And the Oscar goes to…La La Land, if Bing Predicts is right

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After sweeping both the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards with her bittersweet, love-affirming delivery, Stone is going for the acting Triple Crown tonight, and she appears to be in position to win.

John Legend will be performing the popular numbers "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" and "City of Stars" from La La Land. Only "All About Eve" and "Titanic" garnered as many nominations. Viola Davis, the presumed victor, is arguably the female lead in "Fences" and should have been nominated in the best actress category. We already have predictions ready for the Oscars and here is Richa Chadha who loves worldwide cinema and is an avid fan of Oscars to tell us who she wants to win it big.

Despite living in tougher times post-election, this year's batch of Oscar nominees are actually an encouraging beacon of diversity.

Movie superstars, directors, producers and other stakeholders in Hollywood are employing all possible fashion and cosmetic procedures to look their best on the red carpet as the clock ticks closer to Oscars 2017.

Here are the nominees in other major categories for the 89th Annual Academy Awards.

This is the first year that black actors have been nominated in every category. Fences star Viola Davis is a sure-thing victor for Best Supporting Actress (don't dare check off any other name in your Oscar pool), while her co-star Denzel Washington and Moonlight¹s Mahershala Ali are decent bets for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.

Steward produced the tearjerker Manchester by the Sea. Because he knows the people he'll be joking about, and vice versa, Kimmel will be able to get away with a lot - an opportunity he'll likely take, which would be no surprise to viewers of his Monday-through-Friday showcase. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have this one in the can.

The gala already took a political turn after Iranian director Asghar Farhadi - nominated for best foreign language film for The Salesman, after his A Separation won in 2012 - said he would not attend the ceremony following Trump's controversial travel ban targeting seven mainly-Muslim countries.

But each year is full of films that could've been contenders, and minor debates about whether the winners for best picture are really the best film of the year.

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