunner.

Best Supporting Actress

Biggest Snub: Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake)

Should Win: Naomie Harris

Could Win: Michelle Williams

Will Win: Viola Davis

Did Win: Viola Davis


Whether or not Denzel succeeds in his category, Fences will undoubtedly be recognised with a win for Viola Davis, finally receiving her dues after an absurd snub for The Help in 2012.

Best Original Screenplay

Biggest Snub: Paterson

Should Win: La La Land

Could Win: La La Land

Will Win: Manchester by the Sea

Did Win: Manchester by the Sea


If Affleck is snubbed for Actor, this could become a token prize for Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Biggest Snub: Snowden

Should Win: Moonlight

Could Win: Hidden Figures

Will Win: Moonlight

Did Win: Moonlight


Without this category, Hidden Figures will go unrecognised on the night, and it hence has a reasonable chance at stealing Barry Jenkins’ award.

Best Original Score

Biggest Snub: Arrival (deemed ineligible)

Should Win: La La Land

Could Win: N/A

Will Win: La La Land

Did Win: La La Land


This is the single safest bet of the whole ceremony. None of the other (uniformly-excellent) four nominees can defeat the might of Justin Hurwitz’s triumphant achievement.

Best Original Song

Biggest Snub: “I’m So Humble” (from Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping)

Should Win: “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” (from La La Land)

Could Win: “Audition (The Fools Who Dream” (from La La Land)

Will Win: “City of Stars” (from La La Land)

Did Win: “City of Stars” (from La La Land)


In a nightmare scenario, “Audition” and “City of Stars” split the La La Land vote and something rubbish wins instead. These are not the best songs in La La Land, but they are certainly the most Oscar-friendly. John Legend will perform both on the night..


Biggest Snub: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Should Win: Moonlight/La La Land

Could Win: Moonlight

Will Win: La La Land

Did Win: La La Land


Film Editing

Biggest Snubs: Snowden/Patriots Day

Should Win: Arrival

Could Win: Arrival

Will Win: La La Land

Did Win: Hacksaw Ridge


Production Design

Biggest Snub: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Should Win: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Could Win: Arrival

Will Win: La La Land

Did Win: La La Land


Costume Design

Biggest Snub: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Should Win: La La Land

Could Win: Jackie

Will Win: La La Land

Did Win: Fantastic Beasts


Makeup and Hairstyling

Biggest Snub: Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

Should Win: Star Trek Beyond

Could Win: Suicide Squad

Will Win: Star Trek Beyond

Did Win: Suicide Squad


Sound Editing

Biggest Snub: Patriots Day

Should Win: Arrival

Could Win: La La Land

Will Win: Hacksaw Ridge

Did Win: Arrival


Sound Mixing

Biggest Snub: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Should Win: La La Land

Could Win: Hacksaw Ridge

Will Win: La La Land

Did Win: Hacksaw Ridge


Documentary Feature

Should Win: 13th

Will Win: 13th

Did Win: OJ Made in America


Foreign Language Film

Should Win: Toni Erdmann

Will Win: Toni Erdmann

Did Win: The Salesman


As for Documentary Short, Live-Action Short and Animated Short… you’ll have to make up your own mind, as we haven’t seen the nominated films.

So, those are our predictions for the 2017 Academy Awards. Agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check back next week for full coverage of the ceremony itself, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday night.

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Lucien writes on film, television and politics at and co-hosts the podcasts Above All Else and The 99%.

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