You Want Predictions for the Oscars? I got ‘em!

The 89th Annual Academy Awards ceremony takes place this coming Sunday, February 26th. ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel makes his Oscar hosting debut this year.

I expect plenty of the humor to be firmly in the “we’re trying very hard not to be political” camp, but there will still be pointed digs at Trump in smaller but not subtle doses. I expect the speeches to generally be rife with intentional or otherwise “Hey You Can Meme This” moments because that’s just the world we’re living in these days.

I predict that “Lion” with 6 nominations total will be the most nominated film to go home empty-handed. But Dev Patel’s hair will continue to be unaffected and steal the show. “Arrival” is nominated for 8 awards and I think it just might sneak out a victory in one of the technical categories.

I predict that Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali, Emma Stone will ride their respective front-runner statuses to Oscar wins.

I am boldly predicting the biggest upset of the evening in a victory for Viggo Mortensen in the Best Actor category. Perhaps Denzel Washington & Casey Affleck cancel each other out. Maybe enough voters throw Viggo a bone with their vote after they watched a screener of “Captain Fantastic”. I am probably wrong on this, but who fucking cares.

“La La Land” wins Best Picture and its director Damien Chazelle also picks up the Oscar. Barry Jenkins, the writer & director of “Moonlight” secures the Adapted Screenplay trophy. “Zootopia” wins Best Animated feature, which die-hard “Kubo and the Two Strings” fans take way too personally.

I predict ratings will be down from last year and at least one publication will refer to it as “the Post-Leo Effect”.

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