LA LA LAND Dominates, SUICIDE SQUAD Surprises, And DEADPOOL Is Snubbed In This Year’s Oscar Nominations
The Oscar nominations came out this morning, and in news that absolutely no one found surprising, La La Land came out on top. The musical dramedy starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone received a staggering fourteen Oscar nominations, tying it with the likes of All About Eve and Titanic for most nominations in Academy Award history. La La Land is the heavy favorite to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, but if the past few months taught us anything, there’s no such thing as a sure bet. Regardless, La La Land’s sunny depiction of Hollywood and LA is a massive advantage with Oscar voters. With Argo and The Artist recently emerging victorious, Hollywood has a tendency to award movies about itself.
La La Land’s closest competitors, Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea, received eight Oscar nominations and six Oscar nominations respectively. Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali is the heavy favorite to win Best Supporting Actor next month, while director/writer Barry Jenkins is expected to win the trophy for Best Adapted Screenplay. While Affleck and Williams were locks, actor Lucas Hedges was a surprise nominee for Best Supporting Actor. Hedges was nominated over expected nominees such as Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins, and Aaron Taylor Johnson in Nocturnal Animals. Johnson even won a Golden Globe for his performance in the Tom Ford film. If Hedges manages to pull an upset victory, he would be the youngest actor in Oscar history to win in that particular category.
Due to films such as Hidden Figures, Moonlight, and Fences, this year’s Academy Award nominations are far more diverse than the past two ceremonies. In addition to Ali, African-American actors such as Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Octavia Spencer, Ruth Negga, and Naomie Harris were all nominated for Academy Awards. Viola Davis is the guaranteed victor in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance as a long suffering housewife in the Denzel Washington film Fences. Ali will most likely win in his category, but leading actor nominee Denzel Washington will probably lose to Casey Affleck despite Affleck’s recent sexual harassment allegations. Ruth Negga is a longshot to win the Best Actress category, which will go to either La La Land’s Emma Stone or Jackie’s Natalie Portman.
One of the biggest stories coming out of this morning was the possible comeback of Mel Gibson’s career. Following a few controversial incidents, Gibson has been a pariah in Hollywood for years. His faith-based World War II film Hacksaw Ridge earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Gibson. His leading man, Andrew Garfield, was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Gibson’s triumph indicates that Gibson is more successful behind the camera than in front of it. Breakout indie flick Hell or High Water was also nominated for Best Picture. Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan and actor Jeff Bridges were nominated for the film as well.
Perhaps the most surprising news of all was Suicide Squad’s nomination for Best Makeup. The critically maligned film is the first DCEU movie to score an Oscar nomination. The critical and box office hit Deadpool was ignored by Academy Award voters. Taking the news well, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds congratulated all of the “brilliant” films nominated for Academy Awards on Twitter, calling into question whether Reynolds has seen Suicide Squad or not.
Delighting the fanboys, both Doctor Strange and Rogue One were nominated for Academy Awards. The former of which has a deserving nom for Visual Effects, while the new Star Wars flick scored noms for Visual Effects and Sound Mixing.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 24, 2017
Meryl Streep was nominated once again for her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins. The legendary actress has stirred up controversy recently for her anti-Trump speech at the Golden Globes. The Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and air on February 26th. Martin Scorsese’s thirty years in the making Silence was perhaps the biggest snub for Best Picture. Science fiction film Arrival, play adaptation Fences, WWII film Hacksaw Ridge, neo-Western Hell or High Water, African-American dramedy Hidden Figures, musical romcom La La Land, mumblecore drama Manchester by the Sea, Oscar Bait drama Lion, and coming of age masterpiece Moonlight are all of the nominees for Best Picture.