2017 Academy Award Nominations Reavealed

Hollywood, CA: January 24, 2017

La La Land leads the 2017 Oscar nominations with a record tying 14 nods. Damien Chazelle’s love letter to classic Hollywood musicals  joins Titanic and All About Eve as one of the most nominated films of all time.

Some observations, surprises and disappointment:

Amy Adams was snubbed for both Nocturnal Animals and Arrival. Meryl Streep was recognized for Florence Foster Jenkins. Take that, Donald Trump.

What should have been Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s well deserved nomination for Nocturnal Animals went instead to his co-star, Michael Shannon, playing a grizzled sheriff in a small town solving a crime. Ironically, Jeff Bridges was recognized and more deserving for playing a very similar role in Hell Or High Water.

Happy to see the touching and beautiful Lion nominated, though Nicole Kidman did little in that film to earn her a best supporting actress nod. Disappointed that the Academy did not recognize Annette Benning’s fine work in Twentieth Century Women.

Pleased that young actor, Lucas Hedges was nominated for Manchester By The Sea.

The love for Hidden Figures is well deserved but the raves for Moonlight are hard to understand. Is it a result of the #OscarsSoWhite campaign of the last few years?

13th and I Am Not Your Negro are both moving and powerful films in the Best Documentary category. Both have to be seen.

Isabelle Huppert’s nomination as Best Actress in the lame, Elle makes little sense, and talking of making little sense, the off the wall, nonsensical and ridiculous, Toni Erdmann is on the list for Best Foreign Language film. That award has to go to Land of Mine, a powerful and moving film from Denmark that should not be missed.

The 2017 Oscars will take place on February 26 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Read the 2017 nominations in full below.

Best Picture

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester By The Sea
  • Moonlight

Best Director

  • Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)
  • Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson)
  • La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
  • Manchester By The Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
  • Moonlight (Barry 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 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 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 Supporting Role

  • Viola Davis (Fences)
  • Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
  • Nicole Kidman (Lion)
  • Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
  • Michelle Williams (Manchester By The Sea)

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 Adapted Screenplay

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

Best Cinematography

  • Arrival
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Silence

Best Original Score

  • Jackie
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Passengers

Best Animated Feature

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life As A Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle
  • Zootopia

Best Film Editing

  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • Moonlight

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)

Best Documentary Feature

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

Best Documentary Short

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

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Land Of Mine
  • A Man Called Ove
  • The Salesman
  • Tanna
  • Toni Erdmann

Best Live Action Short

  • Ennemis Interieurs
  • La Femme et le TGV
  • Silent Nights
  • Sing
  • Timecode

Best Animated Short Film

  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  • Pearl
  • Piper

Best Sound Editing

  • Arrival
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Sully

Best Sound Mixing

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

Best Production Design

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

Best Visual Effects

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

Best Costume Design

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

Best Makeup and Hair Design

  • A Man Called Ove
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Suicide Squad

Live Reaction to the 2013 SAG Awards

Sunday, January, 27, 2013

5:00 p.m. and the show has just started.    Nicole Kidman presenting the first nomination, Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role.

Nominees: ALAN ARKIN – “ARGO”
JAVIER BARDEM – “SKYFALL”
ROBERT DE NIRO – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK”
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN – “THE MASTER”
TOMMY LEE JONES – “LINCOLN”

19th+Annual+Screen+Actors+Guild+Awards+Show+HIyyhAdFE89lThe winner is: Tommy Lee Jones, who is not there to accept.  Disappointing choice for this award.  It should have gone to Arkin or Seymour Hoffman… but them’s the breaks.

5:09:  Justin Timberlake looking very conservative giving out the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.  Nominees are:

 

SALLY FIELD – “LINCOLN”
ANNE HATHAWAY – “LES MISÃ?RABLES”
HELEN HUNT – “THE SESSIONS”
NICOLE KIDMAN – “THE PAPERBOY”
MAGGIE SMITH – “THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL”

The Actor goes to Ann Hathaway who gives a sweet sincere speech.

Next up:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEC BALDWIN – “30 ROCK” (NBC)
TY BURRELL – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
LOUIS C.K. – “LOUIE” (FX)
JIM PARSONS – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)
ERIC STONESTREET – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)

Winner is: Alec Baldwin, sporting a new haircut, giving a short but sweet acceptance speech.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon – “30 ROCK” (NBC)
AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope – “PARKS AND RECREATION” (NBC)
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
BETTY WHITE – “HOT IN CLEVELAND” (TV Land)

Will it be Betty White?

