For those that want to see celebrities vent their frustration at the Trump administration on Sunday night, then you will have ample opportunity to bask for the 2017 edition of the Academy Awards. Given the unprecedented nature of the world of politics and the ever changing movie industry, the two will surely collide as Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech will only act as a precursor to more of the same.
But the people at Screen Junkies have given us something to laugh about. Particularly when it comes down to the shortlist for Best Picture. Pitting Arrival against Fences, La La Land, Moonlight, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Manchester by the Sea, Lion and Hidden Figures, the Oscars offers up another serve of movies we probably should have watched, but have promised ourselves that we'll get around to it.
La La Land To Laugh All The Way To The Bank
The prediction game seemed to die a death when Donald Trump ascended to the presidency last year. But when it comes to awards shows there is actually some method to the madness. With a gala of other golden trophies being handed out in the lead up to the big night, judges and pundits have collated and cross-checked their respective information to formulate who they think will take out the big prizes.
Given all that, La La Land is the hot tip to win on a number of categories. Proving once more that Hollywood loves nothing more than a film celebrating themselves. From Best Picture to Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Emma Stone, Best Cinematography, Film Editing, Music Score, Best Song for "City of Stars," Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing, the judges at CNN foresee a busy night for all involved in the musical.
Fans Still Scratching Their Head Over Suicide Squad Nod
The backlash was swift and unrelenting on the Academy, seeing the DC flop Suicide Squad nominated on the night of night's for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. They might only be in the minor categories, yet the snub of genuinely successful superhero titles like Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War are perplexing from those outside the inner sanctum of the Hollywood elites.
Considering what has come before in this genre, given the masterpiece of the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight franchise to the remarkable success of Marvel, somehow the aesthetic of Jared Leto and Margot Robbie could be Oscar worthy. We give up!