Oscar Derby 2017: The Nominations!

La La Land is so *NOT* All About Eve.

In case you missed it (or missed hearing about it) the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced yesterday. So I’m about a day late to the proceedings here; but hey, we don’t publish on Tuesdays.

But I am here now to give you the run-down of nominees!

In short: this year we have 9 Best Picture nominees, La La Land (grrrr) has tied Titanic and All About Eve (grrrr) for most nominations in a given year (14 to be precise)(oh, and grrrrr), and despite women still sorely absent from many of the production awards, the acting categories end up being far more racially inclusive than they have been in recent years (yaaayy!)

Anyway. Let’s get this started. Below is the complete list of nominees, with reactions added.

 

BEST PICTURE

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

So Arrival managed to sneak in there, I see… that’s fun. Between this and Fury Road last year, it seems well-thought “genre” films are gaining better traction (though that is also probably because the expanded nominations approach that’s been in effect since 2009 has allowed more genre films through.)

I am also quite pleased/excited to see Hell or High Water placing in here as an also-ran, and further pleased at Hidden Figures riding a recent popularity surge that has pushed it into the pack.

I was unsure about whether or not Fences would make it, and apparently it did. I’m not the movie’s biggest fan, but there are worse and whiter things to nominate I suppose…

Speaking of… I admit I’m somewhat surprised to see Hacksaw Ridge. … … … Please don’t make me see a Mel Gibson movie…

 

BEST DIRECTOR

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

Interesting. Denis Villeneuve manages to get in there. Then again, he does have a DGA nomination as well — so maybe it’s not that interesting that he trumped Tom Ford and Denzel Washington (neither of whom managed a DGA nom.)

Nah, the bigger surprise, honestly, is seeing Mel Gibson make it in here. Not only has been a bit of a Hollywood pariah for about the last decade, he too was totally ignored over at the Directors Guild (if you’re curious, it was Garth Davis for Lion who has his spot there.)

… Please don’t make me see a Mel Gibson movie…

 

BEST ACTOR

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

This the exact same as the SAG nominations list.

Joel Edgerton was in here for Loving at the Globes, but without the Drama and Comedy/Musical split, Ryan Gosling shoved him out and Viggo Mortensen continued to hold on to his random nomination for a movie not nominated for anything else.

I’m expecting this to mostly boil down to musical vs. drama in Gosling vs. Affleck (with maybe a small percentage change of Denzel Washington trouncing both of them.)

 

BEST ACTRESS

Isabelle Huppert, (Elle)
Ruth Negga, (Loving)
Natalie Portman, (Jackie)
Emma Stone, (La La Land)
Meryl Streep, (Florence Foster Jenkins)

And newcomer Ruth Negga manages to push out two-movie Amy Adams! Whoa. Congratulations and all to Ruth Negga, but this is weird. At this point Amy Adams feels like an Oscar consistency — she’s a five time nominee, and it’s a little funny not seeing her as one this year when she had two well-received movies (one of which has eight nominations here!) It feels even more odd considering Negga isn’t nominated for a SAG (whereas Amy Adams is).

And Isabelle Huppert, who has otherwise been cleaning up critics’ awards for Verhoeven’s French film Elle, was also not in the SAG pack.

That fact is likely going to automatically bleed away voters for both them.

 

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)

Once again, Supporting Actor, you wacky-fuck category!!

Ummm… hi, Michael Shannon? Weird seeing you randomly pop up here! Guess that’s a heavy burn on Hugh Grant, huh? I mean, he was the one nominated in your place at SAG… and Aaron Taylor Johnson was the one nominated, for the same movie no less!, at the Globes (and won!). I don’t even… what the… ok. You’re probably all going to lose to Mahershala Ali anyway.

WHERE’S DOMHNALL GLEESON??? SNUBBED I SAY! 1

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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

Same as Globes, same as SAG. Nothing new here.

I admit I’m a little disappointed that Janelle Monáe couldn’t work in here at all. I think she deserves to be here as much as Octavia Spencer does — to the extent that if you forced me to pick only one of them to represent Hidden Figures (though both should be included, honestly) I would actually pick Monae for her role of Mary Jackson.

Seeing three women of color is still great though! Now it’s time for Viola Davis to crush everyone (she’s the first black actress to be nominated for three Academy Awards!)

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Mike Mills (20th Century Women)
Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou (The Lobster)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Ok then. Well part of the weirdness of this is that films nominated in Original Screenplay at the WGAs are in Adapted here (i.e. Moonlight.) Seeing Mike Mills is a bit of a surprise (over seeing things Florence Foster Jenkins or Zootopia, for instance.)

I’ve come to grudging terms of acceptance with The Lobster.

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Eric Heisserer (Arrival)
August Wilson (Fences)
Allison Schroeder & Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures)
Luke Davies (Lion)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Mostly as expected. Tom Ford (for Nocturnal Animals) was nominated for both a Golden Globe and a WGA. But Luke Davies’ script for Lion was ineligible for WGA, so seeing that disparity here isn’t uncommon.

Hey look, there’s a lady in there.

