1. Manchester By The Sea: Definitely not fun but far more entertaining than its billed, while still being compelling
2. Hell or High Water: This movie likely reflects 2016 better than the others; though it's largely unknown
3. Arrival: I don't know that it was amazing, but offered solid commentary on the power of language.
4. Moonlight: Did I enjoy it? No. Was it well written and produced? Yes. Far more interesting than I'd heard.
5. La La Land: Nothing wrong with this one...though at the end of the day, it's mainly fluff. A fun movie, but not Best.
6. Fences: No denying the acting/writing was excellent, but that's the play. This was more of a PBS special than a film.
7. Hacksaw Ridge: Some violent and realistic battle scenes get it nominated. The rest was a little cliche.
8. Lion: A tale of two halves. The first half was like a Slumdog Millionaire remake. The second? A Google commercial.
9. Hidden Figures: Essentially a Disney movie with overly scripted moments, caricatures, and cliche tropes.
As I said, I think the winner is already picked, and I'm glad I saw them all, but I think the Academy should consider going back to five nominees. They easily could have cut it off after number five on my list and still had a great show.
We'll see if we get any surprises. There's usually one award every year...