Nominations Announced for the 89th Academy Awards

The Oscars will finally take place next month, and today, the nominees were announced. La La Land leads with 14 nominations, tied with Titanic and Ben-Hur for the most of all time. Arrival and Moonlight fall behind with eight. I was surprised that some films were or weren’t nominated in certain categories, but I most of the nominations for larger categories didn’t surprise me at all. Here are the nominees this year (the ones in bold are those who I think will win the award):

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

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

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

Best 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 Original Screenplay:
20th Century Women
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

Best Animated Feature:
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Best Cinematography:
Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

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

Best Film Editing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best Sound Editing:
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best Sound Mixing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Best Production Design:
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

Best Original Score:
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

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

Best Costume Design:
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

 

I am mostly content with the nominees this year, although some people or films in certain categories were unpresent. Although Arrival has a grand total of 8 nominations, three categories that it deserved to be nominated in and maybe even win were Best Actress for Amy Adams’ outstanding performance in the film, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects. I’m at least glad it’s nominated for Best Picture and Director, as Denis Villenueve is one of the greatest and most underappreciated filmmakers working right now. After Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s win at the Golden Globes, I’m surprised that Michael Shannon is nominated instead in the Best Supporting Actor category for Nocturnal Animals. Both of these performances were fantastic, but I’m surprised that the Golden Globe-winning performance didn’t go on to get nominated for the Oscar. Nocturnal Animals was unfortunately only nominated for one Oscar, and I think its writing, score, and cinematography definitely should have been nominated. I’m also slightly disappointed that Tom Hanks didn’t get nominated for his performance in Sully, one of the most overlooked performances of the year. And I’m also not pleased by the fact that Finding Dory didn’t get a nomination for Best Animated Feature, as it was one of the best animated movies of the year, in my opinion. I’m glad La La Land got nominated in the deserving categories, and I guarantee it will win most of the big categories. There are still three Best Picture nominees that I haven’t watched (Hacksaw Ridge, Lion, and Manchester by the Sea), so I’ll hopefully get to seeing those before the actual Oscars ceremony comes around. So those are just my thoughts on this year’s Oscar nominations. I’d love to hear yours! Let’s see how these films do on February 26!

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