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Bradford Young (Arrival)
Linus Sandgren (La La Land)
Greig Fraser (Lion)
James Laxton (Moonlight)
Rodrigo Prieto (Silence)

You’d be forgiven if not many of these (if any of them) don’t ring any bells. Only Rodrigo Prieto has been nominated for an Oscar before (for Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain in 2005; and he lost to Dion Beebe for Memoirs of a Geisha.) He was the DP for 2012 Best Picture winner Argo (though he wasn’t nominated there), and also worked with Scorsese recently on Wolf of Wall Street (but not nominated for that either.)

FUN FACT! Prieto worked with Alejandro G. Iñárritu on 4 films (21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful, and Amores perros) before Iñárritu began teaming up with Emmanuel Luzbecki, who was also nominated, and lost, in 2005 for The New World.)

ALSO FUN FACT: Bradford Young makes history as being the first African-American cinematographer nominated for an Oscar (for reference, he also was the Director of Photography for the oft-cited-as-snubbed Selma in 2014, as well as A Most Violent Year, also in 2014.) 

At least no one is set up to lose to Luzbecki this year… again.

 

BEST FILM EDITING

Joe Walker (Arrival)
John Gilbert (Hacksaw Ridge)
Jake Roberts (Hell or High Water)
Tom Cross (La La Land)
Nat Sanders and Joi Mcmillan (Moonlight)

So Tom Cross has previously won in this category, the last time he was paired with Damien Chazelle (which was 2014’s Whiplash.)

And Joe Walker has previously been nominated in 2013 for 12 Years a Slave (he lost to Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger for Gravity.) Also of note: this is his second Oscar-nominated film with Denis Villeneuve (Sicario being the other, though he/editing was not nominated for that one.)

Not only did I enjoy Hell or High Water immensely, I have a soft spot for Jake Roberts since he also was the editor of last year’s Brooklyn (wasn’t nominated for it, though.)

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

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

 

… Sure. Ok. Next?

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Patrice Vermette (Arrival)
Stuart Craig & James Hambidge (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
Jess Gonchor (Hail, Caesar!)
David Wasco (La La Land)
Guy Hendrix Dyas (Passengers)

I didn’t totally love Hail, Caesar!, but I’m amused at seeing it included. It’s interesting seeing it in the same company as La La Land — whereas the the latter called back to old-Hollywood, Hail, Caesar! actually literally recreates it.

Ahahaha. This is the only recognition Passengers will ever see.

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Joanna Johnston (Allied)
Colleen Atwood (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
 Consolata Boyle (Florence Foster Jenkins)
 Madeline Fontaine (Jackie)
Mary Gophers (La La Land)

Huh. No pageantry nominee this year (I’m not entirely sure Fantastic Beasts quite counts in that regard…?) Seems we’re largely going “real-world” clothing. Ok. That works.

 

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

Ahahahahaha. Umm. Ok? A random small Swedish film… an indulgent, critical bomb of a movie… and Star Trek. It’s that kind of year, is it?

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Mica Levi (Jackie)
Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)
Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka (Lion)
Nicholas Britell (Moonlight)
Thomas Newman (Passengers)

Ok. Apparently Passengers gets two nominations…? I mean, it’s Oscar mainstay Thomas Newman so ok (the man has had something like 14 nominations), but people can now say that Passengers was nominated for two Oscars.

I’m getting really sick of typing “La La Land“…

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

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

Aw c’mon! Two songs from La La Land?? Ugh. … Well, at least “The Fools Who Dream” is a better song than “City of Stars.” … I really hate “City of Stars,” guys. Really? We couldn’t have nominated anything from Sing Street??

But yay for Moana and Lin-Manuel Miranda!! Always Lin-Manuel Miranda.

 

BEST SOUND EDITING

Arrival 
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully 

 

I am not informed enough on this particular artistic subject to report any opinions whatsoever! Neither have I seen most of these! Wheeeeee!

 

BEST SOUND MIXING

13 Hours
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Ditto. But also ehh.

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Land of Mine, Denmark
A Man Called Ove, 
Sweden
The Salesman, 
Iran
Tanna,
Australia
Toni Erdmann, 
German

Fun Fact: Tanna is the first Oscar nomination for Australia in this category.

Fun Fact #2: This is the second Asghar Farhadi film to be nominated in this category. He won in 2012 with A Separation (which was also nominated for original screenplay.)

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

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

Largely an expected yawn. No Pixar this year, but there is the traditional Disney represented… as well as the traditional Studio Ghibli film… And then there’s the inevitable Kubo and the Two Strings (grrrr 2.0)

I REFUSE TO WATCH A MOVIE CALLED MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

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

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing (Mindenki)
Timecode

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

Mostly I’m just amused that three different animated shorts all begin with the letter P… But maybe that’s because my coffee has run out and my brain has gone loopy over the course of putting together this post. That’s possible.

Anyways! That’s it, folks!

Next time I see you it will be as we kick off our stretch of guild awards! The PGAs and SAGs, DGAs (and sure, to some extent the WGA) will start to paint a better picture of how the various voting pools are leaning going forward. 

The Producer’s Guild will be first up on January 28th, and the SAGs the night after on the 29th. So I will dutifully see you again next Monday, January 30th for the run-down of results! 

Keep watching movies! 

  1.  Nevermind. He didn’t do anything this year. Sorry. Reflex.