2017 Oscar Predictions


It’s that time of year again! It is the Academy Awards weekend: the night where all the best in the business gather for an actually meaningful awards ceremony (ahem Golden Globes). Everyone has their favorites and also, probably, films they haven’t seen. I haven’t seen every film. Don’t feel bad. But go see La La Land. Anyways, let’s get to it!

Best Picture

  1. Arrival
  2. Fences
  3. Hacksaw Ridge
  4. Hell or High Water
  5. Hidden Figures
  6. La La Land
  7. Lion
  8. Manchester by the Sea
  9. Moonlight

Actor in a Leading Role

  1. Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  2. Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  3. Denzel Washington, Fences
  4. Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  5. Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Actress in a Leading Role

  1. Isabelle Huppert, Elle
  2. Ruth Negga, Loving
  3. Natalie Portman, Jackie
  4. Emma Stone, La La Land
  5. Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
  6. Actor in a Supporting Role

Actor in a Supporting Role

  1. Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  2. Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  3. Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
  4. Dev Patel, Lion
  5. Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Actress in a Supporting Role

  1. Viola Davis, Fences
  2. Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  3. Nicole Kidman, Lion
  4. Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
  5. Michelle Williams, Manchester of the Sea

Animated Feature Film

  1. Kubo and the Two Strings
  2. Moana
  3. My Life as a Zucchini
  4. The Red Turtle
  5. Zootopia


  1. Arrival, Bradford Young
  2. La La Land, Linus Sandgren
  3. Lion, Greig Fraser
  4. Moonlight, James Laxton
  5. Silence, Rodrigo Prieto

Costume Design

  1. Allied
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  3. Florence Foster Jenkins
  4. Jackie
  5. La La Land

Production Design

  1. Arrival
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  3. Hail, Caesar!
  4. La La Land
  5. Passengers


  1. Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
  2. Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
  3. Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  4. Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  5. Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Documentary (Feature)

  1. Fire at Sea
  2. I Am Not Your Negro
  3. Life, Animated
  4. O.J. Made in America
  5. 13th

Film Editing

  1. Arrival
  2. Hacksaw Ridge
  3. Hell or High Water
  4. La La Land
  5. Moonlight


  1. A Man Called Ove
  2. Star Trek Beyond
  3. Suicide Squad

Music (Original Score)

  1. Jackie, Mica Levi
  2. La La Land,  Justin Hurwitz
  3. Lion, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
  4. Moonlight, Nicholas Britell
  5. Passengers, Thomas Newman

Music (Original Song)

  1. “Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” La La Land
  2. “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
  3. “City of Stars” La La Land
  4. “The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story
  5. “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

Sound Editing

  1. Arrival
  2. Deepwater Horizon
  3. Hacksaw Ridge
  4. La La Land
  5. Sully

Sound Mixing

  1. Arrival
  2. Hacksaw Ridge
  3. La La Land
  4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  5. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Visual Effects

  1. Deepwater Horizon
  2. Doctor Strange
  3. The Jungle Book
  4. Kubo and the Two Strings
  5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  1. Arrival, Eric Heisserer
  2. Fences, August Wilson
  3. Hidden Figures, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
  4. Lion, Luke Davies
  5. Moonlight, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  1. Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan
  2. La La Land, Damien Chazelle
  3. The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou
  4. Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
  5. 20th Century Women, Mike Mills

Final Tallies

6/14 La La Land

4/8 Moonlight

2/4 Fences

2/2 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

1/6 Hacksaw Ridge

1/1 The Jungle Book

1/1 Star Trek Beyond

1/1 O.J. Made in America

1/1 Zootopia




9th Day of Merry #Beermas Movie Pairings

Hey everybody! We’re getting down to the home stretch! Let’s do this!!!

The Grinch (Live Action)

7f9538134ba2efde7727edbd348892cdI love this movie. I don’t think there could be a better full length adaptation of this than this, and I also don’t think anybody other than Jim Carey could have successfully played the Grinch so convincingly. He transforms. I think he is both funny and believable in the role.

Watch it.

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I was originally going to pick an IPA but I found the perfect one to pair it with instead. Nutcracker is a hoppy Christmas ale, meaning it is bitter but has holiday spices added to make it mellow out a bit. I literally just had this for the first time 30 minutes ago and loved it and had to pair it with this movie.

The hoppiness represents the Grinch’s attitude the whole movie up until the end. However, sprinkled throughout the film is a bit of Christmas cheer, just like the Christmas spices present in the beer.


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6th Day of Merry #Beermas Movie Pairings

2 posts? Make it 3. I’m not driving. What’s up, everyone? I’m here again for another Merry Beermas post for you all and if you read my last one you can maybe guess where I’m going with this one…

Home Alone 2

1975_5You knew it. You just knew it. I can be predictable at times but that’s okay. This is the movie where the Evil Clown is trying to stop the Party Monster from staying in his hotel while Vinny Gambini and Brickma are getting their revenge. Right? Wait…I may have mixed some things up. Well, if you’ve seen the first movie you know the plot of this one, but let’s review. Kevin goes to NYC instead of Miami with his family, stays in the Plaza Hotel, goes to his aunt and uncle’s house where Harry and Marv arrive and he attempts to murder them in horrible ways.

St. Arnold Sailing Santa

beer-chronicle-houston-craft-beer-sailing-santa-saint-arnold-700x376I had to think of a two-parter for this one because I am devoted to delivering #premium #content or something like that. But I do love Sailing Santa. Just as Home Alone 2 was the sequel to Home Alone, Sailing Santa is somewhat of a sequel to Christmas Ale. Sailing Santa is an equal blending of both St. Arnold Christmas Ale and St. Arnold Elissa IPA. This one basically adds a bit of bitterness to a spicy, malty beer and is somewhat difficult to describe. This one is also available pretty easily in the Houston market and comes in a bomber.

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