The 2018 Oscar Nominations are in!

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They’re heeeeeeeeeere!  That’s right, the Oscar nominations have come in.  As usual, there were some surprises and some snubs that I may never forgive.  Obviously, I have a masochistic relationship with the Oscars.

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The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water received 13 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), and Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer).  This was followed by the wartime drama Dunkirk with eight nominations.  Dunkirk received nominations in mostly technical categories, but it did receive nominations for Best Picture and Best Director (Christopher Nolan).  SAG Awards darling Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri followed with seven nominations.  As predicted, Three Billboards received nominations for Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson), and Best Picture.

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Jordan Peele directing Get Out

After being snubbed at the Golden Globes, both Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig were nominated in the Best Director category for their work on Get Out and Lady Bird, respectively. They also both received nominations in the Best Original Screenplay category. Gerwig is only the fifth woman to ever be nominated in this category, and the first woman nominated in eight years.  Lady Bird made out pretty well, scoring nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), and Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf).  Similarly, Get Out was nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor (Danial Kaluuya).

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Tom Hanks in The Post

Even though he received nominations for a Golden Globe and a SAG Award, I was not expecting to see Denzel Washington amongst the nominees for his work in Roman J. Israel, Esq.  This is his eighth acting nomination and ninth career nomination (he received a nomination as a producer on last year’s Fences).  Roman J. Israel, Esq. hit theaters back in November with little to no fanfare.  The film itself received middling reviews scoring only 49% on Rotten Tomatoes.  While I adore Denzel, I was rather disappointed that Tom Hanks wasn’t nominated.  His work in The Post was well crafted, and definitely worthy of a nomination.  The other surprise in the Best Actor category was the omission of James Franco for his work in The Disaster Artist.  A nomination for Franco’s portrayal of The Room actor/director/producer Tommy Wiseau was widely considered a lock until the Golden Globes.  After winning the award for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy, he was accused of sexual misconduct by several women who worked with him at his acting school.  The nominations were accepted through January 19, so I would guess that it significantly hurt his chances of receiving a second nomination.

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Lesley Manville in Phantom Thread

The omission of Holly Hunter in the Best Supporting Actress category astonishes me.  She was divine in The Big Sick as the mother of a young woman in a coma attempting to bond with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend.  On the plus side, The Big Sick did receive a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.  For those of you who are unaware, the film is based on the real life romance of writers Kumail Nanjiani (who also starred in the film) and his wife, Emily V. Gordon.  Octavia Spencer’s nomination did not seem to be earned to me.  In The Shape of Water, she played a very similar character to the one she played in last year’s Hidden Figures.  Since she received a nomination for that film as well, I would guess that it is a formula that works for her.  British actress Lesley Manville surprised everyone by slipping into the Best Supporting Actress category for her role as the sister and business partner of couturier Reynolds Woodcock (fellow nominee Daniel Day-Lewis) in The Phantom Thread.  Her inclusion in this category kicked out Downsizing’s Hong Chau.

Also, KOBE BRYANT RECEIVED A NOMINATION! His animated short film Dear Basketball was nominated.  Wow, just wow.

The 90th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be presented on March 4, 2018 on ABC.

-Ariadne Ansbro

 

Full List of Nominees:

Get Out 3
Get Out

BEST PICTURE
Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Denzel Washington in Roman J. Israel, Esq.

BEST ACTOR
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

I Tonya
Margot Robbie in I, Tonya

BEST ACTRESS
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post

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Greta Gerwig directing Lady Bird

BEST DIRECTOR
Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan
Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro

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Octavia Spencer in The Shape of Water

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

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Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Logan
Logan

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Call Me By Your Name, James Ivory
The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Logan, Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green
Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin
Mudbound, Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

The Big Sick
The Big Sick

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh

Dunkirk
Dunkirk

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

Mudbound
Mudbound

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water

Phantom Thread
Phantom Thread

COSTUME DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water
Victoria & Abdul

Blade Runner 2049
Blade Runner 2049

SOUND EDITING
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Baby Driver 2
Baby Driver

SOUND MIXING
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Shape of Water
The Shape of Water

ORIGINAL SCORE
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Kong
Kong: Skull Island

VISUAL EFFECTS
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

Three Billboards
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

FILM EDITING
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Dench - Victoria
Victoria & Abdul

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Darkest Hour
Victoria & Abdul

Wonder

The Insult
The Insult

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A Fantastic Woman, Chile
The Insult, Lebanon
Loveless, Russia
On Body and Soul, Hungary
The Square, Sweden

Marshell
Marshall

ORIGINAL SONG
“Mighty River,” Mudbound
“Mystery of Love,” Call Me By Your Name
“Remember Me,” Coco
“Stand Up For Something,” Marshall
“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

Loving Vincent
Loving Vincent

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Last Man
Last Man in Aleppo

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
Icarus
Last Man in Aleppo
Strong Island

Dear Basketball
Dear Basketball

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

My Nephew
My Nephew Emmett

LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us

 

