February 05, 2017

An “Alternate” look at what the Academy Award nominations could have been

80th Annual Academy Awards - "Parade of the Oscars"
Time for something fun. As we wait for ballots to go out to Academy members and final Oscar voting to get underway, why not play around with a hypothetical situation? Now is the time to do it, after all. This is something I’ve done from time to time in the past, which is to look at what the Oscar nominations could have looked like if you remove all of the actual nominees. Weird, I know, but hey, it’s fun. Plus, it’s certainly more apt than ever to do this in our new era of “alternative facts”, right? This isn’t a political post, but I couldn’t resist the dig at Donald Trump and company.

Below you will see what these alternate Academy Award nominations could have been. In some categories, it’s easy to speculate, like with Best Picture and how films like 20th Century Women, Captain Fantastic, Deadpool, and Jackie were likely next in line. Or, you can look at Best Director and be reasonably confident that Garth Davis was next in line for Lion, Acting wise, Amy Adams for Arrival and Joel Edgerton for Loving were near misses, with the same going for Hugh Grant, snubbed for Florence Foster Jenkins. These are just guesses though, so keep that in mind. Now, on to the fun…

Here now is an “alternate” look at how the Oscar nominations could have gone:

(Note, these are presented in alphabetical order, not ranked order)

BEST PICTURE

1. 20th Century Women
2. Captain Fantastic
3. Deadpool
4. Florence Foster Jenkins
5. Jackie
6. The Lobster
7. Loving
8. Nocturnal Animals
9. Silence
10. Sully

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Garth Davis – Lion
2. Pablo Larrain – Jackie
3. David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water
4. Theodore Melfi – Hidden Figures
5. Denzel Washington – Fences

BEST ACTOR

1. Joel Edgerton – Loving
2. Jake Gyllenhaal – Nocturnal Animals
3. Tom Hanks – Sully
4. Chris Pine – Hell or High Wate
5. Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

BEST ACTRESS

1. Amy Adams – Arrival
2. Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
3. Emily Blunt – The Girl on the Train
4. Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
5. Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Kevin Costner – Hidden Figures
2. Ben Foster – Hell or High Water
3. Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
4. Jeremy Renner – Arrival
5. Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women
2. Lily Gladstone – Certain Women
3. Helen Mirren – Eye in the Sky
4. Janelle Monae – Hidden Figures
5. Molly Shannon – Other People

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

1. Captain Fantastic
2. Florence Foster Jenkins
3. Jackie
4. Kubo and the Two Strings
5. Toni Erdmann

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

1. Deadpool
2. Hacksaw Ridge
3. Loving
4. Nocturnal Animals
5. Silence

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

1. April and the Extraordinary World
2. Finding Dory
3. The Little Prince
4. Sausage Party
5. Sing

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

1. 20th Century Women
2. Captain Fantastic
3. Jackie
4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
5. Silence

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. Hail, Caesar!
2. Hell or High Water
3. Jackie
4. Manchester by the Sea
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
2. Captain Fantastic
3. The Dressmaker
4. Hail, Caesar!
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

BEST FILM EDITING

1. Deadpool
2. Fences
3. Hidden Figures
4. Lion
5. Manchester by the Sea

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

1. Deadpool
2. The Dressmaker
3. Florence Foster Jenkins

BEST SOUND MIXING

1. Deadpool
2. Deepwater Horizon
3. Hell or High Water
4. Patriots Day
5. Sully

BEST SOUND EDITING

1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
2. Deadpool
3. Deepwater Horizon
4. Hell or High Water
5. Patriots Day

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

1. Arrival
2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
3. The BFG
4. Captain America: Civil War
5. Passengers

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

1. The BFG
2. Hell or High Water
3. Nocturnal Animals
4. Patriots Day
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

1. Hidden Figures – “Runnin”
2. Moana – “We Know the Wat”
3. Sausage Party – “The Great Beyond”
4. Sing Street – “Drive It Like You Stole It”
5. Sing Street – “Go Now”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Cameraperson
2. Gleason
3. Tower
4. Weiner
5. The Witness

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

1. Elle
2. It’s Only the End of the World
3. The King’s Choice
4. My Life as a Zucchini
5. Paradise

Stay tuned for lots more on the race, right up until Oscar night!

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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