Oscar Nominations And Reactions

Today was a very good day if you are the persons and studios behind the films La La Land, Moonlight, and Arrival. All three films lead the pack when it comes to receiving Oscar nominations. Damien Chazelle’s musical tied Titanic and All About Eve with a total of 14 nominations; Barry Jenkins’s drama and Denis Villenueve’s sci-fi epic received eight apiece. Plus, Kubo and the Two Strings made history becoming the first animated film since Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas to be in the visual effects category.

As far as predictions go, BackstageOL did pretty well. Predicting 14 of 24 total categories we got a total of 64 out of 74 correct. This included a perfect 9 for 9 in the Best Picture race, and 100-percent in the races for Best Actor, Supporting Actress, Animated Feature, Cinematography and Adapted Screenplay.

Here is a complete rundown of nominees as well as reactions from those who were nominated.

BEST PICTURE

ARRIVAL

Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers

FENCES
Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers

HACKSAW RIDGE
Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers

HELL OR HIGH WATER
Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers

HIDDEN FIGURES
Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers

LA LA LAND
Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers

LION
Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, Producers

“LION is the company’s 26th Best Picture Nomination in 28 years, and it is just as exciting as the first. I couldn’t be more proud of the entire team. The most important part of this is the effect that LION is having on social issues around the world. Its themes of diversity, love, and unity are very special to me on a personal level. UNICEF said it best, LION is an anthem of hope, love and acceptance.’ That means more to me than anything.” – Harvey Weinstein, CEO of The Weinstein Company

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, Producers

MOONLIGHT
Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

CASEY AFFLECK
Manchester by the Sea

ANDREW GARFIELD
Hacksaw Ridge

RYAN GOSLING
La La Land

VIGGO MORTENSEN
Captain Fantastic

DENZEL WASHINGTON
Fences

“Thank you to the Academy for this wonderful recognition and for honoring August Wilson’s brilliant words. I am just lucky to have been entrusted with this project and to have the chance to work with the amazing Viola Davis and the rest of my talented cast and crew.” – Denzel Washington

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

MAHERSHALA ALI
Moonlight

JEFF BRIDGES
Hell or High Water

LUCAS HEDGES
Manchester by the Sea

DEV PATEL
Lion

MICHAEL SHANNON
Nocturnal Animals

“I am thrilled! Loved making this film. I would work with Tom Ford anytime, anywhere. Jake Gyllenhaal and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Karl Glusman made it easy for me. Nice to get some good news in the midst of all the carnage, so to speak.” – Michael Shannon

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

ISABELLE HUPPERT
Elle

RUTH NEGGA
Loving

NATALIE PORTMAN
Jackie

EMMA STONE
La La Land

MERYL STREEP
Florence Foster Jenkins

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

VIOLA DAVIS
Fences

“Thank you to the Academy for this wonderful recognition and for honoring August Wilson’s brilliant words. I am just lucky to have been entrusted with this project and to have the chance to work with the amazing Viola Davis and the rest of my talented cast and crew.” – Viola Davis

NAOMIE HARRIS
Moonlight

NICOLE KIDMAN

Lion

OCTAVIA SPENCER

Hidden Figures

MICHELLE WILLIAMS

Manchester by the Sea

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner

MOANA
John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer

MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI
Claude Barras and Max Karli

