2017 British Academy Television Awards Predictions

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Best Actor: Robbie Coltrane- National Treasure
Best Actress: Claire Foy- The Crown
Best Supporting Actor: John Lithgow- The Crown
Best Supporting Actress: Siobhan Finneran- Happy Valley
Best Male Comedy Performance: Asim Chaudhry- People Just Do Nothing
Best Female Comedy Performance: Phoebe Waller-Bridge- Fleabag
Best Entertainment Performance: Graham Norton- The Graham Norton Show
Best Single Drama: Murdered by My Father
Best Mini-Series: National Treasure
Best Drama Series: The Crown
Best Soap and Continuing Drama: Casualty
Best International Programme: American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson
Best Factual Series or Strand: 24 Hours in Police Custody
Huw Wheldon Award for Specialist Factual: Planted Earth II
Flaherty Award for Single Documentary: Hillsborough
Best Feature: The Great British Bake Off
Best Reality and Constructed Factual: First Dates
Best Current Affairs: Unarmed Black Male- This World
Best News Coverage: BBC North West Tonight: Hillsborough Inquests
Best Sport: 2016 Rio Olympics
Best Live Event: Shakespeare Live! From the RSC
Best Entertainment Programme: Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Best Scripted Comedy: Fleabag
Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme: Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe
Virgin’s Must-See Moments: Planet Earth II – “Snakes v Iguanas Chase”

The British Academy Television Awards, hosted by Sue Perkins, are tonight (14/5/17) at 8pm on BBC One.

Oscars 2017: FINAL Predictions in All 24 Categories

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Best Picture: We all know where this is going. Probably the most clear cut Best Picture win in a long time. Prediction: La La Land.

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Best Director: I think this will go along Picture, and go to Damien Chazelle. Prediction: Damien Chazelle- La La Land.

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Best Actor: This is a real toss up. While I see the arguments for Denzel Washington, and after seeing Fences you can tell that this is a film befitting of a third acting Oscar, but something tells me that Casey Affleck is going to win this, despite his SAG defeat to Washington. Apart from that, Affleck has won pretty much everything else all season, and that should just put him over the line. Prediction: Casey Affleck- Manchester by the Sea.

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Best Actress: What was once an open race seems pretty clear cut now, after SAG, BAFTA, and the Golden Globes. I think it’s Emma Stone. Prediction: Emma Stone- La La Land.

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Best Supporting Actor: This is probably tighter than one would have first thought. When Mahershala Ali swept the critics’ awards, it was thought he’d be the default winner all season. But after Aaron Taylor-Johnson won the Golden Globe (he’s not nominated here), and Dev Patel won the Bafta (he is nominated), it shows that it’s not an easy win for Ali, but I still fancy him to win, especially after winning the SAG. Prediction: Mahershala Ali- Moonlight.

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Best Supporting Actress: This is the biggest lock of the night. Viola Davis’ time has come, and deservedly so. Prediction: Viola Davis- Fences.

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Best Original Screenplay: This is a tight race, especially with WGA going with Moonlight, which is nominated in Adapted rather than Original here. The Globes went for La La Land, BAFTA went for Manchester by the Sea. It’s a tough one, but I’m going for Manchester by the Sea. Prediction: Manchester by the Sea.

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Best Adapted Screenplay: All 5 nominees are viable candidates in their own right- Arrival and Moonlight won at WGA, Lion won at BAFTA, and both Hidden Figures and Fences are gaining momentum. I give the edge to Moonlight here though, as it’s a good place to award Barry Jenkins as he’ll lose in Director. Prediction: Moonlight.

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Best Cinematography: Even though the Cinematographer’s guild went for Lion, I still fancy La La Land to take this, especially as it still took this award at BAFTA when it lost quite a few technical categories. Prediction: La La Land.

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Best Costume Design: La La Land, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are all real possibilities here, but I’m going for the BAFTA winner, Jackie, as it seems like the more traditional winner of this category. Prediction: Jackie.

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Best Editing: Hacksaw Ridge and Arrival could both upset, but I think this will be an easy win for La La Land. Prediction: La La Land.

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Best Makeup and Hairstyling: This category is such a mess. Many people are dreading a Suicide Squad win here, but it’s a real possibility. I don’t think A Man Called Ove will win. I’m going for Star Trek Beyond because the first film won this category in 2009, but it’s anyone guess. Prediction: Star Trek Beyond.

