Thoughts on the 89th Academy Award Nominations

That’s right, everyone; it’s that time again! 

Yesterday morning I woke up to find out that the Academy Award nominations were already being announced. Now, living on the East Coast, that’s fine. It was sometime between 8:00 and 9:00 my time, but props to all the people on the West Coast who woke up early to hear the news. 

From the early buzz, everyone cannot stop talking about how La La Land received 14 nominations. Personally, I saw the movie, loved it, and am not in the least bit surprised by their plethora of nominations. If there was any film that was going to tie Titanic and All About Eve on their amount of Oscar nominations, it was going to be La La Land. Damien Chazelle, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling: how could that combination not result in an excessive amount of Oscars? I’ve been humming “Audition” and “City of Stars” since I saw the movie, and I still get a little emotional as I think about that scene at the dinner table. They are 14 nominations well deserved. I don’t think they’ll win all 14 categories, but I think it will take away at least seven or eight of those categories. I won’t be sad to see it either. 

Admittedly, there are still a few movies nominated that I haven’t seen yet. My theater won’t get Moonlight until next week, and there are two or three other best picture nominees that I haven’t had the pleasure to see yet. However, I’ll be doing my best to see as many as I can before February 26th. 

Overall, I must admit that I am loving the nominations I am seeing. I love the diversity I see reflected in the nominees, and perhaps most of all, I love reading through the categories and thinking that every single person deserves that honor. I don’t really have any serious complaints. There were a few shocking nominations that I was glad to see, such as Mel Gibson’s nomination for directing Hacksaw Ridge. I think he deserves the nomination; it was a fantastic film, but I was shocked to see the Academy agreeing with me. 

On the flip side, there are a few people I was surprised to not see on the list. I’m surprised that A Monster Calls was not nominated in any category. I know it wasn’t a box office hit, but it was a well told story, which unfortunately left me in tears in several parts. I always expect to see Scorsese making an appearance and was surprised to not see him gaining a nomination with Silence. I was a little shocked to not see Janelle Monae have a nomination after Hidden Figures and Moonlight. Then, as a huge Disney and Pixar fan, I was of course a little upset to not see Finding Dory nominated for Best Animated Film. Yes, I know Moana and Zootopia were both nominated, but I still love Dory as well. Now, I must reiterate that I’m not upset about these lack of nominations; it really just speaks to the fact that we had so many outstanding performances this year that we could have had far more than five nominations in a category. 

I suppose the one nomination I was truly shocked not to see was a nomination for Amy Adams for her performance in “Arrival.” It was already one of my favorite movies of the year, and a lot of that had to do with Adams’ performance. However, as much as I would have liked to see her get the nomination, I don’t know who I would take away to add her to the list. I mean, do you take away Meryl Streep to nominate Adams? That’s a tough call, and one I’m glad I didn’t have to make. 

All in all, like I said, I am quite pleased with this year’s nominees. Even our beloved Rogue One was nominated for sound mixing and visual effects. To see a complete list of nominees in every category, though, be sure to check out the link below. 

So, what nominees were you most excited to see? Are you excited about La La Land’s 14 nominations? Do you think there were any major snubs this year, and if so, who? 

Let us know, and as always, thanks for reading what we have to say! 

Jonathan BeachComment