Edith and Eddie
Edith and Eddie

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Edith and Eddie
Heaven Is A Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

 

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Oscar Nomination Predictions

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It’s almost here!  The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced tomorrow morning.  The question that hangs in the air is, of course, who will get a nomination?  With the Golden Globes, Critics Circle Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Producers Guild Awards all bestowing their honors in the past few weeks, the front-runners have emerged.  However, there is always that dark horse that sneaks in at the last second (I’m looking at you Michael Shannon!).  Here are my predictions for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

Picture

Best Picture

Call Me By Your Name

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Post

The Big Sick

Wonder Woman

 

The problem with this category is that the number of available spots varies from year to year.  Since the Academy changed the rule regarding the number of Best Picture nominations (it can be anywhere between five and ten), the number has gone from nine to eight to seven.  I am going to choose nine this year.  The locks are Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, and Call Me By Your Name.  Get Out and Dunkirk are also pretty safe bets.  Both have been nominated for Golden Globes, Producers Guild Awards, and Critics Circle Awards.  They were also both on the AFI list of the best films of the year.  The Post has the pedigree of an Oscar winner, however, its late release caused it to be completely blocked out of the SAG Awards.  Other than the SAG shut out, it has been nominated for all of the major pre-Oscar awards.  This leaves a couple more spots.  I, Tonya was nominated for a Producers Guild Award and a Golden Globe, however, it received no love from the Critics Circle, AFI, or the BAFTAs. The unevenness of the film is probably what will keep it from being nominated in this category. The Florida Project is too small a film to get much more than an acting nomination this year.  It has picked up a few nominations, but nothing prestigious, which makes me think that it probably will be left off this list.  The Big Sick was widely acclaimed when it came out in the middle of the year.  Surprisingly, it was noticeably absent from the Golden Globe nominations.  It did gain some ground when it was nominated for almost every other award, excluding the BAFTAs.  That leaves the real dark horse: Wonder Woman.  The film has received nominations from the Producers Guild, the Critics Circle, and AFI.  However, Oscar does not look kindly upon action movies.  But, who knows?  It may sneak in.

Actor

Best Actor

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

James Franco, The Disaster Artist

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Tom Hanks, The Post

Gary Oldman went through four hours of make-up and donned a fat suit to portray one of the greatest figures of the 20th Century.  That is basically Oscar porn.  He’s a lock.  Newcomer Timothée Chalamet has received raves for his work in Call Me By Your Name, and he has been nominated more times than I can count for this role.  Daniel Kaluuya, the star of the hit horror film Get Out is also primed for a nomination.  If you asked me two weeks ago, I would have said that the only maybe on this list would have been Tom Hanks.  However, the recent allegations of sexual misconduct that James Franco has received put his nomination in jeopardy.  The voting closed one week after the allegations surfaced, so he may have taken a big hit.  I thought Tom Hanks was fantastic in The Post.  It was not a normal role for him, and he really knocked it out of the park.  However, he did not receive SAG or BAFTA nominations.  I am going all in with Hanks, but Daniel Day-Lewis may edge his way in for his work in The Phantom Thread.

Actress

Best Actress

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Meryl Streep, The Post

The first four ladies on this list can probably sleep in tomorrow, since it is pretty obvious that they will all receive a nomination for their strong work this year.  The only one I am not completely confident about is Meryl Streep.  However, every time I think that she will not receive another nomination I am proven wrong.  I have learned my lesson: never bet against the Streep.

Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell is going to win the Oscar for his tour-de-force performance in Three Billboards.  Done.  Period.  Nothing more to be said.  If he has competition, it would be Willem Dafoe for his work as a motel manager in The Florida Project.  Richard Jenkins has received much acclaim for his role as the closeted neighbor of the mute Eliza in The Shape of Water, so he will probably receive his second Oscar nomination tomorrow.  That leaves two spots.  Woody Harrelson was a great foil to Rockwell’s character in Three Billboards, but he may not be recognized next to Rockwell.  I am going to bet on him, though.  That film will probably walk away with a bunch of nominations, and I can see it receiving two in this category.  All of the controversy that has surrounded All the Money In the World will probably propel Christopher Plummer to a third Oscar nomination.  He was fantastic in the role, and when you add in the fact that he was cast, and filmed the whole thing in about a week, it will probably push him over the edge and into the category.

Supporting Actress

Best Supporting Actress

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Hong Chau, Downsizing

Holly Hunter, The Big Sick

This is another one of those categories where the first four actress are almost guaranteed to receive a nomination.  These names have been bandied about for months now, and tomorrow morning they will finally see all of their hard work pay off.  That leaves one spot.  I am going to give it to Holly Hunter in The Big Sick.  The Academy loves her, and she had the perfect blend of humor, love, strength, and fight in what could have been a one note role.

 

-Ariadne Ansbro

Screen Actors Guild Award Winners!