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Best Production Design: I don’t really see any viable alternatives, even though Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them won at the BAFTAs, so I think La La Land wins here by default. An Arrival upset is a possibility. Prediction: La La Land.

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Best Original Score: An easy, and very deserving, win for La La Land. Prediction: La La Land.

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Best Original Song: It looks like it’ll be City of Stars from La La Land, but I wouldn’t be shocked if there was an upset from either Moana’s How Far I’ll Go, or Can’t Stop the Feeling from Trolls. But City of Stars is a safe bet, as long as the La La Land songs don’t cancel each other out. Prediction: City of Stars- La La Land.

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Best Sound Editing: This is so difficult. I’m going for Hacksaw Ridge, but it could just as easily be either Arrival or La La Land. Just going by the logic that the ‘loudest’ film usually wins Sound Editing, I’ll stick with Hacksaw Ridge. Prediction: Hacksaw Ridge.

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Best Sound Mixing: Even though Sound Editing and Sound Mixing often go to the same film, I think I’ll stick with the musical, which often win this category, and pick La La Land. Could easily be Hacksaw Ridge or Arrival though. Prediction: La La Land.

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Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book hasn’t really lost steam all year, and has retained its frontrunner status ever since it came out in April, so it’d be a shock for it to lose now. Prediction: The Jungle Book.

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Best Animated Feature: Even though Kubo and the Two Strings could easily take this, I think it’s safe to go for Zootopia, which has been a strong frontrunner all season, despite it’s hiccup at BAFTA. Prediction: Zootopia.

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Best Documentary Feature: This was a last minute switch for me. I’ve had 13th winning throughout the season, but after OJ: Made in America’s win at the Independent Spirit Awards over 13th, it just became clear to me that OJ will take it. 13th could easily upset though. Prediction: O.J. Made in America.

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Best Foreign Language Film: I’m not sure about this, it could go any 3 ways. The Salesman, Toni Erdmann, and A Man Called Ove all have pros and cons, but I give The Salesman the slight edge, just as it seems like it has more of a rooting factor behind it. But I’m really not sure. Prediction: The Salesman.

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Best Animated Short: I think this is between Piper and Pearl. I heard a theory last year that the animated short with the animal in it usually wins, hence why Bear Story won last year, which gives the edge to Piper, despite Pixar’s poor winning record in this category in recent years. Prediction: Piper.

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Best Documentary Short: I really want to predict Watani: My Homeland here, as I’ve had a hunch all season that it’d win, but Joe’s Violin just makes too much sense to ignore, so I’m going for that instead. The White Helmets could also take it. Prediction: Joe’s Violin.

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Best Live Action Short: Another theory I heard regarding the short categories was to pick the live action short that has a recognizable actor in, so I went for La Femme et le TGV, which features character actress Jane Birkin. I’ve been switching around this category quite a few times, as I could also see Timecode, or Sing, or any of them winning to be honest. Prediction: La Femme et le TGV.

The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, are tonight (26/2/17) at 1:30am GMT.

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 Predictions

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Best Feature: Moonlight
Best Director: Barry Jenkins- Moonlight
Best Male Lead: Casey Affleck- Manchester by the Sea
Best Female Lead: Natalie Portman- Jackie
Best Supporting Actor: Lucas Hedges- Manchester by the Sea
Best Supporting Actress: Molly Shannon- Other People
Best Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea
Best First Screenplay: Other People
Best First Feature: The Witch
Best Documentary Feature: 13th
Best Cinematography: Moonlight
Best Editing: Moonlight
Best International Film: Toni Erdmann
John Cassavetes Award: Lovesong

70th British Academy Film Awards Predictions

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Best Film: La La Land
Best Director: Damien Chazelle- La La Land
Best Actor: Casey Affleck- Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Emma Stone- La La Land
Best Supporting Actor: Dev Patel- Lion
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis- Fences
Best Original Screenplay: La La Land
Best Adapted Screenplay: Arrival
Best British Film: I, Daniel Blake
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Notes on Blindness
Best Cinematography: La La Land
Best Costume Design: La La Land
Best Editing: La La Land
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Florence Foster Jenkins
Best Production Design: La La Land
Best Score: La La Land
Best Sound: Arrival
Best Visual Effects: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
Best Documentary Feature: 13th
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
Rising Star Award: Tom Holland

The British Academy Film Awards, hosted by Stephen Fry, are tonight (12/2/17) at 9pm GMT on BBC One.

