It’s that time of the year again, where the Academy announce what they think are the best films of the year and I realised I’ve not seen many of them at all!

So, as I do each year, I’ll make an effort to catch up on the Oscar nominees before the awards night on Sunday February 26th, working through a large part of the list below. Some I have already seen and I’m working on my review of them (a few I wish to go see again first) and lots I’ve not seen but will go see in the coming weeks.

I’ll be predicting the winners a day or two before the Awards are given out on Sunday February 26th, here’s our printable Oscars Ballot for you to have a go and challenge your friends and family too!


Academy Awards Nominees 2017:

Best Picture
‘Arrival’ (it’s fantastic to see this getting a nomination in this category and many others)
‘Hacksaw Ridge’
Hell or High Water
‘Hidden Figures’
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Lead Actor
Casey Affleck – ‘Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield – ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
Ryan Gosling – ‘La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – ‘Captain Fantastic’
Denzel Washington – ‘Fences’

Lead Actress
Isabelle Huppert – ‘Elle’
Ruth Negga – ‘Loving’ (The film may not have gotten the nods once expected of it but this is a nice nomination to see)
Natalie Portman – ‘Jackie’
Emma Stone – ‘La La Land
Meryl Streep – ‘Florence Foster Jenkins

Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – ‘Moonlight’
Jeff Bridges – ‘Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – ‘Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – ‘Lion
Michael Shannon – ‘Nocturnal Animals’ (Not the role from this film that was most expected to get a nomination, yet the one I’ve heard many critics praising)

Supporting Actress
Viola Davis – ‘Fences’
Naomie Harris – ‘Moonlight’
Nicole Kidman – ‘Lion
Octavia Spencer – ‘Hidden Figures’
Michelle Williams – ‘Manchester by the Sea

Best Director
Denis Villeneuve – ‘Arrival’
Mel Gibson – ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
Damien Chazelle – ‘La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan – ‘Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins – ‘Moonlight’

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

Animated Short
‘Blind Vaysha’
Borrowed Time
‘Pear Cider and Cigarettes’

Adapted Screenplay
‘Hidden Figures’

Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water
La La Land
‘The Lobster’ (I saw this over a year ago when it was out in the U.K. but I didn’t really feel like reviewing it, though it’s definitely an original idea and interesting screenplay)
Manchester by the Sea
’20th Century Women’

La La Land

Best Documentary Feature
‘Fire at Sea’
‘I Am Not Your Negro’
Life, Animated
‘OJ: Made in America’ (I slightly take issue with this nearly 8 hour film being classed as a feature when it was made and aired originally as a 5-part series, still it’s amazing and seems to be the frontrunner)

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

Best live-action short film
‘Ennemis Interieurs’
‘La Femme et le TGV’
‘Silent Nights’

Best foreign language film
‘A Man Called Ove’
‘Land of Mine’
The Salesman
‘Toni Erdmann’

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
’13 Hours’ (I really doubt I’ll bother to watch this, I’m sure the sound is beautifully mixed but it doesn’t appeal to me at all)

Production design
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’
Hail Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers (I cheered when I heard this announced, I think the production design is superb and though it won’t win I’m very pleased this aspect of the film gained it a nomination)

Original score
La La Land

Original song:
Audition – ‘La La Land
Can’t Stop the Feeling – ‘Trolls’
City of Stars – ‘La La Land
Empty Chair – ‘Jim: The James Foley Story(this is a great documentary so its nice to see it get a nomination even if it’s not for the film itself)
How Far I’ll Go – ‘Moana

Makeup and Hair:
‘A Man Called Ove’
Star Trek Beyond
‘Suicide Squad’ (not worth reviewing, it’s a mess though the makeup and hair is possibly the only praiseworthy element)

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

Visual Effects
Deepwater Horizon(I had a feeling this would get a nomination after reading about the reaction to the presentation made by the effects team to the Academy guild making the nominations, apparently it was superb, though it may be a trickier task to convince the Academy as a whole to vote for it)
‘Doctor Strange’
Jungle Book
‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ (If I’m correct this is the first animated film to be nominated for this award)
Rogue One (We all knew this would be nominated here)