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Oscar Nominations Announced! (89th Academy Awards)

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This year’s Oscar nominations were announced this morning, which means that it’s time for everybody to start going to see truly serious cinema for a few weeks before we get back to whatever tent pole event is up next. Here are the films and individual efforts which the Academy would like to draw your attention to.

Best Picture

La La Land

Manchester By the Sea

Moonlight

Hidden Figures

Lion

Arrival

Hell or High Water

Fences

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 Actress

Emma Stone – La La Land

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Ruth Negga – Loving

 

Best Actor

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Denzel Washington – Fences

Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

 

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis – Fences

Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Naomie Harris – Moonlight

Nicole Kidman – Lion

Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures

 

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water

Dev Patel – Lion

Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea

Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Moonlight

Arrival

Lion

Hidden Figures

Fences

 

Best Original Screenplay

Manchester by the Sea

La La Land

Hell or High Water

The Lobster

20th Century Women

 

Film Editing

La La Land

Arrival

Moonlight

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

 

Cinematography

La La Land

Moonlight

Silence

Arrival

Lion

 

Production Design

La La Land

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Passengers

Hail Caesar!

Arrival

 

Costume Design

Florence Foster Jenkins

La La Land

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Jackie

Allied

 

Makeup & Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

 

Original Score

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Jackie

Passengers

 

Original Song

“City of Stars” – La La Land

“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

“Audition” – La La Land

“The Empty Chair” – Jim: the James Foley Story

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls

 

Sound Editing

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

Deepwater Horizon

 

Sound Mixing

La La Land

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

 

Visual Effects

The Jungle Book

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Kubo and the Two Strings

Doctor Strange

Deepwater Horizon

 

Animated Feature

Zootopia

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

The Red Turtle

My Life as a Zucchini

 

Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea

I am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America

13th

 

Foreign Film

Land of Mine

Tanna

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Toni Erdmann

 

Animated Short

Borrowed Time

Pearl

Piper

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Blind Vaysha

 

Live Action Short

Ennemis Interieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

Sing

Timecode

 

Documentary Short

Extremis

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

 

Well, I’ve still got more movies to see! Let us know what you think about the nominations in the comments section and look forward to some Oscars coverage to come over the next month!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on January 24, 2017, in Awards, Movies, Oscars. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Looks like we have two WTHH subjects in the running this year.

    I haven’t seen any of the major nominees yet. Gonna have some major catching up to do.

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    • Funny you say that. Normally I’ve seen one or two Best Picture Noms at most, but this year I’ve seen seven of the nine already. Only Manchester & Moonlight remain. Moonlight I’ll definitely see. Manchester will be the odd man out because it doesn’t appeal to me at all and the reviewers I follow have been very lukewarm about it.

      Of the ones I’ve seen, I’d go with Hell or High Water or Arrival. I enjoyed them a lot. Arrival was well done hard Sci-Fi that had very little in the way of action (just one explosion). Something you wouldn’t think could be made as a big budget movie these days. HoHW was a great modern Western, with Jeff Bridges elevating it simply by being himself.

      I’d consider all the ones I saw to be good, but if I had to pick one that didn’t really deserve to be up there it would be Hacksaw Ridge.

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      • I would encourage you to give Manchester by the Sea a chance. Just be sure you’re in the mood for something a little more measured and reflective (which would also be the case with Moonlight).

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        • MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is totally worthy of being nominated. The acting is superb and the screenplay is a gut punch.

          As an aside, if the Academy can cheer on a child rapist after they vote him a Best Director Oscar, I think they can vote for Casey Affleck, who was never convicted of anything, as far as I know. And heck, it looks like they’ve finally forgiven Mel Gibson for HIS behavior.

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  2. looks like it was good year Gibson and kidman. I guess Hollywood has forgiven mel.

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  3. I guess I have to go see LION now. I was kind of hoping I could skip that one. Oh well. I’ve seen all of the other best picture nominees.

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  4. ALL of the nominated movies came out in the last quarter of the year. Usually you see at least ONE movie from earlier in the year.

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    • For better or worse, the studios have figured out that they do better in awards season if they release in the last few months of the year. On the other hand, many experts are saying that Martin Scorsese’s Silence fumbled the ball by being released too late for the voters to have a chance to fully consider it.

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  5. Constance Wu speaks out against Casey Affleck’s Oscar nomination

    http://www.avclub.com/article/constance-wu-speaks-out-against-casey-afflecks-osc-249006

    One of the bigger controversies of this year’s awards season has been the way Birth Of A Nation completely collapsed after old rape allegations resurfaced against director and star Nate Parker while similar allegations against Manchester By The Sea star Casey Affleck failed to make any impact on his awards chances. This morning, Affleck received an Academy Award nomination for his work on the film, which is an honor that some see as either condoning his alleged actions or simply turning a blind eye to them—neither of which cast the Academy’s treatment of women in an especially good light.

