So it’s been a week since the Oscars and to be honest, I’m still trying to recover… In fact, I was going to write an entry on my thoughts about this awards season, but the wound is still fresh (maybe next time). So instead, here is an entry on the many records smashed this awards season because yes, it’s been a good year for movies and diversity (and when I say “smashed this awards season” what I really mean is “smashed at this year’s Academy Awards and maybe some other shows”). If you type “Oscars 2017 records” or “Golden Globes 2017 records” on Google, the headline that is invariably going to appear is “La La Land receives record-tying 14 Oscar nominations” and “La La Land wins record-breaking 7 Golden Globes”. And let’s face it, for someone like me who loves La La Land (and will continue to love it until the end of time), that is really cool. But these were not the only records broken in a year unquestionably more diverse than the previous two editions of #OscarsSoWhite. So, here are some of the records and milestones of the 2017 awards season:
- La La Land won a record-breaking 7 Golden Globes, surpassing the record of 6 set by One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Midnight Express.
- Meryl Streep received her record-breaking 30th acting nomination (Florence Foster Jenkins).
Screen Actors Guild Awards:
- Denzel Washington ended his record losing streak as the most nominated actor not to win an SAG award. He won Best Leading Actor for Fences (for whoch he was also nominated for Best Cast, losing to Hidden Figures). This was his 6th
- Viola Davis became the first black actress to win 5 SAG Awards.
- Meryl Streep received a record-breaking 10th nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (breaking on her record).
- Meryl Streep received her record-breaking 15th acting nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins.
- Kubo and the Two Strings was the first non-cgi movie to win Best Animated Film (it is considered a stop motion/cgi hybrid).
- A record six black actors were nominated: Denzel Washington (Fences), Viola Davis (Fences), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Ruth Negga (Loving), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) and Naomie Harris (Moonlight).
- Three black people were distinct nominees in the same category: Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Naomie Harris were all nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category, with Davis ultimately winning the award.
- For the first time in history, black performers were nominated in every category.
- Meryl Streep received her 20th Oscar nomination, breaking her own record.
- Viola Davis broke the record for number of nominations received by a female black actor (3), as did Denzel Washington (7).
- Three non-white actors were nominated for Best Screenplay: Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney for Moonlight and August Wilson for Fences.
- Joi McMillon, nominated alongside Nat Sanders for editing Moonlight, became the first black woman nominated in this category.
- The short film Pearl became the first VR film to be nominated for an Academy Award.
- Damien Chazelle became the youngest director to win the Best Director Oscar (32).
- Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar.
- Viola Davis became the first black actress to complete the Triple Crown of Acting: Oscar (Fences), Emmy (How to Get Away with Murder) and Tony (Fences).
- The Harry Potter franchise won its first Oscar in history, Best Costume Design for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
- Sound mixer Kevin O’Connell ended the longest losing streak in history after winning for Hacksaw Ridge (this marked his 21st nomination).
- J.: Made in America became the longest film to win an Oscar (467 minutes).
- Producer Dede Gardner became the first woman to win two Oscars for producing (Moonlight and Twelve Years a Slave).
- Moonlight became the first movie with an all black cast to win Best Picture and the first LGBTQ movie to win Best Picture.
- Amazon (Manchester by the Sea) and Netflix (White Helmets) became the first streaming services to win Academy Awards.