Local film critic gives his take on Oscar nominations

Marc Mohan, a local freelance film critic, speaks to KATU about this year's Oscars nominations. (KATU Photo)

The 89th annual Academy Award nominations will be announced next Tuesday morning. That’s in advance of the Oscars, which air Sunday Feb. 26 on KATU.

We asked Marc Mohan, a Portland freelance film critic, to pick the movies and players he thinks will be nominated.

Mohan says three movies appear to be shoo-ins to be nominated for Best Picture of the year – “La La Land”, “Moonlight” and Manchester by the Sea”.

“The latter two are great movies, smaller, more serious independent movies,” Mohan says. “’La La Land’ to me seems like a favorite just because it’s more upbeat. I think people are really ready for stuff like that right now.”

He says two wild cars for Best Picture are the Amy Adams sci-fi flick “Arrival” and the raunchy comedy, “Deadpool”.

In the Best Actor category, Casey Affleck is the odds-on favorite for “Manchester by the Sea”.

“If you want to talk about Best Actor race, that seems to be Casey Affleck’s to lose,” says Mohan. “If he doesn’t win, a lot people will be very surprised.”

Mohan says Best Actress nominations feature some very strong performances.

“Natalie Portman in ‘Jackie’, as Jaqueline Kennedy, Amy Adams in ‘Arrival’, which I mentioned could get nominated, Ruth Nega from ‘Loving’, Emma Stone in ‘La La Land’ and Meryl Streep had a movie out this year,” he says.

Best Supporting Actress looks to be split between Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea” and Viola Davis in “Fences”.

Jeff Bridges’ performance in “Hell or High Water’ and Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight” are probable nominees in the Best Actor category.

Mohan says look for Kenneth Lonergan to be nominated for Best Director for “Manchester by the Sea” and Damien Chazelle for “La La Land.”

The Oscars will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The excitement begins at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26 on KATU.

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