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017 Predictions

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Best Ensemble: Moonlight

Best Actor: Casey Affleck- Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress: Emma Stone- La La Land

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali- Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis- Fences

Best Stunt Ensemble: Hacksaw Ridge

Television Awards


Best Drama Ensemble: Game of Thrones

Best Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek- Mr. Robot

Best Actress in a Drama Series: Claire Foy- The Crown

Best Comedy Ensemble: Veep

Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor- Transparent

Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus- Veep

Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series: Courtney B. Vance- The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series: Sarah Paulson- The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Stunt Ensemble: Game of Thrones

10 Talking Points from the 89th Academy Awards Nominations

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1. You might as well give La La Land Best Picture now- After scoring a record-equaling 14 nominations, La La Land is the most clear cut frontrunner we’ve had for Best Picture for many years. It’s pretty much unstoppable, and I wouldn’t bother predicting anything else to be honest.

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2. Though it was a very good day for Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea- It was a strong showing for the indie darlings at this year’s nominations, as Moonlight managed to score an impressive 8 nominations, while Manchester by the Sea scored a respectable 6, all coming in above the line categories. However, I think the rewards for the films will be coming in the acting categories- with Mahershala Ali winning for Moonlight in Best Supporting Actor, and Casey Affleck winning for Manchester by the Sea in Best Actor.

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3. Hell or High Water and Hacksaw Ridge cementing their positions as dark horses- I mentioned after the Critics’ Choice nominations, and the Golden Globe nominations, that these two films were ones to watch- and they’ve really delivered this season, much more than we originally expected early on in the season. Not only did they both get Best Picture nods, but HoHW getting into Best Editing, Original Screenplay, and Supporting Actor for Jeff Bridges, and Hacksaw Ridge getting into Best Editing, Director for Mel Gibson, and an overdue first nomination for Andrew Garfield, both their campaigns have to be applauded for sure.

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4. Arrival excels- but that Amy Adams snub stings- With the joint second most nominations with 8, tying with Moonlight, this sci-fi drama had a good showing, even though the notable snub of star Amy Adams is one that really hurts fans of the film, such as myself. That miss pretty much hands Best Actress to Emma Stone, as she remains the only contender in a Best Picture nominee. Still a good day for Arrival, that got big nods in Director and Editing, but may easily pull an American Hustle, or The Martian, in getting zero wins for it’s multiple nods.

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5. The Acting Branch recognise under the radar hits- While it’s pretty safe to say that the acting winners will probably come from Best Picture frontrunners (Manchester by the Sea, La La Land, Moonlight, Fences, etc.), the acting branch still managed to save room for performances from films that didn’t receive citation elsewhere, as Captain Fantastic (Viggo Mortensen), Loving (Ruth Negga), Elle (Isabelle Huppert), and Nocturnal Animals (Michael Shannon), all got their film’s only nominations in the acting categories, which is good to see as it shows a bit more creativity than just picking actors from the films they like.

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6. Some of the same traits are still in the Academy- There are few things we’ve learned from the Oscar nominations every year, and they were back in force proving us right yet again. The first of them, which is how I got my 100/1 outsider “No Guts No Glory” pick right, is that they love songs from documentaries- with this year’s contender being “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story. The second is the random film included in the 7-film bake off for Makeup and Hairstyling getting in- last year it was “The 100 Year Old Man…”, this year it was “A Man Called Ove”. And the third was the “well they made it this far inclusion” getting in, this year coming in the shape of Kubo and the Two Strings in Best Visual Effects, and Suicide Squad in Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

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7. Guilds prove once again to be better predictors than Precursors- If you are ever not sure what to pick for the Oscars, look at what the guilds picked. That’s always been the rule, and was proven again correct this year. That was clear to see in Best Picture, where all 9 nominees were also nominated at PGA, and in Cinematography where all 5 nominees matched up with ASC. Also, in the acting categories, 17 out of the 20 nominees were nominated at SAG (which is the same as the number 2 years ago), with only Emily Blunt, Amy Adams, and Hugh Grant missing out in favour of Isabelle Huppert (Globe winner+BFCA nominee), Ruth Negga (Globe+BFCA nominee), and Michael Shannon (BFCA nominee).

