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Now with a preview of this weekend's Oscars, it is Talking Movies.

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Hello from Hollywood and welcome to our special Oscars preview edition

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of Talking Movies. I am Tom Brook. In today's programme, everything you

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need to know about the Academy Awards. The big-name stars in the

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running. It does not mean -- doesn't mean a lot due to get this

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recognition? Obviously. Always. There are document is in

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foreign-language films vying for a prize. Will protest over President

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Donald Trump's policies take centre stage? This could be the most

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politicised Oscars we have had. Plus our predictions on who will win the

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top prizes. All of that and more in our special Oscars preview edition

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of Talking Movies. The 89th annual Academy Awards is about to get under

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way, and the big question, it seems, is how many trophies will La La Land

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take time? This ode to a Hollywood's golden age of musicals has many

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ardent supporters. It dominates the Optus deal with its four

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denominations. This match is all about Eve and Titanic. -- dominates

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the Oscars field. La La Land has won the hearts and minds of many in the

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lead into the options. Its creator, Damien Chazelle, for six years to

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bring it on the screen. It stars, Emma Stone Orions Gosling. It is a

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shot that with all was gone. -- Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. It is very

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special that it happened. And I think that the audience is

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connecting. Most of the other best pitches nominees are less dreamy

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than La La Land, and several when they come to storytelling and

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casting display diversity. Last year, the Oscars was the siege by

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protest. This year, there are many feel is rooted in black expresses

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that largely black casts, like fences, Moonlight, and Hidden

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Figures. I think it is great that we have had more nominees across all

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categories from acting nominations to cinematography and director and

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screenplay, but obviously, Oscars Are White is about not just the

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blacks, but people of all races who are not white. There were surprise

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nubs and inclusions within the nominations this year. One of the

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biggest exclusions was Amy Adams, the star of Arrival, who was widely

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expected to read best actress on a seat. -- Best actress nominee. But

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lives in movie got a nomination. A surprise inclusion was Mel Gibson

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for his work on Hacksaw Ridge as director. That was also nominated as

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Best Director. He expected nomination suggests a degree of

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rehabilitations Hollywood. Another possibility is people using the

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awards podium to express their frustration over President Donald

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Trump and his policies. This could potentially be the most politicised

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Oscars that we have ever had. Because they think people are so

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scared and angry at what is happening in our country. And I

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think for the first time, a mass number of actors feel that perhaps

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their role as citizens in this is very important. And they will speak

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out. The protest extends beyond American shores. The Iranian

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director of The Salesman has decided not to come to the country based on

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Donald Trump's Executive Order and emigration. Many are expressing

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their displeasure with the administration. We are living in a

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politicised moment. I think people have things they want is a Banega

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platform, they will say them. What you said the people that do not

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think that it is the appropriate arena for is pressing process? I

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think art is inherently political. I think the Oscars as a platform to

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the art. And I think politics goes without art. So I think it is

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appropriate. Here in LA, the murdered trial of O.J. Simpson more

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than 20 years ago mesmerised the local population and much of the

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world. Those events have inspired a film that has been nominated as a

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strong contender in the best of major category. That is our focus

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now. You could I do everything you have done, man. If nothing else,

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this is a hugely ambitious work. It is the commendation of a 5-part TV

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series runs late hours. It covers the trial of more than 20 years ago,

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in which O.J. Simpson was a man tried and then acquitted of

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murdering his ex-wife. The director sees his film to the story of

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America through the lens of O.J. Simpson. He was a star athlete, a

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plain earing commercial pitchman. He was a Hollywood star. So before he

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became infamous, he was already someone who had broken barriers,

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especially for black athletes. -- plain

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-- pioneering. Another groundbreaking documentary is The

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13th. It covers the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution. The

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documentary maker says that slavery still exists. The 13th Amendment

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abolishing it, but not for those who committed crimes. It has been

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politically and deliberately exploited for profit. This has been

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used for everyone but black people for along time. How is -- household

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goods, guidance systems for weapons are being put together by inmates

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and convicted people, who are not being paid for it. That is very

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labour, and is slavery. Race is also as central theme in I Am Not Your

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Negro. The film is based on the work of a Northern who died 30 years ago.

