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"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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If We Picked the Winners 2017

In anticipation of the Academy Awards, we polled our contributors to see who they thought should win the Oscar. Once we had our winners, we asked various writers to make the case for our selection in each category. We're posting those essays this week, two a day, leading up to the big reveal of our picks for our best director and best picture on Friday. Check back all week. Here you'll find links to all our picks.

Best Documentary: "I Am Not Your Negro— Essay by Omer Mozaffar

Best Foreign Language Film: "Toni Erdmann" — Essay by Matt Fagerholm 

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Best Adapted Screenplay: "MoonlightEssay by Peter Sobczynski

Best Original Screenplay: "Manchester by the SeaEssay by Scout Tafoya

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali for "Moonlight" Essay by Nell Minow

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis for "FencesEssay by Christy Lemire

Best Actor: Casey Affleck in "Manchester by the Sea"  Essay by Patrick McGavin

Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert in "Elle" Essay by Susan Wloszczyna

Best Director: Barry Jenkins for "Moonlight"  Essay by Brian Tallerico

Best Picture: "Moonlight"  Essay by Matt Zoller Seitz

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