4YE Oscars 2017 Wishlist Roundtable: Who Will Take Home The Golden Guy?

Credit: Oscars.org

Hollywood’s golden night is almost upon us.

The 2017 Oscars are almost here, much to the delight of film fans everywhere. There are a lot of first timers who are up for awards this year, and a lot of our faves here at 4 Your Excitement are also up for awards.

With the awards a few days away, we thought we would pick who we would like to see win one of the highly coveted Oscars up for grabs this year.

Without further ado, check out our Winners Wish list below!

Best Picture



Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land


Manchester By the Sea


Shelby: As much as I want Hacksaw Ridge to win, I really feel like it should go to Hidden Figures. I’ve not seen the film yet, but I’ve heard it’s phenomenal. We all know the Academy can’t get away with giving the award to another predominately white, male-led film. Just saying.

Anna: I think the award will go to Moonlight. Its storyline is so important and the acting was so brilliant that it deserves the acknowledgement of the Academy. Although, I also think that Hidden Figures has a good chance of winning so it is definitely going to be between these two.

Clare: It would be so great to have an Aussie film win, so I would love to see Lion take home the prize. Similarly, I’d love Hidden Figures with its strong female cast win the big prize. I reckon it’ll go to Moonlight though, another deserving film.

Verena: La La Land and Fences were movies that have disappointed me so very much. I honestly felt somewhat cheated after seeing them. Then there are movies like Arrival, that just blew me away with their intelligence and their wit. I have to agree with the rest. The award goes to either Moonlight or Hidden Figures, or at least I want it to. These movies are so very important. If there was an award for making your audience cry uncontrollably, then Lion would win though. So. Many. Tears.

Erika: Moonlight I think will definitely take this home. La La Land is a little too self-serving to be Best Picture. It may surprise us with a win.

Best Cinematography


La La Land




Shelby- Hmm. This is tough one. Every single one of these films use the mise en scène to perfection. I think it should go to La La Land, though. The film manages to stage a movie musical without it descending into cheese, which is a step in the right direction.

Anna – I’m sure La La Land got this one. The cinematography for the movie really was good. Although, Moonlight has high chances here as well.

Clare: La La Land should be a shoo-in for this one.

Verena: Ugh, fine, I admit La La Land was undeniably beautiful, and the songs were oh so catchy. I’m petty enough to vote for Arrival though. Stunning use of special effects. And that concept art …

Erika: Going with La La Land; beautifully shot and put together.

Best Supporting- Actor

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)

Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)

Dev Patel (Lion)

Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Shelby- Mahershala Ali deserves all the awards. Hands down.

Anna – Couldn’t agree more. Dev Patel was brilliant as well!

Clare: Dev Patel and Mahershala Ali both could easily take this home. Dev Patel was brilliant and so engaging. I reckon the Academy will stick to their own and Mahershala Ali will get it.

Verena: Have I not put a voice to my love for Dev Patel enough? I am thoroughly surprised as to why he is considered a Supporting Actor though? Same for Mahershala Ali. They have both so brilliantly dominated their respective movies. At this point, I do want to stress how wonderful Lucas Hedges was in Manchester by the Sea though, possibly the movie’s only redeeming quality.

Erika: This category has me torn because I really enjoyed Ali’s and Patel’s performance so much in their respective films. That being said, I would love for it to go to Patel. His performance in Lion had me in tears.

Best Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America

The 13th

Shelby- I am hearing nothing but good things about I Am Not Your Negro. In an Oscar’s year full of standout African American  performances, as well as the prevailing sentiments in our country right now, this documentary would be a perfect, well deserved, and poignant win.

Best Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine, Denmark

A Man Called Ove, Sweden

The Salesman, Iran

Tanna, Australia

Toni Erdmann, Germany

Clare: Biased Aussie here but definitely going for Tanna. Though I haven’t seen it yet, everything I’ve read or heard about it has been absolutely glowing.

Verena: Biased German here, I feel obliged to vote for Toni Erdmann…

Best Actor

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

Denzel Washington (Fences)

Shelby- I am really pulling for Garfield here. He has had a great year in terms of tour de force roles and he deserves this one. (Though, so does Washington. Argh. Can we call it a tie?)

Anna – Denzel Washington was just utterly brilliant in Fences. Just give him the award…

Clare: Casey Affleck is certainly a controversial choice, but has walked off with a number of the big awards this season. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him add the Oscar to his haul.

