Oscars 2017: And the nominees are…

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Academy Members joined Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in the announcement of this year’s Academy Awards nominations. Breaking with tradition, the presentation did not follow the typical press conference format, with invited journalists, but instead was broadcasted live worldwide via different outlets, including Oscars.org: a new format for a new generation. Actors and other industry professionals were invited to talk about their experiences as Oscar nominees and winner, a format I consider way better than two actors on a stage reading names in front of journalist. The Academy is doing is best to be fresh and young, and leaving behind its image of traditional institution out of touch with younger generations of viewers.

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La La Land by far the favorite movie of the year, made HISTORY receiving 14 nominations, a feat only accomplished by Joseph Mankiewicz’s All About Eve (personally my favorite movie ever) and James Cameron’s Titanic. La La Land has a good chance of going down in history as one of the best films of the 21st Century. As a movie lover (and notably a musical lover, you can never watch too many Gene Kelly movies), La La Land is everything I’d want my movies to be, it is a tribute to Hollywood and to movie magic. If I ever have enough money and power, I want to make a musical like that.

There have been nine Best Picture nominees, out of the 10 possible contenders, with no big surprises, although I feel some people who were rooting for Deadpool may be disappointed. I was personally hoping that Jackie might be considered in this category, but what are you going to do about it….(deep inside I’ll always know I was right).

Also, congratulations on the Academy for not turning its back on diversity (unlike the previous editions) and nominating Fences, Moonlight and Hidden Figures for Best Picture and recognizing the incredible performances of actors like Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Ruth Negga, Naomie HarrisMahershala Ali and Dev Patel. More importantly, for the first time in history, three black people have been distinct nominees in the same category: Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Naomie Harris are all nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category. Davis also made history as the first black woman to receive three Oscar nominations.

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In the acting department, the Best Actress race was incredibly tight, with so many great performances the Academy should have allowed more actresses to be nominated (you just can’t sum up this year in five performances). Let me begin by saying CONGRATULATIONS to my idol MERYL STREEP on her 20th Academy Awards nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins, breaking her own record once again. History was made, once again. And some people call her overrated… The biggest snub in this category was Amy Adams (Arrival), especially she was by far one of the obvious picks in this category, along with Emma Stone and Natalie Portman. Honestly, how could this even happen. Even though she had very few chances, Annette Bening was also left out of the race although 20th Century Women in extraordinary (Greta Gerwig was snubbed in the Supporting Actress category). Leaving these snubs aside, I want to congratulate the Academy for valuing Isabelle Huppert‘s incredible performance in Elle, considering that in previous editions they’ve left out so many great foreign actresses. Another big snub, this time in the Supporting Actor category was Hugh Grant, for Florence Foster Jenkins. Such a pity he did not get the recognition he deserved for one of the best films of his career (or at least of the past decade, let’s face it).

Now, without further ado, here are this years nominees:

Best Picture:

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

Best Director:

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

Best Actor:

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

Best Actress:

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

Best Supporting Actor:

  • 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:

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

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hidden Figures
  • Lion
  • Moonlight

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • The Lobster
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • 20th Century Women

Best Cinematography:

  • Arrival
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Silence

Best Costume Design:

  • Allied
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jackie
  • La La Land

Best Film Editing:

  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • Moonlight

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

  • A Man Called Ove
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Suicide Squad

Best Original Score:

  • Jackie
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Passengers

Best Original Song:

  • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” – La La Land
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” – Trolls
  • “City of Stars,” – La La Land
  • “The Empty Chair,” – Jim: The James Foley Story
  • “How Far I’ll Go,” – Moana

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

Best Visual Effects:

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

Best Animated Feature Film:

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

Best Foreign Language Film:

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

Best Documentary Feature:

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

Best Documentary (Short Subject):

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

Best Short Film (Animated):

  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  • Pearl
  • Piper

Best Short Film (Live Action): 

  • Ennemis Intérieurs
  • La Femme et le TGV
  • Silent Nights
  • Sing
  • Timecode

The Oscars will be held on February 26 at the Dolby Theatre and will be hosted by comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. It is going to be an interesting year…

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Oscars 2017: And the nominees are…

  1. I was so happy when I heard about the La la land nominations! The movie and all participants truly deserve it 🙂 Only today I stumbled on your blog and I must say: I love it! I found someone who is just as crazy in love with Hollywood as I am 🙂 Keep it up x

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