It’s officially Oscar season! The 89th annual Academy Awards nominations are in and to get you ready for the big day we’re turning your attention to the best of the best – that is, the ones that have earned themselves the sought-after prestigious nod for Best Picture, and in some cases several other impressive nominations!
Coming out of it’s Golden Globes glow where it set a new record taking home 7 awards for all the categories in which it was nominated including Best Motion Picture, La La Land finds itself thrust back into the spotlight with a total of 14 Oscar nominations. Only two films have ever previously held so many nominations, 1950’s All About Eve and 1997’s Titanic. La La Land tells the romantic story of a musician and aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Prepare yourself for a whole lot of camera pans to the films’ stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling who each picked up a nod for Best Performance by an Actress/Actor in a Leading Role. La La Land is also heavily nominated in the technical categories as well as for Best Screenplay and Best Director. Safe to say this is one film everyone’s eyes are on this year.
Moonlight is an American drama that chronicles the life of a young black man with a rough upbringing set in Miami, Florida. It picked up an impressive 8 nominees this year including Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor/Actress. Tied only with Arrival, the Sci-Fi drama starring Amy Adams as an expert linguist posed to investigate and communicate with an alien species after the sudden touchdown of unidentified aircrafts on Earth, who also boasts 8 nominations this year including Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Mixing.
Following with 6 nominations each is Manchester By The Sea, Lion and Hacksaw Ridge. Manchester By The Sea tells the story of a man (Casey Affleck) who looks after his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies and is additionally nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, while Lion chronicles the life of an Indian boy, Saroo Brierley, who is adopted by an Australian couple but later struggles with the memories he holds of his birth family and sets out to find out who they are and where he came from. It has picked up additional nods for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor/Actress and Best Cinematography. Hacksaw Ridge is garnering up more interest by the day as some are calling it controversial Best Director nominee Mel Gibson’s big comeback to Hollywood. It showcases the experiences of Desmond Ross (Andrew Garfield), an American combat medic and Medal of Honor recipient for his service in World War II where he valiantly saved 75 men without ever brandishing a weapon during the Battle of Okinawa. It is also heavily nominated in the technical categories.
Denzel Washington stars in and directed our next feature, Fences, the story of a working class African-American family man in the 1950’s. The film has picked up 4 nominations and is a strong contender for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. Also with 4 nominations is Hell or High Water, the tale of two brothers (Ben Foster, Chris Pine) who are willing to risk everything to save their family’s ranch. It picked up nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay.
Hidden Figures rounds up our list holding 3 nominations including Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. Hidden Figured highlights the true story of a team of African-American women who were vital to the success of NASA’s launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962. While this film holds the fewest nominations of all our Best Picture nominees, it is far from an underdog in this race, but we’ll have to wait until Sunday, February 24th to find out how it all shakes out.
Get your popcorn ready!