Verena: This is a goddamn nightmare category. Affleck’s performance in Manchester was stoic, lifeless. While it may have fit the story, it did not impress me. Denzel Washington’s performance in Fences was great, but I wanted to strangle his character by the end of the movie. And I still firmly believe that Ryan Gosling was not the right actor for this La La Land role. I really don’t want to chose anyone… Next.

Erika: I’d love for Viggo to squeeze in a win; he was amazing in Captain Fantastic. That being said, this one is Denzel’s to lose.

Best Costume Design


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins


La La Land

Shelby- Fantastic Beasts, please. Let’s give all the creative awards to this film. It was truly a beautiful work of cinema.

Clare: This is a tough one as so many of the nominated films worked so well for the period they were set in and looked spectacular. If the Academy is sentimental, it will be a toss up between Jackie and La La Land. Fan favourites are probably Fantastic Beasts. I think La La Land will probably scrap home.

Verena: Why in God’s name is La La Land in this category? The clothes were nice, I admit, but they were far from extraordinary. They are what you could find at Topshop, Nordstrom or ASOS. So really, WHY? The story in Fantastic Beasts was rather meh, but the visuals were beautiful. The costumes were stunning, so there goes my vote.

Erika: My money is on Fantastic Beasts; I didn’t see anything too spectacular in other films.

Best Original Score


La La Land




Shelby- This will definitely go to La La Land. It’s the 2016 equivalent to Singing in the Rain. What’s not to like?

Anna – Couldn’t have said it better. It will definitely go to La La Land.

Clare: This really is La La Land’s to lose.

Verena: As someone who didn’t love the movie and is still constantly singing all of the songs in it, this goes to La La Land, hands down.

Erika: Totally agree with everyone above.

Best Original Song

“Audition” (La La Land)

“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (Trolls)

“City of Stars” (La La Land)

“The Empty Chair” (Jim: The James Foley Story)

“How Far I’ll Go” (Moana)

Shelby- I really want this to go to Moana so Lin Manuel Miranda can get one step closer to that highly coveted EGOT club. (I mean, hell, he’s won a Tony and a Grammy already. He deserves this Oscar. Make it happen, Academy!)

Anna – Do we really need to discuss this? It will most likely go to one of the La La Land songs, although I wouldn’t be surprised if Moana would win the Oscar.

Clare: Having two nominated songs from La La Land could be its downfall with the vote split between songs. If that’s the case, then Moana should get it. If voters are more savvy, then “City of Stars” will take it.

Verena: This one belongs to Lin. The other day I was grocery shopping when I ran into a six year old who was singing “How Far I’ll Go” from the top of her lungs, without a care in the world. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve experienced all year. That’s why it needs to win.

Erika: I need it to go to Moana; that song is so inspiring and uplifting, and everything that the film was.

Best Production Design


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail Caesar

La La Land


Verena: I can only imagine how much detail and how much time went into the production design for Fantastic Beast (or really, all of the Harry Potter franchise), which is why it deserves a win. But so does Arrival. Have I mentioned THE CONCEPT ART?!

Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water (Taylor Sheridan)

La La Land (Damien Chazelle)

The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou)

Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)

20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

Shelby- Hmm. I choose La La Land here. Besides The Lobster, it’s one of the more original films that doesn’t meander into the cliché territory too much.

Verena: I haven’t read any of the scripts, which is why I feel it’s difficult to choose. I really did enjoy the story behind Manchester by the Sea. It was a good drama.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival (Eric Heisserer)

Fences (August Wilson)

Hidden Figures (Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi)

Lion (Luke Davies)

Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McRaney)

Shelby- This is a hard category to pick when you’re so behind on your films. I’ve read Fences in school. It is one of my most favorite plays ever so I am definitely rooting for it.

Anna – That’s a tough category, because all of them were great. But I hope it goes to Hidden Figures.

Verena: I love 80% of films so very much, so really, give them to any and I’ll be happy. Except for Fences. That one should have stayed on the stage, there I see it working perfectly. I’m casting my vote for Arrival, though.

