The 2017 Academy Award: Full List of ALL the Nominations

Another year, another Oscar ceremony. This year, the awards are being hosted none other than Jimmy Kimmel, and while Kimmel is going to be the talk of the town until the awards ceremony actually airs, the films that win on February 26th 2017, will surely steal Kimmel’s spotlight.

As always, the Academy seems to always get it right, wrong, and a couple in-between choices that I am always puzzled about. Most notably, I am EXTREMELY upset with The Academy and ONE SPECIFIC snub that could possibly be one of their worst snubs…in history! No, I am not taking this lightly, not at all.

After the HUGE amount of controversy from last year’s #Oscarssowhite, this year, The Academy made sure diversity was as much apart of the broadcast and ballot, as the films themselves. Setting an exhubent amount of historical art records, The Academy made some pretty wise choices in terms of not only films, but the talent that follows these films to cinematic history. So, with that said, here is a look at who will and what will be competing on Hollywood’s golden night.

The Nominees are:

Best Picture
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Surprises/Snubs: Okay, while many wished (including myself) and thought that the highest grossing R-Rated film of all-time, and one of the most delightful guilty pleasures of the year was going to get nominated, fellow Canadian Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool didn’t make the cut. I am sure it was close though! Silence was silenced in this category (and many others), despite early speculation that it was going to rule the Awards season considering Scorsese’s thirty year epic was his suppose to be his crowning achievement. Another big surprise is the absence of Pablo Larrín’s amazingly gorgeous biopic Jackie, which absolutely deserves a spot on this list WELL before Lion, Hidden Figures and Fences. 

DEADPOOL Ryan Reynolds is Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL. Photo Credit: Joe Lederer TM & © 2015 Marvel & Subs.  TM and © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  All rights reserved.  Not for sale or duplication.

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

HAPPY Surprise: The biggest surprise in this category is [finally] the inclusion of Canada’s most talented director to date (maybe ever?) Denis Villeneuve. Villenueve’s work is always marvelled, analyzed and talked about, its should not have came as a surprise his best film to date would be a Best Picture nominated film and give him his first directing nomination of his very promising career.

(L-R) Amy Adams and director, Denis Villeneuve on the set of the film ARRIVAL by Paramount Pictures

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

Surprise: I could have sworn Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster was released in 2015, not that we are really complaining. Lanthimos’ script is easily one of the most inventive and genuinely original scripts of the last twenty years in cinema. Add the inclusion of Mike Mill’s 20th Century Women, and this is one very fresh and quirky category, although we all know who is going to take this one come Oscar night.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Hidden Figures

*No real surprises here. We just find it a shame that two of the best film and two of the best scripts of 2016 have to challenge each other for Oscar gold. At the end of the day, the winner is well deserving and will be applauded just as loud.*
Moonlight (2016)
Best Actor
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land *CANADIAN*
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Surprise: Seeing Garfield on this list for Gibson’s super skeptical Hacksaw Ridge as opposed to Scorsese’s religious epic Silence that was once predicted to sweep the nominations in 2017.
Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

SNUB SNUB SNUB: THE BIGGEST SNUB IN OSCAR HISTORY is the very careless choice to leave Amy Adams out of the Oscar race for her role as Dr. Louise Banks in the BEST FILM of 2016! Adams, whose performance carries the very essence of the film; its dialogue, visuals and most importantly, all the characters surrounding her, makes this choice, one of the saddest days of my cinematic life. Amy Adams has now surpassed Leonardo DiCaprio for acting nominations without winning, making her the new and sadly overlooked Leo. If you don’t believe me, just stay tuned. An editorial on this travesty will be featured soon.

Arrival (2016)
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

Snub: Where the heck is Ben Foster in this category? Peter Sarsgaard? Foster, who is easily one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood today, gives a no holds-barred, balls to the wall performance as Tanner Howard, a big brother with small ambition and a strong code of brotherhood fuels his desire to help his little brother Toby Howard (Chris Pine) steal some money from banks to rectify whats their’s. As for Peter Sarsgaard, I was surprised the prestigious actor was getting no buzz or talk of acting recognition as his very convincing and utterly uncanny resemblance and performance to the late Bobby Kennedy. Its very funny, sad and shocking to think that, despite some incredible films (Jarhead, Blue Jasmine and of course An Education) the actor has YET to secure his very first Oscar nomination.


