What will win
Sign it, seal it, take it to the bank and dance all the way there: La La Land is your winner. Why are we so confident? The film has already racked up a whopping 14 nominations, tying the all-time record set by All About Eve and Titanic. The good will for this movie is massive among AMPAS voters who resonate personally with Hollywood success stories.
What should win
This needs to be said: Despite a poorly reasoned backlash that’s been brewing for months, La La Land is a worthy winner. Anyone who’s seen the film knows that the movie isn’t about a white guy saving jazz (a ridiculous reach) but the personal sacrifices of artists. And La La Land is hardly pure escapism. It’s romantic, bittersweet and a major accomplishment.