Awards · Film

The 89th Academy Awards Nominations: Surprises and Snubs


Nominations have been announced for the 89th Academy Awards that will be held on Sunday February 26th at 8 EST on ABC. Some quick and strong thoughts I had about the nominees: 1) Hell yes for the wide range of Diversity in this year’s batch of nominees. 2) Meryl I love ya and I knew you would be nominated, however Amy Adams deserved that nomination for “Arrival”. 3) Thank God the Academy chose the right supporting actor from “Nocturnal Animals” in Michael Shannon rather than Aaron Johnson. 4) While a great film, I don’t believe “La La Land” deserved a whopping 14 total nominations this year.

Here are the nominees:

Best Picture

“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Hidden Figures”
“La La Land”
“Manchester by the Sea”

Biggest Surprise: “Hacksaw Ridge”
Biggest Snub: “Jackie”

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”

Biggest Surprise: Ruth Negga
Biggest Snub: Amy Adams- “Arrival”

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Casey Affleck- “Machester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield- “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling- “La La Land”
Viggo Mortensen- “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington- “Fences”

Biggest Surprise:  Viggo Mortensen
Biggest Snub: Jake Gyllenhaal- “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”

Biggest Surprise: Nicole Kidman
Biggest Snub: Janelle Monae- “Hidden Figures”

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”

Biggest Surprise: Michael Shannon
Biggest Snub: Ashton Sanders- “Moonlight”

Best Achievement in Directing

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

Biggest Surprise: Mel Gibson
Biggest Snub: Pablo Larraín- “Jackie”

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

Biggest Surprise: “20th Century Women”
Biggest Snub: “Jackie”- Noah Oppenheim

Best Adapted Screenplay

“Arrival”- Eric Heisserer
“Fences”- August Wilson
“Hidden Figures”- Allison Schroeder & Theodore Melfi
“Lion”- Luke Davies
“Moonlight”- Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McRaney

Biggest Surprise: None
Biggest Snub: “Nocturnal Animals”- Tom Ford

Best Achievement in Cinematography

“Arrival”- Bradford Young
“La La Land”- Linus Sandgren
“Lion”- Grieg Fraser
“Moonlight”- James Laxton
“Silence”- Rodrigo Prieto

Biggest Surprise:  “Silence”
Biggest Snub: “Jackie”- Stéphane Fontaine

Best Foreign Language Film

“A Man Called Ove”- Sweden
“Land of Mine”- Denmark
“The Salesman”- Iran
“Tanna”- Australia
“Toni Erdmann”- Germany

Biggest Surprise: “Tanna”
Biggest Snub: “Neruda”- Chile

Best Animated Feature

“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“The Red Turtle”

Biggest Surprise: “My Life as a Zucchini”
Biggest Snub: “Finding Dory”

Best Achievement in Film Editing

“Arrival”- Joe Walker
“Hacksaw Ridge”- John Gilbert
“Hell or High Water”- Jake Roberts
“La La Land”- Tom Cross
“Moonlight”- Joi McMillon & Nat Sanders

Biggest Surprise: “Hacksaw Ridge”
Biggest Snub: “Jackie”- Sebastián Sepúlveda

Best Documentary Feature

“Fire at Sea”- Gianfranco Rossi
“I Am Not Your Negro”- Raoul Peck
“Life, Animated”- Roger Ross Williams
“O.J.: Made in America”- Ezra Edelman
“13th”- Ava Duvernay

Biggest Surprise: “Fire at Sea”
Biggest Snub: “The Eagle Huntress”- Otto Bell

Best Original Score

“Jackie”- Mica Levi
“La La Land”- Justin Hurwitz
“Lion”- Dustin O’Halloran & Hauschka
“Moonlight”- Nicholas Britell
“Passengers”- Thomas Newman

Biggest Surprise: “Passengers”
Biggest Snub: “Hidden Figures”- Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharell Williams, and Hans Zimmer

Best Original Song

“Audition”- 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

Biggest Surprise: “The Empty Chair”
Biggest Snub: “Runnin”- Hidden Figures

Best Achievement in Production Design

“Arrival”- Patrice Vermette
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”- Stuart Craig
“Hail, Caesar!”- Jess Gonchor
“La La Land”- Sandy Reynolds-Wasco & David Wasco
“Passengers”- Guy Hendrix Dyas

Biggest Surprise: “Passengers”
Biggest Snub: “Silence”- Dante Ferretti

Best Costume Design

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

Biggest Surprise: “Allied”
Biggest Snub: “Hidden Figures”- Renee Ehrlich Kalfus

Best Achievement in Makeup & Hairstyling

“A Man Called Ove”- Era Von Bahr & Love Larson
“Star Trek Beyond”- Joel Harlow & Richard Alonzo
“Suicide Squad”- Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Allen Nelson

Biggest Surprise: “Suicide Squad”
Biggest Snub: “Florence Foster Jenkins”- Beverly Binda & J. Roy Helland

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

“Arrival”- Sylvain Bellemare
“Deepwater Horizon”- Wylie Stateman & Renee Tondelli
“Hacksaw Ridge”- Robert Mackenzie & Andy Wright
“La La Land”- Ai-Ling Lee & Mildred Iatrou
“Sully”- Alan Robert Murray & Bub Asman

Biggest Surprise: “Deepwater Horizon”
Biggest Snub: “The Jungle Book”- David Chrastka & Ken Fischer

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

“Arrival”- Bernard Gariépy Strobl & Claude Le Haye
“Hacksaw Ridge”- Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace
“La La Land”- Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee, and Steven Morrow
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”- David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson
“13 Hours”- Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, and Mac Ruth

Biggest Surprise: “13 Hours”
Biggest Snub: “The Jungle Book”

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

“Deepwater Horizon”- Craig Hammack, Jason H. Snell, Jason Billington, and Burt Dalton
“Doctor Strange”- Stephanie Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli, and Paul Corbould
“The Jungle Book”- Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon
“Kubo and the Two Strings”- Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, and Brad Schiff
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”- John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal T. Hickel, and Neil Corbould

Biggest Surprise: “Kubo and the Two Strings”
Biggest Snub: “Arrival”

Best Animated Short Film

“Blind Vaysha”
“Borrowed Time”
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes”

Biggest Surprise: “Pear Cider and Cigarettes”
Biggest Snub: “Inner Workings”

Best Documentary Short Film

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

Best Live-Action Short Film

“Enemies Within”
“The Railroad Lady”
“Silent Nights”



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