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The Snooty Ushers’ Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

The Snooty Ushers give their predictions for the big event!


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. Tonight 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!

Here we predicted the best screenplay winners (just click here!), the supporting awards (found here) and the acting roles (this link here). Also, our best director predictions can be found here, but for now, here are our predictions for…

Best Picture

And the nominations are…


  • Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)
  • Fences (Denzel Washington)
  • Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson)


  • Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie)
  • Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi)
  • La La Land (Damien Chazelle) – Read George’s review here


And our predictions are…

What I want to win: Arrival. Apart from Creed, this was my favourite film of 2016. A moving piece of sci-fi that has an important message about loss. The last few years have seen a wider range of films get nominated than in the past (The Martian and Mad Max Fury Road were on the list last year), but I doubt very much that Arrival will be a winner, despite Amy Adams’ great performance. She really was robbed of an acting nomination between this and Nocturnal Animals.

What I think will win: La La Land. A love letter to Hollywood. A magical story of dreamers. A deserved mockery of 80s cover bands. Hopefully a big winner. If it wasn’t for Arrival it would have been my “want to win” in this and the director categories as well.

What I want to win: Hell or Highwater. Our favourite film of 2016 is as deserving a film as the rest of the field, that it isn’t typical Oscar bait makes me want it to win all the more.

What I think will win: La La Land. My heart tells me that Chazelle wins Best Director, but the best feature will go to Manchester by the Sea. However as I write this I’m going for head over heart.

What I want to win: Hell or High Water. This film, on first glance looks like it could be punching above its weight in this company, but it more than earns its place.  It is just great.  If it doesn’t win, then it can always rest in the knowledge that it was voted Snooty Ushers’ Film of The Year 2016

What I think will win: La La Land.  Is there really any doubt?

What I want to win: Hell or High Water

What I think will win: La La Land.

It has already been said by my fellow ushers. No one is really expecting anything other than La La Land.  A shame because there are some really good contenders this year. All of them are deserving.

What I want to win:

What I think will win:

And that is it! The Oscars are tonight, and we’ll be watching to see who wins, partly because we are interested in seeing quality films recognised but mostly to see who can claim bragging rights for the best predicitons! Let us know what you think we’ve got right and what we’ve got wrong!

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


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