No.  The winner is: Tina Fay, looking very 1940s, receiving her 5th Actor award.  “Thank you for letting me in this union,” she tells the audience.

Next is the cast of Argo, introducing their film.

Next:

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 ROCK (NBC)
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
GLEE (FOX)
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
NURSE JACKIE (Showtime)
THE OFFICE (NBC)

Amazing how these same shows dominate every award show.  And the Actor goes to: The cast of Modern Family, winning for the third consecutive win.  Boring.  Surely there are some other worthy show out there?

5:42 p.m.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
NICOLE KIDMAN – “HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN” (HBO)
JULIANNE MOORE – “GAME CHANGE” (HBO)
CHARLOTTE RAMPLING – “RESTLESS” (Sundance Channel)
SIGOURNEY WEAVER – “POLITICAL ANIMALS” (USA)
ALFRE WOODARD – “STEEL MAGNOLIAS” (Lifetime)

The award goes to Julianne Moore for “Game Change.”

5:45 p.m.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
KEVIN COSTNER – “HATFIELDS & McCOYS” (History)
WOODY HARRELSON – “GAME CHANGE” (HBO)
ED HARRIS – “GAME CHANGE” (HBO)
CLIVE OWEN – “HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN” (HBO)
BILL PAXTON – “HATFIELDS & McCOYS” (History)

The winner is: Kevin Costner who also won the Golden Globe.  He is not there to receive the award.

6:05 p.m. Alec Baldwin pays tribute to Dick Van Dyke who is getting a Life Achievement Award.  He gives a sweet, funny thank you speech.  “Aren’t we lucky to have found a line of work that doesn’t require growing up,” Van Dyke said in a speech that paused to recognize co-stars like Mary Tyler Moore and to poke fun at his iffy Cockney accent in “Mary Poppins.”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
STEVE BUSCEMI – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)
BRYAN CRANSTON – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC)
JEFF DANIELS – “THE NEWSROOM” (HBO)
JON HAMM – “MAD MEN” (AMC)
DAMIAN LEWIS – “HOMELAND” (Showtime)

Brian Cranston wins for “Breaking Bad.”   “It’s good to be bad” he declares.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
CLAIRE DANES – “HOMELAND” (Showtime)
MICHELLE DOCKERY – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)
JESSICA LANGE – “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM” (FX)
JULIANNA MARGULIES – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS)
MAGGIE SMITH – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)

The award goes to new mom, Clare Danes for Homeland who seems to be winning everything these days.

6:20 p.m. A sad tribute to those actors who died in the past 12 months.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
BREAKING BAD (AMC)
DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS)
HOMELAND (Showtime)
MAD MEN (AMC)

In something of a surprise, the award goes to the cast of Downton Abbey.  “We are so not expecting this.  Shut the French windows” one of the actresses from the show exclaims.

We’re getting to the big awards asRobert De Niro introduces Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JESSICA CHASTAIN – “ZERO DARK THIRTY”
MARION COTILLARD – “RUST AND BONE”
JENNIFER LAWRENCE – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK”
HELEN MIRREN – “HITCHCOCK”
NAOMI WATTS – “THE IMPOSSIBLE”

The winner is Jennifer Lawrence who wins a SAG award for the first time.  In an emotional speech she begins by thanking MTV for earning her SAG card at the age of 14.

6:52: p.m. Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
BRADLEY COOPER – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK”
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS – “LINCOLN”
JOHN HAWKES – “THE SESSIONS”
HUGH JACKMAN – “LES MISÃ?RABLES”
DENZEL WASHINGTON – “FLIGHT”

And the Actor goes to: Daniel Day Lewis for “Lincoln” who gives a lovely, mannered speech, pointing out that it was an actor who murdered Abe Lincoln, and it’s appropriate that once in a while an actor brings him back to life again.

And the final award, presented by Jude Law:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
ARGO (Warner Bros. Pictures)
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (Fox Searchlight)
LES MISÃ?RABLES (Universal Pictures)
LINCOLN (Touchstone Pictures)
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (The Weinstein Company)

And the award goes to the well deserved “Argo.”  Ben Affleck accepts in a humble speech, thanking all actors everywhere.  And there it is.  Another SAG award show over and done with.  It was fast paced with few surprises, but enjoyable non the less.

And now on to the party.