The 89th annual Academy Awards take place this Sunday at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
The titles nominated for Best Visual Effects are a varied bunch. They include “Deepwater Horizon,” “The Jungle Book,” “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “Doctor Strange” and “Rogue One: A “Star Wars” story.
It is unusual in that three of the five titles come from Walt Disney Studios, so no matter what, they are likely to come out on top. As much as I liked it, the color palette with “Doctor Strange” will find itself in the winner’s seat.
The favorite, “La La Land,” does not have an entry in the Makeup and Hairstyling category. Those in competition include “A Man Called Ove,” “Star Trek Beyond” and “Suicide Squad.” I think director David Ayer’s antihero criminal “Squad” will take home the trophy for this one.
Best director should go to Damien Chazelle for “La La Land.” Also nominated are Mel Gibson for “Hacksaw Ridge,” Kenneth Lonergran for “Manchester By the Sea,” Barry Jenkins for “Moonlight” and Denis Villanueve for “Arrival.”
As much as I hate to say it, this is the year for “La La Land,” a very enjoyable musical that makes for a solid two hours of sheer entertainment. Also nominated for Best Picture are “Arrival,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Hidden Figures,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight.”
The big show begins at 6 p.m. on ABC.