Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Oscar Nominations

They were announced this morning, and here are the big categories...

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

Best director: Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”), Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”), Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”) and Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”).

Best actor: Ryan Gosling ("La La Land"), Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”), Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Viggo Mortensen (“Captain Fantastic”) and Denzel Washington (“Fences”).

Best actress: Emma Stone ("La La Land"), Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”), Ruth Negga (“Loving”), Natalie Portman (“Jackie”) and 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").

Obviously a big day for "La La Land", but also of note--the return of Mel Gibson, and no-one will be able to make jokes about the whiteness of the nominees this year. In one category (Best Supporting Actress), only two of the five nominees are white.