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What your role is and what your future is in this country... His

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voice is quite important today. I think it is at a time where we have

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huge black clouds in front of us. His guidance and his wisdom is

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really important. Fire At Sea, and attained a matter, is also in the

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running. It is a cinematography profile of an island that becomes an

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entry point for African refugees seeking a home in Europe. If Volkers

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is not just on refugees, but also the islanders, some affected by the

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influx, and others not. -- it focuses not just on. And Life,

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Animated is the last document to nominated, about an autistic boy

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that was able to communicate with his parents by using the lines of

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the difficulty loves. The family realised they could draw when out of

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his autism, and he learned not only to talk, but to connect with the

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world through these classic Disney animated cells. With a host of

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clinical awards already under its belt, O.J. Simpson: Made in America,

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appears to be at the front runner. It still resonates with audience

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today. The Academy Awards are the most sought after it is in industry.

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Not only for actors. It is a priser can enhance career prospects. So

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with that in mind, let's take a look at who is in the running the best

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actor and actress categories this year. The best actor prize is

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looking like it could go to Denzel Washington. He also directed the

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film. It is based on the prize-winning play at the same name.

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Fences. It is an honour and a privilege to be part of it. First as

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Troy is an actor, and now to be given the responsibility if you will

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of interpreting it. I think the idea was that you would relocate. The

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Best Actor trophy can also go to 41 your old Casey Affleck, who is

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running neck and neck with Denzel Washington, for his betrayal of a

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handyman haunted by his past in Manchester by the Sea. A complete

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character. You was so difficult. I really felt like I learnt a lot. The

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next I might do a movie, I will take all that stuff that I learnt on to

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the next movie. Ryan Gosling is in the running for playing a passionate

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jazz musician who dances and Singsin La La Land. Britain's Andrew

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Garfield is also up for a Best Actor opera for his role in Hacksaw Ridge.

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-- Oscar. And then there is Viggo Mortensen who wants his children to

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grow up off the grid in Captain Fantastic. The best actor category

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is seen as almost a dead heat between Casey Affleck and descent

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Washington. -- Denzel Washington. With best actress, Emma Stone seems

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to be the clear favourite for playing an aspiring actress in La La

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Land. There is something special about this grand, larger-than-life

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musical also being something that is relatively small and heartbreaking

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about love and dreamers in a relationship. It kind of

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encapsulates both of those. In recent times, it has been uncommon

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for the best actress prize to go to someone who isn't a non-native

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English speaker, but it could go to Isabelle Huppert for a woman who

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behaves in an unusual manner after being raped in the psychological

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thriller, Elle. Was attractive to me was that I did not have to choose

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one side of her persona rather than the other. She is so complete and

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that is what makes us so worthwhile, being an actor. Natalie Portman, who

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has won an actor at -- and Oscar before has been nominated one more

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time for her role in Jackie. Ruth Negga has also been nominated for

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her role in the film Loving. This covered the story that led to the

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ban of interracial marriage being lifted. And finally, there is Meryl

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Streep, for her record 20th nomination for playing tone deaf

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opera singer for playing Florence Foster Jenkins in the film the same

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name. If she went, it will be her fourth, matching the wings of Audrey

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Hepburn. The prize is widely expected, however, to go to Emma

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Stone. One often overlooked Oscars

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category, at least by the inward looking American media, is that of

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best foreign-language film. All five this year as strong candidates. If

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cinema is, as the late critic Roger Ebert put it, energy generating

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machines, foreign films often do the most heavy lifting. Of the five

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films up for a foreign language film Oscar, the Australian entry takes

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place in a monster location. It is a Romeo and Juliet style story and the

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cast is made up of locals. The dialogue is in a distinct native

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language. Sweden is represented in the Oscars sweepstakes, the story

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that blossoms as a result of the relationship he forms with his newly

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arrived Persian neighbour. In this Trump era it does have a certain

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appeal in that it's a -- about a Conservative in and who initially

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presents and does not like his middle eastern neighbours, but then

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grows to find they are good people. This could be one that people choose

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for political reasons as well settled -- sentimental ones. One of

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the strongest Oscar contention is in the foreign film race may be the

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German picture macro -- Toni Erdmann. It is a funny film that

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serves as a critique of modern corporatism. Although when I make a

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film I don't say, yes, I want to be critical about this or that, I don't

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like to judge people or things. Another contender is Land of Mine,

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which comes from Denmark and is set in the aftermath of World War Two. A

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key element is the relationship between a tough Danish sergeant and

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German teens. The fifth foreign language entry is

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a film called The Salesman, from Iran, which observes the

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relationship between a couple after the wife is attacked. The director

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sees the film as both drama and social criticism. TRANSLATION: It's

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a realism drama, so the audience follows the story and tries to

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understand what will happen, but at the same time there is another angle

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because it's a family in society, set it can talk about society as

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well. He was planning to go to the Oscars but criticised the Trump's

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travel ban and has decided not to attend the ceremony. This could if

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humanitarian chief in EU when the left-leaning Academy descender

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message to the president. As Oscar nominees, all of these films will

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benefit from more public city and -- increased exposure. Their message

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will be received by a larger audience than those that failed to

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make the cut. In this case it really is an honour just to be nominated.