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Kristin Bell as host of the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

At last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, Hollywood royalty came out last night to celebrate the great performances of 2017.  While the undercurrent of the #metoo movement was still present, it was not as all-encompassing as it was at the Golden Globes earlier this month.  For starters, not everyone wore black.  However, the show did honor women.  For the first time in the 24-year history of the SAG Awards, there was a host: Kristin Bell.  Dubbing herself the “first lady” Bell promised to take on cyber-bullying as her main cause.  Also, all of the award presenters were women.

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Amid allegations of sexual coercion which surfaced after his Golden Globe win, Aziz Ansari skipped the award ceremony.  Nominee James Franco, who also was accused of sexual harassment after the Golden Globes, did attend the ceremony.  While Franco did not say anything during the ceremony, his presence felt odd.  This must have been a source of conversation amongst the attendees.  Alison Brie, nominee for her role in the Netflix series GLOW and Franco’s sister-in-law, came to the actor’s defense.  During an interview on the red carpet, Brie stated, “I think that above all what we’ve always said is that it remains vital that anyone that feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward. I obviously support my family, and not everything that’s been reported has been accurate, so I think we’re waiting to get all the information. But of course now is the time for listening, and that’s what we are all trying to do.”

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Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand, and Woody Harrelson 

The big winner of the night was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, winning a total of three awards: Best Female Actor in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand), Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Sam Rockwell), and Best Ensemble Cast.  This win is an important one for the film.  In the history of the SAG Awards, the film to win Best Ensemble Cast has taken home the Best Picture Oscar 11 times.  This also makes both McDormand and Rockwell a lock for Oscar nominations (which come out tomorrow) and the front runners to win an Oscar.

 

Also locking in their nominations were Gary Oldman, who won the award for Best Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, and Allison Janney, who won Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her glorious work in I, Tonya.  Sadly, the bird from I, Tonya was not in attendance.

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Alexander Skarsgard and Nicole Kidman hold their awards for Big Little Lies

On the television side, Big Little Lies continued its domination of award season winning awards for Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard.  There is no category for Best Ensemble Cast of a Television Movie or Limited Series, or Big Little Lies would have walked out with that award, as well.  Sterling K. Brown made SAG Award history as the first African-American actor to win the award for Best Male Actor in a Drama Series for his work on This Is Us.  The show also won Best Ensemble Cast of a Drama Series.

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Spokesman for Veep

Veep took home the award for Best Ensemble Cast of a Comedy Series for its sixth season.  Actor Matt Walsh, who portrays the hapless press secretary and spokesman for Selina Meyer, made a speech very much in keeping with his character.  He even “accidentally” referred to the award as a Grammy.  Julia Louis-Dreyfus picked up her ninth SAG Award for her role as Selina Meyer.  Louis-Dreyfus is currently in treatment for breast cancer and was unable to attend the ceremony.

 

Well, what did you think of the awards?  Anything stand out as the best or worst moment of the evening?  Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

 

-Ariadne Ansbro

 

Full list of winners below:

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Oldman - SAG
Gary Oldman

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
WINNER: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq. 

McDormand - SAG
Frances McDormand

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
WINNER: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird 

Rockwell - SAG
Sam Rockwell

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
WINNER: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

Janney - SAG
Allison Janney

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
WINNER: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird 

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Cast of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Big Sick — Adeel Akhtar, Holly Hunter, Zoe Kazan, Anupam Kher, Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Romano, Zenobia Shroff

Get Out — Caleb Landry Jones, Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield, Bradley Whitford, Allison Williams

Lady Bird — Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Lucas Hedges, Tracy Letts, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Laurie Metcalf, Jordan Rodrigues, Saoirse Ronan, Odeya Rush, Marielle Scott, Lois Smith

Mudbound — Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Carey Mulligan

WINNER: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, Woody Harrelson, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges, Željko Ivanek, Caleb Landry Jones, Frances McDormand, Clarke Peters, Sam Rockwell, Samara Weaving

Television Programs

Skarsgard - SAG
Alexander Skarsgard

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Jeff Daniels, Godless
Robert De Niro, Wizard of Lies
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
WINNER: Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies 

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Nicole Kidman

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
WINNER: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud
Susan Sarandon, Feud
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies 

Brown - SAG
Sterling K. Brown

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
WINNER: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul 

Foy - SAG
Claire Foy in The Crown

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
WINNER: Claire Foy, The Crown
Laura Linney, Ozark
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Robin Wright, House of Cards 

Macy - SAG
William H. Macy

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace
WINNER: William H. Macy, Shameless
Marc Maron, GLOW 

Louis-Dreyfus - SAG
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black
Alison Brie, GLOW
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
WINNER: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

This is Us - SAG
The cast of This Is Us

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Crown — Claire Foy, Victoria Hamilton, Vanessa Kirby, Anton Lesser, Matt Smith

Game of Thrones — Alfie Allen, Jacob Anderson Pilou Asbæk, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, John Bradley, Jim Broadbent, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Peter Dinklage, Richard Dormer, Nathalie Emmanuel, James Faulkner, Jerome Flynn, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Conleth Hill, Kristofer Hivju, Tom Hopper, Anton Lesser, Rory McCann, Staz Nair, Richard Rycroft, Sophie Turner, Rupert Vansittart, Maisie Williams

