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Here are the nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role:

Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Ruth Negga – Loving

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Emma Stone – La La Land

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Who Should Win: Oh boy.  Well, let’s see.  We’re talking ‘best use of 2017 Emma Stone’ or ‘best use of 2017 Natalie Portman’ in most film geek minds.  They have two different career types, but within each of their ‘types’, my feeling is Portman’s performance is more Oscar worthy.

Who I’m Cheering For: Portman is my generation so there’s a lot of obvious bias there, but as a comedy fan I dig Emma Stone too.  The worst thing I have to say about her is in relation to her peers, she’s been very quiet as far as ‘the state of the world’ is concerned.  That doesn’t automatically mean she’s Tom Brady, just one of those things I notice.

Who Will Win: Emma Stone.

Here are the nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role:

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington – Fences

Who Should Win: Very much a personal preference category.  Funny because on actor terms I like Gosling a lot, but I consider him the ‘weakest’ of these five.

Who I’m Cheering For: You look at that list and guess. Your first four guesses don’t count.

Who Will Win: Casey Affleck.

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