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The Oscars don’t air until Sunday, February 26, but the nominees were announced this morning at 7:18am CST (I guess they figure odd times get noticed). As usual I haven’t found the time to see nearly as many as I hoped to but I still have some thoughts to share.

I suspected that there would be a conscious effort to make this #oscarsalittlelesswhite, which it is, but no Lead Actress or Song nomination for Hidden Figures? Really? That feels like a big snub. It’s one, “must see film,” that actually is a must see and I thought it would be all over this list. I also suspected that Birth of a Nation was going to be shutout, just as it was at the Globes, because of the controversy surrounding the director’s past, but I was still hoping I might be wrong and it would get some, small recognition. It certainly deserves to be judged on it’s own merits and it was powerful. It’s stuck with me.

Honestly, what’s up with all the love for La La Land? Sure, I enjoyed it, particularly the ending sequence, and I know movie people love to see movies about movies, but it doesn’t live up to the hype, people.

I am ashamed to say that I haven’t see any of the documentaries but at least 13th is on Netflix because they can be hard to come by.

Lastly, if you’re wondering, my favorite film of 2016 was, Kubo and the Two Strings, which at least got nominated for Animated Feature. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

In case you missed it, here’s the complete list:

BEST PICTURE

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

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

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

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

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

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

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

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

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

COSTUME DESIGN

Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

DIRECTING

Arrival, Denis Villenuve
Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson
La La Land, Damien Chazelle
Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Monergan
Moonlight, Barry Jenkins

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
OJ: Made in America
13th

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

FILM EDITING

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Tanna
Toni Erdmann

MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

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

ORIGINAL SCORE

Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ennemis Interieurs
La femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

SOUND EDITING

Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

SOUND MIXING

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

VISUAL EFFECTS

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

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

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

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

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

 

 

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