Gael Garcia Bernal, left, in "Neruda," one of two features that ought to have got Pablo Larrain a Best Director Oscar.
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Ahead of Sunday's 89th Academy Awards, film writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for what many expect to be a "La La Land" sweep.Coyle:Will win: I think the SAG winner Denzel takes it.Affleck, too, is deserving but I'm going to go with Gosling, who's being curiously underrated this year despite being more or less the coolest movie star on the planet.Bahr:Will win: It's probably going to be Denzel Washington and it won't be a bad call.Should have been a contender: Tom Hanks was great in "Sully".Coyle:Will win: Stone.Should have been a contender: Three actors – Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sander, Trevante Rhodes – playing the same character across three chapters, add up to the year's best performance, but the Academy Awards aren't built to reward the three Chirons of "Moonlight".Bahr:Will win: It has to be Viola Davis, right?Coyle:Will win: Davis.Coyle:Will win: The 32-year-old wunderkind Chazelle.Bahr:Will win: Damien Chazelle.
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