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The Snooty Ushers’ Oscar Predictions: Best Actor and Actress

The Snooty Ushers read the runes to give their predictions for the acting Oscars!


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, The Snooty Ushers proudly present to you our 2017 Oscar predictions! We have already crowned our Best Film of 2016 (it can be found here) but we are not the only prestigious body giving out awards. This Sunday night is the 89th Academy Awards, but if you can’t wait for the Jimmy Kimmel hosted show, we have predicted the winners for you, right here!

We have already picked out who we think will win the best screenplay awards (they can be found here) and supporting actor and actress awards (just click here), with best director here. Tomorrow is best picture, but for now, here are our predictions for…

Best Actress

And the nominations are…


  • Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
  • Ruth Negga (Loving)
  • Natalie Portman (Jackie) – Read my review here
  • Emma Stone (La La Land)
  • Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

And our predictions are…

Who I want to win: Emma StoneComedy and comedic roles are always under represented at the Oscars (and awards ceremonies generally). I like to see lighter, fun films get the recognition they deserve, and Florence Foster Jenkins is one of them, so I wouldn’t mind Meryl Streep winning for that performance. But Emma Stone has been amazing since Zombieland and Easy A and I’d like to see her win, but I don’t know if she has the body of work to take a leading actress Oscar. Plus there’s the chance of a Gwen Stacey-Peter Parker reunion with her and Andrew Garfield!

Who I think will win: Natalie Portman.  It is such a good performance, layered and nuanced. I think she will edge past Emma Stone on the basis of her previous work (it’s 5 years since Black Swan). For a supporting role I think Stone would win, but for the Academy takes the Leading role Oscars quite seriously.

Who I want to win: Anyone but Meryl Streep. I don’t think her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins was strong enough to find its way into the Oscars. I genuinely think the Academy are trying to build an Undertaker like Wrestlemania streak for Streep, then one year they’ll rip it all down with a ridiculous undeserving winner.

Who I think will win: Emma Stone. La La Land was a delight of a film, and Stone’s performance showed maturity and depth which is hard to convey in a musical.

Who I want to win: Emma Stone. A mesmerisingly beautiful performance.  If you don’t fall in love with this character, then you are dead inside.

Who I think will win: Emma Stone.  She is the beating heart of this film, which I think will clean up.  Everyone loves a dreamer and as Mia, there are none sweeter.

Who I want to win: Natalie Portman. Think she does a brilliant job in a somewhat unusual film.

Who I think will win: Emma Stone. The hype and response to La La Land has been enormous. She was very lovable and heartwarming as the struggling actress Mia.

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Best Actor

And the nominations are…best-actors

  • Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
  • Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
  • Denzel Washington (Fences)
  • Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

And our predictions are…

Who I want to win: Viggo Mortensen. After playing Aragorn in Lord of the Rings he had a string of fantastic performances, especially the three Cronenberg films, so he’s a long time favourite of mine. But I wouldn’t be unhappy to see Andrew Garfield win (that possible Gwen Stacey – Peter Parker reunion!). Or Casey Affleck. Or Denzel. Or…

Who I think will win: Ryan Gosling. I saw The Believer on my own in Manchester in 2001. I remember it had a great central performance from a young guy who is a neo-Nazi despite his Jewish upbringing and heritage, but it’s not exactly a film to revisit when looking for some light entertainment. Literally a decade later (2011) I found out Ryan Gosling, star of that year’s Drive and The Idle of March, was that young guy. In La La Land he is brilliant, and although Denzel Washington and Casey Affleck give more traditional Oscar worthy performances, I think he will take the gold statue.

Who I want to win: I would genuinely be happy with any one of the nominees winning. They are all fantastic in their own right.

Who I think will win: Casey Affleck. It may likely be his only ever win, but the role of a man tormented by his past in Manchester by the Sea played to Casey’s acting strengths.

Who I want to win: Ryan Gosling. In La La Land, we saw this guy take a massive step towards greatness.  When my kids are my age, they will talk about Ryan Gosling in the same terms as we talk about Newman and Redford.  I can see myself chipping in with “I remember him in La La Land” The scene when he is playing keyboard on stage with one hand in his pocket. Sinatra Cool.

Who I think will win: Denzel Washington. Whether it is a reaction to last year’s white washing claims or not, this looks like a powerhouse performance. He is playing a very flawed character and with all the good feelings surrounding La La Land, I feel that this will be Denzel’s year again.

Who I want to win: Andrew Garfieldhis turn as conscientious objector Desmond Doss was brilliant and really showed his acting talent

Who I think will win: Ryan GoslingGosling was great, playing Jazz man Sebastian.  Again La La Land has been huge and all the nostalgic homages and modern spin on classic musicals will make him a shoo in.

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We’ll be back tomorrow with our best actor and actress predictions. Let us know what you think we’ve got right, what we’ve got wrong, and who you think will take home the golden statues on Sunday night.

Until next time, stay gold Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.


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