The whirlwind ride that was the 2016 Academy Awards has been completed, and with the winners resting and their fellow nominees drafting their next move, we can put the cinematic awards season to rest. Of course, we here at Cinema Blend are always looking to the future, and as such we’ve turned our crystal ball to next year’s ceremony. With a varying degree of certainty, and a good heap of salt, we’d like to present our picks for 2017’s Academy Award nominees in six major categories.

Best Picture
Deepwater Horizon
The Light Between Oceans
The Birth Of A Nation
La La Land
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
The Founder

From our end, 2017’s Best Picture crop looks to be filled with the usual adaptations and social commentary pictures. Films like Deepwater Horizon, Snowden, The Light Between Oceans, and Sully all seem like pre-programmed shoo-ins, with La La Land and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk serving as the slightly oddball pictures that balance out the pack. However, there are three films that really excite us when it comes to next year’s best picture race: the sci-fi romance picture Passengers, Nate Parker The Birth of A Nation, and the biopic on McDonald’s creator Ray Kroc, The Founder. With the buzz and subject matter surrounding all three, these seem to be the most exciting prospects in a line-up of the usual suspects.

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