Oscar nominations 2017: Hits, Misses & Shockers

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For those of you who have been living in a hole, the Oscars nominations were announced today and while it was generally surprise-free – this was the first year in the past few where you could easily predict the frontrunner – there were still a few interesting twists, snubs and additions.

I’m not gonna present you with the whole list because it is massive and you can find it elsewhere so I’ll be highlighting the categories I thought were interesting.

BEST ACTRESS 

First up, I OBVIOUSLY have to talk about Amy Adams’ snub from the Best Actress list. I feel sorry for her in a way because she’s been nominated by so many other organisations and then she didn’t get an Oscar nod. I am pleased by the addition of Isabelle Huppert for Elle and Ruth Negga for Loving (both who were snubbed at the BAFTAs) so I would have dropped Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) so Amy could take a place – I didn’t love Arrival but her performance was great and I didn’t think Meryl’s acting in FFJ was THAT awards worthy. Natalie Portman (Jackie) and Emma Stone (La La Land) were expected and I’m cool with them.

BEST ACTOR 

I’m essentially fine with Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Denzel Washington (Fences), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) and Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) being nominated. I just have an issue with Ryan Gosling for La La Land – I love the movie and I love him in general but his acting was not worthy of the recognition. I’d swap him for Joel Edgerton for Loving.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 

I have nothing but praise for the supporting actress category so I’m going to focus on supporting actor which I’m feeling positive about! Michael Shannon, who has largely been ignored throughout awards season, has finally cinched a nomination for Nocturnal Animals, which is fantastic! I’m also happy about Lucas Hedges for Manchester by the Sea as he didn’t get nods for BAFTA or Golden Globes. I’m also really glad Hugh Grant didn’t get one for Florence Foster Jenkins cos that was simply baffling. Yes for Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), who will probs take it home.

BEST MOVIE 

I am happy with these to be honest. A lot of people seem to be really miffed about how well La La Land is doing (it now ties for the most Oscar nominations ever) but I honestly loved it so I’m genuinely happy about this news.

OTHER RANDOM OBSERVATIONS

– I had to chuckle when Suicide Squad was nominated for Makeup and Hair

– I’m surprised Deadpool got literally zero nods, ditto Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Sing Street

– I’m happy Barry Jenkins got his director slot back after being snubbed at the BAFTAs

– I love that Deepwater Horizon, Passengers, Allied and Star Trek Beyond got some unexpected technical noms

– I was surprised by the inclusion of 20th Century Women and The Lobster in the Original Screenplay category because they’ve never come up before but they are certainly worthy of the nomination

– I would have liked a song from Sing Street – preferably Drive It Like You Stole It – to have made the Original Song list rather than two from La La Land. If I had to drop a La La Land one, I would do City of Stars as Audition is more meaningful in the movie. I actually prefer Another Day of Sun over those two tbh!

– I wish I had seen Fences and Hidden Figures so I could have more of an opinion on these. Damn late UK releases!

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