March 25, 2017

“La La Land” leads the 89th Academy Award nominations

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Moments ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards. It was the culmination of literally a year’s worth of campaigning, prognostication, and speculation. Oh, and a year’s worth of quality films as well! As is always the case, voters managed to throw some surprises in with the expected results. Members of the Academy are a tough bunch to figure out, even when you think you’ve gotten them figured out. Regardless, we have the Oscar nominations now and that’s what counts. Phase One is officially over, with Phase Two about to kick off in all of its glory. Exciting times, for sure…

I’ll save the full analysis for later in the week, but La La Land led the field with a total of 14 nominations, tying the all time record. Following along behind it was Arrival and Moonlight, both with eight nominations, then Manchester by the Sea with seven nominations. A notable surprise inclusion in the field happened to be Michael Shannon getting into Best Supporting Actor for Nocturnal Animals, along with Passengers showing up in the technical categories, while one of the most unexpected snubs was Amy Adams missing Best Actress for Arrival. That’s the nature of the Oscar beast though, so have to expect that sort of thing when it comes to the Academy Award nominations, no matter what year it is. Again, the rest of the week will have plenty of commentary on what went down, but in the interest of not burying the lead, let us now get to the nominations themselves, since that’s what matters today, right?

Here now, at long last, is the full list of 2017 Oscar nominations:

Best Picture

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

Best Director

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

Best Lead Actor

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

Best Lead 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 Animated Feature

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

Best Animated Short

“Blind Vaysha”
“Borrowed Time”
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes”
“Pearl”
“Piper”

Best Cinematography

“Arrival”
“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Moonlight”
“Silence”

Best Documentary Feature

“Fire at Sea”
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“Life Animated”
“OJ: Made in America”
“13th”

Best Documentary Short Subject

“Extremist”
“4.1 Miles”
“Joe’s Violin”
“Watani My Homeland”
“The White Helmets”

Best Film Editing

“Arrival”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“Moonlight”

Best Foreign Language Film

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

Best Sound Editing

“Arrival”
“Deep Water Horizon”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“La La Land”
“Sully”

Best Sound Mixing

“Arrival”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“La La Land”
“Rogue One”
“13 Hours”

Best Production Design

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

Best Visual Effects

“Deepwater Horizon”
“Doctor Strange”
“Jungle Book”
“Kubo”
“Rogue One”

Best Original Score

“Jackie”
“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Moonlight”
“Passengers”

Best Original Song

Audition
Can’t Stop the Feeling
City of Stars
Empty Chair
How Far I’ll Go

Best Makeup and Hair

“A Man Called Ove”
“Star Trek Beyond”
“Suicide Squad”

Best Costume Design

“Allied”
“Fantastic Beasts”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Jackie”
“La La Land”

Best Live Action Short

“Ennemis Interieurs”
“La Femme et le TGV”
“Silent Nights”
“Sing”
“Timecode”

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Stay tuned for much more on these nominations in the days to come!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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