Contenders

Best Picture:

Best bets

Strong contenders

  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Sony Pictures)
  • The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight)
  • Fences (Paramount Pictures)
  • Florence Foster Jenkins (Paramount)
  • The Founder (The Weinstein Company)
  • La La Land (Summit Entertainment)
  • Loving (Focus Features)
  • Manchester By the Sea (Roadside Attractions)
  • Passengers (Sony)
  • Silence (Paramount)
  • A United Kingdom (no U.S. distribution)

Dark horses

  • Allied (Paramount)
  • American Honey (A24)
  • American Pastoral (Lionsgate)
  • Arrival (Paramount)
  • Bleed for This (Open Road)
  • Certain Women (IFC Films)
  • The Circle (EuropaCorp)
  • Elle (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Hacksaw Ridge (Lionsgate)
  • Hell or High Water (CBS Films)
  • HHhH (TWC)
  • The Light Between Oceans (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Lion (TWC)
  • The Lobster (A24)
  • Love & Friendship (Roadside)
  • Midnight Special (Warner Bros)
  • Moonlight (A24)
  • Nocturnal Animals (Focus)
  • Queen of Katwe (Disney)
  • Snowden (Open Road)
  • Sully (Warner Bros.)
  • 20th Century Women (A24)

Best Director:

Best bets

Strong contenders

  • Amma Asante, “A United Kingdom”
  • Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
  • Stephen Frears, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
  • Ang Lee, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
  • Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester By the Sea”
  • Jeff Nichols, “Loving”
  • Martin Scorsese, “Silence”
  • Morten Tyldum, “Passengers”
  • Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Dark horses

  • Andrea Arnold, “American Honey”
  • Derek Cianfrance, “The Light Between Oceans”
  • Garth Davis, “Lion”
  • Clint Eastwood, “Sully”
  • Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”
  • Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • John Lee Hancock, “The Founder”
  • Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Lobster”
  • David Mackenzie, “Hell or High Water”
  • Ewan McGregor, “American Pastoral”
  • Mike Mills, “20th Century Women”
  • Mira Nair, “Queen of Katwe”
  • Jeff Nichols, “Midnight Special”
  • Nate Parker, “The Birth of a Nation”
  • James Ponsoldt, “The Circle”
  • Kelly Reichardt, “Certain Women”
  • Whit Stillman, “Love & Friendship”
  • Oliver Stone, “Snowden”
  • Paul Verhoeven, “Elle”
  • Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”
  • Robert Zemeckis, “Allied”

Best Actor:

Best bets

Strong contenders

  • Casey Affleck, “Manchester By the Sea”
  • Joe Alwyn, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
  • Joel Edgerton, “Loving”
  • Andrew Garfield, “Silence”
  • Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
  • Tom Hanks, “Sully”
  • Michael Keaton, “The Founder”
  • David Oyelowo, “A United Kingdom”
  • Nate Parker, “The Birth of a Nation”
  • Chris Pratt, “Passengers”
  • Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Dark horses

  • Don Cheadle, “Miles Ahead”
  • Cliff Curtis, “The Dark Horse”
  • Adam Driver, “Paterson”
  • Colin Farrell, “The Lobster”
  • Michael Fassbender, “The Light Between Oceans”
  • Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “Snowden”
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nocturnal Animals”
  • Tom Hanks, “The Circle”
  • Ethan Hawke, “Born to Be Blue”
  • Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
  • Dev Patel, “Lion”
  • Brad Pitt, “Allied”
  • Trevante Rhodes, “Moonlight”
  • Miles Teller, “Bleed for This”

Best Actress:

Best bets

Strong contenders

  • Annette Bening, “20th Century Women”
  • Viola Davis, “Fences”
  • Sally Field, “Hello My Name Is Doris”
  • Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
  • Jennifer Lawrence, “Passengers”
  • Ruth Negga, “Loving”
  • Rosamund Pike, “A United Kingdom”
  • Emma Stone, “La La Land”
  • Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Dark horses

  • Amy Adams, “Arrival”
  • Amy Adams, “Nocturnal Animals”
  • Kate Beckinsale, “Love & Friendship”
  • Jessica Chastain, “Miss Sloane”
  • Jennifer Connelly, “American Pastoral”
  • Marion Cotillard, “Allied”
  • Rebecca Hall, “Christine”
  • Arielle Holmes, “American Honey”
  • Madina Nalwanga, “Queen of Katwe”
  • Kristen Stewart, “Personal Shopper”
  • Tilda Swinton, “A Bigger Splash”
  • Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Witch”
  • Alicia Vikander, “The Light Between Oceans”
  • Rachel Weisz, “Denial”
  • Michelle Williams, “Certain Women”

Best Supporting Actor:

Best bets

Strong contenders

  • Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
  • Warren Beatty, “Rules Don’t Apply”
  • Billy Crudup, “20th Century Women”
  • Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
  • Steve Martin, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
  • Liam Neeson, “Silence”

