Saturday, January 28, 2017


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the 2017 oscar nominations.

first of all, 

Stuff written by other poeple.
BY Ken Levine

The Academy Award nominations were announced today (1/24/2017). 

No real surprises actually. Films that sent out the most screeners were nominated. Films that gave you a code to stream didn’t fare as well.

There has been lots of grumbling in the past about lack of diversity so there’s a lot of diversity. 

What there is not a lot of is suspense. LA LA LAND figures to run the table.  Sorry... SPOILER ALERT (even though the ceremony is a month away).  

For all that diversity, they snubbed Taraji P. Henson, who was fantastic and I’m sorry but way more deserving than Meryl Streep this year. 

If Meryl Streep wins it’s only so she could rip Trump again in her acceptance speech. 

Mel Gibson received a Best Director nomination meaning either Hollywood forgives, Hollywood is less concerned about anti-Semitism these days, Scorsese's film was just unwatchable, or he made a wonderful movie and deserves it. It makes no difference because Damien Chazelle is going to win for LA LA LAND. 

Yes, Martin Scorsese was snubbed. Hey Marty, make movies people – anybody – wants to watch. 

I think the “In Memoriam” section will be an hour this year.   Fifteen minutes alone for Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. 

What’s interesting about LA LA LAND is that not everybody loved it. I didn’t. Since when is it okay to do a musical where the stars can’t sing? 

Of the list of Best Picture candidates I’d vote for HELL OR HIGH WATER. But it has no shot. I’d also vote for HIDDEN FIGURES. No shot either. 

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is probably the top runner-up, but it’s a downer and LA LA LAND is an upper. If only MANCHESTER had some songs. 

The only categories I don’t think LA LA LAND will triumph are Best Actor and Actress. Casey Affleck and Natalie Portman might prevail.  Both can sing. 

SULLY was snubbed. Okay, Clint Eastwood – staunch Republican – I can see where Hollywood kicked him to the curb, but Tom Hanks? Hey, what did he ever do?  I hope the Academy is not holding VOLUNTEERS against him. 

How did ARRIVAL get all these nominations and none for Amy Adams? Unless voters confused this with her performance in NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (my sort-of review of that comes tomorrow). 

There was speculation that DEADPOOL would get a Best Picture nod – it being a film that people actually SAW. But it was not to be. If Deadpool was mourning the loss of a family member that would put it over the top.  Might be food for thought for the sequel. 

Nate Parker is learning that the Academy frowns on sexual assault charges. BIRTH OF A NATION was DOA. 

Boy, the Academy loves Nicole Kidman, don’t they? 

This might be the first award show ever that Lin-Manuel Miranda doesn’t win. 

It’ll be interesting to see who wins the Consolation Oscar (which this year is Best Original Screenplay). Kenneth Lonergan for MANCHESTER BY THE SEA or  Taylor Sheridan for HELL OR HIGH WATER? 

But congratulations to all the nominees. Enjoy the next few weeks.  The big night is February 26.  The NFL won't still be playing, will it? 

And here is a link to the actual blog post itself:

and here are actual nominations for BEST PICTURE;
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
“La La Land”
“Manchester By The Sea”

and here are actual nominations for BEST director;
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Garth Davis, “Lion”
Clint Eastwood, “Sully”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester By The Sea”
Nate Parker, “The Birth of a Nation”
Martin Scorsese, “Silence”
Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”

and here are actual nominations for BEST ACTOR;
Casey Affleck, “Manchester By The Sea”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Tom Hanks, “Sully”
Michael Keaton, “The Founder”
Matthew McConaughey, “Gold”
Nate Parker, “The Birth of a Nation”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

and here are actual nominations for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR;
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Ralph Fiennes, “A Bigger Splash”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”
Liam Neeson, “Silence”

and here are actual nominations for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS;
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Felicity Jones, “A Monster Calls”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Rachel Weisz, “The Lobster”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester By the Sea”

and here are actual nominations for original screenplay;Anthony Bagarozzi, Shane Black, “The Nice Guys”

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Lobster”

Jim Jarmusch, “Paterson” 

Barry Jenkins, Tarell McCraney, “Moonlight”

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”Noah Oppenheim, “Jackie” 

Taylor Sheridan, “Hell or High Water”

and here are actual nominations for ASAPTEF SCREENPLAY
Seo-Kyung Chung, Chan-wook Park, “The Handmaiden”
Jay Cocks, “Silence”
Luke Davies, “Lion”
Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”
Whit Stillman, “Love & Friendship”
August Wilson, “Fences”

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