Behold, Our 2017 Oscar Predictions

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In a perfect world, the Oscars would be like the ending of Mean Girls, with everyone getting a piece of a plastic crown. In reality, it took Leonardo DiCaprio more than two decades to take home a trophy, a woman of color hasn't won Best Actress in the 15 years since Halle Berry's groundbreaking moment, and, every year, countless worthy performances are overlooked.

But hey, we'll be watching the show on February 26, anyway. In the meantime, it's all about sizing up the contenders and perfecting those predictions for the office Oscar pool. Now that the 2017 Academy Awards nominations have been announced, we can roll up our sleeves and get down to business.

Whatever happens, you can bet that Moonlight and La La Land won't go home empty-handed. Our predictions for who and what will win — a list we'll be updating weekly — reflect that.

That said, the Academy can never resist throwing out a few curveballs (cough, Crash, cough). Allow for the possibility of some Adrien-Brody-besting-Jack-Nicholson-and-Daniel-Day-Lewis action — with or without the onstage dip and tongue-dive.
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Best Adapted Screenplay
Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, Tarrell McCraney)
Hidden Figures (Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi)
Arrival (Eric Heisserer)
Lion (Luke Davies)
Fences (August Wilson)

Predicted winner: Moonlight
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Best Cinematography
La La Land (Linus Sandgren)
Lion (Greg Fraser)
Arrival (Bradford Young)
Silence (Rodrigo Prieto)
Moonlight (James Laxton)

Predicted winner: La La Land
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Best Makeup & Hairstyling
A Man Called Ove (Love Larson and Eva Con Bahr)
Star Trek Beyond
(S. Anne Carroll and Joel Harlow)
Suicide Squad
(Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregoriani & Christopher Nelson), pictured

Predicted Winner: A Man Called Ove
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Best Original Song
“City of Stars," La La Land, Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (pictured)
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana, Lin-Manuel Miranda
"Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” La La Land, Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls, Justin Timberlake, Max Martin & Karl Johan Schuster
“The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story, J. Ralph & Sting

Predicted Winner: "City of Stars"
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Best Foreign Language Film
Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

Predicted Winner: Toni Erdmann
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Best Costume Design
Allied (Joanna Johnston)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Colleen Atwood), pictured
Florence Foster Jenkins (Consolata Boyle)
Jackie (Madeline Fontaine)
La La Land (Mary Zophres)

Predicted Winner: Jackie
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Best Animated Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Predicted Winner: Moana
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Best Original Screenplay
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou, The Lobster
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Mike Mills, 20th Century Women
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water (pictured)

Predicted Winner: Damien Chazelle
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Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (pictured)
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Predicted Winner: Mahershala Ali
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Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, Fences (pictured)
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Predicted Winner: Viola Davis
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Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert, Elle (pictured)
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Predicted Winner: Natalie Portman
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Best Actor
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge (pictured)
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Predicted Winner: Casey Affleck
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Best Director
Damien Chazelle, La La Land (pictured)
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Predicted Winner: Damien Chazelle
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Best Picture
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures
La La Land

Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight (pictured)

Predicted Winner: Moonlight

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