The Handmaid’s Tale — Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagbenle, Joseph Fiennes, Tattiawna Jones, Max Minghella, Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley

Stranger Things — Sean Astin, Millie Bobby Brown, Cara Buono, Joe Chrest, Catherine Curtin, Natalie Dyer, David Harbour, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Dacre Montgomery, Paul Reiser, Winona Ryder, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Finn Wolfhard

WINNER: This Is Us — Eris Baker, Alexandra Breckenridge, Sterling K. Brown, Lonnie Chavis, Justin Hartley, Faithe Herman, Ron Cephas Jones, Chrissy Metz, Mandy Moore, Chris Sullivan, Milo Ventimiglia, Susan Kelechi Watson, Hannah Zeile 

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The cast of Veep

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Black-ish — Anthony Anderson, Miles Brown, Deon Cole, Laurence Fishburne, Jenifer Lewis, Peter Mackenzie, Marsai Martin, Jeff Meacham, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner, Yara Shahidi

Curb Your Enthusiasm — Ted Danson, Larry David, Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, JB Smoove

GLOW — Britt Baron, Alison Brie, Kimmy Gatewood, Betty Gilpin, Rebekka Johnson, Chris Lowell, Sunita Mani, Marc Maron, Kate Nash, Sydelle Noel, Marianna Palka, Gayle Rankin, Bashir Salahuddin, Rich Sommer, Kia Stevens, Jackie Tohn, Ellen Wong, Britney Young

Orange Is The New Black — Uzo Aduba, Emily Althaus, Danielle Brooks,  Rosal Colón, Jackie Cruz, Francesca Curran, Daniella De Jesús, Lea DeLaria, Nick Dillenburg, Asia Kate Dillon, Beth Dover, Kimiko Glenn, Annie Golden, Laura Gómez, Diane Guerrero, Evan Arthur Hall, Michael J. Harney, Brad William Henke, Mike Houston, Vicky Jeudy, Kelly Karbacz, Julie Lake, Selenis Leyva, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Adrienne C. Moore, Miriam Morales, Kate Mulgrew, Emma Myles, John Palladino, Matt Peters, Jessica Pimentel, Dascha Polanco, Laura Prepon, Jolene Purdy, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Nick Sandow, Abigail Savage, Taylor Schilling, Constance Shulman, Dale Soules, Yael Stone, Emily Tarver, Michael Torpey, Lin Tucci

WINNER: Veep — Dan Bakkedahl, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, Margaret Colin, Kevin Dunn, Clea Duvall, Nelson Franklin, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sam Richardson, Paul Scheer, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Sarah Sutherland, Matt Walsh 

Stunt Ensembles

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
Logan
War for the Planet of the Apes
WINNER: Wonder Woman 

Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
WINNER: 
Game of Thrones
GLOW
Homeland
Stranger Things
The Walking Dead
 

Life Achievement Award

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Morgan Freeman

54th Annual SAG Life Achievement Award: Morgan Freeman

 

 

Awards and Activism: The Golden Globes Recap

Globe

A sea of black and an armful of gold.  That seemed to be the theme in ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last night during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.  For the first time since the attacks on September 11, 2001, the award show was not really about the awards given for excellence in film and television.  The awards were secondary to the very present theme of sexual harassment and abuse, women’s equality, and, to quote the great Peter Finch, being mad as hell and not taking it anymore.

Audience
A blackout – The Golden Globe attendees wear black

Ever since the New York Times and The New Yorker broke stories about the alleged sexual abuse perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood has come out in full force to have predators removed, ostracized, and prosecuted.  The sheer number of victims to step forward and say that they had been abused and/or harassed by Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Geoffrey Rush, and Brent Rattner, to name a few, proves that this is a behavior that has been allowed to go on for far too long.  The men and women of Hollywood stood up last night to say, “no more”.

Actresses and Activists
A group of actresses and women’s rights activists

The attendees of the Golden Globes all wore black to show solidarity with the growing Me Too movement. Some also sported a “Time’s Up” enamel pin to honor the new Time’s Up Initiative. Time’s Up is a new group of more than 300 women of Hollywood and is “a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere.” Nine actresses went even further and had a women’s rights activist as their date.

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Seth Meyers letting us in on the joke

Host Seth Meyers did not shy away from any of the uncomfortable subjects of the evening.  His opening monologue skewered Weinstein, Spacey, and Woody Allen.  Meyers also mentioned President Donald Trump, stating that the voting body of the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press, were three of Trump’s least favorite words.  The only thing worse would have been “the Hillary Mexican Salad Association”.  The political discussion did not end with the host, though.  Nicole Kidman, the first winner of the evening for her role of an abused wife in the HBO drama Big Little Lies, mentioned victims of abuse, and making a call for change. This began a trend of both male and female winners speaking out during their acceptance speeches. Oprah Winfrey, the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, gave an impassioned speech about equality and speaking out, which brought the ballroom to their feet.   Natalie Portman, a co-presenter of the Best Director of a Motion Picture award, reminded the audience that the category consisted of only male nominees.  Barbra Streisand was introduced as the only woman to win the Best Director award for directing 1983s Yentl.  Once she approached the microphone, she mentioned that 34 years is too long between female Best Directors.  It was quite obviously a night for women.

