The biggest time of year for movie fans has finally arrived. Oscar nominations have just been released, with just over a month until the Oscars actually air. There are some shocks, some surprising omissions, and some tight races to keep your eye on. While there are many categories for contention, I’m going to focus on the major ones most people tune in for. Read below for the Best Picture, Best Actor/Actress categories, and the films that got snubbed the most. You can find the full nomination list here.
Best Picture Nominees
- Hacksaw Ridge
- Hell or High Water
- Hidden Figures
- Manchester by the Sea
- La La Land
There’s no big surprises here, as everything followed most predictions. The one shock is that there is no nomination for Silence, Martin Scorsese’s latest. It didn’t receive much marketing up until maybe a month ago and never got a real push from its studio or crew, so it’s not entirely crazy that it was left out. But, it is Scorsese, and it is his long gestating passion project, so one would think the Academy would shine a little light on it. Guess not.
The other possible snub would be Deadpool. A movie like Deadpool is one of the last ones anyone would expect to get a best picture nom, but after Golden Globe, Writer’s Guild, and Producer’s Guild nominations, it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility. Especially for a movie that had an intense campaign and the full power of the ever lovable Ryan Reynolds.
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
Again, very normal here. The one surprise would be Viggo Mortensen. While he has earned incredible reviews for his performance, it’s the kind of mid-year, underseen release that wouldn’t garner much attention. The only snub here would be Joel Edgerton for his role in Loving. He got a Golden Globe nomination, is a pretty well liked actor, and starred in a movie that seems tailor made for the Oscars.
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
Huge bone to pick with this category. Everyone who knows a thing about movies knows that the Academy has the largest hard on for Meryl Streep. She’s one of the greatest actors ever. Cool. But, Florence fucking Foster Jenkins? Are you kidding me? You know who saw that movie? Your grandma. That’s it. Unbelievable.
Guess who got left out because of this? Amy Adams. Adams delivered a top three performance of the year in Arrival. Hell, she could have gotten a nomination for Nocturnal Animals too! But no, never take a chance away from Meryl Streep. It’s not like the Academy didn’t like Arrival, they showered it with nominations (8 to be exact, that’s a lot!). This is literally just because of Meryl Streep. I am heated.
Also snubbed is Annette Bening for 20th Century Women, which I have not seen yet but is a film people love. I am equally angry about this snub because apparently the movie just makes you want to hug your mom, and I love my mom, so this is horseshit.
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
Standard stuff here. Michael Shannon nabbing the nom over Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who won the Globe for this, is kind of surprising. Seeing as they are in the same movie, Shannon didn’t get a nomination from the SAG or from the Globes, fairly odd. Looking at the SAG nominees, Hugh Grant got the nomination over both of them for…Florence Foster Jenkins, because nothing can ever be right in this world. Shannon was great in Nocturnal Animals, so whatever, so long as the retirement home Thursday afternoon showing selection (I’m talking about Florence Foster Jenkins for those of you not catching my anger) doesn’t get any more noms I’m content.
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
Same as SAG’s, same as Globes, not a thing to worry about here.
Biggest Highlights and (Other) Surprises
Deadpool not receiving any nominations is shocking, as I already said. Especially in the Adapted Screenplay department, where one would expect a nomination after the WGA gave them one.
Silence received less nominations than Passengers, a totally okay movie that should have been one million times better and could have also been titled “Two Super Pretty People Stuck In Space and Also A Handsome British Robot”.
Nocturnal Animals got the one nomination for Michael Shannon, but Tom Ford (yes, menswear designer Tom Ford) got shut out in the Directing and Writing categories for it. A shutout from all other categories is brutal too, considering it looked sexy (not surprising given Ford’s background), even when Jake Gyllenhaal was smacked in the face with a crowbar.
The music categories, specifically the Best Song category, carried some shock. Pharrell, who helped write a couple song for and contributed to the score for Hidden Figures, got no love. Additionally, Sing Street, the uber-charming coming-of-age story out of Ireland, which is all about a band was entirely rejected. It had some of the most fun, entertaining, and enjoyable songs to come from movies this year so that one is a bit of a letdown.
Two of the most beloved actors of the past 30 years both got shutout in separate categories. Tom Hanks didn’t receive a nom for Sully while Denzel Washington didn’t get a nom for directing Fences. Neither omission is all too surprising, but considering the love for Meryl Streep anything could’ve happened.
Lastly, La La Land tied the record for most nominations with 14. It tied Titanic and All About Eve for the record. La La Land is dope and should snag a fair amount of those 14.