Well the time is almost here, the 89th Academy Awards ceremony is this Sunday, February 26th! It has been a year since the 88th ceremony where Spotlight ended up besting The Revenant in one of the more interesting upsets in recent memory. A deserving winner for certain. Leonardo DiCaprio has an Oscar after a career of frequent snubs, but so does Adam McKay after finding the perfect mix of his style of comedy and drama in The Big Short. If you had tried to predict the Oscars a year ago it’s doubtless that films like Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, The Birth of a Nation, Martin Scorsese’s Silence, and Collateral Beauty would have popped up. Of those only Silence managed to make it all the way, with a single nomination in Cinematography. Instead a 32 year-old director’s third movie, a contemporary musical starring two of our best young movie stars and with all original music managed to find its place perfectly in the zeitgeist and now La La Land threatens to tie or exceed Oscar records. Right behind it is a movie about a young African-American’s man struggle to find himself amid the projects, directed by a semi-retired writer-director and based off of a never-produced play. That film is Moonlight.