THE RED TURTLE
Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki

ZOOTOPIA

Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

CINEMATOGRAPHY

ARRIVAL
Bradford Young

LA LA LAND
Linus Sandgren

LION

Greig Fraser

MOONLIGHT
James Laxton

SILENCE
Rodrigo Prieto

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

DIRECTING

ARRIVAL
Denis Villeneuve

HACKSAW RIDGE
Mel Gibson

LA LA LAND
Damien Chazelle

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Kenneth Lonergan

MOONLIGHT
Barry Jenkins

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

FIRE AT SEA
Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck

LIFE, ANIMATED

Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman

O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow

13TH

Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

EXTREMIS

Dan Krauss

4.1 MILES

Daphne Matziaraki

JOE’S VIOLIN
Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen

WATANI: MY HOMELAND
Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis

THE WHITE HELMETS

Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

FILM EDITING

ARRIVAL

Joe Walker

HACKSAW RIDGE
John Gilbert

HELL OR HIGH WATER
Jake Roberts

LA LA LAND
Tom Cross

MOONLIGHT
Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

LAND OF MINE
Denmark

A MAN CALLED OVE

Sweden

THE SALESMAN
Iran

TANNA
Australia

TONI ERDMANN
Germany

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

A MAN CALLED OVE

Eva von Bahr and Love Larson

STAR TREK BEYOND
Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo

SUICIDE SQUAD

Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

JACKIE
Mica Levi

LA LA LAND
Justin Hurwitz

LION
Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka

“We feel extremely honored to receive this Academy Awards nomination and to be acknowledged by The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences.We celebrate this nomination with our friend and colleague director Garth Davis, and the whole creative team and talented cast of LION. We are grateful that our music supports this magnificent true story of love, determination and family. Saroo’s journey enriched our lives and we hope it will touch audiences watching this beautiful movie around the world, bringing us all closer together.” – Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka

MOONLIGHT
Nicholas Britell

PASSENGERS

Thomas Newman

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

AUDITION (THE FOOLS WHO DREAM)
from La La Land; Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

CAN’T STOP THE FEELING

from Trolls; Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

CITY OF STARS

from La La Land; Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

THE EMPTY CHAIR
from Jim: The James Foley Story; Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

HOW FAR I’LL GO
from Moana; Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

PRODUCTION DESIGN

ARRIVAL

Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Paul Hotte

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

HAIL, CAESAR!
Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

LA LA LAND
Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

PASSENGERS

Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

BLIND VAYSHA
Theodore Ushev

BORROWED TIME

Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj

PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES
Robert Valley and Cara Speller

PEARL
Patrick Osborne

PIPER
Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

ENNEMIS INTÉRIEURS
Sélim Azzazi

LA FEMME ET LE TGV
Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff

SILENT NIGHTS

Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson

SING
Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy

TIMECODE
Juanjo Giménez

SOUND EDITING

ARRIVAL
Sylvain Bellemare

DEEPWATER HORIZON
Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli

HACKSAW RIDGE
Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright

LA LA LAND

Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan

SULLY
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

SOUND MIXING

ARRIVAL
Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye

HACKSAW RIDGE
Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace

LA LA LAND
Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI
Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth

VISUAL EFFECTS

DEEPWATER HORIZON
Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton

DOCTOR STRANGE

Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould

THE JUNGLE BOOK
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff

“As much as Kubo and the Two Strings is an homage to Japanese culture and to woodblock artists including Kiyoshi Saito, it is also a tribute to special effects pioneers Ray Harryhausen, Willis O’Brien, Jim Danforth, and the many innovative FX artists who tell stories using in-camera effects, puppets, and human hands. We’re thrilled for the artists at LAIKA who put years into realizing Kubo. For all of us at the studio, being recognized alongside such distinguished and talented members of the VFX community is truly an honor.” – Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean & Brad Schiff

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

ARRIVAL
Screenplay by Eric Heisserer

FENCES

Screenplay by August Wilson

HIDDEN FIGURES
Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi

LION
Screenplay by Luke Davies

I think of LION as an anthem to the persistence of love, and my main aim in writing it was simply to move people. I didn’t consciously set out to write a film that would spark wider conversations about the ethics of adoption or the worldwide scourge of child sex trafficking. But I am so very grateful it seems to be doing that, too. And I’m grateful and honored to be nominated for an Oscar.” – Luke Davies

MOONLIGHT
Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

HELL OR HIGH WATER

Written by Taylor Sheridan

LA LA LAND
Written by Damien Chazelle

THE LOBSTER
Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Written by Kenneth Lonergan

20TH CENTURY WOMEN

Written by Mike Mills

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