    Fresh Off The Boat‘s Constance Wu is one of the people frustrated by all of this, and she posted a couple of snappy tweets this morning about Affleck’s nomination:

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    Constance Wu ✔ @ConstanceWu
    Men who sexually harass women 4 OSCAR! Bc good acting performance matters more than humanity,human integrity!Bc poor kid rly needs the help!
    6:52 AM – 24 Jan 2017
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    Constance Wu ✔ @ConstanceWu
    Boys! BUY ur way out of trouble by settling out of court!Just do a good acting job,thats all that matters!bc Art isn’t about humanity,right?
    7:01 AM – 24 Jan 2017
    686 686 Retweets 1,517 1,517 likes
    Just in case her overt sarcasm didn’t make it clear enough, she later shared a more extensive response that explains how Affleck’s nomination devalues not only the awards themselves but acting as an art form, adding that “Casey Affleck’s win will be a nod to Trump’s.”

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    Constance Wu ✔ @ConstanceWu
    Here’s a thing I wrote during an convo w/ @PeterShinkoda about how Casey Affleck’s win will be a nod to Trump’s.
    7:26 AM – 24 Jan 2017
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    Wu finishes by revealing that she’s been told “not to talk about this for career’s sake,” but she refuses to let that stop her:

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    I’ve been counseled not to talk about this for career’s sake. F my career then, I’m a woman & human first. That’s what my craft is built on.
    7:29 AM – 24 Jan 2017
    1,646 1,646 Retweets 4,998 4,998 likes

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    • The MetaCritic score for Birth of a Nation is 69 while Manchester by the Sea has a score of 96. So most critics liked one better than the other. Maybe that’s why one got nominations and the other didn’t.

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      • From what I’ve heard Birth probably didn’t deserve to be up there based solely on the movie itself. Manchester maybe deserved being there from what I gather but every indication is it is one of those movies practically manufactured specifically to get Oscar nominations. LA LA Land is the same way, but it is a much more original film so it deserves its accolades far more than Manchester

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  6. Isabelle Huppert: now there’s a name you don’t see everyday.

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  7. I am surprised hugh did not grab a nom I think academy just views him as a rom com actor which is why he was snubbed. he seemed like sure bet . I hope these movies and actors did not get Oscar nom just avoid another Oscar is so white contervsey part of me thinks that’s the reason.cuase a lot of the actors and movies have plot that involve plots that involve person race or color and the actors are ethic race. not saying these actors and movie did not desrve since I never saw the flicks the performance could be amazing for al I know iam just saying iam wondering how much the Oscar is so white played a part. Of course I do not think denzel nom had anything to do with Oscar is so white contervsey I think he got nom simply because he is denzel Washington a respected actor

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    • In Grant’s case, I think it’s a matter of Academy voters being inconsistently picky about what category an actor show up in. There was some disagreement about whether Grant was a lead or supporting actor and this might have cost him enough votes to keep him from a nomination in either category. Meanwhile, Viola Davis’ work in Fences is so universally admired that she was able to simply choose her category and secure the nomination there. The history of that role is complicated, with Davis winning a Tony for it in the lead category because her name was above the title, but the original actress winning her Tony in the supporting category when hers wasn’t. Category fraud is a real thing and I’m definitely considering writing an entire post on the topic.

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  8. Why Best Picture Nominees Fare Poorly at the Box Office

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-24/why-best-picture-nominees-do-bad-box-office

    In handicapping the Oscar race for Best Picture, it’s best to follow the money–or, more accurately, the lack thereof.

    The nine films announced on Tuesday in the running for the coveted Academy Award crushed it with critics, but they didn’t win much in the way of crowds. At the box office, they’ve rounded up an average of $53.5 million in ticket sales, which would rank No. 67 out of all films released in 2016. La La Land, a favorite that already won a Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy, leads the pack with $89.8 million in domestic theaters. Moonlight, which also won a Golden Globe for Best Drama, trails with $15.8 million.

    The structure is not unlike the Electoral College: The popular vote doesn’t always carry the day. Top-grossing films Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Finding Dory will have to shop for statuary in other categories.

    This is nothing new. The “best” picture, of late, is seldom a big picture. The Best Picture Oscar winner hasn’t cracked the top 10 moneymakers since 2003, when The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, took the golden statue.

    It wasn’t always this way, however. In the 1990s, the Academy’s top film was often a blockbuster, from Dances With Wolves and The Silence of the Lambs to Titanic and Gladiator.

    So why have the tastes of moviegoers become so thoroughly uncoupled from those of critics? Why do our dollars no longer track our finer sensibilities? One theory is that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—the 7,000 or so filmmakers, actors, writers, and PR professionals who vote on the films—are out of touch with the popcorn-greased fingers of hoi polloi.

    That was roughly the take of Vin Diesel when he assessed the odds of his Furious 7 in March 2015: “It will probably win best picture at the Oscars,” he told Variety. “Unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.”

    Despite Diesel’s fine addition to the car-chase canon (and grade-A trolling), Furious didn’t prevail. But something else is going on: There are more movies these days, and Americans, on average, are going to the movies less. While attendance has remained static, according to the Motion Picture Association of America, that’s largely because there are more people.

    Since the mid-1990s, ticket sales per capita has ticked down. The average American goes to slightly fewer than four films a year now, down from about five in 1996.

    Meanwhile, the number of movies released spiked 50 percent over the same period. In 2015, there were 708 films to choose from, including the “best” one, Spotlight, and the biggest one, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What’s more, 40 of the movies got the 3D treatment.

    When we do tear ourselves away from Netflix these days, we spend on the spectacle and save the headier fare for home viewing … if we watch it at all.

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  9. I WAS kind of hoping kevin Costner or hanks would get Oscar noms for their role

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