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Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley celebrate Big Little Lies victory

The big award winners of the night were Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lady Bird, and Big Little LiesThree Billboards won awards for Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama (Frances McDormond), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), and Best Screenplay (Martin McDonaugh).  Lady Bird picked up awards for Best Motion Picture Musical/Comedy and Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical/Comedy (Saoirse Ronan).  Big Little Lies won four Globes, making it the most honored program in the television categories.  The HBO limited series won Best Motion Picture or Limited Series made for Television, Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Limited Series made for Television (Nicole Kidman), Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television (Laura Dern), and Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television (Alexander Skarsgard).

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Oprah Winfrey

Though the voting bodies for the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards do not overlap, a Globes win can be just the boost that a film or a performer need to receive an Academy Award nomination.  The coming guild awards and BAFTAs will begin to solidify the front-runners, but you can bet that Lady Bird and Three Billboards will be leading the pack.

-Ariadne Ansbro

 

See full list of winners below:

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Three Bilboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Call Me By Your Name
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
WINNERThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Laurie Metcalf, Greta Gerwig, and Saoirse Ronan celebrate Lady Bird‘s wins

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
WINNER: Lady Bird

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Coco wins Best Animated Motion Picture

Best Motion Picture – Animated
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
WINNERCoco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

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Fatih Akin receives a kiss from Diane Kruger after winning Best Foreign Film for In the Fade

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
WINNERIn the Fade
Loveless
The Square

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Frances McDormand

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
WINNER: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

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Gary Oldman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks, The Post
WINNER: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

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Saoirse Ronan

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
WINNER: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes

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James Franco accepting the award for Best Actor with Tommy Wiseau and Dave Franco by his side

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
WINNER: James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

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Allison Janney

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
WINNER: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

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Sam Rockwell

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
WINNER: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Guillermo del Toro

Best Director – Motion Picture
WINNER
: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

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Martin McDonagh

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, The Post
WINNER: Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game

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Alexandre Desplat

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
WINNER: Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
John Williams, The Post
Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

Best Song
Justin Paul and Benj Pasek win Best Original Song for The Greatest Showman

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Home,” Ferdinand
“Mighty River,” Mudbound
“Remember Me,” Coco
“The Star,” The Star
WINNER: “This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

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Cast and crew of The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Television Series – Drama
The Crown
Game of Thrones
WINNER: The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

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Cast and crew of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Blackish
WINNERThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
SMILF
Will & Grace

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Cast and crew of Big Little Lies

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER
Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Sinner
Top of the Lake: China Girl

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Nicole Kidman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Biel, The Sinner
WINNER: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

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Ewan McGregor

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
WINNER: Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius

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Elizabeth Moss

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
WINNER: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

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Sterling K. Brown

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
WINNERSterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

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Rachel Brosnahan

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, GLOW
WINNER: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Issa Rae, Insecure
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

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Aziz Ansari

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Anthony Anderson, Blackish
WINNER: Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless
Eric McCormack, Will & Grace

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Laura Dern

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER
: Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

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Alexander Skarsgard

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
WINNER: Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo

 

Oscars 2017: La La Land, I mean, Moonlight wins Best Picture!

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Holy shit!  What the hell just happened?!?! In a surprise twist, Moonlight took home the Oscar for Best Picture, beating the powerhouse that was La La Land, going into the 89th Academy Awards. If that wasn’t surprise enough, the way Moonlight was revealed to be the Best Picture is the real story.  Bonnie and Clyde costars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were on hand to announce the biggest award of the night: Best Picture.  Beatty opens the envelope, stares at the card, looks back in the now empty envelope, Dunaway gently chides Beatty for dragging out the announcement, she takes the card, and announces that La La Land is the winner.  The cast and crew of La La Land file on stage to accept the award and make speeches.  All of a sudden there is a commotion on stage and Land producer Jordan Horowitz says that Moonlight won Best Picture.  From my own personal stand point, I thought this was a kind of “What a lovely film, we share this award with you” kind of statement.  However, it soon became clear that Warren Beatty had been given the Best Actress envelope instead of the Best Picture envelope.  Oops!  Something tells me Pricewaterhouse Cooper may not be contracted for this job next year…

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Jordan Horowitz shows the crowd that Moonlight won Best Picture

The sadness of the situation comes from the fact that neither La La Land nor Moonlight really got to have their moment.  I am sure it was slightly devastating and embarrassing for the cast and crew of La La Land to be told that they did not, in fact, win the award that they were holding.  However, even though everyone was pleasantly surprised for Moonlight, their moment was overshadowed by the gaffe.  On the bright side, at least it wasn’t another streaker at the Oscars.

