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Like Bridges, he takes a role that could have been a stereotype and makes it into something much more complex. He was nominated for an Academy Award, but he did not win. Of course, it turned out not to be that big of a contest as the La La Land train has been rolling since September and thus far, nothing's knocked it off its perch. If anything does have a chance at upsetting "La La Land", my money would be on "Hidden Figures". And despite being a favorite, there are two things going against them, one is the potential vote split that might occur with supporters unsure of which song to honor, leaving the door open for another song to emerge. It's a movie about the movies. He talked with the AP about his preparations, his pre-show rituals and what role politics might play that night. But I think I will be going with La La Land. With "La La Land" Damien Chazelle showed that "Whiplash" was no fluke.

Following last year's diversity controversy, everyone wants to know who is responsible for picking the winners.

It should be a huge night for "La La Land" during Sunday's Academy Awards - the culmination of a dominant awards season that has seen the Damian Chazelle musical take a stranglehold over nearly every awards show.

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, "Manchester By The Sea". Of course, each must also square off against two-time Oscar victor and "Fences" lead and director Denzel Washington, whose adaptation of famed playwright August Wilson's stage production was up for four awards. While still the front-runner, it wouldn't be surprising to see Denzel Washington take home the award for "Fences".

Dev Patel picked up a Bafta for Lion, but he had home advantage at the UK's premiere film awards - plus it is a slightly unusual nomination, given that in most people's mind, Patel is playing the leading role (albeit he shares it with a child actor in the early stages). Given the buzz around La La Land, which is up for a whopping 14 nominations, Emma Stone is the favourite to win. Natalie Portman was expected to be her major competition for her exquisite performance as Jacqueline Kennedy in "Jackie".

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

Viola Davis is magnificent in "Fences" and should be in the lead actress category, but she put herself here to assure a win.

So what are Jackson's picks of the 2017 Oscars crop? 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). The screenplay is the weakest element in "La La Land". "Manchester by the Sea" is a gem but a hard-to-watch one.

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Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney for "Moonlight".

The La La Land epidemic persists in this category, too.

Here is what/ who I think (in my humble opinion) should win and what/ who will win in some of the bigger categories. Will Anna Kendrick and Gwen Stefani, who co-star in both the film and the song's music video, show up?

And while most of the awards appear to be "La La Land"'s to lose, don't count out of some of the dark horses!

Foreign Language: "Toni Erdmann".

This year's ceremony has already seen its fair share of records and firsts with its impressive list of Oscar nominations - and, believe it or not, more records could be set come Sunday night. But this year is different. One held a sign with Trump's signature slogan, "Make America Great Again", while another sign asked motorists to honk if they supported Trump. This is really a documentary miniseries for TV.

Jimmy Kimmel's job is to try and make this almost four-hour-long celebration of movies bearable for those in attendance, and those watching at home.

Best Animated Feature Film - Inexplicably, "Finding Dory" was not nominated. In a close Oscar race, never, ever go against the box office.


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