Oscar Nomination Thoughts (2016)

By Sean Gardner

I love the Oscars. While the actual ceremony is usually pretty boring, I love every excuse I get to celebrate the most potent art form. Plus it is kind of like college basketball’s March Madness. You can print out a list of the nominees and try to guess who’s going to win. So without further ado, here are a list of the nominees in the major categories:

Picture

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land 

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight 


Director

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Logerman, Manchester by the Sea

Denis Villeneuve, Arrival


Actor

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Vigo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic 

Denzel Washington, Fences
Actress

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins 


Supporting Actor 

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lance Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocternal Animals


Supporting Actress

Viola David, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea


Original Screenplay

20th Century Women

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea


Adapted Screenplay

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion 

Moonlight


Animated Picture

Kubo and the Two Strings

Zootopia

Moana 

The Red Turtle

My Life as a Zucchini


Not many surprises given the most recent awards buzz, but there were a few. La La Land received a record tying 14 nominations. Mel Gibson is back in the game with a Best Director nom, despite his off screen behavior. Also, I was a little surprised that Deadpool did not at least get a shot at Best Screenplay after getting nominated in both the Producers and Writers Guild Awards. Streep got nominated again for some reason. Get her out of there and throw in Amy Adams from Arrival and I don’t think anyone would complain. Lastly, a little bit nitpicky, but I thought that Ben Foster gave the stronger supporting performance in Hell or High Water, but Jeff Bridges got the nomination instead. Overall, it was a  pretty predictable list of potential winners. The winners will be announced on February 26 on ABC.

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