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Jan Chapman’s photo next to Janet Patterson’s name (Patterson in the inset)

The other gaffe of the night was not quite as obvious to those of us watching at home.  During the In Memoriam section of the awards, four-time Oscar nominated costume designer Janet Patterson was remembered.  However, the photograph that was shown was that of Australian producer Jan Chapman.  As it turns out, Getty Images, the company who provided the images for the segment mislabeled a photograph of Chapman as Patterson.  Chapman later told the press, “I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson. I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered.” Oops number two.

The evening was not a complete blunder.  Even though it did not win Best Picture La La Land received six awards, more than any other film this year, including Best Director (Damien Chazelle), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Original Song (“City of Stars”), and Best Original Score. Moonlight picked up three awards for Best Picture (I think…), Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Casey Affleck was awarded Best Actor for his quietly effecting performance in Manchester by the SeaSea also won the award for Best Original Screenplay for writer/director Kenneth Lonergan. While Affleck was the frontrunner for most of the award season, his inevitable win came into question when information regarding a sexual harassment accusation from 2010 was released.  Several industry professionals were vocal about not allowing Affleck to win the award.  Regardless, he pulled through.

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Viola Davis accepts her Oscar from Mark Rylance

After three nominations, Viola Davis picked up her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Fences.  Davis was visibly moved during her acceptance speech which was, arguably, the best of the night.  “You know, there is one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered and that’s the graveyard. People ask me all the time — what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? And I say exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories — the stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition, people who fell in love and lost. I became an artist and thank God I did,” she continued “because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.” Host Jimmy Kimmel was not kidding when he said she would win an Emmy for that acceptance speech.

 

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Auli’i Cravalho sings “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana

I realize that I may be in the minority, but I was thoroughly underwhelmed by Kimmel’s performance.  While his low-key, lackluster delivery works for his late night talk show, it did not translate well to the Oscars.  The opening monologue was unmemorable, with the exception of the standing ovation he requested for “overrated” actress Meryl Streep.  At one point, Kimmel pranked a group of tourists on a sightseeing bus tour by taking them into the theater and allowing them to interact with the first row of celebrities.  Initially, their reactions were sweet, but it eventually fell flat and just dragged on for far too long.  Even the Mean Tweets (which I normally LOVE) were pretty unfunny.  The only semi-funny part of the show was the ongoing feud between Matt Damon and Kimmel.  I guess Kimmel really does aspire to be like David Letterman.  After all, he two hosted a very unfunny Oscar telecast.

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Real life NASA mathmatician Katherine Johnson

Other noteable moments:

 

  • The subject of Hidden Figures, Katherine Johnson appears on stage with the cast of the film.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda performs a prologue to his nominated song, “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana.  Auli’i Cravalho performs the song beautifully, even though she gets hit by a flag midway through the song.  What a pro.
  • The Salesman wins Best Foreign Language Film.  Iranian director Asghar Farhadi sends American engineer Anousheh Ansari to accept the award on his behalf.  Ansari reads Farhadi’s statement: “My absence is out of respect for people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the US. Dividing the world into the US and the enemy creates fear; a deceitful justification for regression and war. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions; they create empathy between us and others. An empathy we need today more than ever.”
  • Stars sport blue ribbons to support the American Civil Liberies Union (ACLU).
  • Charlize Theron presents with inspiration Shirley MacLaine and Seth Rogan presents with inspiration Michael J. Fox.  Rogan proceeds to sing part of Hamilton.

-Ariadne Ansbro

The full list of winners is below:

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Mahershala Ali

Best supporting actor

WINNER: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Dev Patel (Lion)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best makeup and hairstyling

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
WINNER: Suicide Squad

Best costume design

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

Best documentary

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

Best sound editing

WINNER: Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best sound mixing

Arrival
WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

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Viola Davis

Best supporting actress

WINNER: Viola Davis (Fences)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

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American engineer Anousheh Ansari reads statement from Asghar Farhadi

Best foreign language film

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

Best animated short

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
WINNER: Piper

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Producers of Zootopia celebrate their win

Best animated feature

Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life As a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
WINNER: Zootopia

Best production design

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

Best visual effects

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

Best film editing

Arrival
WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

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Producers of The White Helmets pay homage to those in war-torn Syria

Best documentary short

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

Best live-action short

Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
WINNER: Sing
Timecode

Best cinematography

Arrival
WINNER: La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

Best score

Jackie
WINNER: La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

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John Legend performs “City of Stars” and “Audition” from La La Land

Best song

Audition (La La Land)
Can’t Stop the Feeling! (Trolls)
WINNER: City of Stars (La La Land)
The Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story)
How Far I’ll Go (Moana)

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Kenneth Lonergan wins Best Original Screenplay for Manchester by the Sea

Best original screenplay

Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
WINNER: Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

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Best Adapted Screenplay winners Tarell Alvin McCraney and Barry Jenkins for Moonlight

Best adapted screenplay

Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
WINNER: Moonlight

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Damien Chazelle

Best director

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
WINNER: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

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Casey Affleck

Best actor

WINNER: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Denzel Washington (Fences)

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Emma Stone

Best actress

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
WINNER: Emma Stone (La La Land)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

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Moonlight wins Best Picture

Best picture

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

Oscar Nominations!

