The 89th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films of 2016 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 26, 2017. During the ceremony, AMPAS will present Academy Awards in 24 categories. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel will host the ceremony for the first time.

For our live reaction podcast during the ceremony, podcast regulars; Jay, Beth and Coxy will be predicting 17 categories, with the winner no doubt winning a bottle of an alcoholic beverage of their choosing and title of Jump Scare, Oscar King/Queen.

Jay

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Naturally I have La La Land being the big winner on the night, picking up eight awards. But I feel the Academy will pull out a surprise in the Best Film category, with Barry Jenkins Moonlight picking up a win (either that or Denzel picking up Best Actor after his SAG award). I’ve gone for the standard, measured picks without really being too risky. I want to win the sweepstake!

Best Film – Moonlight
Best Actor – Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea 
Best Actress – Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Director – Damien Chazelle, La La Land 
Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis, Fences 
Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Best Foreign FilmToni Erdmann
Best Animated FilmKubo and the Two Strings
Best Original Screenplay – Damiel Chazelle, La La Land
Best Original Song – Audition (The Fools Who Dream), La La Land
Best Score – Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Best Adapted Screenplay – Moonlight
Best CinematographyLa La Land 
Best Film EditingHacksaw Ridge 
Best Visual EffectsJungle Book 
Best Production DesignLa La Land 
Best Sound MixingLa La Land
Best Documentary – 13th 

Beth

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I see this year’s Academy awards as being a one-horse-race and La La Land is the top breed this season. Although I think Manchester by the Sea is far more deserving for best film, I also want to win the sweep stake. La La Land is that bit of escapism the world wants right now.

Best Film – La La Land
Best Actor – Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea 
Best Actress – Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Director – Damien Chazelle, La La Land 
Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis, Fences 
Best Supporting Actor – Dev Patel, Lion
Best Foreign Film – The Salesman
Best Animated Film – Kubo and the Two Strings
Best Original Screenplay – Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Best Original Song – City of Stars, La La Land
Best Score – Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Best Adapted Screenplay – Moonlight
Best Cinematography – La La Land 
Best Film Editing – Hacksaw Ridge 
Best Visual Effects – Jungle Book 
Best Production Design – La La Land 
Best Sound Mixing – La La Land
Best Documentary – 13th 

Coxy

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La La Land leads the way in my Oscar predictions, picking up six awards. I have Natalie Portman narrowly beating Emma Stone to Best Actress denying La La Land a seventh award. Throughout the years we have had plenty of surprises (Sean Penn for Milk beating Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler in 2009) and my heart hopes Manchester By The Sea delivers a surprise to beat La La Land to Best Picture. However with this being about winning the sweepstake, my head rules over my heart, so I predict La La Land to win the big one.

Best FilmLa La Land
Best Actor – Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress – Natalie Portman, Jackie
Best Director – Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis, Fences
Best Supporting Actor – Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Best Foreign FilmToni Erdmann
Best Animated FilmMoana
Best Original Screenplay – Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea
Best Original Song – City Of Stars, La La Land
Best Score – Justin Jurwitz, La La Land
Best Adapted ScreenplayHidden Figures
Best CinematographyLa La Land
Best Film EditingHacksaw Ridge
Best Visual EffectsJungle Book
Best Production DesignLa La Land
Best Sound MixingLa La Land
Best Documentary13th

What are your predictions for this years Oscars? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. I don’t see many shocks this year, so I’ve gone with my head over my heart on a couple of these. Personally I’d love Isabelle Hupert to win best actress but it ain’t gonna happen. Toni Erdmann would be my personal choice for best foreign language film but I think there’s a groundswell for the also-excellent The Salesman. My picks:

    Best Film – La La Land
    Best Actor – Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
    Best Actress – Emma Stone, La La Land
    Best Director – Damien Chazelle, La La Land
    Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis, Fences
    Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
    Best Foreign Film – The Salwsman
    Best Animated Film – Zootropolis
    Best Original Screenplay – Manchester By The Sea
    Best Original Song – City of Stars, La La Land
    Best Score – Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
    Best Adapted Screenplay – Moonlight
    Best Cinematography – La La Land
    Best Film Editing – La La Land
    Best Visual Effects – Jungle Book
    Best Production Design – La La Land
    Best Sound Mixing – La La Land

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    • Most people are predicting La La Land to do the sweep, which it undoubtedly will. I feel this is one of the stronger Academy Awards from the past few years though, so let’s hope there’s one or two shocks! Make sure you keep an eye on our Twitter page so we can engage with you during the ceremony

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