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The Best Picture award is the most coveted trophy of all and this year

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there are nine films in the running. It seems that La La Land is the

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favourite to win, but there are several other deserving candidates.

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I remember the last time I saw you. Moonlight, seen as a low-budget

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wonder, one of the most praised films of recent times, has eight

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nominations. It was put together on a shoestring and shot in 25 days. It

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begins in a neighbourhood in Miami, the story of a young, gay, black

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man. It is the journey of a boy becoming a man, finding himself in

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the process. Arrival, also with eight nominations, is an alien

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invasion movie with a twist. It chronicles what happens to a

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linguist who learns the aliens' language. Through this encounter,

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learning the language, this particular language will change her

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life and I should maybe not say that on camera, was it is one of the keys

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of the movie, but it is really a film about our relationship with

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nature also. I've dreamt about being a doctor... With six nominations,

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Hacksaw Ridge is also up for Best Picture. Lyon also has six

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nominations. It is the feelgood tale of a young Australian man of Indian

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heritage who uses his Google Earth to find his birth mother in India.

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The boy gets very lost. This is a boy who was struggling for survival

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on the streets of India. He is torn away by his family and the first

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half of the film is about him using his instincts to escape danger and

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predators in the city. Manchester by the Sea also has six nominations.

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The story is emotionally powerful and some would say brilliant cinema.

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Other Best Picture include Fences, an adaptation of a play. And Hell or

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High Water which could be described as a modern Western, as two bank

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robbing brothers Robert bank. One of the most liked Best Picture

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nominees, with three and nominations, is Hidden Figures, the

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story of three African American women who battled sexism at NASA in

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the 1960s. Their mathematical tabulation is played a pivotal role

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in a manned space programme. And back to our Best Picture

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frontrunner, La La Land, for each filmmaker who is very likely to win

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for best director. It is a personal story. In a young artist trying to

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make it today and trying to deal with how do you balance streams with

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reality? That was the story I wanted to tell the story that I felt was

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rooted for a musical and I just hope it will connect with other people.

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You've never seen it! I've never seen it. Odd makers predict it will

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take the Best Picture trophy. If not, the prize will go to Moonlight

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or Manchester by the Sea, but it seems it will be a big night for La

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La Land. SINGS: Here's to the fuss we made... Now, let's look into the

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Talking Movies crystal ball and come up with the guesses for who will win

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the best prizes. It seems the prize for best supporting actor will go to

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Mahershala Ali for playing a tenderhearted drug dealer in

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Moonlight. He is kind, gentle, why is. Loving. He is also someone who

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comes from really challenging circumstances and so in some anyway

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is he reflects a lot of people that I knew growing up and it's why I am

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attracted to it, why I was so attracted to playing the part.

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Moving onto Best Supporting Actress, nominees Michelle Williams, Octavia

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Spencer, Nicole Kidman and Naomie Harris or give excellent

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performances. But it is expected the sky will most definitely go to buy

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all Davies, who portrays the matriarch in Fences, opposite Denzel

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Washington in some powerful things. I think the script was perfect and I

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think he broke a role that is absolutely completely in her

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narrative. Her journey is complete, her journey can't be any more

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specific, so all I did was I was courageous enough to just dive into

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her life. In a major best actor, best actress prizes, expect both to

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go to Denzel Washington and Emma Stone. Best director, that of La La

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Land, will take that one. The best film could be a salesman or Toni

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Erdmann. Best adapted screenplay will be awarded to Moonlight and

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Manchester by the Sea will and up with best original screenplay. Best

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documentary feature will go to OJ Simpson: Made in America. And

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finally we think Best Picture will go to La La Land, the film as a

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whole getting ten statuettes. That brings our special Oscars preview

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edition of talking movies statuettes. A close. We hope you've

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enjoyed the show. Remember you can always reach us online. And you can

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find us on Facebook as well. From me and the rest of the talking movies

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macro production crew, goodbye. But remember you can catch me reporting

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live from the red carpet on Oscars night.

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