For the past few weeks we’ve been asking our readers what movie they WANT to win Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars, and with nearly 2,500 votes cast, “La La Land” receives a whopping 40% of the vote. In second place is “Moonlight” with 18%, tied for third place is “Arrival” and “Lion” with 9%, and then comes “Manchester by the Sea” with 8% of the votes cast. The following low-ranked contenders are “ ” (6%), “Hacksaw Ridge” (6%), “Hell or High Water” (2%) and “Fences” (2%). Keep voting for your favorite right here.
“La La Land,” a modern-day musical set in Los Angeles, has been on an awards roll and kept its momentum going at the BAFTA Awards by picking up trophies for Best Picture, Best Director (Damien Chazelle), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Cinematography and Best Score. The only major nomination it missed out on this season was a SAG Ensemble nomination. Not since “Braveheart” (1995) the inaugural year of the SAG Awards has a film won Best Picture without being nominated there.
“Moonlight,” the second preferred film among our voters was completely shut out at the BAFTA Awards. Most shocking was Mahershala Ali‘s loss as Best Supporting Actor to Dev Patel (“Lion”). Patel is British so it could’ve been just a patriotic vote. However, Ali also lost the Golden Globe to Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals”), who was snubbed at the Oscars. Ali should be worried going into the Oscars since last year in the Best Supporting Actor race, Brit Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) won only the BAFTA Award and then went on to win the Oscar.
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