Twenty-sixteen was a pretty crazy year when it came to celebrity news. Some stories likely made you feel sad and like your best friend betrayed you (we’re looking at you Michael Strahan), while others had you googling why the celebrity-who-just-died-and-everyone-is-talking-about was so famous.
Here is a short review. Donald Trump became president, even after the whole grabbing women by the you-know-what surfaced. And then there was Kim Kardashian’s shocking Paris robbery. Or was it shocking? (Hey, the girl will do anything for fame!) And finally, the split of Brangelina. Who would have thought that having the same number of kids as a basketball team’s starting lineup would put a strain on your relationship?
So, now that 2016 is down the pipes, and everyone can move on from this supposed “horrible year”, let’s take a look at what could possibly shake down in the news and pop culture world in 2017.
Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea): 7/3
Denzel Washington (Fences): 3/1
Ryan Gosling (La La Land): 4/1
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge): 10/1
Viggo Mortenson (Eastern Promises): 23/2
Tom Hanks (Sully): 19/1
Casey Affleck, Denzel Washington and Ryan Gosling are all up for Golden Globe nominations for their respective roles. Affleck, younger brother of Ben, sits as the heavy favorite for his role as an uncle forced to become the primary caregiver for his nephew in Manchester By The Sea. But as most you know, the Oscars are known for snubbing the deservings. That changed last year with Leonardo DiCaprio finally getting his Oscar. Hopefully the trend continues.
Natalie Portman (Jackie): 13/7
Emma Stone (La La Land): 7/3
Amy Adams (Arrival): 22/3
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins): 9/1
Isabelle Huppert (Elle): 47/3
Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane): 24/1
Natalie Portman is no stranger to making Oscar gold; she did it in 2011 with her leading role in Black Swan. Now, five years later, she’s ready to add another statue to her mantel, and her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in Jackie might just do it for her. There have been numerous attempts to tell the story of Jackie O, but all have seemed to falter, until now. Much of it probably has to do with who has played the role, and the Academy likely recognizes Portman’s effort.
Adele (25): 3/2
Beyonce (Lemonade): 7/3
Bon Iver (22, A Million): 17/3
Drake (Views): 22/3
Let’s be real. Adele’s 25 was the best-selling album of 2016, even though it was released near the end of November. That alone makes makes her the frontrunner to win the award for the second year in a row.
Adele, Hello: 11/9
Beyonce, Formation: 13/7
Davie Bowie, Lazarus: 9/1
Drake, Once Dance ft. WizKid & Kyla: 19/1
Expect another Adele vs. Beyonce showdown here. Queen Bey’s Formation is one of the only songs that can rival Adele’s Hello. I mean really, Hello is pretty much permanently stuck in all of our heads, while Formation may take a bit of thinking to remember the rhythm. Expect Hello to follow in the footsteps of 25, and take the title for the second straight year.
Ties to Russia: 18/7
Election corruption: 19/6
Personal benefit from being President: 4/1
Leaking classified information: 17/3
Purposely misleading the public: 9/1
Even if he won’t admit it, Trump loves controversy. He thrives on it. He gave the media pretty much a daily storyline during the Presidential race, and I can’t see anyone, even the highest White House executive, putting a halt to it now that he’s (soon-to-be) in the Oval Office.
Pink & Carey Hart: 13/7
Janet Jackson & Wissam Al Mana: 7/3
Natalie Portman & Benjamin Millepied: 17/3
Ciara & Russell Wilson: 9/1
Amanda Seyfried & Thomas Sadoski: 19/1
While most of the above couples haven’t released a due date, there are two things we know for certain. You can usually gauge how far along someone is by how big their bump is, and babies come when they want. Pink will likely pop first, but don’t count JJ out. She’s likely also due in January, and that baby could be coming into the world at any moment, especially considering the difficulties of having a baby at age 50.
Nikki Bella (WWE Diva): 13/7
Kobe Bryant (NBA): 3/1
Usain Bolt (Track): 17/3
Jarret Stoll (NHL): 9/1
Marshawn Lynch (NFL): 19/1
Nikki Bella loves fame. So much so, she convinced her boyfriend, WWE wrestler John Cena, to let her entire family move into their home and film a TV show about her and her twin sister, Brie. Now that Brie is pregnant and taking a break from the ring, Nikki will be looking for a new way to stay in the spotlight.
Other options include the newly retired Kobe Bryant, the still undecided Usain Bolt, the fiancé of DWTS host Erin Andrews (Jarret Stoll), and former Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch. While Lynch has made a number of appearances on various TV shows as of late, live TV isn’t really his thing. Hey, he’s only here so he won’t get fined, right?
Donald Trump: 13/7
Kanye West: 4/1
Kim Kardashian West: 4/1
Taylor Swift: 17/3
Lady Gaga: 93/7
Donald Trump literally tweets, like, 50 times a day. With Kanye West and Kim Kardashian working to keep a “low profile”, he might just win this race. Especially if he is impeached. Taylor Swift also needs a resurgence; expect to hear from her a bit more this year, but still not as much as Trump.
Mariah Carey vs. Dick Clark Productions: 13/7
JLo vs. Rihanna: 7/3
Blac Chyna vs. the Kardashian’s: 39/11
Trump vs. Everyone: 23/2
Mariah Carey handed the first feud of 2017 to us on a silver platter. She claims Dick Clark Productions sabotaged her New Year’s Eve performance. With her intense need to be in the spotlight, I can’t see this feud going away anytime soon.
As for JLo and Ri Ri, the whole Drake thing has gotten in the way of their friendship. Rihanna reportedly “unfriended” Lopez shortly after JLo posted a picture of her and her new beau Drake on social media. This may just be the year the two, who usually stay away from drama, make headlines for something other than fashion or music.
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West: 7/3
JLo & Drake: 3/1
Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott: 4/1
Khloe Kardashian & Tristan Thompson: 17/3
Will Smith & Jada Pinkett: 9/1
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