The Oscars 2017 – Academy Award Nominations

La La Land - Richer Rated 8/10

La La Land – Richer Rated 8/10

The biggest, not to mention most glitzy & glamorous, movie awards show nominations have been announced – and there are a few surprises on there!…

The 2017 Academy Awards will be the 89th ceremony, and almost certainly the biggest yet. The original awards show in 1929 lasted a mere 15 minutes long. Nowadays there would be the distinct possibility each acceptance speech would last that long – if the house orchestra didn’t interrupt the winners 45 seconds in! Even then, they often manage to get more stage time (watch Adrien Brody’s speech at the end of this article, as a great example).

The headline film from this year’s nominations has to be the one and only La La Land. Equalling a record that was set in 1950, by the Bette Davis movie All About Eve, receiving 14 nominations – a record also equalled in 1997 by Titanic. It will have to do well to equal the most amount of Oscars won however, as Titanic picked up 11, as did Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003. Tap here to read what we thought of La La Land.

Of the many award categories, it’s often mentioned of the “big 4”. That is, the 4 most desirable awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role & Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. We’d like to be generous and extend that to the “big 6” – also including the Best Performance by an Actor & Actress in a Supporting Role in that list.

Ignoring the often belittled technical categories, the most nominations in “the big 6” categories this year goes to Manchester By The Sea. In fact, the only category it wasn’t nominated in was Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, and the only reason we think, is the fact it doesn’t have a leading role for an actress to shine in. It recently picked up a respectable 10/10 from our Richer Blog review, plus a Richer Recommended award. So if things don’t go its way on the evening, at least it’ll have that award to be pleased about. Tap here to read our glowing review of Manchester By The Sea.

Manchester By The Sea - Richer Rated 10/10

Manchester By The Sea – Richer Rated 10/10

Fans of intellectually-stimulating sci-fi films have been richly rewarded in recent years, with the likes of Interstellar (tap here for our review), Inception, Midnight Special (the Richer Blog review here), et al. And less so, with movies like Assassin’s Creed (read our review here). The big-money I.S.F. movie (I.S.F… Intellectual science fiction. OK, maybe that abbreviation won’t catch on), is Arrival. As well as picking up nominations for Best Picture & Best Director, it has also picked up nominations in both the Best Sound Editing & Best Sound Mixing awards. The work of contemporary composer Jóhann Jóhannsson should be commended, as the brooding, bombastic soundtrack really transports you into the heart of the action. If you missed it at the cinema, the next best thing is watching it through a home cinema system that can really get the best out of the dynamics and expression of the sound mix. It’s an experience that shouldn’t be missed. Click here to read our in-depth Arrival review.

Arrival - Richer Rated 8.5/10

Arrival – Richer Rated 8.5/10

Other successful movies in the nomination lists this year are Moonlight (8 nominations), based on the Tarell Alvin McCraney book Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Lion (6 nominations), based on the non-fiction A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, and Hacksaw Ridge (6 nominations), based on the real-life events of conscientious objector Desmond Doss.

The Foreign Language Film category has 5 nomination: Toni Erdmann (Germany), The Salesman (Iran), Tanna (Australia), Land of Mine (Denmark) and A Man Called Ove (Sweden). The last two in the list should not really come as a surprise; Scandinavia has a reputation for producing many critically acclaimed movies – with Denmark already having 3 previous wins in the category from a total of 13 nominations, and Sweden equalling 3 wins from 14 nominations. They have a long way to go, however, to reach record holder Italy’s 14 Best Foreign Language Academy Awards, or France’s record 39 total nominations.

One movie that will probably be disappointed with the recent nomination announcements is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The studio’s follow up to Star Wars: A Force Awakens (tap here for our review), and the first standalone movie in the franchise, picked up a lonely 1 nomination – Best Visual Effects. Considering the previous movie bagged 5 nominations, this sole recognition is quite an apt indication of critical response. If you’d like to read our review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story then tap this link.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Richer Rated 7/10

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Richer Rated 7/10

The other big budget action/sci-fi reboot of the year also picked up a single nomination. Star Trek Beyond is the third trekkie movie in recent years, and has picked up the worst reviews. Since 2009’s Star Trek (8.0 on IMDB), 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness (7.8 on IMDB), and now Star Trek Beyond (7.1 on IMDB), the ratings have steadily gone down. The single nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling is an almost comical display of the industry’s thoughts on how the series is going. If you’d like to read our Star Trek Beyond review tap here.


