Artisans who create the Oscars
Damon Casarez for Variety

UPDATED: Oct. 23, 2016

This page will be your hub throughout the Oscar season for predictions in all of the Academy’s various categories as we move through the twists and turns of the circuit. Click through on each to see a list of contenders per category with ranked assessments of the various races.

Just remember: An Oscar season is fluid. Things do change. We’ll be here to track the shifting and sliding as it happens.

Best Picture
“Fences” (Paramount Pictures)
“Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount Pictures)
“Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
“La La Land” (Lionsgate)
“Lion” (The Weinstein Co.)
“Live By Night” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“Loving” (Focus Features)
“Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon/Roadside Attractions)
“Moonlight” (A24)
“Silence” (Paramount Pictures)
>>>See full list
Best Director
Denzel Washington (“Fences”)
Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”)
Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”)
Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”)
Martin Scorsese (“Silence”)
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Best Actor
Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”)
Andrew Garfield (“Silence”)
Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”)
Matthew McConaughey (“Gold”)
Denzel Washington (“Fences”)
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Best Actress
Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”)
Ruth Negga (“Fences”)
Natalie Portman (“Jackie”)
Emma Stone (“La La Land”)
Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”)
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Best Supporting Actor
Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”)
Hugh Grant (“Florence Foster Jenkins”)
Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”)
Stephen McKinley Henderson (“Fences”)
Liam Neeson (“Silence”)
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Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis (“Fences”)
Greta Gerwig (“20th Century Women”)
Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”)
Nicole Kidman (“Lion”)
Michelle Williams (“Manchester by the Sea”)
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Best Adapted Screenplay
“Fences” (August Wilson)
“Hidden Figures” (Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder)
“Lion” (Luke Davies)
“Live By Night” (Ben Affleck)
“Silence” (Jay Cocks)
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Best Original Screenplay
“La La Land” (Damien Chazelle)
“Loving” (Jeff Nichols)
“Manchester by the Sea” (Kenneth Lonergan)
“Moonlight” (Barry Jenkins, Tarell McCraney)
“20th Century Women” (Mike Mills)
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Best Cinematography
“Jackie” (Stephane Fontaine)
“La La Land” (Linus Sandgren)
“Live By Night” (Robert Richardson)
“Rules Don’t Apply” (Caleb Deschanel)
“Silence” (Rodrigo Prieto)
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Best Costume Design
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Colleen Atwood)
“Florence Foster Jenkins” (Consolata Boyle)
“La La Land” (Mary Zophres)
“Live By Night” (Jacqueline West)
“Silence” (Sandy Powell)
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Best Film Editing
“Fences” (Hughes Winborne)
“La La Land” (Tom Cross)
“Live By Night” (William Goldenberg)
“Silence” (Thelma Schoonmaker)
“Sully” (Blu Murray)
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Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“Star Trek Beyond”
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Best Original Score
“The BFG” (John Williams)
“Florence Foster Jenkins” (Alexandre Desplat)
“Hidden Figures” (Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer)
“The Jungle Book” (John Debney)
“La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz)
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Best Original Song
“I See a Victory” from “Hidden Figures”
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land”
“City of Stars” from “La La Land”
“How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”
“Faith” from “Sing”
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Best Production Design
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Stuart Craig, James Hambige; Anna Pinnock)
“La La Land” (David Wasco; Sandy Reynolds-Wasco)
“Live By Night” (Jess Gonchor; Nancy Haigh)
“Rules Don’t Apply” (Jeannine Oppewall; Nancy Haigh)
“Silence” (Dante Ferretti; Francesca Lo Schiavo)
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Best Sound Editing
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Live By Night”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
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Best Sound Mixing
“Deepwater Horizon”
“La La Land”
“Live By Night”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
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Best Visual Effects
“Doctor Strange”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“The Jungle Book”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
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Best Animated Feature Film
“Finding Dory” (Pixar Animation Studio/Walt Disney Studios)
“Kubo and the Two Strings” (Laika/Focus Features)
“Miss Hokusai” (GKIDS)
“The Red Turtle” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Zootopia” (Walt Disney Studios)
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Best Foreign Language Film
“Land of Mine” (Denmark; Martin Zandvliet)
“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki” (Finland; Juho Kuosmanen)
“Toni Erdmann” (Germany; Maren Ade)
“The Idol” (Palestine; Hany Abu Assad)
“Barakah Meets Barakah” (Saudi Arabia; Mahmoud Sabbagh)
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Best Documentary Feature
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Best Documentary (Short Subject)
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Best Short Film (Animated)
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Best Short FIlm (Live Action)
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