The Academy reveals 2017 Oscar nominations

La La Land, Moonlight, Arrival, and Manchester by the Sea dominate this year's list

Oscar nominations 2016

    The nominees for the 2017 Academy Awards have been revealed. Now in its 89th year, the annual award honors cinematic achievements in the film industry. This year’s gala is set for February 26th, 2017 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

    After sweeping the Golden Globes with a record seven wins, Damien Chazelle’s modern musical La La Land looks primed to do the same with the Academy, garnering a record-tying 14 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.

    Right behind it is Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama Moonlight, which snagged eight key nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.


    Another heavy hitter is Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, whose sci-fi spectacle also rocketed away with eight nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Strangely enough, Amy Adams was not nominated for Best Actress.

    Though, one can’t count out the six nominations for Kenneth Lonergan’s cold drama Manchester by the Sea. The Massachusetts-set story is up for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.

    Here’s another great takeaway: After last year’s controversial #OscarsSoWhite campaign, the Academy came back strong this year as there are seven persons of color nominated in the major acting categories as opposed to last year’s zero.


    Other notable highlights include six essential nominations for Hacksaw Ridge, four for Hell or High Water, four for Fences, three for Hidden Figures, and surprise nods to Michael Shannon and Viggo Mortensen for their work on Nocturnal Animals and Captain Fantastic, respectively.

    Kudos to Justin Timberlake for his blockbuster Trolls hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, which was nominated for Best Original Song alongside “City of Stars” and “Audition” from La La Land, “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana, and “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story.

    Double kudos to our 2014 Composer of the Year Mica Levi for her work on Jackie. Her original score will go toe to toe with Justin Hurwitz’s La La Land, Nicholas Britell’s Moonlight, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka’s Lion, and Thomas Newman’s Passengers.


    Oh, and fun fact, but Meryl Streep’s Best Actress nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins is her 20th Oscar nom to date. Still think she’s overrated, Mr. President? Tsk. Tsk.

    The full list of nominees can be found below. Stay tuned to Consequence of Sound for more coverage of the 2017 Academy Awards, including our full reaction to this year’s nominees.

    Best Picture:
    La La Land

    Manchester By the Sea
    Hidden Figures
    Hell or High Water
    Hacksaw Ridge



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

    Best Actor:
    Casey Affleck, Manchester By the Sea
    Ryan Gosling, La La Land
    Denzel Washington, Fences
    Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
    Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

    Best Actress:
    Emma Stone, La La Land
    Natalie Portman, Jackie
    Ruth Negga, Loving
    Isabelle Huppert, Elle
    Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins


    Best Supporting Actor:
    Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
    Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
    Dev Patel, Lion
    Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
    Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

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

    Best Original Screenplay:
    Damien Chazelle, La La Land
    Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By the Sea
    Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water
    Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou, The Lobster
    Mike Mills, 20th Century Women


    Best Adapted Screenplay:
    Eric Heisserer, Arrival
    Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McRaney, Moonlight
    Luke Davies, Lion
    August Wilson, Fences
    Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures

    Best Cinematography: 
    Linus Sandgren, La La Land
    Bradford Young, Arrival
    Rodrigo Prieto, Silence
    James Laxton, Moonlight
    Greig Fraser, Lion

    Best Film Editing:
    Tom Cross, La La Land
    Joe Walker, Arrival
    John Gilbert, Hacksaw Ridge
    Jake Roberts, Hell or High Water
    Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders, Moonlight


    Best Foreign Language Film:
    A Man Called Ove
    Land of Mine
    The Salesman
    Toni Erdmann

    Best Documentary Feature Film:
    O.J.: Made in America
    Fire at Sea

    Life, Animated
    I Am Not Your Negro
    The 13th

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

    Best Animated Feature Film:
    Kubo and the Two Strings
    My Life As A Zucchini
    The Red Turtle


    Best Animated Short Film:
    Pear Cider and Cigarettes
    Blind Vaysha
    Borrowed Time

    Best Original Song:
    “City of Stars”, La La Land
    “How Far I’ll Go”, Moana
    “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, Trolls
    “The Empty Chair”, Jim: The James Foley Story
    “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”, La La Land

    Best Original Score:
    Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
    Nicholas Britell, Moonlight
    Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka, Lion
    Mica Levi, Jackie
    Thomas Newman, Passengers

    Best Production Design:
    La La Land

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    Hail, Caesar!


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

    Best Costume Design:
    Florence Foster Jenkins

    La La Land
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Best Visual Effects:
    The Jungle Book
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    Deepwater Horizon
    Doctor Strange
    Kubo and the Two Strings

    Best Sound Mixing:
    La La Land
    Hacksaw Ridge
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    13 Hours

    Best Sound Editing:
    Hacksaw Ridge
    La La Land
    Deepwater Horizon