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Arsenal and Chelsea clean up at the Premier League version of the Oscars

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Lights... Camera... Action! Ahead of this weekend's 89th Academy Awards, daily Fantasy Football game Oulala.com are proud to present our alternative take on Hollywood's celebration of the film industry's finest... The Premier League Oscars 2017! 
Our glittering ceremony, live from Shanghai China, recognises the best of the Premier League from the 2016/17 season

Going into the event, Chelsea and Arsenal were the frontrunners with six nominations apiece; third were Liverpool, with five. While Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez were nominated in three categories each. 
We have eight awards up for grabs - Best Actor, Supporting Actor, Visual Effects, Director, Cinematography, Original Screenplay, Picture and the prestigious Academy Honorary Award for services to the Premier League. 
So without further ado, let's get started...

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Nominated: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Nominated: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Nominated: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
WINNER: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Alexis Sanchez's portrayal of a winger turned centre-forward in Arsenal has won him the best actor in a leading role award at this year's Premier League Oscars.
The 28-year-old's commitment has received a lot of attention. During production, Sanchez delivered 17 goals and eight assists to beat off competition from a five-strong field, including heavy favourite Eden Hazard for his starring role in the Russian epic Chelsea
The Chilean has a number of projects in the offing but is yet to confirm what his next role will be. However, reports suggest he may be set to feature in Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus this summer. 

Alexis Sanchez ranks in the top 10 in nine different categories in the Premier League this season (Stats via Oulala.com)
Best Supporting Actor
Nominated: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
Nominated: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Nominated: Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion)
Nominated: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City)
WINNER: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Kevin De Bruyne has won the best supporting actor at the Premier League Oscars for his performance in Manchester City
The 25-year-old, known primarily for his creative roles, beat off tough opposition in this fiercely competitive category to win the award. 
In Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, De Bruyne plays a Belgian at the centre of a plot for European domination. 
De Bruyne's previous performances have brought him wide acclaim, including a starring role in Dieter Hecking's German masterpiece Wolfsburg.
Kevin De Bruyne has registered the most assists in the Premier League during 2016/17 (Stats via Oulala.com)

Best Visual Effects
Nominated: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (MANCHESTER UNITED vs Sunderland)
Nominated: Andy Carroll (WEST HAM UNITED vs Crystal Palace)
Nominated: Eden Hazard (CHELSEA vs Arsenal)
Nominated: Jordan Henderson (Chelsea vs LIVERPOOL)
WINNER: Olivier Giroud (ARSENAL vs Crystal Palace)
Olivier Giroud has won the best visual effects Premier League Oscar for his scorpion kick in Arsenal. The terrifying scene, set in London on New Year's Day, wowed audiences worldwide. 
The 30-year-old's adaptation of Henrikh Mkhitaryan's performance in Manchester United, released a week earlier, won rave reviews from the critics. 
Gary Neville said "Giroud's is higher and more difficult, probably, than Mkhitaryan's. That one was incredible, but this is frightening". Jamie Carragher continued "It's amazing. Watching it, I was in disbelief. Has he just done that?". While Graeme Souness added "Giroud's is a fantastic goal and a great bit of football". 
Best Director
Nominated: Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)
Nominated: Paul Clement (Swansea City)
Nominated: Sean Dyche (Burnley)
Nominated: Ronald Koeman (Everton)
WINNER: Antonio Conte (Chelsea)
Antonio Conte has won the Premier League Oscar as best director for Chelsea
Conte was the favourite for the award, despite strong competition from the likes of Mauricio Pochettino for Tottenham and Paul Clement for Swansea City.
The latest chapter from the Chelsea series, created by Roman Abramovich, has proved a box office hit and is set to gross as much as £150 million in May. 
Chelsea's improvement over the last 12 months has been incredible (Stats vis Oulala.com)

During the interval, Chelsea's Diego Costa gathered together a number of attendees in an attempt to break the selfie retweet record. 
The picture, taken by Costa and featuring a number of the Premier League's top stars including Harry KaneRomelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as well as special guests Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, was forwarded on Twitter more than 17 times by the time the ceremony was over.

Best Cinematography
Nominated: Alexis Sanchez (Sunderland vs ARSENAL)
Nominated: Eden Hazard (CHELSEA vs Everton)
WINNER: Christian Eriksen (TOTTENHAM vs Hull City)
Christian Eriksen has walked away with the Premier League Oscar for best cinematography. 
The gripping scene from Tottenham, set on a cold December's day in London, generated 30 uninterrupted passes before Eriksen delivered a mesmeric on-screen finale. 
Since the Dane's
 grand yet vulnerable debut in Frank de Boer's Ajax, Eriksen's performances are now receiving the recognition they fully deserve.

Best Original Screenplay
Nominated: Liverpool (Gegenpressing)
Nominated: Burnley (Home Record)
Nominated: Swansea City (Relegation Resurgence)
WINNER: Chelsea (3-4-3 Formation)
Chelsea has won the Premier League Oscar for best original screenplay, defeating a four-strong field that included Liverpool's gegenpressing. 
Directed by Antonio Conte, Chelsea stars David Luiz as a talented and cultured centre back, N'Golo Kante portrays an energetic, ball-winning midfielder, while Diego Costa has dropped his hot-head villain typecast, to return as the hero in his latest role. 
The screenplay, an adaptation of Conte's Juventus, has singlehandedly made Chelsea's arthouse cadence palatable to multiplex audiences. 
Since switching to Conte's preferred 3-4-3 system after their opening six games, Chelsea have flourished (Stats via Oulala.com)
Best Picture
Nominated: Everton 6-3 Bournemouth
Nominated: Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal
Nominated: Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool
Nominated: Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham
WINNER: Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool 
Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool has won this year's Premier League Oscar for best picture. 
The tense drama set on the south coast of England, beat suspense thriller Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool and action comedy Everton 6-3 Bournemouth to take home the prize. 
Accepting the award, Executive Producer Eddie Howe said he hoped the game's message - resilience prevails - would "resonate with football fans around the world". Co-Producer, Jurgen Klopp, added "Even I didn't see that twist coming!"
Bournemouth - Liverpool
39.8% - Possession - 60.2%
292 - Successful Passes - 472
12 - Shots - 10
9 - Fouls Committed - 17
Academy Honorary Award
Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)
Arsene Wenger has been recognised at this year's ceremony with a lifetime achievement, the prestigious Academy Honorary Award, for his 20 years service to Arsenal.  
Wenger joins the only other honoree to have been given the award, Sir Alex Ferguson.
"The board is proud to recognise our honorees' remarkable contributions," said Oulala.com CEO and academy president Valery Bollier in a statement. "We'll be celebrating Mr Wenger's achievements with the knowledge that the work that he has accomplished - with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference - will also enrich future generations."
Arsene Wenger has won the Premier League three times during his time at Arsenal (via Oulala.com)

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