Star Trek Beyond – Richer Rated 7/10

Finally, to get you in the Oscars mood, we’ve hand-selected a few of our favourite acceptance speeches from over the years (and the full list below that)…

Roberto Benigni gives a characteristically humorous speech in 1999.

Halle Berry gives a speech full of emotion in 2002 – seemingly thanking everyone in Hollywood… on an individual basis.

Adrien Brody gets a standing ovation – from one of the longest Oscar speeches in recent history, in 2003.

The Big 6

  • Best Picture
    Hacksaw Ridge
    Hell or High Water
    Hidden Figures
    La La Land
    Manchester By the Sea
  • Best Director
    Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
    Hacksaw Ridge – Mel Gibson
    La La Land – Damien Chazelle
    Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
    Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  • Best performance by an actress in a leading role
    Isabelle Huppert – Elle
    Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
    Natalie Portman – Jackie
    Emma Stone – La La Land
    Ruth Negga – Loving
  • Best performance by an actor in a leading role
    Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
    Denzel Washington – Fences
    Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
    Ryan Gosling – La La Land
    Casey Affleck – Manchester By The Sea
  • Best performance by an actress in a supporting role
    Viola Davis – Fences
    Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
    Nicole Kidman – Lion
    Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
    Naomie Harris – Moonlight
  • Best performance by an actor in a supporting role
    Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
    Dev Patel – Lion
    Lucas Hedges – Manchester By The Sea
    Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
    Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

The Others

  • Best Adapted Screenplay
    Arrival – Eric Heisserer
    Fences – August Wilson
    Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
    Lion – Luke Davies
    Moonlight – Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McRaney
  • Best Animated Feature
    Kubo and the Two Strings
    My Life As a Zucchini
    The Red Turtle
  • Best Animated Short
    Blind Vaysha
    Borrowed Time
    Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  • Best Costume Design
    Allied – Joanna Johnston
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood
    Florence Foster Jenkins – Consolata Boyle
    Jackie – Madeline Fontaine
    La La Land – Mary Zophres
  • Best Film Editing
    Arrival – Joe Walker
    Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert
    Hell or High Water – Jake Roberts
    La La Land – Tom Cross
    Moonlight – Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling
    A Man Called Ove
    Star Trek Beyond
    Suicide Squad
  • Best Original Score
    Jackie – Mica Levi
    La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
    Lion – Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka
    Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
    Passengers – Thomas Newman
  • Best Original Screenplay
    20th Century Women – Mike Mills
    Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
    La La Land – Damien Chazelle
    Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
    The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
  • Best Original Song
    The Empty Chair – Jim: The James Foley Story
    Audition – La La Land
    City of Stars – La La Land
    How Far I’ll Go – Moana
    Can’t Stop the Feeling! – Trolls
  • Best Production Design
    Arrival – Patrice Vermette
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig
    Hail Caesar
    La La Land – Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco
    Passengers – Guy Hendrix Dyas
  • Best Sound Editing
    Deepwater Horizon
    Hacksaw Ridge
    La La Land
  • Best Sound Mixing
    13 Hours
    Hacksaw Ridge
    La La Land
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Best Visual Effects
    Deepwater Horizon
    Doctor Strange
    Kubo and the Two Strings
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    The Jungle Book
  • Cinematography
    La La Land
  • Documentary Feature
    Fire at Sea
    I Am Not Your Negro
    Life, Animated
    OJ: Made In America
  • Documentary: Short Subject
    4.1 Miles
    Joe’s Violin
    The White Helmets
    Watani: My Homeland
  • Foreign Language Film
    A Man Called Ove
    Land of Mine
    The Salesman
    Toni Erdmann