Who will win the Oscar for Best Picture in 2017? Will it be Moonlight, La La Land, Manchester By The Sea or another film? That's what fans are asking after Golden Globes voters split their votes, giving many different films nods on Jan. 8.
Moonlight won Best Motion Picture - Drama at the 2017 Golden Globes, while La La Land won for Best Comedy. But while Manchester By The Sea lost to Moonlight, the Casey Affleck drama is still considered an Oscar contender, as well.
Heading into the 2017 Golden Globes, Manchester By The Sea and Moonlight were considered the two favorites for the top prize. Of the 21 film experts on GoldDerby.com, 13 of them predicted Manchester would win, while six picked Moonlight.
But when Gold Derby added in predictions from the sites' editors and top users, Moonlight was the favorite with 10/11 odds. Manchester was right behind with 27/20 odds, however.
Both films also have been racking up the accolades during awards season. Moonlight was recently named Best Picture by the National Society of Film Critics. But Manchester took the top prize at The National Board Of Review Gala.
Manchester By The Sea tells the story of a janitor (Casey Affleck) who must deal with the sudden loss of his brother. And the film has been praised for how it handles grief. Affleck won earlier in the evening for Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama.
"Tragedy happens to people — it happens more often than we’d like to admit. There’s a cliché, it’s called the Hollywood ending, and the truth of the matter is a lot of people don’t have the Hollywood ending, tragedy hits you," producer Chris Moore said before the 2017 Golden Globes."I think it is one of the most honest movies I’ve ever been around."
Moonlight, meanwhile, is a coming-of-age drama about a poor, gay African-American growing up in the 1980s. It documents a man named Chiron (played by Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes) at three different stages of his life.
"It’s a love story," said Andre Holland, who plays Chiron's friend in the film. "I think it’s easy to put it in a box of, oh, it’s a black film or a black, gay film about these poor kids, but really, at the center of it, it’s a love story, and I love that people can see past all that stuff on the exterior."
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