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Oscar Rankings

The Biggest Night in Film is here! Because I'm such a fan of movies, I've gone through the Oscar categories and determined the order in which I would prefer a win. These aren't predictions by any means, in fact some are very unlikely, and I've even included the films I think were snubbed in particular categories (and I know in some categories I have more snubs than is allowed, but I just wanted to bring attention to achievements I think were worth recognition). This is just a fun, idealized version of how I wish the night would turn out. The bold typeface denotes my choice of winner (it may not even be one of the nominees), and red denotes a film I can't comment on because I haven't seen. Sorry documentaries!

Best Visual Effects:
1. Doctor Strange – Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli, and Paul Corbould
2. Kubo and the Two Strings – Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, and Brad Schiff
3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, and Neil Corbould
Snub: Star Trek Beyond
Snub: Captain America: Civil War
4. The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon
5. Deepwater Horizon – Craig Hammeck, Jason Snell, Jason Billington, and Burt Dalton

Best Film Editing:
1. Moonlight – Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon
2. La La Land – Tom Cross
Snub: Lion - Alexandre de Franceshi
3. Arrival – Joe Walker
Snub: Sing Street -Andrew Marcus, Julian Ulrichs
4. Hell or High Water – Jake Roberts
5. Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert

Best Costume Design:
1. Allied – Joanna Johnston
Snub: The Nice Guys -Kym Barrett
2. La La Land – Mary Zophres
3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood
Snub: Silence -Dante Ferretti
4. Jackie – Madeline Fontaine
Snub: Live by Night -Jacqueline West
5. Florence Foster Jenkins – Consolata Boyle

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
1. Suicide Squad – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson
2. Star Trek Beyond – Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
3. A Man Called Ove – Eva von Bahr and Love Larson

Best Cinematography:
1. Silence – Rodrigo Prieto
2. La La Land – Linus Sandgren
3. Moonlight – James Laxton
Snub: Hell or High Water -Giles Nuttgens
Snub: The Light Between Oceans -Adam Arkapaw
4. Arrival – Bradford Young
Snub: The Magnificent Seven -Mauro Fiore
5. Lion – Greig Fraser

Best Production Design:
1. La La Land – David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock
3. Hail, Caesar! – Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh
4. Passengers – Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serdena
Snub: Sing Street -Alan MacDonald
5. Arrival – Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte

Best Sound Mixing:
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson
Snub: Silence
2. Arrival – Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
3. La La Land – Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee, and Steve A. Morrow
4. Hacksaw Ridge – Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace
5. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, and Mac Ruth

Best Sound Editing:
Snub: Silence
1. Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare
2. Hacksaw Ridge – Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
3. La La Land – Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
4. Sully – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
5. Deepwater Horizon – Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
Best Original Song:
1. "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" from La La Land – Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
2. "City of Stars" from La La Land – Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
3. "How Far I'll Go" from Moana – Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Snub: “Drive It Like You Stole It” from Sing Street -Music and Lyric by Gary Clark
Snub: “Another Day of Sun” from La La Land – Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Snub: “Someone in the Crowd” from La La Land – Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
4. "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from Trolls – Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, and Karl Johan Schuster (Shellback)
5. "The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story – Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

Best Original Score:
1. La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
2. Lion – Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka
3. Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
Snub: Kubo and the Two Strings -Dario Marianelli
4. Passengers – Thomas Newman
Snub: The Magnificent Seven -James Horner (posthumous nomination)
5. Jackie – Mica Levi

Best Animated Short Film:
1. Borrowed Time – Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
2. Blind Vaysha – Theodore Ushev
3. Pearl – Patrick Osborne
4. Piper – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer
5. Pear Cider and Cigarettes – Robert Valley and Cara Speller

Best Live-Action Short Film:
1. Ennemis intérieurs – Sélim Azzazi
2. La Femme et le TGV – Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
3. Silent Nights – Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
4. Sing – Kristóf Deák and Anna Udvardy
5. Timecode – Juanjo Giménez

Best Documentary Short Subject:
1. Extremis – Dan Krauss
2. 4.1 Miles – Daphne Matziaraki
3. Joe's Violin – Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
4. Watani: My Homeland – Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
5. The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Best Documentary Feature:
1. Fire at Sea – Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
2. I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety, and Hébert Peck
3. Life, Animated – Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
4. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
5. 13th – Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick, and Howard Barish

