ByDarragh O'Connor, writer at Creators.co
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The Oscar nominations are finally out and La La Land has blown everybody away by receiving 14 nominations, tying for the most ever along with Titanic and All About Eve. I'm delighted with this news, because is probably my new favorite movie ever and I'm going to try and be as little biased as I can in dissecting which awards it should and shouldn't get at the Oscars in February.

1. Best Film Editing

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone [Credit: Summit Entertainment]
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone [Credit: Summit Entertainment]

Who Should Win: La La Land

La La Land was cut to absolute perfection. Some scenes were electric (the opening sequence) and yet they were easy to follow, which is now a trademark of director Damian Chazelle (he was also responsible for Whiplash). I think the beautiful pacing of this movie is down to the terrific editing of the film.

And although the feature faces tough competition in this category from the highly-rated Moonlight, I think La La Land will come through on this award.

2. Best Costume Design

Great aesthetic [Credit: Warner Bros]
Great aesthetic [Credit: Warner Bros]

Who Should Win: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

La La Land had some beautiful costume design, picking perfect clothes for every scene, but I don't think it should come away with this award. I think Best Costume Design should go to J.K. Rowling's film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The production in this wizarding world movie was absolutely spectacular, and I think it faces an easy win up against Allied, Jackie and Florence Foster Jenkins.

3. Best Production Design

Encapsulating world [Credit: Warner Bros]
Encapsulating world [Credit: Warner Bros]

Who Should Win: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Similarly, I feel like despite how good La La Land's production design was, I feel this award should go to . The production design was magical in this movie, and I'd be surprised if it didn't come home with this technical award.

4 & 5. Best Sound Mixing, Sound Editing

Future Iconic [Credit: Summit Entertainment]
Future Iconic [Credit: Summit Entertainment]

Who Should Win: La La Land

I know that for some people the technical awards don't seem the most exciting but they're still a really big deal for those who made the movie. And I think one thing the movie excelled in is the beautiful sound that was edited and mixed to perfection.

In scenes like when Emma Stone's character is debating whether or not to go out, everything is so beautifully orchestrated with sound and dance. Also, the tap dancing scene on the hill is edited so masterfully along with the gorgeous backdrop. The only film I could see troubling La La Land for these awards is Rogue One.

6 & 7. Best Original Song

Who Should Win: 'City of Stars' (La La Land)

For this award, the only debate is which of the two fantastic La La Land songs should win. This hard decision comes between 'Audition', sung by Emma Stone, and 'City of Stars', sung by Ryan Gosling. It was hard separating the two, but as beautiful as 'Audition' is, I have to say 'City of Stars' is a song for the ages, and totally deserves to come away with the award. It's also worth noting that Moana poses a dark horse threat with the beautiful 'How Far I'll Go'.

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8. Best Original Score

Justin Hurwitz composed a masterpiece [Credit: Summit Entertainment]
Justin Hurwitz composed a masterpiece [Credit: Summit Entertainment]

Who Should Win: La La Land

Personally, I think this may be the easiest win on this list, as I fully believe Justin Hurwitz undoubtedly deserves to win for the fantastic score he composed in La La Land. The full score is incredibly memorable and I can't stop playing it on re-loop! Songs like: 'City of Stars', 'Planetarium', 'Epilogue' and 'Another Day of Sun' are all fantastic.

I'm certain the young composer has a huge future ahead of him, with his only other full motion picture scoring being the incredible Whiplash score, which is another masterpiece.

9. Best Cinematography

Liam Neeson in 'Silence' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
Liam Neeson in 'Silence' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]

Who Should Win: Silence

La La Land has some incredible cinematography, but I think that it's the culmination of its other technical aspects that makes it look so good. For cinematography alone, I have to give it to Martin Scorsese's Silence, which, as always with Scorsese, is absolutely beautiful. This is a tough category however, with the likes of Arrival, Moonlight and La La Land all having equally fantastic cinematography! It'll be interesting to see who wins this one.

10. Best Original Screenplay

Psychedelic paradise [Credit: Summit Entertainment]
Psychedelic paradise [Credit: Summit Entertainment]

Who Should Win: La La Land

Best Original Screenplay is another extremely contentious category, with critically acclaimed films like Hell or High Water, The Lobster and Manchester by The Sea. But I have to say this one totally goes towards Damian Chazelle's passion project, La La Land, where you can really see his love of old-school cinema.

The story of a struggling musician and failing actress falling in love in LA has all the components of a classic. The dialogue is sharp, witty and goes perfectly with our lovable leads, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Written by director Damian Chazelle, who's the spearhead for this super successful movie, I'd be shocked if it didn't win this category!

11. Best Actress

Emma Stone. [Credit: Summit Entertainment]
Emma Stone. [Credit: Summit Entertainment]

Who Should Win: Emma Stone (La La Land)

This category has some immense talent surrounding our La La Land lead, Emma Stone, but I feel her performance was far too good not to come away with this award. She experienced the highs and lows of love, work and passion. One scene that should win this award for Stone is her audition scene – I'll say no more in case you haven't seen it.

Here, the emotions she goes through were an absolute joy to watch, and I think it would be a real shame if she doesn't come away with this award.

12. Best Actor

Casey Affleck's big break [Credit: Amazon Studios]
Casey Affleck's big break [Credit: Amazon Studios]

Who Should Win: Casey Affleck (Manchester by The Sea)

The Afflecks are a talented bunch. Only four years since Ben Affleck won Best Director (for Argo) comes his brother, Casey Affleck, for his poignant performance in Manchester by The Sea. I believe Ryan Gosling gave a fantastic performance in La La Land, and I'd love him to win it, but I feel this one is going to go to Casey.

13 & 14. Best Director and Best Film

My choice for winner [Credit: Summit Entertainment]
My choice for winner [Credit: Summit Entertainment]

Who Should Win: Damian Chazelle (La La Land)

Back in 2014, Damian Chazelle made his first major film directorial debut with the amazing Whiplash. He didn't win the Oscar that year, but fast forward 3 years and we have his second film, La La Land which is as good, if not better than Whiplash.

This is why I think 2017 is going to be Damian Chazelle's year for Best Director and Best Film. Sure, he faces tough competition from Moonlight, Manchester by The Sea and Arrival, but I think he'll pull through.

Ever since I saw the first picture released for this film I knew it was going to be fantastic, especially with the cast and crew involved. I'm so happy for this film that it's coming away with 14 nominations, because it's thoroughly deserved. If I had it my way, I'd give it all of the awards! However, I may be slightly biased.

Let me know your Oscar predictions in the comments!