Oscars 2017: ‘La La Land,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea’ & ‘Moonlight’ dominate early precursor awards

Breaking down the precursor awards — both nominations and winners — as well as the top Oscar nominations by categories gives us 35 key races that will determine the strongest Oscar contenders. Last year’s Best Picture champ, “Spotlight,” had check marks in 21 boxes while its two closest rivals, “The Revenant” and “The Big Short,” outpaced it with 23 and 22 ticks respectively.

This year’s counting started with the Critics’ Choice nominations and winners, and has been followed by last week’s announcement of the line-ups for the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. Still to be heard from are the rest of the guilds as well as the BAFTAs.

As you can see below, “Moonlight,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “La La Land” lead the pack with seven boxes each, while “Hell or High Water” and “Hacksaw Ridge” are surprisingly strong at five boxes apiece. “Sully” has just one box ticked while “Silence” has yet to make the chart. As awards season progresses, different films will have different strengths; some will do well with acting, others with writing or directing. But what are we looking for are those films that are represented across a range of races. Stay tuned.

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SAG – Screen Actors Guild
PGA – Producers Guild of America
DGA – Directors Guild of America
WGA – Writers Guild of America
ACE – American Cinema Editors

  • 1)  Critics Choice, Best Picture – NOMINATION
  • 2)  Critics Choice, Best Picture – WIN
  • 3)  Golden Globe, Best Picture (Comedy/Musical or Drama) – NOMINATION
  • 4)  Golden Globe, Best Picture (Comedy/Musical or Drama) – WIN
  • 5)  Golden Globe, Directing – NOMINATION
  • 6)  Golden Globe, Directing – WIN
  • 7)  Golden Globe, Acting (Any category) – NOMINATION
  • 8)  Golden Globe, Acting (Any category) – WIN
  • 9)  Golden Globe, Writing – NOMINATION
  • 10)  Golden Globe, Writing – WIN
  • 11)  BAFTA, Best Picture – NOMINATION
  • 12)  BAFTA, Best Picture – WIN
  • 13)  BAFTA, Directing – NOMINATION
  • 14)  BAFTA, Directing – WIN
  • 15)  BAFTA, Acting – NOMINATION
  • 16)  BAFTA, Acting – WIN
  • 17)  BAFTA, Writing – NOMINATION
  • 18)  BAFTA, Writing – WIN
  • 19)  SAG, Individual Performance – NOMINATION
  • 20)  SAG,Individual Performance – WIN
  • 21)  SAG, Ensemble Performance- NOMINATION
  • 22)  SAG, Ensemble Performance- WIN
  • 23)  PGA – NOMINATION
  • 24)  PGA – WIN
  • 25)  DGA – NOMINATION
  • 26)  DGA – WIN
  • 27)  WGA – NOMINATION
  • 28)  WGA – WIN
  • 29)  ACE – NOMINATION
  • 30)  ACE – WIN
  • 31)  Oscar, Directing – NOMINATION
  • 32)  Oscar, Acting – NOMINATION
  • 33)  Oscar, Writing – NOMINATION
  • 34)  Oscar, Film Editing – NOMINATION
  • 35)  Love Across the Board (Over 5 Oscar nominations)

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