It is Oscar season yet again and Sprom will do its best to cover all the goings on in the world of the 2017 Oscars. This has become quite a monumental year in the world of Oscars, but first let’s get out the nominees for the main categories.
La La Land
Hell or High Water
Manchester by the Sea
This year’s best picture category is filled with heavy hitters. With 9 of the 10 spots being taken up this year (and all of them awesome from what I hear), there’s no sure thing in this category. Of the nine movies on this list I have only seen two (La La Land and Arrival), but I will be getting to the other seven very soon. Arrival is one of the most promising movies on this list, being a sci-fi movie. Genre pictures are very rarely considered by the Academy, but I understand that Arrival was one movie they just couldn’t ignore. As for surprises I was surprised to see Hidden Figures on this list. I mean it looks like it’s great, but I didn’t realize it was gonna be Oscar caliber great. Now I’m that much more interested in the movie. As for snubs, one cannot forget to mention Deadpool. No one thought it would make it until the PGAs suddenly came out and said it was on there list. And it was one the WGAs list too! You’d be a fool to not at least wonder: could Deadpool be nominated for an Academy award? But alas, that is not so. The Academy just wasn’t ready I guess. But all in all this looks like a pretty good list. Now onto our next category:
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
Filling this category are five very different and very interesting movies by interesting movie makers. I don’t know too much about directing so I won’t try to talk about it, but one thing I will say is I’m surprised Mel Gibson got the nomination. I just googled a few things about Mel Gibson (I knew everyone hates him but I didn’t know why) and jeez louise is he a horrible person. Racist, homophobe, anti-semite, the list goes on and on. And yet Hollywood nominated him for best director, which begs the question of how long does it take for the public to forgive? And I guess this isn’t necessarily the public, it’s the Academy, but still! But then again maybe this movie is just too well directed to ignore. As of right now I am in the middle of Manchester by the Sea (which is good af) and I’ll get to Hacksaw Ridge soon. I lack any expertise in this subject so I don’t know what was snubbed because I don’t exactly know what the best directing looks like. But from a simpleton’s view this category looks pretty good. And on we go!
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Denzel Washington – Fences
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Another stacked category is best actor. One part that isn’t as much of a surprise as a departure from the best picture nominees is the inclusion of Viggo Mortensen for his performance in Captain Fantastic. Haven’t seen the movie just yet but man does this movie have an interesting premise. So many movies, so little time. Anyway, this list seems pretty business as usual. From what I’ve been hearing Andrew Garfield was just frickin’ grand in Hacksaw Ridge. I would definitely be happy to see Spiderman win the Oscar (though I am rooting for everything La La Land). Speaking of La La Land, Ryan Gosling really was something. Ya know, I never got why people liked him until this movie. Next thing you know I want to fall in love with a jazz pianist in Los Angeles. I haven’t see enough of these movies to say who I’m voting for, but I gotta be honest: Casey Affleck is good as hell in what I’ve seen of Manchester by the Sea. Giving my boy Ryan a run for his money. But like I said, it’s too early to make any calls.
Emma Stone – La La Land
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
Ruth Negga – Loving
Now for the Best Actress category, which is really straying from the Best Picture category. Only Emma Stone is an actress in a movie that’s also nominated for Best Picture. Just thought that was a bit interesting. Perhaps the performances were great but the movies just weren’t there, I suppose. Another interesting thing to point out is that the movie Elle isn’t in English. I didn’t realize non-English movies could be nominated for regular categories. So that’s also interesting. The only performance I’ve actually seen on this list is Emma Stone’s, so like with the other categories I can’t say much about this. But as for snubs I got a big ass one. Why is Amy Adams not on this list? She had two amazing movies this year, one of which I actually saw, and yet no nomination!?! I’m pretty sure that the Academy has a vendetta against Amy Adams and I don’t know if I can stand for it. I mean I love Meryl Streep but does she really need this? Does she really? I mean I hope Florence Foster Jenkins is brilliant but jeez was she good in Arrival. This is the snub that has me the most peeved this year, without a doubt.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Dev Patel – Lion
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Movies are weird. I’m looking at this Best Actor in a Supporting Role category and I could’ve sworn Mahershala Ali, Dev Patel, and Jeff Bridges were all main characters. Maybe I should watch these movies and figure out these movies. I have less than a month before the Oscars and a hell of a lot of movies to watch. Really should’ve started earlier. Alas. Anyway I interested in this category, even though I have finished none of these movies. As of right now I have seen maybe two minutes of Manchester by the Sea with him in it and I have no opinion. What I can say is Mahershala Ali was great as Cottonmouth in Luke Cage. I am definitely interested to see his role in Moonlight. As for the rest of them, we shall see.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
Viola Davis – Fences
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Now this category makes me happy. Three of the five nominees for Best Actress in a Supporting Role are women of color. It’s always nice to see that. And as for talent, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are always brilliant. I’m not super familiar with Williams and Harris, and as for Nicole Kidman I loved the Bewitched movie but I don’t know her for much else. But Davis and Spencer are definitely fan favorites. I can’t tell you anything about their performances in their specific movies, but as for right now I’m chill with Spencer or Davis taking the gold.
Best Animated Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
And for the last category I’m gonna talk about we have the Best Animated Feature Film category! I have seen only one of these movies and I am extremely disappointed with myself to be honest. But this is definitely interesting. All the movies on here seem like something that should be on here, but I am surprised Finding Dory didn’t make the cut. But then again all the categories are stacked this year, even the animated ones. I don’t know who I’d vote for, but man did the trailer for The Red Turtle look good. Studio Ghibli has been steady putting out great content. But one can’t ignore the perfectly topical Zootopia or the new Disney classic (with musical by my boy Lin-Manuel Miranda) Moana. And even though it’s not in English, My Life as a Zucchini looks just lovely. So I don’t know.
As for the why this year is such a big deal, there are a few things. For one La La Land tied for the record of most Oscar nominations at 14. The only other movies to get that many nominations are All About Eve and Titanic, with Eve winning 6 of those and Titanic 11. This is also the first time that three black screenwriters have been nominated in the same year. People of Color in general are just doing grand this year, much better than in years previous. I wouldn’t say #OscarsSoWhite is a thing of the past just yet, but this is surely a step in the right direction.
In conclusion, I have a lot of movies to what and so little time. So I’m gonna get back to Manchester by the Sea and I’ll get a review out to y’all as soon as possible. And talk in the comments about any snubs you think I missed or surprises I didn’t mention. And don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Oscar talk and everything else in the world of movies.