And The Oscar Goes To...

And The Oscar Goes To...

My 2017 Academy Award Predictions

It's finally time for arguably the most anticipated award ceremony of the year--The 89th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony. A night of glamour, tears, and typically, a lot of Meryl Streep. Jimmy Kimmel will surely keep us entertained and laughing throughout the night and most likely will provide comedic relief through a few hundred digs at Matt Damon. Tonight will surly be a night of star studded performances and tear jerking acceptance speeches but mostly another historic night of our favorite actors, directors, and producers, being honored with the most prestigious Hollywood award out there. We all dream in gold... but who will take home the gold?


Best Picture: La La Land

A film for dreamers, "La La Land" combined ambition and love in such a classic way. It's more than your typical "boy-meets-girl" love story, it was realistic and unconventional. It would be cynical to assume this movie is no more than a careerist attempt to enlighten audiences. No, this was more than that. It's a timeless and well-rounded piece of cinematic art that will continue to amaze audiences years after its release. It's no wonder the film is nominated for a whopping 14 Oscars. I predict we will see "La La Land" take home the award for Best Picture this year.

Actor In A Leading Role: Casey Affleck

He already won a Golden Globe and BAFTA award for his performance in Manchester by the Sea this year, which is why I predict he will soon walk away with his first Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. A heartbreaking story about love, loss, and grievance, so well portrayed we can't imagine the award going to anybody more deserving.

Actress In A Leading Role: Emma Stone

Emma captivated audiences and critics with her astounding performance in this unconventional love story. Her character Mia is passionate, quirky, and irresistibly lovable - quite similar to Emma herself. We've watched her grow as a performer and can now confidently say she has reached new heights with her performance in "La La Land".

Actor In A Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali

His powerful performance in "Moonlight" has left a lasting impression on audiences and critics. We didn't see this coming but in the end found ourselves completely immersed in his passion and influenctial interpretation of his characters struggle through life. This is Ali's first Oscar nomination, which only makes his predicted win even more astounding.

Actress In A Supporting Role: Viola Davis

Viola Davis plays a loving mother and wife in this heartfelt film about a families struggle through life. Her performance was painfully honest and wildly powerful. Davis is a three-time Academy Award nominee and is sure to finally take home her own gold statue tonight for her emotional and captivating performance in "Fences".

Animated Feature Film: Zootopia

A touching story about an unlikely duo captivated audiences young and old with it's clever storyline and charismatic characters. It's no secret Zootopia will take home the Oscar tonight for this true underdog story.

Directing: Damien Chazelle

An obvious choice for his dazzling creation "La La Land", Chazelle is sure to present his first acceptance speech this year as he takes home an Oscar for best achievement in directing. He made bold decisions and pushed himself to create a memorable experience for his audience. Chazelle's retro take on a present day love story was fresh, funny and utterly charming.


Cinematography: La La Land

Costume Design: Jackie

Documentary (Feature): O.J.: Made in America

Documentary (Short Subject): The White Helmets

Film Editing: La La Land

Foreign Language Film: A Man Called Ove

Music (Original Score): La La Land

Music (Original Song): "City of Stars" from La La Land

Makeup and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad

Production Design: La La Land

Short Film (Animated): Piper

Short Film (Live Action): Sing

Visual Effects: The Jungle Book

Sound Editing: Hacksaw Ridge

Sound Mixing: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Moonlight

Writing (Original Screenplay): Manchester by the Sea

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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