Huge congrats to our reader Eddie Applegate (username BamaEd) for beating out thousands of others to win Gold Derby’s prize of a $500 Amazon gift certificate in our Oscar predictions sweepstakes. This awards super-fan believes that frontrunner “La La Land” will take home a whopping 10 trophies on Sunday. Do you agree? Vote in our poll below to tell us how many Oscars YOU think “La La Land” will win and then read more about this reader’s current Oscar picks.
“I think it will win Picture, Director (Damien Chazelle), Actress (Emma Stone), Song (‘City of Stars’), Score, Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design and Costume Design, although they could lose Costume Design or Production Design and pick up Original Screenplay,” details Applegate. “I think it is a love letter to Hollywood, which for the longest time Oscar didn’t embrace. It was well received, it has done well at the box office, there are no real negatives against it. Plus, when there is a musical they can really rally around, they will. This is the first one that is so embraceable since ‘Chicago,’ plus it’s original.”
“I think the path to getting it made it a good story and Emma made it all look easy and a scandal free young superstar in the making,” he adds. Rounding out his acting predictions, Applegate, who admits he’s been a part of Gold Derby for “years and years now,” foresees major victories for Best Actor Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”), Best Supporting Actress Viola Davis (“Fences”) and Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”). See all of Applegate’s Oscar predictions.
“I was born and raised in Alabama in the buckle of the Bible belt, spent two years in the Baltimore area, but have been in the Atlanta suburbs for the past four and a half years,” Applegate explains. “I have yet to meet Tyler Perry, any Housewives, or seen any filming in the Hollywood of the South, but I’m looking. Currently I am a trainer for sales support in TV ad sales and have worked with TV ad sales in some form or fashion for about 17 years now.”
Applegate is a diehard Oscars nut, telling us, “I have been watching the Oscars ever since I can remember and always liked to keep up with movies and entertainment. Back in the 2000 Oscars race, I won a prediction contest (the year of ‘Gladiator’/’Traffic’/’Erin Brockovich’). I do prefer going to the movies rather than watching at home, but when it comes to seeing all the nominated movies, you do what you can.”
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