Oscars Nominations 2017: Snubs, Surprises and Triumphs

La La Land dances away with a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations; Ruth Negga and Michael Shannon break into the acting race; many actors of colour get nods (yay!)—and who invited Mel Gibson?

2017 Oscar nominations include several nods for Moonlight, including Best Picture


Everything old Hollywood is new again as La La Land, the Emma Stone/Ryan Gosling musical, received 14 nods at Tuesday’s Academy Award nominations, tying with Titanic and All About Eve for the most in the Academy’s history.

Another record was tied as seven people of colour received nominations in acting categories. That is the most diverse group of acting nominees in Oscar history, tying the 2006 nominations in which Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson won.

These are some of the other mega nominees, major “what?” moments and mini-upsets to emerge from today’s 2017 Oscar nominations announcement.

2017 Oscar nominations included five for Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea

Of Course
Yes, there are other movies nominated besides La La Land! Moonlight and Arrival each received seven nominations while Manchester By The Sea, another awards season favourite, received five. Arrival snuck ahead of Machester by killing it in the technical categories, though its freaky, ambient score was determined ineligible because it included pre-released material.

All the expected acting frontrunners were recognized including Best Actress nominees Natalie Portman (Jackie) and Emma Stone (La La Land); presumptive Best Actor winner Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea); Best Supporting Actress nominee Viola Davis (Fences); and Best Supporting Actor nominees Jeff Bridges (Hell Or High Water) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight).

Also present, as per usual, was HRH Meryl Streep, who received her 20th (!) nomination for playing the titular William Hung-esque chanteuse in Florence Foster Jenkins, extending her record as the most nominated actor ever. Though not a surprise, her nomination elbows out the criminally under-awarded Annette Bening, who was in the mix for her performance in 20th Century Women.

Mel Gibson, you are officially paroled from Hollywood purgatory. The big-bearded bigot was awarded a directing nomination for his war drama Hacksaw Ridge, besting both industry veterans such as Martin Scorsese for Silence and well-received newbies such as Garth Davis for Lion and David Mackenzie for Hell or High Water.

Loving’s Ruth Negga was a welcome addition to the Best Actress category, beating two talented veterans: Arrival’s Amy Adams and Nocturnal Animals’ Amy Adams.

2017 Oscar nominations included a Best Actress nod for Ruth Negga


While Aaron Taylor Johnson won the Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for Nocturnal Animals, his costar Michael Shannon was the one recognized by the Academy, alongside first-time Oscar nominees Lucas Hedges (who is just 20), Mahershala Ali and Dev Patel.

But perhaps the biggest shock for those in the Academy’s YouTube livechat was that Suicide Squad was nominated for Best Makeup and Hair, a day after it earned two Razzie nominations and several months after it proved itself one of the very worst movies of a year filled with them.

How dare you?
Among the cruelest of snubs: Deadpool, a dark-horse favourite for Best Picture and Best Actor, didn’t resonate with the grey-haired Academy who preferred the socially aware comedy of Hidden Figures to more non-sequitor jokes such as, say, Ryan Reynolds wearing a Bea Arthur t-shirt.

Finding Dory didn’t pick up a Best Animated Feature nod, although its billion-plus box-office haul is a dec consolation prize.

Sully, an early favourite, received only a single nomination, for sound editing. And Martin Scorsese’s years-in-the-making (and what felt like years-in-the-watching) epic Silence received just one nomination, for cinematography.

2017 Oscar nominations went to Canadian Denis Villeneuve's film Arrival


The Home Team
While Best Actor nominee Ryan Gosling will be the most visible Canadian at this year’s Oscars, other local heroes include Arrival director Denis Villeneuve and Montreal’s Theodore Ushev for his National Film Board animated short Blind Vaysha.

The Oscars air Feb. 26 at 8:30 EST/5:30 PST.

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