Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 89th annual Academy Awards this Sunday, February 26th at 9pm on CTV. For your best shot at winning your office Oscar pool, Richard Crouse lays out who he thinks will be walking away with the coveted statues. And when in doubt, pick La La Land.
Facts and Figures about this year's Oscars
Best Picture: La La Land
Actor In A Leading Role: Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
Actress In A Leading Role: Emma Stone, La La Land
Actor In A Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Actress In A Supporting Role: Viola Davis, Fences
Animated Feature Film: Zootopia
Best Director: La La Land
: nominations for La La Land, tying All About Eve and Titanic for the most Oscar nominations ever.
: total nominations earned by Meryl Streep, breaking her own record. This year, she was nominated for Best actress for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins.
: first-time acting nominees in 2017, including Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Lucas Hedges, Dev Patel, Isabelle Huppert, Ruth Negga, and Naomie Harris.
: years since Mel Gibson was last nominated for an Academy Award. He was nominated for Best Director for Hacksaw Ridge, and he won Best Director and Best Picture in 1996 for Braveheart.
336: total number of films eligible for Best Picture in 2017.
: individuals who’ve been nominated for acting and Best Picture for the same film, including Fences director and star Denzel Washington.
A record 6 African American nominees populate the acting categories: Denzel Washington, Fences; Ruth Negga, Loving; Mahershala Ali, Moonlight; Viola Davis, Fences; Naomie Harris, Moonlight; Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Viola Davis’ supporting actress nod for Fences is her third Oscar nod, making her the most-nominated African American actress in history. She was previously nominated for Doubt and The Help.
Denzel Washington’s nod for Fences is his seventh nomination, the most ever for an African American actor. He won for Training Day and was a contender for Cry Freedom, Glory, Flight, Malcolm X and The Hurricane.
Denis Villeneuve and Ryan Gosling are headed to the Academy Awards, with La La Land, Arrival. Because Villeneuve shot his brainy science fiction tale Arrival in Montreal, some of his Quebec collaborators also earned nods on Tuesday, including Patrice Vermette for production design, Paul Hotte for set decoration, Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye for sound mixing, Sylvain Bellemare for sound editing and co-producer Shawn Levy.
The National Film Board of Canada, a regular at the Academy Awards, is once again a contender — this time for Montreal-based director Theodore Ushev's animated short Blind Vaysha.
Producer Howard Barish, originally from Winnipeg, shares in the documentary feature nomination for 13th, Ava Duvernay's blistering examination of race and the U.S. criminal justice system.
Disney tale Moana, a nominee for best animated feature, includes the work of Kitchener, Ont.'s Chris Williams, one of its four directors.