“Fences,” “Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight,” Earn Big Oscar Nominations!

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and the 89th Academy Awards show is more diverse than ever.  “Fences”, “Hidden Figures”, “Moana”, “Moonlight”, “La La Land”, “Lion”, “Loving” and “13TH” all films that stood out for us, received nods in a variety of categories.

This year’s list of nominees included seven actors of color, three African American writers (including the late August Wilson, who wrote the screenplay for Fences), and a Best Director nomination for Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), who becomes only the fourth black director nominated in the Oscars’ history after John Singleton, Lee Daniels, and Steve McQueen. After the controversy over last year’s nominees, social media stepped in to create the “#OscarsSoWhite” online protests (the hashtag was started in 2015), the Academy took action to increase diversity in its membership an initiative spearheaded by its president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

The musical “La La Land’ a love story between two people a jazz musician and an aspiring actress, tops the list for the most nominations with 14. The film ties record for most Oscar nominations ever. The only other films to have ever received as many nominations are 1950’s “All About Eve” and 1997’s “Titanic.” Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone both were nominated for performances by and actor and actress in leading roles.

Denzel Washington’s strong performance in “Fences,” makes him the only male actor of color nominated in the performance by an actor in a leading role.  Here’s Denzels reaction to receiving an Oscar nomination:

“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.”

Constanza Romero Wilson, wife of August Wilson had this to say:

“I am overjoyed that August’s work is being recognized, and that millions of people are getting the chance to see FENCES! I feel he would be incredibly proud of the love and care that everyone involved, especially Denzel, invested to make this film possible.”

Ruth Negga, “Loving” is nominated for Performance by an Actress in a leading role.

“Moonlight”, the coming of age story of young Black boy being bullied for his sexuality netted eight nominations including best picture and performance by an actor in a supporting role by Mahershala Ali and performance by an actress in a supporting role Naomi Harris.

Also nominated along side Ali and Harris in the same categories are,  strong performances by Dev Patel in “Lion” and Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures” and Viola Davis, “Fences”.  Here’s Viola’s Reaction:

“Thank you to the Academy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it. Thank you Denzel for being at the helm!” 

Viola Davis has just made Academy Award history with the announcement of her nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Fences. She’s the first black woman to have ever earned three Oscar nominations.

Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick, and Howard Barish are all nominated for in the Best Documentary feature.

“Fences”, “Hidden Figures” “Lion” and “Moonlight” are all nominated for adapted screenplay.

“Hidden Figures” which we felt was snubbed at this year’s Golden Globes is nominated for Best  Motion Picture
of the Year along with, “Fences”, “La La Land”, “Lion” and “Moonlight”.

Hamilton writer-actor-composer Lin-Manuel Miranda is now only one step away from claiming the coveted EGOT title thanks to his Academy Award nomination for Moana‘s “How Far I’ll Go.” The elite club of performers features people who have won all four major entertainment awards — an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.

We couldn’t be happier for all of the nominees!

Check out the entire list of nominations below:

Performance by an actor in a leading role

• Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea”

• Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge”

• Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”

• Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic”

• Denzel Washington in “Fences”


Performance by an actor in a supporting role

• Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight”

• Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water”

• Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea”

• Dev Patel in “Lion”

• Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals”


Performance by an actress in a leading role

• Isabelle Huppert in “Elle”

• Ruth Negga in “Loving”

• Natalie Portman in “Jackie”

• Emma Stone in “La La Land”

• Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”


Performance by an actress in a supporting role

• Viola Davis in “Fences”

• Naomie Harris in “Moonlight”

• Nicole Kidman in “Lion”

• Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures”

• Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea”


Best animated feature film of the year

• “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


Achievement in cinematography

• “Arrival” Bradford Young

• “La La Land” Linus Sandgren

• “Lion” Greig Fraser

• “Moonlight” James Laxton

• “Silence” Rodrigo Prieto


Achievement in 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


Achievement in directing

• “Arrival” Denis Villeneuve

• “Hacksaw Ridge” Mel Gibson

• “La La Land” Damien Chazelle

• “Manchester by the Sea” Kenneth Lonergan

• “Moonlight” Barry Jenkins


Best 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


Best 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


Achievement in 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


Best foreign language film of the year

• “Land of Mine” Denmark

• “A Man Called Ove” Sweden

• “The Salesman” Iran

• “Tanna” Australia

• “Toni Erdmann” Germany


Achievement in 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


Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

• “Jackie” Mica Levi

• “La La Land” Justin Hurwitz

• “Lion” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka

• “Moonlight” Nicholas Britell

• “Passengers” Thomas Newman


Achievement in music written for motion pictures (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


Best motion picture of the year

• “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

• “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


Achievement in 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


Best animated short film

• “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


Best live action short film

• “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


Achievement in 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


Achievement in 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


Achievement in 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

• “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould


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

• “Moonlight” Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney


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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