Best Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings (Focus Features)

Moana (Disney)

My Life As a Zucchini (GKIDS)

The Red Turtle (Sony Classics)

Zootopia (Disney)

Shelby- I’m torn. On the one hand, Zootopia was brilliant. Disney really is in their second Renaissance period. On the other hand, Kubo is ridiculously beautiful. So…can we proclaim a tie?

Verena: MOANA MOANA MOANA. I’ll fight you on this.

Erika: I’ll be helping Verena with the fighting. Moana.

Best Animated Short

Blind Vaysha (National Film Board of Canada)

Borrowed Time (Quorum Films)

Pear Cider and Cigarettes (Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation)

Pearl (Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures)

Piper (Pixar)

Shelby- Oh my gosh, Piper is the cutest damn thing you will ever see in your life. Seriously. Plus, it’s Pixar. What’s not to love?

Best Supporting- Actress

Viola Davis (Fences)

Naomie Harris (Moonlight)

Nicole Kidman (Lion)

Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Shelby- The talent in this category is hard to ignore. Octavia is brilliant in everything she does. Nicole has really gotten better with age. That being said, Viola Davis needs a shiny, gold, bald headed Oscar to sit next to her Emmy. She deserves it. Hands. Down.

Anna – Much like Denzel Washington, Viola Davis was just pure perfection in Fences. She really deserves the award!

Clare: Given when films are released here, I’ve only caught two of these nominated films. Based on what I’ve read, I wouldn’t be surprised if Viola Davis is making an acceptance speech.

Verena: Viola Davis is the single reason I did not walk out of the movie theater. Give her all the goddamn awards. And the presidency, and really, just give her whatever she wants. It is her world, and we mere mortals only live in it.

Erika: Hope Viola Davis has her speech ready; this one is hers to lose.

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Emma Stone (La La Land)

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Shelby- Ruth Negga. Please, please, be Ruth Negga. In a category dominated by white women, it would be so refreshing for her to win. The world needs this right now. Hell, I need this right now. She is so talented and unconventionally wonderful. Ugh.

Anna – I’m rooting for Natalie Portman in this one (even though Meryl Streep is nominated and she always deserves an Oscar). Her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy was breathtaking. I’m shocked she hasn’t won anything yet for it. I really hope the Academy will acknowledge her talent in the movie.

Clare: Is it the best performance? No. Is it comparable to other Oscar-winning performances? Debatable. I think Emma Stone will take this home.

Verena: Out of these, I have only seen La La Land, so …

Erika: I think Isabelle Huppert will walk away with this one as a surprise win. I definitely am hoping Emma Stone gets her Oscar.

Best Director

Arrival — Denis Villeneuve

Hacksaw Ridge — Mel Gibson

La La Land — Damien Chazelle

Manchester by the Sea — Kenneth Lonergan

Moonlight — Barry Jenkins

Shelby- I’m sure La La Land will take it home, but I am rooting for Barry Jenkins. There have only been three black directors to ever be nominated and none of them have ever won. Jenkins is the fourth to be nominated. He definitely deserves the win.

Clare: The Academy hasn’t forgiven Mel Gibson enough to let him win this. It could easily go either way between Damien Chazelle or Barry Jenkins.

Verena: I’d love for Villeneuve to get this one, because Arrival needs all the love. I’m also rooting for Barry Jenkins. I’m still having a hard time believing that Moonlight was only his second feature film, directing wise. What a talent.

Erika: It’d be nice to see Mel Gibson win as Hacksaw Ridge was wonderfully directed; that being said, this one will probably go to Chazelle or Jenkins.

Best Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Shelby- Academy, give Marvel its dues already! Doctor Strange is gorgeous. Make it happen.

Anna – I agree. Doctor Strange was just brilliant and amazing.

Clare: Star Wars girl here. Rogue One was amazing. You got all the work done in creating Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia… while not 100% perfect, they’ll be rewarded for this accomplishment among the other standout visual effects in the film.

Verena: Doctor Strange was a total mind-f, visually speaking. Absolutely loved it.

Erika: Desperately torn here. Since I did say that it was the best visual acid trip I’ve ever taken without being actually on drugs, I have to give it to Doctor Strange.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

Verena: This is a random collection of movies, I’d say. But Suicide Squad was one of my favorites this summer, so they get my vote. Also, my girl crush on Margot Robbie is stronger than ever.

Who do you think will win this Sunday? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

Erika Negrón Rivera
Follow Me