Oscar Nominations: Reaction


The Oscar nominations were just announced as I’m typing this to you. Here are the nominees from the major categories:

Best Director

Arrival — Denis Villeneuve

Hacksaw Ridge — Mel Gibson

La La Land — Damien Chazelle

Manchester by the Sea — Kenneth Lonergan

Moonlight — Barry Jenkins


Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water (Taylor Sheridan)

La La Land (Damien Chazelle)

The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou)

Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)

20th Century Women (Mike Mills)


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 (Eric Heisserer)

Fences (August Wilson)

Hidden Figures (Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi)

Lion (Luke Davies)

Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McRaney)


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 Actress

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Emma Stone (La La Land)

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)


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 Picture



Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land


Manchester By the Sea



The full list can be found here.


So, with every time the Oscars are announced, there’s always a bit of outrage and anger over films and performances that were snubbed. One of the biggest ones that I can see here is that Annette Bening was not nominated for her performance in 20th Century Women. I have yet to see the film, but I hear nothing but great things about the film and her performance, so it’s a little bit surprising that she got snubbed in favor of Meryl Streep (actually, come to think of it it’s not that shocking).

I was genuinely shocked that Arrival got as much love as it did, but Amy Adams was not nominated for Best Actress. That was surprising, as she gave what I felt was one of the very best performances of the year. Her film appeared several times in the nominations for technical and major awards.

I’m happy that Hell or High Water got a lot of attention, with nominations in Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Picture. That was a film that I hoped would be remembered come January and my wishes were granted. It was a really stellar film, and I’m happy to see that it was nominated.

One nomination that shocked me was nominating Mel Gibson for Best Director. I guess Hollywood has decided to forgive Gibson for his racist/anti-Semitic past (I have yet to do so) as he got nominated along with his film Hacksaw Ridge. But he got a Golden Globe nomination for the film so it isn’t all that surprising.

In the documentary category, I was happy to see that my two favorite documentaries, 13th and O.J.: Made in America, were nominated. I would have preferred to see those two films nominated in the Best Picture category since they were better films than many of the films nominated, but maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part. For some reason the Academy went with nine films instead of ten, which I still don’t understand how that works.

And, to the surprise of no one, La La Land received the most nominations of any film with 14. Nothing really to say here other than it’s a great movie and it’ll win everything that people say it will (I’ll give you further analysis on that film later on down the line).

That’s going to do it for me. Hope you enjoyed this list, and I’m going back to bed now.


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