David Onda’s Countdown to the 2017 Oscars: Which Film Will Win Best Picture?

The 2017 Best Picture Nominees

The 2017 Best Picture Nominees: Who will win the big one?

The wait is finally over–it’s Oscar Sunday!

The live Oscars telecast begins tonight on ABC at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT with coverage of the red carpet, followed by the Oscars ceremony at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

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Before I head down to the Dolby Theatre for the 89th Oscars, we have one more piece of business to take care of–which of nine movies will win Best Picture at tonight’s ceremony? The nominees are:

  • “Arrival”
  • “Fences”
  • “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • “Hell or High Water”
  • “Hidden Figures”
  • “La La Land”
  • “Lion”
  • “Manchester by the Sea”
  • “Moonlight”

If you had asked me in October which film was likely to win the 2017 Best Picture trophy, I would have told you at least half of these movies had a fighting chance at the big one. Now, as the chips have fallen throughout a competitive awards season, the field has narrowed considerably.

I don’t think “Arrival,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water” or “Lion” have any shot at winning. If I were to make a second round of cuts, I would say “Fences” and “Hidden Figures” don’t make the shortlist–however, in a less competitive year, either one of these films could be suitable winners. That leaves us with the three films that are, let’s face it, at the top of just about everyone’s list tonight.

What Could Win: If by some chance “La La Land” is upset in the earlier categories, maybe we’ll see a shocking upset by “Moonlight” or “Manchester by the Sea.” Unlikely, but these are all very good films.

What Should & Will Win: “La La Land.” The City of Stars will be shining bright for this one tonight.

I’ll see you all tonight at the Oscars!

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