2017 Oscar Nominations Announced

February 3, 2017


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The first Academy Awards, which took place at a private dinner for about 270 people, were presented in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles, California.

On January 24, Oscar Nominations for the 2017 Academy Awards were announced. Each year, the Oscars recognize excellence within the film industry and are assessed by Academy’s voting membership. This membership consists of different expertise within the film industry, mainly consisting of actors, actresses, and directors. Since 2002, the award ceremony is held in the Dolby Theatre located on Hollywood Boulevard and welcomes about 3,400 people.


This year, the Oscars will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and awards 24 different categories. La La Land was nominated for 14 Oscars on Tuesday, a tie with Titanic and All About Eve for the most nominations in history. Furthermore, the Oscars has left behind its reputation for being an all white award ceremony by nominating six African American actors, the most in history. Here is a list of the Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards. 


Junior Gillian Garcia says, “Watching the Oscars with my family is one of my favorite things to do. It has become a tradition for my mom and I to order out food and watch the entire night, especially watching all the women in their dresses.”


Best Picture 

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

Fences, Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black

Hacksaw Ridge, Bill Mechanic and David Permut

Hell or High Water, Carla Hacken and Julia Yorn

Hidden Figures, Dona Gigliotti, Peter Chenin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi

La La Land, Fred Berger and Jordan Horowitz

Lion, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder

Manchester by the Sea, Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Back and Kevin J. Walsh

Moonlight, Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner

Senior Lizzie Dolan says, “La La Land is one of my favorite movies that I have ever seen. I really want them to win every Oscar they are nominated for because every aspect of that movie left me wanting more.”


Best 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


Best Actress in a Leading Role

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins



Best Actor in Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals


Best Actress in Supporting Role

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea



Best Animated Feature Film

Kubo and the Two Strings, Travis Knight

Moana, John Musker and Ron Clements

My Life as a Zucchini, Claude Barras

The Red Turtle, Michael Dudok de Wit

Zootopia, Byron Howard and Rich Moore

Freshman Julianne Hahn says, “One of my younger sister’s favorite movie is Zootopia because she loves the characters and overall plot. Personally, I like the movie because of the hidden meaning behind it, indirectly speaking out against discrimination.”


Best Cinematography

Arrival, Bradford Young

La La Land, Linus Sandgren

Lion, Greig Fraser

Moonlight, James Laxton

Silence, Rodrigo Prieto


Best 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


Best 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 Film)

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


Best 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


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’Hallorean and Hauschka

Moonlight, Nicholas Britell

Passangers, Thomas Newman


Music (Original Song)

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” La La Land

“Can’t Stop The Feeling,” Trolls

“City of Stars,” La La Land

“The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story

“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana



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