The 89th Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning! What are your thoughts on the nominees? Which ones surprised you? How many of the nominated films have you seen?

Most pleasant surprise for me was seeing the wonderful Blind Vaysha get nominated in the animated short category.

You can find the full list of nominees below:

Best Picture
Hell or High Water
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Hidden Figures

Actress in a Leading Role
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

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


Arrival, Denis Villeneuve
Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson
La La Land, Damien Chazelle
Manchester By the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight, Barry Jenkins

Actress in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester By the Sea

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


Foreign Language Film
Land of Mine (Denmark)
A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
Tanna (Australia)
The Salesman (Iran)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Writing – Adapted Screenplay
Hidden Figures

Writing – Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester By the Sea
20th Century Women


La La Land

Music – Original Score
La La Land

Makeup and Hairstyling
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad


Costume Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land

Music – Original Song
“Audition,” 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

Visual Effects
Deepwater Horion
Dr. Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Documentary Short Subject
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Documentary Feature
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
OJ: Made in America
The 13th”

Film Editing
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land


Sound Editing
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

Sound Mixing
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Production Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land

blind vaysha

Short Film – Live Action
Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV

Short Film – Animated
Blind Vaysha
Boorowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarette

Animated Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle


    1. The nomination for Suicide Squad shocked me as well. In regards to Amy Adams, I think she just split the vote by having two strong performances in Arrival and Nocturnal Animals. Personally, I was pulling for her to get a nomination for Arrival.

  1. No love for Silence at all, or for Annette Bening for 20th Century Women? And La La Land gets nominated for everything? How am I not surprised? #OscarsSoPredictable

    1. I honestly think Scorsese released Silence way too late in the year. That type of film needs to be digested and thought about for a while. While we all expected La La Land to do well, I am most interested in the documentary category. I have seen all of the nominees and that one is going to be a tight race.

      1. yeah the docu’s i’m really curious about. I can’t believe I am yet to see OJ: Made in America. I love 30-for-30 films and that seems like one of their crowning achievements.

  2. Suicide Squad getting nominated is absolutely hilarious to me. I’m still laughing.

    I’m really rooting for Damien Chazelle, but I must admit that I really don’t think La La Land is deserving for best picture. There is just too much other talent in that category. At any rate, it will be a stiff race

    Sad to see Amy Adams get overlooked. She was incredible in Arrival.

    1. I hear you on La La Land. As much as I enjoyed it, Whiplash stuck with me a lot longer than Chazelle’s latest. Out of the Best Picture nominees, I would list the film either 4 or 5 in my ranking. That is not a knock on La La Land, I just enjoyed Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, and Hell or High Water more.

  3. I’m glad Arrival got so many nominations, but how could the Academy snub Amy Adams?! Meanwhile, I’m glad that Deadpool did not receive a Best Picture nomination like it was being talked about. What do you think about La La Land tying the all-time record for 14 nominations? Do you think it’s deserving, or just an overall weak year that La La Land is capitalizing on?

  4. I was surprised Lucas Hedges got nominated for Manchester by the Sea. He gave a spot on performance and played that character so well, pleasantly surprised he got a nomination !

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