While there will always be surprise winners, one thing is certain: The least popular man in Hollywood this year is not an actor or director, but the U.S. president. As soon as the ceremony wraps, E! goes one-on-one with the biggest winners and breaks down the major moments of the night including the surprise wins and snubs, the fashion standouts, and the most buzzworthy speeches and performances during the "E!"
"La La Land" star Ryan Gosling is up against Golden Globe victor Casey Affleck ("Manchester by the Sea") and SAGs victor Denzel Washington ("Fences") for best actor, while Emma Stone ("La La Land") enters as the frontrunner for best actress.
Everyone thinks the best director award will to go to Damien Chazelle, who directed La La Land (his so-called "dream project.") No matter how you feel about the movie, you have to admit that La La Land is part of the zeitgeist right now. A few are predicting Isabelle Huppert for Paul Verhoeven's Elle, in which she plays a rape victim looking for revenge, or Natalie Portman, for her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in Jackie.
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight".
I'll pick Ali, but I have a feeling it might well be Patel.
Bridges already has an Oscar, so he's a long shot at best.
Finally, van Nierop says, Best Supporting Actress is a done deal with Viola Davis who steals the show in the Denzel Washington movie Fences.
And while several categories - including best picture - seem to be a foregone conclusion, there still should be some drama Sunday. Davis probably should have been nominated in the Best Actress category, so she should easily overwhelm the rest of the nominees. He's nominated as a producer on the film "Manchester by the Sea".
Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - "Moonlight" is as delicate a piece of writing as I can imagine in a screenplay. I don't care if he wins for whatever he did, he will remain in his seat.
And in 1973 Marlon Brando famously sent a Native American Apache woman, Sacheen Littlefeather, to decline his Best Actor Academy Award for The Godfather in protest of the film industry's treatment of Native American people.