La La set to win Oscars

It’s Oscar time, and the ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be broadcast live on February 27 on YES One and HOT Gold at 3:30 a.m.

Oscar statues are painted outside the entrance to the Dolby Theatre  (photo credit: REUTERS)
Oscar statues are painted outside the entrance to the Dolby Theatre
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The red carpet coverage will be begin at approximately 1 a.m. on YES One and 2 a.m. on HOT Gold. On February 28 at 9:30 p.m. on YES 1 and 10 p.m. on HOT Gold, you can see a rebroadcast of the ceremony, with Hebrew translation.
Hollywood has gone gaga for La La Land, the movie that got a staggering 14 nominations this year. It has divided audiences, some of whom see it as a modern-day musical fairy tale, full of charm, while others have called it tedious and moronic, a musical with lackluster songs and leads that lack chemistry and singing ability.
There were many genuinely memorable movies this year, among them Moonlight, Lion and Manchester by the Sea, but La La Land seems to have won the voters’ hearts. I predict this is one of those Oscar successes which, like the 2011 The Artist, will make people look back and say, “What were they thinking?”
One thing they won’t be thinking this year is that the nominees are so white, which was a criticism last year. This year, an unprecedented number of nominations went to non-white actors and filmmakers.      
All this week, the movie channels will be playing Oscar-winning movies, among them Room, which stars Brie Larson, last year’s Best Actress winner, on February 24 at 9:30 p.m. on YES One; Spotlight, last year’s Best Picture Winner, on HOT Gold on February 26 at 5:45 p.m., and Whiplash, the previous film by La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, which won Best Supporting Actor Oscar, for J.K. Simmons, at 3:40 p.m. on HOT Gold on February 25.
And now for the predictions:
BEST PICTURE: The only other movie that has a glimmer of a chance of defeating La La Land is Moonlight, a story of an African-American boy growing up gay in the ghetto, which would be the obvious choice for all those who want to pick the movie Donald Trump would hate most.
WINNER: La La Land.
BEST ACTRESS: Emma Stone, the star of La La Land, seems to have a lock on this. A few people are predicting Isabelle Huppert for Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, where she plays a rape victim looking for revenge, or Natalie Portman, for her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in Jackie.
BEST ACTOR: This is the most competitive category this year, and it has long been seen as a battle between Denzel Washington for Fences and Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea. I’d give the edge to Washington, even though he has won twice, because his Fences character has the kind of big scenes that win Oscars. I would like to see the Oscar go to Affleck, or to Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: This is the surest bet this year. Viola Davis, who has already won the Golden Globe and more than 20 critics’ awards for this performance, will win for her portrayal of Washington’s reserved, neglected wife in Fences.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali is the frontrunner for his portrayal of a drug dealer with a kind side in Moonlight.
BEST DIRECTOR: La La Land’s Damien Chazelle seems set to win this one, too.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Moonlight outshines all the others in this category.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Manchester by the Sea brought tears to my eyes, and I will tear up again if Kenneth Lonergan doesn’t win for its screenplay, and is edged out by La La Land.
WINNER: Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: The comic German film, Toni Erdmann, has been a huge success in Europe, but Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director who announced he won’t attend the Oscars even if he gets an exemption from the travel ban, is likely to get the award for his latest film, The Salesman. He won in 2012 for A Separation.