I love movies! And the awards season is always a fun time of year – the drama and comedy (on screen and at the awards shows) – all are great fodder for social media comments/shares and water-cooler banter, to celebrate the best of the year and debate our unique individual perspectives.
I’m excited to start sharing with you a regular feature provided by my good friend, Jeff York, creator of theestablishingshot, a movie blog about what’s going on in the film world. A little about Jeff: he’s a writer, a gifted illustrator, and host of the movie review podcast “Page 2 Screen” for the International Screenwriters Association. He has written many scripts and received many honors, most recently winning the Festival of Horror screenplay contest for his script, Incurable.
Today I’m sharing Jeff’s excellent recap of the 2017 Oscar Nominations. Let’s all go to the movies…
This morning’s Academy Award nominations were the most admirable in some time, as they squashed any fears of another #OscarsSoWhite controversy by honoring a great deal of diversity in the Best Picture category with the inclusion of MOONLIGHT, LION, FENCES and HIDDEN FIGURES. Of the 20 nominees in the acting categories, seven people of color were called this AM – Denzel Washington, Ruth Negga, Mahershala Ali, Dev Patel, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, and Octavia Spencer.
The Academy also saw fit to honor the often-forgotten genre of science fiction with eight big nominations for ARRIVAL, including its talented helmer Denis Villeneuve. It’s unfortunate that star Amy Adams was passed over in the Best Actress category, but we’ll get to that more later in this piece. Another impressive stat this day is that three of the eight nominees for Best Picture were films with female leads – ARRIVAL, HIDDEN FIGURES and LA LA LAND.
Speaking of LA LA LAND, it tied the record for most nominations ever with 14 and now stands in rarified company along with ALL ABOUT EVE (1950) and TITANIC (1997) because of it. Clearly, despite some scattered backlash, the Academy adores Damian Chazelle’s modern day musical across the board. It even received two song nominations, and could’ve easily filled out all five in that category. But the Academy’s applause for LA LA LAND isn’t surprising. And in this critic’s opinion, there are five bigger and much more surprising takeaways that can be chronicled from this year’s slate of nominations.
Click here to read the full review.