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La La Land

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Hollywood woke up at the ungodly hour of 5:18 am to find out who the chosen were.  Over the course of the following 10 minutes, the 89th Academy Award nominations were announced by Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman, and Ken Watanabe.

Unsurprisingly, La La Land stole the show by garnering a whopping total of 14 nominations, tying for the most nominations for a single film in Academy history.  Titanic and All About Eve are the only other films to have 14 nominations.  Land received nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Director (Damien Chazelle), and Best Original Screenplay (Damien Chazelle).  The film received multiple technical nominations including two for Best Song (“City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”).

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Moonlight

Arrival and Moonlight each received eight nominations including Best Picture and Best Director (Denis Villeneuve and Barry Jenkins, respectively).  In a surprise turn, Amy Adams did not receive a sixth nomination for her role in Arrival. Adams has received rave reviews for her role as a linguistics professor interoperating the language of aliens. Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris both received nominations in the supporting actor/actress categories for their work in Moonlight.

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Lion

Manchester by the Sea, Hacksaw Ridge, and Lion each received six nominations.  In a surprising turn, Mel Gibson was nominated for Best Director of Hacksaw Ridge.  Gibson previously received two Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for his work on Braveheart.  Judging by his legal and personal problems over the past 12 years, I honestly believed that Gibson would be left off of this list; after all, the Oscars are not objective.  However, it seems like this is Hollywood’s way of saying, “We forgive you.”

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Hell or High Water

he Best Picture category was rounded out by Fences, Hell or High Water, and Hidden FiguresFences picked up nominations for Denzel Washington as Best Actor and Viola Davis as Best Supporting Actress, and front runner for the award.  Water and Figures was also nominated in the supporting actor/actress categories for the work of Jeff Bridges and Octavia Spencer.

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Ruth Negga in Loving

For the first time in two years, minorities were included among the acting and directing nominees: seven actors/actresses and one director.  These include Denzel Washington for Fences (Best Actor), Ruth Negga for Loving (Best Actress), Mahershala Ali for Moonlight (Best Supporting Actor), Dev Patel for Lion (Best Supporting Actor), and Barry Jenkins for Moonlight (Best Director). Viola Davis (Fences), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) all received nominations in the supporting actress category, making it the first time ever that an acting category has more than two black actors/actresses.

Finally, I have a little Easter Egg for you all.  Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame received his first Oscar nomination for writing the song “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. Yay!

Any surprises or snubs you want to talk about?  Write to us on Twitter or Facebook.

The Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air on Sunday, February 26.

-Ariadne Ansbro

Best Picture

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

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Actor

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

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

13th

Best Documentary Feature

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

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Denis Villeneuve directing Arrival

Best Director

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

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Fences

Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival, Eric Heisserer
Fences, August Wilson
Hidden Figures, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
Lion, Luke Davis
Moonlight, Barry Jenkins with story by Tarell Alvin McCranley

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The Lobster

Best Original Screenplay

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

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Toni Erdmann

Best Foreign Language Film

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

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Jackie

Best Original Score

Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

 

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Moana

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

 

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Silence

Best Cinematography

Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence 

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Hail, Caesar!

Best Production Design

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

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Suicide Squad

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

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Allied

Best Costume Design

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

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Visual Effects

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

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Deepwater Horizon

Best Sound Editing

Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

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Hacksaw Ridge

Best Sound Mixing

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

Best Documentary Short

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

Best Live Action Short

Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

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Zootopia

Best Animated Feature

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

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Hell or High Water

Best Film Editing

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best Animated Short

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

 

And the nominees are…: Our predictions

It’s almost here.  We are a one day away from the announcement of the 89th Academy Award nominees.  I have analyzed the data and predicted which films will receive nominations in five categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

Best Picture

Arrival

La La Land

Moonlight

Manchester by the Sea

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

Lion

Due to the loose constraints regarding the number of nominees in the category, it is very difficult to guess the number of nominees.  Since changing the rules to state that the number of nominated films is between five and ten, the Academy has generally gone with nine nominees.  La La Land, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, and Arrival are guaranteed to be nominated.  The others are a little more flexible.  Fences received nominations for a Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG) for Best Ensemble Cast, a Producers Guild Award (PGA), and an American Film Institute Award (AFI) as one of the 10 best films of the year.  Where it faltered was with the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs.  While the two leads are almost assured nominations, the film itself may be thought of as too much like a filmed play.  Hacksaw Ridge has surprised many with its momentum going into the Oscar nominations.  No one was more surprised than me when Mel Gibson was nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes.  I think that the film could overcome Gibson’s transgressions; however, I highly doubt that he will receive a nomination for Best Director. Hell or High Water was released back in August, which could be a handicap to the film.  Generally, films that open prior to September are forgotten when Awards Season rolls around.  Water has surprised me by receiving nominations at the Golden Globes, the PGA, and AFI, so it may win over Academy voters. Lion and Hidden Figures fall into the well-acted-true-story category.  These films are generally Oscar bait.  I fully expect nominations in the acting categories for Lion and potentially Figures, but their position on this list has not been solidified.