Best Foreign Language Film:
Snub: Long Way North (France-Denmark) in French -Remi Chaye
Snub: Your Name (Japan) in Japanese -Makoto Shinkai
Snub: Elle (France) in French -Paul Verhoeven
1. Land of Mine (Denmark) in Danish – Martin Zandvliet
2. A Man Called Ove (Sweden) in Swedish – Hannes Holm
3. The Salesman (Iran) in Persian – Asghar Farhadi
4. Tanna (Australia) in Nauvhal – Martin Butler and Bentley Dean
5. Toni Erdmann (Germany) in German – Maren Ade

Best Animated Film:
1. Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
Snub: Kung Fu Panda 3 -Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni
2. The Red Turtle – Michaël Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
3. Moana – John Musker, Ron Clements, and Osnat Shurer
Snub: Long Way North -Remi Chaye
4. Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Clark Spencer
5. My Life as a Zucchini – Claude Barras and Max Karli

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney from In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Snub: Silence -Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese from Silence by Shusaku Endo
2. Lion – Luke Davies from A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley and Larry Buttrose
Snub: Deadpool -Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick from Deadpool by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld
3. Arrival – Eric Heisserer from "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang
4. Fences – August Wilson from Fences by August Wilson (posthumous nomination)
5. Hidden Figures –Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi from Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Best Original Screenplay:
Snub: Don’t Think Twice -Mike Birbiglia
1. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
Snub: The Nice Guys -Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi
2. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
Snub: The Edge of Seventeen -Kelly Fremon Craig
3. Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
4. 20th Century Women – Mike Mills
5. The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Viola Davis – Fences as Rose Maxson
2. Naomie Harris – Moonlight as Paula
3. Nicole Kidman – Lion as Sue Brierley
4. Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea as Randi
Snub: Gillian Jacobs -Don’t Think Twice as Samantha
5. Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures as Dorothy Vaughan

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Mahershala Ali – Moonlight as Juan
2. Dev Patel – Lion as Saroo Brierley
3. Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea as Patrick Chandler
Snub: Yosuke Kubozuka -Silence as Kichijiro
Snub: Liam Neeson -Silence as Father Cristovao Ferreira
4. Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals as Detective Bobby Andes
5. Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water as Marcus Hamilton

Best Actress:
1. Emma Stone – La La Land as Mia Dolan
Snub: Hailee Steinfeld -The Edge of Seventeen as Nadine Franklin
2. Ruth Negga – Loving as Mildred Loving
3. Natalie Portman – Jackie as Jackie Kennedy
Snub: Amy Adams -Arrival as Louise Banks
Snub: Alicia Vikander -The Light Between Oceans as Isabel Sherbourne
4. Isabelle Huppert – Elle as Michèle Leblanc
5. Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins as Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actor:
1. Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea as Lee Chandler
Snub: Andrew Garfield -Silence as Sebastiao Rodrigues
2. Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge as Desmond T. Doss
3. Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic as Ben Cash
Snub: Michael Keaton -The Founder as Ray Kroc
4. Ryan Gosling – La La Land as Sebastian Wilder
Snub: Ben Foster -Hell or High Water as Tanner Howard
Snub: Chris Pine -Hell or High Water as Toby Howard
5. Denzel Washington – Fences as Troy Maxson

Best Director:
1. Damien Chazelle – La La Land*
2. Barry Jenkins – Moonlight*
Snub: Martin Scorsese -Silence
3. Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Snub: Garth Davis -Lion
4. Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
5. Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
*Chazelle's probably going to win but I'd be happy with either him or Jenkins taking it.

Best Picture:
1. La La Land – Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, and Marc Platt
Snub: Don’t Think Twice -Miranda Bailey, Amanda Marshall, Mike Birbiglia, and Ira Glass
Snub: Kubo and the Two Strings -Travis Knight, and Arianne Sutner
Snub: Silence -Barbara De Fina, Randall Emmett, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Gaston Pavlovich, Martin Scorsese, and Irwin Winkler
2. Moonlight – Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner
3. Manchester by the Sea – Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck, and Kevin J. Walsh
Snub: The Edge of Seventeen -James L. Brooks, Richard Sakai, Julie Ansell, and Kelly Fremon Craig
Snub: Sing Street -Anthony Bregman, John Carney, Kevin Scott Frakes, Christian Grass, Martina Niland, Raj Brinder Singh, and Paul Trijbits
4. Lion – Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, and Angie Fielder
5. Hacksaw Ridge – Bill Mechanic and David Permut
6. Hell or High Water – Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn
7. Hidden Figures – Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams, and Theodore Melfi
8. Fences – Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington, and Todd Black
9. Arrival – Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder, and David Linde

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