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2017 Oscars: What the Official Order of Awards Presentation Might Tell Us

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The official order of presentation for tonight’s Oscars is here and there are some very strategically placed awards, it seems. One Supporting usually kicks things off and tonight is no different. This one, however, will unfold one of the night’s biggest mysteries. Both screenplay awards are way at the end, which is a bit unusual. Sound Editing and Mixing is near the beginning. A La La Land win in Sound Editing will probably signal the beginning of a major sweep. By holding a huge portion of La La Land’s likely wins near the end, they could be keeping the audience from being too bored at the beginning with a clear and present sweep.

Lead Actress lands just before Best Picture. Could make for an interesting spoiler…

Right smack in the middle are your office Oscar pool deciders: Live Action and Doc Short Subject.

Two awards ripe for major speeches are back-to-back; Supporting Actress and Foreign Language Film. Viola Davis, the clear frontrunner, has been giving incredible speeches all season and this will be her biggest. It will earn her a standing ovation. Foreign Language Film is going to be very political – all directors of the nominated films have clapped back hard at the President’s unlawful anti-immigrant actions. No matter what film wins, we’re likely going to hear some quotable commentary and another standing ovation.

Here is the official order:

Actor in a Supporting Role

Costume Design

Makeup and Hairstyling

Documentary Feature

Sound Editing

Sound Mixing

Actress in a Supporting Role

Foreign Language Film

Animated Short Film

Animated Feature

Production Design

Visual Effects

Film Editing

Live Action Short Film

Documentary Short Subject


Original Score

Original Song

Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay


Actor in a Leading Role

Actress in a Leading Role

Best Picture

About Erik Anderson

Erik blames his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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