2017 Oscars Nominations – and our Opinions, of course

Posted on January 24, 2017

They’re here, Kittens! And largely unsurprising, as per the usual! Shall we get to it?

Some selections:

 

Best Picture

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

 
Moonlight. We will accept no others. Oh God, not La La Land.

 

Best Director

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

 

It’s kind of crazy Mel Gibson’s up for an Oscar again. That town will forgive anything.

Anyway, we see you, Barry Jenkins.

 

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

 

That’s a tough lineup, but the odds are on Miss Viola, we suppose.

 

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

 

RUTH NEGGA!!!!! We don’t know if she should win (haven’t seen Loving), but we are pumped for the style poledance to come. Miss Lady has ten thousand dresses lined up, we’re sure.

Happy for Emma, but of the ones we’ve seen (the last 3), Natalie gave the best performance.

 

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

 

Mahershala or we burn this thing down.

 

Best Actor

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

 

Strangely, we have no opinion, other than the one that Gosling isn’t worthy.

 

Best Costume Design

Joanna Johnston, Allied

Colleen Atwood, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Consolata Boyle, Florence Foster Jenkins

Madeline Fontaine, Jackie

Mary Zophre, La La Land

 

It’s probably Miss Atwood’s to lose. We don’t see how the primary-colored Garanimals of La La Land even rate.

 

Best Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine, Denmark

A Man Called Ove, Sweden

The Salesman, Iran

Tanna, Australia

Toni Erdmann, Germany

 

 

Best Original Song

“Audition”, 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

 

Probably “Audition.”

 

Best Original Score

Jackie, Micachu

La La Land, Justin Hurwitz

Lion, Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka

Moonlight, Nicholas Britell

Passengers, Thomas Newman

 

The Jackie score was unforgettable and haunting. As much a character as the lead.

 

Best Cinematography

Arrival, Bradford Young

La La Land, Linus Sandgren

Lion, Grieg Fraser

Moonlight, James Laxton

Silence, Rodrigo Prieto

 

We haven’t seen enough of them, but we have to admit that La La Land did have stunning cinematography.

Your thoughts, darlings?

 

 

[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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