Oscar Battle Royale – Fox Force Five News Predicts The 2017 Academy Awards

by | Feb 22, 2017

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The 2017 Academy Awards will take place Sunday February 26, 2017 and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The first ever Oscar Battle Royale is here and the Fox Force Five News staff are competing head to head to see who can predict the most correct wins. Check out the full list of nominees below and see who picked what – then Monday we will grant the invisible championship trophy of Oscar Battle Royale 2017 to whoever comes out on top.

Even though we are all competing – because we are bloodthirsty maniacs, trended picks will be considered our overall projected winners for every category in the process. La La Land is our top winner (because it will likely win damn near everything it touches and we have it at 10 total projected Oscar wins). Check out the full list of nominees below and see which staffer picked what and which films came out on top overall. – Keven


UPDATED WITH RESULTS!  Actual winners underlined. 

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  1. Grant (Oscar Battle Royale 2017 Champion)
  2. Michael/Keven Tied
  3. Sean
  4. Mark/Scott Tied


BEST PICTURE (Projected Winner: La La Land)



Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land *Keven *Sean *Scott 


Manchester by the Sea *Mark

Moonlight *Grant *Michael

“Of all the best picture nominees, my personal favourites are Hell or High Water and Hacksaw Ridge but the obvious momentum is calling for either a La La Land or Hidden Figures victory according to other experts in the industry. It has become fairly obvious at this point that the Jazz musical will likely take home the most trophies, but that pisses me off for some reason.” – *Keven 

“I’ve toiled back and forth with this one. This could go to “La La Land” or “Moonlight” and I would be satisfied because both films have touched me on a personal level.  I want “La La Land” for the pure spectacle it is on top of a genuine romance, but “Moonlight” deserves it for how important it is.” – *Grant


Manchester by The Sea: Emotions Run High in Stirring, Simplistic Drama [Review]

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (Projected Winner: Casey Affleck)

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea *Keven *Grant *Michael

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge *Scott

Ryan Gosling, La La Land *Mark

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences *Sean

“Manchester by The Sea made me want to die sitting through 2.5 hours of everyday people drenched in utter sadness, but Affleck has that one in the bag (all that harrassment shit aside – he was the best actor in 2016).” – *Keven 

“Casey is the clear choice here.  His performance is nuanced and perfectly human.  The flack he is getting for past allegations of sexual misconduct should not overshadow what he has done here.  That is what tragically happened to Nate Parker, and his beautiful film was put on the sidelines because of it. The art and the artist should be judged separately.” – *Grant

“While Casey Affleck gives the best performance out of all of these actors nominated in this category, the momentum has swung in Denzel Washington’s favor after winning, “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role,” at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last month.” –  *Sean



ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE (Projected Winner: Emma Stone)

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving *Keven 

Natalie Portman, Jackie *Grant

Emma Stone, La La Land *Sean *Scott *Michael

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins *Mark

“If Natalie Portman didn’t win an Oscar back in 2011 for her performance in Black Swan, this year’s Oscar for Best Actress would go to her. But since she has one, I think the Academy will lean towards Emma Stone, who sealed her nomination (and eventual win) with her closing number in La La Land.” – *Sean


Little and Juan

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (Projected Winner: Mahershala Ali)

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight *Keven *Sean *Mark *Scott *Grant

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water *Michael

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

“Damn near unanimous – Mahershala Ali was the best supporting performance of 2016 for his incredible role in Moonlight, which Sean has pegged as the darkhorse flick that could upset La La Land in many of these major categories. Read in depth about Moonlight right HERE – courtesy of our resident film critic Sean Atkins.” – *Keven 


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ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (Projected Winner: Viola Davis)

Viola Davis, Fences *Keven *Sean *Grant *Michael

Naomie Harris, Moonlight *Scott

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea *Mark

All that snot. Viola Davis pisses me off but it’s because she’s TOO good at what she does. On ‘How to Get Away with Murder’, she comes across as ‘trying too hard’, but I think that might be because she’s lumped in with a bunch of lightweights and constant ‘OMG FML SUH GUD’ half-assed script work. She’s a terrific actress and she deserves this win.” – *Keven.



