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Oscars 2017: What to Know Best Picture

Oscars 2017: What to Know Best Picture

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It's finally here! The culmination of awards season, the grand finale. The 89th Academy Awards are tomorrow, and if you're like most people I know you don't really care, haven't seen any or most of these films, or both. Luckily for you I am more excited for this then I was for the Super Bowl. That may be a product of being a Jets fan, but nevertheless here's what you need to know going into tomorrow night.

Best Picture

The Best Picture race features 9 of a possible 10 nominations this year, but truly it is a 2 headed race, rather 1 and a half. It's between the Hollywood darling, Damien Chazelle masterpiece La La Land  and Barry Jenkins' hard hitting in the feels, grounded Moonlight . All of the other nominees were good, this is one hell of a year in film, but nothing can touch these top dogs. 

What makes this race so intriguing is that these movies are both praised for being exceptional examples of the two primary reasons people see movies. La La Land  is the magical, fantastic representation of escapism in a beautiful nod to old-school Hollywood. Moonlight  is a raw character driven film that is tragic because it so real. Everyone can identify with a dreamer and everyone can identify with the tragedy that is reality.  Without a doubt both are absolute MUST WATCH. 

My Pick: Moonlight should take this one home. It is the underdog, but it has taken home more best pictures on the awards circuit and La La Land has been experiencing somewhat of a backlash, though mostly from critics. The trend over the last few years has been the story driven movie wins best picture while the more visual movie is honored with a director's trophy. In the year following the "Oscars So White" controversy, a movie about a gay Black man is just about as diverse as you can get. Not to mention it's phenomenal. The writing and the acting is much more consistent throughout.

What will happen: La La Land  will win. Where it lacks in story to Moonlight  it knocks out of the park with production. The production level on the opening scene alone is remarkable. The Academy is always a sucker for movies about Hollywood, and this movie is a lovely homage to the films and musicals the industry was built on.

Check out more Oscars 2017- What to Know for:

Check out more Oscars 2017- What to Know for:

Best Director

Best Actor & Actress

Best Supporting Actor & Actress

Best Original & Adapted Screenplays

Everything Else

 

  

Oscars 2017- What to Know Best Director

Oscars 2017- What to Know Best Director

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