2017 Oscars! The nominees are:


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This morning, I approached the day the little kid on Christmas: excited, giddy, wracked with anticipation because for film buffs like myself who look back on what the year has brought before, today is Christmas and the morning has received a bountiful harvest. This morning, Cheryl Boone Isaacs and members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the class of 2016!

At last, after all the speculating, all the guesswork, all the hypothesizing, the nominees for 89th Academy Awards have been revealed! Let’s take a look at who and what are in the running for Hollywood’s highest honor:

Best Documentary Feature:

  • Fire at Sea
  • I am Not Your Negro
  • Life, Animated
  • O.J.: Made in America
  • 13th

Best Foreign Language Film:

  • Land of Mine (Denmark)
  • A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
  • The Salesman (Iran)
  • Tanna (Australia)
  • Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Best Costume Design:

  • Joanna Johnston, Allied
  • Colleen Atwood, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Consolata Boyle, Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Madeline Fontaine, Jackie
  • Mary Zophres, La La Land

Best Visual Effects:

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

Best Animated Feature:

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

Best Production Design:

  • Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte, Arrival
  • Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh, Hail, Caesar!
  • David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, La La Land
  • Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serdena, Passengers

Best Original Song:

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

Best Score:

  • Micachu, Jackie
  • Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
  • Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka, Lion
  • Nicholas Britell, Moonlight
  • Thomas Newman, Passengers

Best Editing:

  • Joe Walker, Arrival
  • John Gilbert, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Jake Roberts, Hell or High Water
  • Tom Cross, La La Land
  • Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon, Moonlight

Best Cinematography:

  • Bradford Young, Arrival
  • Linus Sandgren, La La Land
  • Greg Fraser, Lion
  • James Laxton, Moonlight
  • Rodrigo Prieto, Silence

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water
  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou, The Lobster
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  • Mike Mills, 20th Century Women

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • Eric Heisserer, Arrival
  • August Wilson, Fences
  • Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures
  • Luke Davies, Lion
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

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

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
  • Dev Patel, Lion
  • Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

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

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

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

Best Director:

  • Denis Villenueve, Arrival
  • Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Picture:

And there you have it! The full list of nominees can be found here! On February 26, 2017, the little golden statues will find there way into the hands of their respective winners, commemorating the outstanding achievements of film in 2016. Jimmy Kimmel will preside over the 89th Academy Awards as host as the ceremony will be telecast on ABC. I will post my thoughts on the nominations in a few days and in the weeks to come, my predictions. I’m terribly excited for this!


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