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8. Diversity makes headlines- After the last two years of #OscarsSoWhite, it was refreshing to see such a diverse lineup this year. After the last 40 acting nominees all being white, it’s nice to see 7 POC nominated in the acting categories (Denzel Washington, Ruth Negga, Mahershala Ali, Dev Patel, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, and Octavia Spencer), with a POC nominated in every acting category, as well as having POC representation in Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, and Editing.

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9. Best Visual Effects offers some questions- Following Ex Machina’s jaw-dropping victory in this category at last year’s ceremony, anything can happen in Visual Effects, and what was notable about this year’s nominees is that none of these come from Best Picture nominees, which has only happened once in the last 8 years. My money is on The Jungle Book, though it is the film’s only nomination, which could see Rogue One, Doctor Strange, or even Kubo take this. It’s a tough one to call.

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10. Prepare yourself for a boring ceremony- With La La Land so out front, and with it more than likely winning 11 Oscars on the night, this won’t nearly be as exciting as ceremonies past, where we are on the edge of our seats until the last minute. This is by no means taking aim at the film, but it will likely be a pretty boring ceremony, especially as many people found Mad Max: Fury Road winning 6 below the line Oscars last year dull. Let’s hope for some creativity in the winners, as we’ve seen a few glimpses of what the academy can do with their picks today.

The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, are on Sunday 29th February 2017.

FINAL 89th Academy Awards Nominations Predictions

*All predictions are in alphabetical order, not ranked.

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Best Picture
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Nocturnal Animals (if there’s 10)

Alternate: Silence.

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Best Director
Damien Chazelle- La La Land
Barry Jenkins- Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan- Manchester by the Sea
David Mackenzie- Hell or High Water
Denis Villeneuve- Arrival

Alternate: Garth Davis- Lion

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Best Actor
Casey Affleck- Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield- Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling- La La Land
Viggo Mortensen- Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington- Fences

Alternate: Joel Edgerton- Loving

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Best Actress
Amy Adams- Arrival
Isabelle Huppert- Elle
Natalie Portman- Jackie
Emma Stone- La La Land
Meryl Streep- Florence Foster Jenkins

Alternate: Ruth Negga- Loving

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Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali- Moonlight
Jeff Bridges- Hell or High Water
Hugh Grant- Florence Foster Jenkins
Lucas Hedges- Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel- Lion

Alternate: Aaron Taylor-Johnson- Nocturnal Animals

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Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis- Fences
Naomie Harris- Moonlight
Nicole Kidman- Lion
Octavia Spencer- Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams- Manchester by the Sea

Alternate: Greta Gerwig- 20th Century Women

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Best Original Screenplay
Captain Fantastic
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea

Alternate: 20th Century Women

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Best Adapted Screenplay
Hidden Figures
Nocturnal Animals

Alternate: Fences

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Best Cinematography
La La Land

Alternate: Nocturnal Animals

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Best Costume Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Hidden Figures
La La Land

Alternate: Allied

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Best Editing
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Alternate: Hell or High Water

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Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Florence Foster Jenkins
A Man Called Ove

Alternate: Star Trek Beyond

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Best Production Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hidden Figures
La La Land

Alternate: Hail, Caesar!

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Best Original Score
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Alternate: Hidden Figures

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Best Original Song
Audition (The Fools Who Dream)- La La Land
City of Stars- La La Land
The Empty Chair- Jim: The James Foley Story
How Far I’ll Go- Moana
Runnin’- Hidden Figures

Alternate: Can’t Stop the Feeling- Trolls

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Best Sound Editing
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Alternate: Sully

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Best Sound Mixing
Hacksaw Ridge
The Jungle Book
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Alternate: Deepwater Horizon

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Best Visual Effects
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Jungle Book
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Alternate: Deepwater Horizon

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Best Animated Feature
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Alternate: Miss Hokusai

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Best Documentary Feature
The Eagle Huntress
I am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made In America

Alternate: The Ivory Game

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Best Foreign Language Film
Land of Mine
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

Alternate: My Life as a Zucchini

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Best Animated Short
Borrowed Time
The Head Vanishes
Inner Workings

Alternate: Sous Tes Doigts

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Best Documentary Short
Close Ties
Joe’s Violin
The Mute’s House
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Alternate: Extremis

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Best Live Action Short
Nocturne in Black
The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf, and the Boy
Sing (Mindenki)
The Way of Tea

Alternate: Graffiti

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced at 1:15pm GMT on Tuesday 24th January 2017.