The 89th Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning, and aside from the list of films recognized, one of the biggest surprises was the new format. Breaking with the tradition of a more formal ceremony, the nominations were read by several different actors and filmmakers interspersed with footage of past nominees(including Marcia Gay Harden, Jason Reitman, and Gabourey Sidibe) reminiscing on their Oscars experience. Even with a break in the middle, the broadcast was complete in under twenty minutes.
“La La Land” landed 14 Academy Award nominations, tying the single-film record. It is now in the esteemed company of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “All About Eve” and James Cameron’s “Titanic.” It landed in all major categories, including nods for Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Damien Chazelle(directing and for his screenplay).
Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” was aptly quiet in the major categories, but did receive one nomination for Best Cinematography. “Nocturnal Animals” didn’t play much of a factor after a relatively popular Golden Globes. Tom Ford’s second film only received one nomination, and a shocker at that: Michael Shannon was nominated for his role in the film, and his co-star(and recent Globe winner) Aaron Taylor-Johnson was left out of the category altogether.
The Best Supporting Actor proved to perhaps be the most surprising category. Lucas Hedges was nominated for his performance in Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester By the Sea.” Hedges’ billing on the film was so low it requires a click through to the full cast on the movie’s IMDB page. He will certainly be a dark horse come Oscar night.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” managed to land two nominations on the production side of things, as did the Star Wars spinoff “Rogue One.” Robert Zemeckis’ “Allied” landed a nod in the Costume Design category, and the recent (critically panned)Sony flop “Passengers” landed two nominations. Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon” managed to score nominations for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Editing.
The 89th Academy Awards will air live on ABC on February 26.
Click below to replay this morning’s live stream of the 89th Academy Award nominations: