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89th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2016 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

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Mica Levy
1st nomination!


 Fine score but will the music branch resist the new players?


La La Land
Justin Hurwitz
1st nom & 1st win! 


Nicolas Britell
1st nomination!

 Fine score but will the music branch resist the new players?


Volker Bertlemann & Dustin O'Halloran 
1st nomination! 


Passengers Thomas Newman 14th nomination

Who will win?


This is surely a slam dunk for La La Land unless Oscar takes pity on Thomas Newman who really should have won by now!

Who was left out?
In a rather shocking turn of events this very insular branch went with almost all newbies (that NEVER happens) so they left off composers they're obsessed with like Desplat (Florence Foster Jenkins), Williams (The BFG), and past nominees like Giacchino (Rogue One, Zootopia, Doctor Strange)



There were 91 eligible songs this year

Jim: The James Foley Story

"Empty Chair"

La La Land


  La La Land

"City of Stars"




"How Far I'll Go"

"Cant Fight This Feeling" by Justin Timberlake
Who will win?
Unless La La Land splits its votes to make way for Lin-Manuel Miranda's EGOT for Moana we're probably looking at a "City of Stars" win for La La Land  - no split CITY OF STARS WINS
Who was left out?
Sing Street's perfect perfect poppy "Drive It Like You Stole It" shoulda been in contention for the win but is on the outside looking. Other featured songs that didn't get enough traction were "Rules Don't Apply" and "Try Everything" from Zootopia




Hacksaw Ridge - WINNER

La La Land

13 Hours
What will win?
It would be a surprise if La La Land loses but if it does perhaps Hacksaw Ridge? - OKAY WE WERE SURPRISED AFTER ALL...
Who was left off the list?
CAS nominee Doctor Strange, the new Star Wars Rogue One and the beastly sounds of Jungle Book and Fantastic Beasts are conspicuous misses





Tier 1 - Predicted 5

Arrival - WINNER

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Who will win?


Tough call. Perhaps Sully or Hacksaw Ridge unless they really want La La Land to have everything. -- SURPRISE: ARRIVAL WINS

Who was left off?
Strange that there was no room for the popular Deadpool or other hits like Rogue One, Jungle Book, or Captain America: Civil War