 

Best Actor

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

Since the film came out, Manchester by the Sea has received Oscar buzz.  The performance given by Casey Affleck is considered to be the best of his career and he has racked up the awards and nominations to prove it (look for him to win a SAG this weekend).  It is a foregone conclusion that he will end up with a second Oscar nomination.  Ryan Gosling will also hear his name called on Tuesday morning for his role as the love struck jazz pianist in La La Land.  After all, the film will probably be the most nominated film of the year.  Andrew Garfield is poised to receive his first nomination for his role in Hacksaw Ridge.  He has been nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG, and BAFTA thus far, so I am pretty sure he will be on this list.  The surprise of the award season is the performance of Viggo Mortensen in Captain FantasticFantastic was an independent film that came out back in July.  It flew well below the radar before the Golden Globes, but now everyone seems to feel the love.  The only person I am somewhat concerned about on this list is Denzel Washington.  He is the only one on the list who did not receive a BAFTA nomination.  I believe that this was an oversight, as Washington’s performance in Fences is one his best.  This is a true complement to the man who played Malcolm X, Alonzo Harris, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Private Trip, and Steve Biko.  While most years I get three to four of the nominations correct, I am almost positive that the list above is the complete list of this year’s Best Actor nominees.

Best Actress

Amy Adams, Arrival

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women

Adams, Portman, and Stone are all shoo-ins in this category.  If one of them doesn’t get a nomination, I fully expect to choke on my breakfast tomorrow.  The last two places are not as definite.  Everyone loves Meryl Streep.  She is the greatest actress of her generation, and possibly the greatest actress of all time.  However, I am always wary come Oscar time that she will not receive a nomination, because she I think people can feel a little Streeped out.  If nominated for Florence Foster Jenkins it will be her 20th acting nomination, far surpassing Katherine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson who each have only 14 nominations.  I ultimately included her because she has received many nominations for this role, and, let’s face it, Oscar loves her.  The final spot is a tough one to call.  There have been so many incredible performances by women this year.  Ruth Negga in Loving, Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train, and Annette Bening in 20th Century Women are the ones that come to mind.  Negga received a Golden Globe nomination, and she is playing a real-life person who changed our country’s civil rights laws.  Huppert won the Golden Globe for playing a rape victim who is determined to take her life back.  Blunt brings to life the boozy, self-destructive “heroine” of last year’s best selling fiction book. She received nominations for a SAG and a BAFTA. Bening plays a single mother trying to connect with her teenage son, and she received a Golden Globe nomination for her efforts.  These amazing performances make this a really tight race for that final slot.  Ultimately, I went with Bening.  She is ripe for another Oscar nomination.  However, look out for Blunt as the dark horse.

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel, Lion

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Ali and Patel have consistently received accolades and nominations for their work in Moonlight and Lion, respectively.  They are assured to be among the Oscar nominees.  Bridges is the one actor from Water to receive multiple nominations from the various pre-Oscar awards.  That leaves two spots.  I honestly feel that Grant will receive his first nomination for his work in Jenkins.  However, he was nominated for Best Actor at the Golden Globes and Best Supporting Actor at the SAGs.  This is where it can get sticky.  I ended up in the same place last year with Alicia Vikander and her role in The Danish Girl.  She was consistently nominated for Best Actress, but come Oscar time she was Best Supporting Actress.  Since the Screen Actors Guild put him in as Best Supporting Actor, I will follow their lead and say he will end up in the supporting category.  Taylor-Johnson surprisingly won a Golden Globe for his work in Nocturnal Animals, but then he was forgotten by the SAGs.  Not to mention, there are several other actors who have received nominations from the other voting bodies.  Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins) received a nomination for a Golden Globe and Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) was nominated for a SAG.  Ultimately, I think that Taylor-Johnson will fill out the category.

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Again, I get angry when the studios try to game the system by having leading actors/actresses nominated for supporting actor/actress in order to win an award.  Viola Davis won a Tony for her work in Fences as Best Leading Actress in a Play, not supporting.  However, the studio feels that for Davis to win, she will need to be in the supporting category.  Harris, Kidman, and Williams have all been part of the five nominees at the Globes, SAGs, and BAFTAs.  The only question here is Spencer.  She received a Globe and SAG nomination, but not a BAFTA.  That spot went to Hayley Squires for I, Daniel Blake.  Since Blake has not received any award buzz here in the U.S., I would say that Spencer will finish out the category.

What about you guys?  Do you think there will be something else nominated?  Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.  The Oscar nominations will be announced tomorrow, January 24, at 8:18 am ET/5:18 am PT.

-Ariadne Ansbro