Dark horses

  • Kyle Chandler, “Manchester By the Sea”
  • Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
  • Adam Driver, “Silence”
  • Aaron Eckhart, “Bleed for This”
  • Aaron Eckhart, “Sully”
  • Alden Ehrenreich, “Hail, Caesar!”
  • Ralph Fiennes, “A Bigger Splash”
  • Ben Foster, “Hell or High Water”
  • John Goodman, “10 Cloverfield Lane”
  • Armie Hammer, “The Birth of a Nation”
  • Lucas Hedges, “Manchester By the Sea”
  • Stephen Henderson, “Fences”
  • David Oyelowo, “Queen of Katwe”
  • Jeremy Renner, “Arrival”
  • Craig Robinson, “Morris from America”
  • Michael Shannon, “Loving”
  • Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”
  • Mykelti Williamson, “Fences”

Best Supporting Actress:

Best bets

Strong contenders

  • Laura Dern, “The Founder”
  • Greta Gerwig, “20th Century Women”
  • Elle Fanning, “20th Century Women”
  • Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
  • Aja Naomi King, “The Birth of a Nation”
  • Kristen Stewart, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
  • Rachel Weisz, “The Light Between Oceans”
  • Michelle Williams, “Manchester By the Sea”

Dark horses

  • Lizzy Caplan, “Allied”
  • Laura Dern, “Certain Women”
  • Dakota Fanning, “American Pastoral”
  • Isla Fisher, “Nocturnal Animals”
  • Laura Linney, “Sully”
  • Rooney Mara, “Lion”
  • Kate McKinnon, “Ghostbusters”
  • Katey Segal, “Bleed for This”
  • Kristen Stewart, “Certain Women”
  • Shailene Woodley, “Snowden”

Best Original Screenplay:

Best bets

Strong contenders

  • Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
  • Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester By the Sea”
  • Mike Mills, “20th Century Women”
  • Jeff Nichols, “Loving”
  • Jon Spaiths, “Passengers”

Dark horses

  • Maren Ade, “Toni Erdmann”
  • Andrea Arnold, “American Honey”
  • Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, “Hail, Caesar!”
  • Robert Eggers, “The Witch”
  • Asghar Farhadi, “The Salesman”
  • Efthimos Fillipou, Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Lobster”
  • Guy Hibbert, “A United Kingdom”
  • Byron Howard, Jared Bush, Rich Moore, Josie Trinidad, Jim Reardon, Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee, “Zootopia”
  • Jim Jarmusch, “Paterson”
  • Steven Knight, “Allied”
  • Richard Linklater, “Everybody Wants Some!!”
  • Nicholas Martin, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
  • Jeff Nichols, “Midnight Special”
  • Taylor Sheridan, “Hell or High Water”
  • Robert D. Siegel, “The Founder”

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Best bets

Strong contenders

  • Jean-Christophe Castelli, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
  • Jay Cocks, “Silence”
  • Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”
  • Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
  • John Romano, “American Pastoral”
  • Whit Stillman, “Love & Friendship”
  • August Wilson, “Fences”

Dark horses

  • David Birke, “Elle”
  • Derek Cianfrance, “The Light Between Oceans”
  • Luke Davies, “Lion”
  • Kieran Fitzgerald, Oliver Stone, “Snowden”
  • Eric Heisserer, “Arrival”
  • Todd Komarnicki, “Sully”
  • James Ponsoldt, “The Circle”
  • Kelly Reichardt, “Certain Women”
  • Andrew Stanton, “Finding Dory”
  • William Wheeler, “Queen of Katwe”

Best Original Score:

Best bets

Strong contenders

  • Carter Burwell, “The Founder”
  • Alexandre Desplat, “American Pastoral”
  • Alexandre Desplat, “The Light Between Oceans”
  • Alexandre Desplat, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
  • Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Moana”
  • Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land”
  • Henry Jackman, “The Birth of a Nation”
  • Jóhann Jóhannson, “Arrival”
  • Thomas Newman, “Finding Dory”
  • David Wingo, “Loving”

Dark horses

  • Nicholas Britell, “Moonlight”
  • Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
  • Alexandre Desplat, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
  • Patrick Doyle, “A United Kingdom”
  • Danny Elfman, “The Circle”
  • Michael Giacchino, “Zootopia”
  • James Newton Howard, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • Mark Korven, “The Witch”
  • Abel Korzeniowski, “Nocturnal Animals”
  • Jed Kurzel, “Assassin’s Creed”
  • Clint Mansell, “High-Rise”
  • Alan Silvestri, “Allied”
  • John Williams, “The BFG”
  • David Wingo, “Midnight Special”

Best Cinematography:

Best bets

Strong contenders

  • Adam Arkapaw, “The Light Between Oceans”
  • Charlotte Bruus Christensen, “Fences”
  • Greig Fraser, “Lion”
  • Seamus McGarvey, “Nocturnal Animals”
  • Bill Pope, “The Jungle Book”
  • Rodrigo Prieto, “Passengers”
  • Rodrigo Prieto, “Silence”
  • Linus Sandgren, “La La Land”
  • Adam Stone, “Loving”
  • John Toll, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
  • Bradford Young, “Arrival”

Dark horses

  • Jarin Blaschke, “The Witch”
  • Charlotte Bruus Christensen, “The Girl on the Train”
  • Elliot Davis, “The Birth of a Nation”
  • Roger Deakins, “Hail, Caesar!”
  • Caleb Deschanel, “Rules Don’t Apply”
  • Simon Duggan, “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • Janusz Kaminski, “The BFG”
  • Matthew Libatique, “The Circle”
  • Tom Stern, “Sully”

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