Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Nominations revealed for the 89th Academy Awards

After a long awards season that began all the way back in January 2016 with the premiere of Manchester by the Sea at Sundance, we finally reached the most critical day of the battle for Hollywood glory- the announcement of the Oscar nominations. Early this morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their picks for the best of 2016. Without further delay, here are the nominees for the 89th annual Academy Awards.

BEST PICTURE


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Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

BEST DIRECTOR


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Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

BEST ACTOR


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Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

BEST ACTRESS


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Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


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Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS


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Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY


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Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou, The Lobster
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Mike Mills, 20th Century Women
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY


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Luke Davies, Lion
Eric Heisserer, Arrival
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures
August Wilson, Fences

BEST ANIMATED FILM


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Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE


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Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America
13th

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM


Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Tanna
Toni Erdmann

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE


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Nicholas Britell, Moonlight
Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Mica Levi, Jackie
Thomas Newman, Passengers
Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka, Lion

BEST ORIGINAL SONG


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"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" from La La Land
"Can't Stop the Feeling" from Trolls
"City of Stars" from La La Land
"The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story
"How Far I'll Go" from Moana

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY


Grieg Fraser, Lion
James Laxton, Moonlight
Rodrigo Prieto, Silence
Linus Sandgren, La La Land
Bradford Young, Arrival

BEST COSTUME DESIGN


Colleen Atwood, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Consolata Boyle, Florence Foster Jenkins
Madeline Fontaine, Jackie
Joanna Johnston, Allied
Mary Zophres, La La Land

BEST FILM EDITING


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Tom Cross, La La Land
John Gilbert, Hacksaw Ridge
Jake Roberts, Hell or High Water
Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon, Moonlight
Joe Walker, Arrival

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN


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Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING


A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS


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Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

BEST SOUND EDITING


Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

BEST SOUND MIXING


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Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT

Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe's Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

There was plenty to talk about throughout the day with these nominations. Here are just a few of the milestones, the snubs, and the surprises from this batch of nominees.

-La La Land ties the all-time nominations record


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Everybody said it couldn't happen, but once again, Damien Chazelle's splashy movie musical surpassed all expectations. Throughout the last few days, many Oscar pundits said that there was no way for La La Land to tie the all time nomination record of 14, set by All About Eve and Titanic. There was a good chance for the film to miss in Costume Design and Sound Editing, but in the end, the love for one of the most popular movies in recent memory pushed it over the edge. La La Land earned 14 nominations, capping off an incredible season for Chazelle's masterpiece. I predicted that the film would tie the record in my predictions yesterday, gaining optimism after the Golden Globes sweep. There's a chance for La La Land fatigue to set in, but at this moment, it's the one to beat.

-Mel Gibson's comeback?


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Of all the filmmakers who could possibly fill in that fifth slot, I must say that I certainly was not expecting Mel Gibson's name to be called. Garth Davis, David Mackenzie, Martin Scorsese, and even Denzel Washington were all possibilities, but few were anticipating that the often-maligned Gibson would make the cut with the directors branch. And yet, here we are. Gibson earned a nomination for his strong work on Hacksaw Ridge, a vicious, old-fashioned piece of work that highlighted his incredible skills as a filmmaker. Gibson is still despised in many circles in Hollywood- does this nomination change anything? Probably not. There were still quite a few angry people this morning when Gibson's name was called. However, it ensures that he'll keep getting movies made, and if those movies are good, he will get nominated.

-Michael Shannon gets a well-deserved nod


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Nocturnal Animals ended up following a similar track throughout the entire awards season- it did great with foreign audiences, and fell short with American movie-goers. Tom Ford's brilliant thriller snagged several Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations, but today, the team woke up to only one nod from the Academy. Thankfully, that nomination was for Michael Shannon, who delivers an outstanding performance as a gruff, sardonic Texas lawman. Shannon gives the best performance in a film filled with excellent turns from great actors, and this was the best surprise of the morning for me. He'll likely lose out to Mahershala Ali, but after Aaron Taylor-Johnson's shocking win at the Globes, who knows- maybe there's some more supporting magic for the film.

-Amy Adams snubbed in competitive Best Actress category


We always knew that the Best Actress race was going to be incredibly competitive this year, and that some very deserving individuals would be left off the list. I mentioned yesterday that the only actresses ensured to get a nomination were Natalie Portman and Emma Stone, who ended up receiving recognition from the Academy. I considered Amy Adams to be fairly safe, but in the end, she was snubbed in favor of Ruth Negga, who many suspected had fallen off the list. Annette Bening also missed the cut, but if we're being honest, that was expected. The more shocking omission was certainly Adams, who did career-best work in Arrival. Nonetheless, in a brutal year, Adams fell short, even with the overall strength of Denis Villeneuve's incredible work.

-Passengers and Suicide Squad? Really?


There are always a few terrible films that make the cut in the below-the-line categories, and this year, the strange combination of Suicide Squad and Passengers stood out from the pack. The former received a nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, beating out Deadpool, Florence Foster Jenkins, and a few other favorites. The latter received nods for Best Production Design (a deserving nomination) and Best Original Score (frankly shocking). The thought of having to say "Oscar nominee Suicide Squad" is just terrible- here's hoping that Star Trek Beyond beats it out on Oscar night!

-No Deadpool in the end


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After weeks of hubbub and Hollywood excitement surrounding the potential Best Picture nomination for Deadpool, the R-rated superhero movie received a grand total of zero nominations. I like this movie, don't get me wrong, but there was some kind of hilarious irony to all the superhero fans putting their chips on a long shot. Blockbusters deserve a place in the Best Picture race, but if films like Skyfall, The Dark Knight, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2 can't make the cut, then the Merc with a Mouth shouldn't either.

-Silence falls short


Everybody thought that Silence was a surefire Best Picture nominee. After all, 5 out of the last 6 Scorsese movies have been nominated for the most prestigious prize in Hollywood. But after a late start, the difficult drama received only one nomination for Rodrigo Prieto's cinematography. This is a weighty film that requires a great deal of contemplation, and in such a crowded season, Silence was almost universally rejected. It's not surprising, but it is disappointing.

-Biggest Snub of the Day- "Drive It Like You Stole It"


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Of all the nominees I was hoping for this morning, "Drive It Like You Stole It" for Best Original Song was at the top of my list. And of course, it didn't happen. I have nothing else to say on this matter. I'm just incredibly disappointed. Sing Street deserved better. Much, much better.

So yeah......those are your 2017 Oscar nominees! Look for more updates and predictions in the coming weeks before all is revealed on February 26.

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