2017 Academy Awards Nominations

After dominating the 2017 Golden Globes, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that La La Land scooped up the most 2017 Academy Award nominations, followed by Moonlight. Of course, there’s been La La Land backlash since the Globes (i.e., It’s another movie about white people falling in love. It’s a movie about jazz that doesn’t feature people of color prominently. It’s not better than Moonlight). But Hollywood loves movies about Hollywood, so here we are.

This year isn’t nearly as white as last year’s #OscarsSoWhite. That’s not a win by any means, but even a little progress is better than none. A couple of notable things…Viola Davis received her third Academy Award nomination, making her the most nominated black woman in Oscar history. She along with Naomie Harris and Octavia Spencer were all nominated for Best Supporting Actress, creating a new record for women of color in the category. And Bradford Young is the first black man to be nominated for Best Cinematography.

Viola Davis at the 2017 Golden Globes GIF

As far as the nominees go, I don’t take issue with most of the choices. I mean, I’m annoyed that Justin Timberlake is being recognized for that awful song, that Suicide Squad has a nomination (even if it’s just for hair and makeup), and that Mel Gibson is being welcomed back to Hollywood with open arms despite being an abusive, anti-semitic asshole. But what can I do? (Tweet furiously.)

Bummers for me personally? I’m glad Arrival is getting recognition, but I do think it got screwed on two fronts: Amy Adams for Best Actress and Jóhann Jóhannsson for Best Original Score. Adams easily could’ve replaced Meryl Streep (who’s up to 20 lifetime nominations now), but apparently Jóhannsson’s score doesn’t fit the Academy’s original score criteria. I also think Shane Black’s The Nice Guys was wholly overlooked in the screenplay department.

The Nice Guys GIF

Take a look at the nominees below and tell me what you think! Any snubs you see? Then, we’ll all tune in on February 26th when Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 89th Annual Academy Awards. And hey—he can’t be any worse than Jimmy Fallon was at the Globes!

Best Picture

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Best Actor

  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Denzel Washington, Fences
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Best Actress

  • Emma Stone, La La Land 
  • Isabelle Huppert, Elle
  • Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
  • Ruth Negga, Loving

Best Supporting Actor

  • Dev Patel, Lion
  • Jeff Bridges, Hell of High Water
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
  • Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman, Lion
  • Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
  • Viola Davis, Fences

Best Director

  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  • Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Best Original Screenplay

  • 20th Century Women
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • The Lobster
  • Manchester by the Sea

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hidden Figures
  • Lion
  • Moonlight

Best Cinematography

  • Arrival
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Silence

Best Production Design

  • Arrival
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • La La Land
  • Passengers

Best Visual Effects

  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Doctor Strange
  • The Jungle Book
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Film Editing

  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • Moonlight

Best Sound Editing

  • Arrival
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Sully

Best Sound Mixing

  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Original Score

  • Jackie
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Passengers

Best Original Song

  • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” – La La Land
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls
  • “City of Stars” – La La Land
  • “The Empty Chair” – Jim: The James Foley Story
  • “How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Best Costume Design

  • Allied
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jackie
  • La La Land

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

  • A Man Called Ove
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Suicide Squad

Best Animated Feature

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle
  • Zootopia

Best Animated Short

  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  • Pearl
  • Piper

Best Live-Action Short

  • Ennemis Interieurs
  • La Femme et Le TGV
  • Silent Nights
  • Sing
  • Timecode

Best Documentary Feature

  • 13th
  • Fire at Sea
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Life Animated
  • O.J.: Made in America

Best Documentary Short

  • 4.1 Miles
  • Extremis
  • Joe’s Violin
  • My Homeland
  • The White Helmets

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Land of Mine (Denmark)
  • A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
  • The Salesman (Iran)
  • Tanna (Australia)
  • Toni Erdmann (Germany)


The 89th Annual Academy Awards will be live Sunday, Feb. 26 on ABC at 7pm E/6pm C.

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