Best Supporting Actress 

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Snub: Not only was Janelle Monáe in Disney’s crowd pleasing and critical darling Hidden Figures, but Monáe surprised us all and really exercised her acting chops and showed us what she’s got in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. Offering tense scenes of maternity, being a hard woman with some class or a real life inspiration to its lead protagonist, Monáe was one name I was anxiously waiting to hear this morning.
Best Cinematography
La La Land

Surprise: Silence got on the board once this year with their only nomination within The Academy for cinematography. At the same time, it is almost disheartening knowing that Silence stole the spot that was saved tremendously for Hell or High Water’s Giles Nuttgens.

Amy Adams as Louise Banks in ARRIVAL by Paramount Pictures

Best Original Score
La La Land

Surprise: No one thought Passengers would come away with two Oscar nominations the day before the actual announcement. Yet, Passengers, a live-action rendering of Pixar’s beloved Wall-E has two chances for gold, and one of them is taking advantage of Arrival’s invalid film score by genius composer Jóhann Jóhannsson which was deemed ineligible this year. As for Thomas Newman, if we are REALLY talking about invidiuals who have been nominated numerous times without winning, Newman currently sits at fourteen nominations, and zero wins, holding the Oscar record. Ouch!
Best Film Editing
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Best Foreign Language Film
Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

Surprise: Paolo Larraín was a hard working filmmaker in 2016, making not only one stellar film, but two! Neruda is poetic, fascinating in a very cinematic way yet, audiences couldn’t handle an international release that is not only avant-garde in its storytelling techniques, but also, very very audacious. It absolutely needed a nod in my opinion.

Snub: After horrendous films focused around comedy and the absurdities of flying, Pedro Almodóvar made his return to the female narrative with Julieta. Almodóvar has made a knack and career out of showcases some of the strongest female characters, not only in Spain, but in the world. Julieta was a true return to form in one of his strongest works to date, which threatened The Academy, who probably didn’t want to drown themselves in female favouritism or controversy, especially when the world was watching then from last year.


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

Surprise: Pixar is no where is sight. Despite Finding Dory for being an excellent film in 2016 and gaining the title as 2016 highest grossing in the domestic market, the film was still unable to snatch a nomination by The Academy. If there is one thing we know about The Academy, we know that making money is never a requirement, and if you don’t believe me, look at back 2009, when The Hurt Locker beat out the highest grossing movie of all-time, Avatar.
Best Production Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Best Visual Effects
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Snub: Not that it will be spoken about for too long, but the fact that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them isn’t included in this list just makes us sad.
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: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

Surprise: Many weren’t happy when La La Land snatched two spots on Original Song category’s list, especially since the later, City of Stars is perhaps one of the weakest songs in the film, although it does capture the motives of all its characters best. Another big surprise this year was the highly applauded and critical darling Sing Street didn’t get love in this category, when many thought it would be a certain lock.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

Surprise: When is The Academy going to start making this highly important and underrated category have five entries like so many others?
Best Costume Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land 
Best Sound Editing
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Best Sound Mixing
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Best Live Action Short
Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Best Animated Short
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

PIPER – Concept Art by Jason Deamer (Production Designer). ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Best Documentary Feature
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life Animated
O.J.: Made in America
Best Documentary Short
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

 So there you have it people. February 27th is quickly approaching, and while The Academy seemed to get much of it right this year [minus Adams], the broadcast should be one thats both entertaining, fun and exciting. Just remember, The Academy ALWAYS includes ONE BIG surprise in its broadcast each and every year. And since so many are already pegging La La Land to sweep, keep your eyes peeled for one big surprise in one of the acting categories. I already have my precondition made, so lets see, after seeing all the films on this list, if you’ve got me beat this year. We’ll have our predictions and commentaries just before showtime. Out of ALL the films nominated this year, I have not seen 15, and you beat that all that will change come Oscar night.

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