Kubo and The Two Strings

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM (Projected Winner: TIE Between Kubo and The Two Strings / Zootopia)

Kubo and the Two Strings *Keven *Mark *Scott


My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia *Sean *Grant *Michael

“The stop-motion works of studio Laika are a unique animation trait that most companies fear to explore these days in the heavy digital animation market (cause it is TOUGH!!), but I tell you what – Kubo and The Two Strings was the first film that my 2-year-old sat through entirely without taking her eyes off the beautiful screen. This is their masterpiece – don’t miss it.” – *Keven 

“I want Kubo and the Two Strings to win so bad, but Zootopia has been dominating the awards season in the animated category. While Zootopia is a great animated movie, Kubo was not only the best animated movie of 2016, but one of the best movies of 2016 period.” – *Sean


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CINEMATOGRAPHY (Projected Winner: La La Land)

Arrival *Keven *Mark

La La Land *Sean *Grant *Michael


Moonlight *Scott


“This is another one I’m conflicted about.  I want Arrival to win, for the historic significance of the first African-American to take home the Oscar and the unconventional way Bradford Young approached shooting the film.  La La Land deserves it for the blending of old school Hollywood film techniques with modern film practices, but Arrival deserves it as well.” – *Grant



COSTUME DESIGN (Projected Winner: Jackie)


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins *Grant

Jackie *Mark *Scott *Michael

La La Land *Keven *Sean 



DIRECTING (Projected Winner: La La Land)


Hacksaw Ridge *Mark

La La Land *Keven *Grant *Michael

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight *Sean *Scott



DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) (Projected Winner: OJ Made in America)

Fire at Sea *Mark

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America *Keven *Sean *Scott *Grant *Michael




DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT) (Projected Winner: 4.1 Miles)

Extremis *Scott

4.1 Miles *Sean *Grant

Joe’s Violin *Keven 

Watani: My Homeland *Mark

The White Helmets *Michael



FILM EDITING (Projected Winner: La La Land)

Arrival *Grant

Hacksaw Ridge *Keven 

Hell or High Water *Mark

La La Land *Sean *Scott *Michael



The Salesman

The Salesman

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM (Projected Winner: 3 Way Tie Between ‘A Man Called Ove, The Salesman & Toni Erdmann)

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove *Scott *Michael

The Salesman *Keven *Mark


Toni Erdmann *Sean *Grant



MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING (Projected Winner: Star Trek Beyond)

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond *Keven *Sean *Scott *Michael

Suicide Squad *Mark *Grant

“Is it just me or is this the saddest catogory in YEARS for the Oscars? That’s all they could come up with? Really?” – *Keven



MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) (Projected Winner: La La Land)


La La Land *Keven *Sean *Mark *Scott *Grant *Michael





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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG) (Projected Winner: La La Land – “City of Stars”)

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

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls *Scott

Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

“City Of Stars” from La La Land *Keven *Sean *Grant *Michael

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story

Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana *Mark

Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda



PRODUCTION DESIGN (Projected Winner: La La Land)

Arrival *Grant

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them *Mark

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land *Keven *Sean *Scott *Michael



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SHORT FILM (ANIMATED) (Projected Winner: Borrowed Time)

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time *Keven *Sean *Scott *Michael

Pear Cider and Cigarettes *Mark


Piper *Grant



SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION) (Projected Winner: Silent Nights)

Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights *Sean *Scott *Grant *Michael

Sing *Keven 

Timecode *Mark



SOUND EDITING (Projected Winner: Hacksaw Ridge)


Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge *Keven *Grant *Michael

La La Land *Sean *Scott

Sully *Mark



SOUND MIXING (Projected Winner: La La Land)

Arrival *Keven 

Hacksaw Ridge *Grant

La La Land *Sean *Scott *Michael

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story *Mark

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi



VISUAL EFFECTS (Projected Winner: Doctor Strange)

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange *Sean *Mark *Grant

The Jungle Book *Keven 

Kubo and the Two Strings *Scott

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story *Michael



WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) (Projected Winner: Arrival)

Arrival *Keven *Mark *Scott *Michael

Fences *Grant

Hidden Figures


Moonlight *Sean

“I want Arrival to go home with at least one golden statue by the end of the night and this category gives the movie a decent chance at making that happen. But if Arrival couldn’t score a nomination for Amy Adams’ performance, I question the movie’s chances at winning any of the eight categories it was nominated for.” – *Sean



WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) (Projected Winner: La La Land)

Hell or High Water *Keven *Scott

La La Land *Sean *Grant *Michael

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea *Mark

20th Century Women