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Oscars 2017 Winner Predictions: Who will win Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actresses?

Oscars 2017 Winner Predictions: Casey Affleck gave a breath-taking performance in Manchester by the Sea. (Source: Reuters)

Acting is one of the most difficult parts of filmmaking. From Sir Daniel day Lewis to Leonardo de Caprio have gone beyond limits and did things that no common man would, just to justify their roles and to get into the skin of their characters. In 2016, we witnessed some brilliant performances on the screen including that of Casey Affleck, Ryan Gosling, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Dev Patel and Michael Shannon etc. This year there will be a direct contest between Ryan Gosling and Casey Affleck for the best actor in a leading role trophy.

On one hand, Ryan Gosling made people fall in love with him through the musical ‘La La Land’, on the other hand, Casey Affleck gave a breath-taking performance in Manchester by the Sea by portraying the character of the man who is trying to overcome his depression to accomplish the smallest tasks. The other nominees in the list are Andrew Garfield, Viggo Mortensen and Denzel Washington.

The leading actress category is not complete without Meryl Streep’s name in it and once again the legend has been nominated for the record 21st time. She is certainly a top contender but will face very tough competition from Emma Stone and Natalie Portman. Stone gave life to her character Mia in La La Land winning millions of hearts while Natalie Portman’s performance as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is a true feat of the craft.

Watch the trailer of Manchester by the Sea:

Supporting actors play an equal role in a film’s success and if you have any doubt about it, just go back and watch the Dark Knight once again. This year Indian-origin actor Dev Patel is the talk of the town for his supporting role in Lion along with Michael Shannon who was superb in Nocturnal Animals too. However, Mahershala Ali might just emerge as the winner in the best supporting actor category. As far as the supporting ladies are considered, Viola Davis made up for a bizarre Suicide Squad with her performance in Fences and also earned a black nomination. Nicole Kidman and Michelle Williams are also among the top runners.

Here are the nominees in these categories:

Actor in a Leading Role

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Actress in a Leading Role

Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Actress in a Supporting Role

Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea