Tuesday, January 24, 2017

89th Academy Award Nominations Revealed


So the Oscar nominations are out and like any other year, they were chock full of surprises. Although first off, La La Land emerged victorious with a record 14 nominations, overperforming as expected. Also, Fences kind of overperformed having cracked the Best Picture lineup. I initially predicted 8 Best Picture nominees but I figured if any film would make it an odd 9, it would be Fences. Hacksaw Ridge also overperformed with Mel Gibson making the Best Director lineup over DGA Nominee Garth Davis for Lion as well as the likes of Tom Ford for Nocturnal Animals and Pablo Larrain for Jackie who wasn't a sure thing but I figured he'd get in on the foreign contingent that tends to take place in that category.

Now onto the underperformers. Arrival cracked the Best Picture lineup and Best Director. But apparently there's no lead actress in the film to anchor it because Amy Adams, who is in practically every scene, got left out of a crowded Best Actress field with Isabelle Huppert and Ruth Negga managing to leapfrog over Amy Adams and even Annette Bening whose film, 20th Century Women, only got a lone Screenplay nomination. Also, Nocturnal Animals underperformed with just a Supporting Actor nomination for Michael Shannon despite it having a strong BAFTA showing and a Golden Globe win for Aaron Taylor-Johnson who was ultimately left out.

Some positives, though, include Moonlight performing well as expected, Jackie getting in for Best Original Score despite being a serious underperformer, Hidden Figures managing to make the cut for Best Picture, and Lucas Hedges making Supporting Actor for Manchester By The Sea which was something I wasn't sure would for sure happen but it did.

Check out the full list of nominees:

Best Picture:
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester By The Sea
Moonlight

Best Director:
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Lead Actor:
Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

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

Supporting Actor:
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell Or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester By The Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Supporting Actress:
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester By The Sea

Original Screenplay:
Hell Or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester By The Sea
20th Century Women

Adapted Screenplay:
Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

Best Film Editing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Cinematography:
Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

Original Score:
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

Best Makeup & Hairstyling:
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

Best Costume Design:
Allied
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Best Production Design:
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

Best Sound Editing:
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best Sound Mixing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

Visual Effects:
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo And The Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Original Song:
"Audition" 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

Documentary:
Fire At Sea
Life, Animated
I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made In America
13th

Animated Film:
Kubo And The Two Strings
Moana
My Life As A Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Foreign Language Film:
Land Of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Tanna
Toni Erdmann

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

Best Live Action Short:
Ennemis Interiors
La Femme et le a TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

Best Animated Short:
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider & Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper