La La Land Leads Oscar Nominations With 14 Nods

The New York Times reports:

Oscar voters showered the neo-musical “La La Land” with 14 nominations on Tuesday, a tie with “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for the most in Academy Award history. But a diverse array of films, notably “Moonlight,” about a young black man in Miami, also picked up honors in multiple major races, moving the ceremony beyond two #OscarSoWhite years.

Competing against “La La Land” and “Moonlight” for best picture will be “Manchester by the Sea”; “Arrival”; “Lion”; “Fences”; “Hell or High Water”; “Hidden Figures”; and “Hacksaw Ridge,” which also drew a nomination for its director, Mel Gibson, officially ending his 10-year status as a Hollywood pariah.

For the first time in memory, the academy did not unveil its nominations at a news conference attended by entertainment journalists. Instead, reporters were bypassed — no chance for academy officials to be peppered with uncomfortable questions that way — and the nominations read without an audience in a presentation broadcast on Oscars.com, “Good Morning America” and other platforms.

Vanity Fair has the full list:

BEST PICTURE
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

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

BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

BEST ACTRESS
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
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
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

BEST FILM EDITING
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

BEST 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

BEST SOUND EDITING
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

BEST SOUND MIXING
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

  • DaddyRay

    Thank goodness we have something else to talk about for a minute while the US Titanic sinks

    • another_steve

      Rearranging the popcorn cartons on deck?

  • joeyj1220

    Moonlight was such a beautiful film. Glad to see it get several nominations

    • zeddy303

      Me too. Just finally got to see it (such limited release) and thought it was gorgeous and touching. I hope it wins, though I doubt it will against La La Land as the academy like their own circle jerks and rarely go for underdogs.

      • David Walker

        Plus there was that whole annoying gay thing going on.

        • jixter

          Points, David Walker! Too funny!

          • David Walker

            *blush* Thanks.

      • clay

        PARTICULARLY when a film is about LA (see whatever the hell it was that beat Brokeback Mountain).

        • Boycott NC

          Crash. What a terrible hit-you-over-the-head-with-it’s-message-delivered-by-a-voice-over film.

    • FAEN

      I wish Lion had a few more. What an extraordinary emotional gut punch of a film.

  • Eric Lewis

    Annette Bening was robbed.

    • Todd E.

      So was Amy Adams in “Arrival” — seriously good performance.

    • FAEN

      She’s been robbed too many times. ‘American Beauty’, ‘Being Julia’, ‘The Grifters’ and still no Oscar. I call BS.

  • another_steve

    I don’t know from today’s cinema. I’m sort of frozen in the 1950s when it comes to movies.

    Bring back Marlon Brando

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/65dcc00630efddd0e5b149567648e7fe7ed067a4506cc91a5c022880135bd9e5.jpg

    • Bared Bear

      whatta man whatta man whatta mighty *fine* man

    • Strepsi

      Steve the 50’s were over 60 years ago! Surely you’ve seen some of the best movies of the last 25 years, like Goodfellas (1990 — a 10 out of 10 in all aspects), Remains of The Day (1993), Sense and Sensibility (1995 — a perfect movie), All About My Mother (1999 — Pedro Almodóvar, the all-time gay auteur of cinema), The Others (2001 — Nicole Kidman in the all-time ranks of movie actresses), or the Coen Brothers? or what about the films of Tom Hardy, the sensitive brute Brando of the 2000’s?
      ( I do agree about 50’s hunks — my favorite is Guy Madison!
      http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/8200000/Guy-Madison-guy-madison-8236970-467-479.jpg
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b803884c496d56466178e3ef9fbfa5defd0e2f76d53cc469fc31d5cee2a9c06e.jpg

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      70s cinema is my yardstick – Deer Hunter, Annie Hall, Godfather, Reds, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Serpico, Exorcist, Taxi Driver, etc. Every era since has been inevitably disappointing.

      • Strepsi

        The 70’s is the yardstick for serious American cinema, but as a Sci-Fi fan I think the 80’s were more entertaining with equal quality fillmaking if not seriousness (E.T., Aliens, Blade Runner, Empire Strikes Back, Back to the Future, etc.), the 90’s are hardly disappointing… they had some PERFECT and serious movies (Remains of the Day, Goodfellas, Shawshank Redemption, Silence of the Lambs, Trainspotting, etc.) You mention Annie Hall but even for Woody Allen I would argue he was actually better after the 70’s: Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) his best film, and Bullets Over Broadway (1994) his funniest comedy.

      • coram nobis

        1970s also notable for its dystopian films, some eerily prophetic. Network, of course — also Soylent Green, Nashville and the first Rollerball.

        Stanley Kubrick is in there as well, Barry Lyndon being an underrated classic. Also liked Paper Moon.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          And The Day of the Locust. And Logan’s Run.

    • Strepsi

      For my money the handsomest man (as opposed to necessarily the sexiest or most beautiful) in the history of cinema is still Gary Cooper, followed by Montgomery Clift.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b53ed05620a605847698adabd8c637339f21747a1ee27d462eacac58a4e49ef6.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3a479bb4a943ab98bc98e15926d5f05fe42b8f0723b8847339729d4aaaf714a2.jpg

      • another_steve

        Recently rewatched Clift in “Judgment at Nuremberg.”

        What a brilliant performance. He should have won the Oscar for it.

      • Dean

        Sexiest voice was Gregory Peck. I heard him in public once and shot in my pants.

  • thom

    ot://
    this is a real quote. ..
    Kellyanne Conway: “White House & media are going to share joint custody of this nation for 8 years. We ought to figure out how to co-parent”

    • Gustav2

      Media must learn to be the abused spouse.

      • Todd20036

        Well, they’re doing a pretty fair job at playing that part.

    • crewman

      That reveals a bizarre misunderstanding of the nature of the roles of the executive branch and the media in this democracy. The media is not some guy you used to date and now you have unfriended each other on Facebook.

      • Gustav2

        Only fascists think the press should/must cooperate with them.

      • DaddyRay

        Exactly – it is not the medias job to make the executive branch easier. Their job is to report the news – good or bad

    • rusty57

      Someone needs to point it out to this lying bitch that she works for the guy who works for us, and If he thinks his snotty little adolescent acting ass is going to walk through the house WE pay the mortgage on, and the utilities, and the insurance and tell US how it’s going to be they both are in for a reality check.

    • Gustav2

      “George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 is surging in popularity in the days since President Trump’s inauguration,” The Hill reports.

      “The iconic book, published nearly 70 years ago, is the sixth best-selling book on Amazon as of Tuesday morning.”

      http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/315808-sales-of-george-orwells-1984-jump-after-conways-alternative

      • Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here sold out on Amazon. That’s the one everyone should be reading right now.

        • David Walker

          Agreed. I’d read it long ago. Someone here suggested that I read it. Our library system here has a copy of it and I gobbled it down. It’s a scary, necessary read.

        • coram nobis

          I also recommend Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale. Worth noting that a new TV series of that title, with Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) is due out in April.

          • jixter

            I expect that Moss will be excellent in it.

        • Nychta

          And Octavia E. Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” and “Parable of the Talents.” HuffPo recently featured an article pointing out that “Parable of the Talents” includes a despotic senator who wants to “make America great again.”
          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/octavia-butler-predicted-make-america-great-again_us_5776d9dce4b0416464100242

      • coram nobis

        Again, a reminder that Orwell’s essays “Looking Back on the Spanish War” and “Politics and the English Language” are worthwhile, and something of prologue to “1984”

        Spanish War:
        http://orwell.ru/library/essays/Spanish_War/english/esw_1

        Politics and the English Language:
        http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/politics/english/e_polit

    • pj

      custody?

  • DaddyRay

    I guess I am going to have to go see La La Land

    • Butch

      I was wondering…..critical reviews aren’t always a good indicator for me. (Critics loved Hail Caesar; I made it about 45 minutes in and left.) Is it really that good?

      • DaddyRay

        Was wondering the same thing – would love to hear from fellow JMG’ers who have seen it

        • barrixines

          I saw it a couple of days ago and didn’t like it very much at all. Limp dancing, seriously weak singing and, for a musical whole big stretches of trite plot in between the relatively few numbers. The extent of Gosling’s character is “likes jazz” though whenever he plays his “free jazz” it is clear what he likes is being Richard Clayderman. Stone’s character is also one note which incidentally is the same number she has at her disposal to sing with. There’s never a transcendent moment in it – just clunky pastiches of Jacques Demy and Freed unit musicals that make you wish you were watching the originals again. For me I thought the whole thing was seriously in love with itself and annoyingly white and straight. There’s not a second in it to match the talent, verve and good humour in the No Dames scene from Hail Caesar.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVQ0JFzXMgY

          • Jerry

            I loved that movie, and particularly that dance scene.

          • barrixines

            So did I. I see quite a few people here didn’t even get half way through it. It surprises me – I had a ball watching it. It was light and loopy and extremely entertaining.

          • Strepsi

            +100 for Richard Clayderman reference 🙂

            A lot of people are pissed too at a white dude lecturing a black band on what real jazz is, so the Academy must be thanking God for Fences and Hidden Figures!

          • barrixines

            The worst scene in the film is him whitesplaining/mansplaining jazz in response to Stone saying it’s just background noise to talk over at dinner parties. A case he doesn’t put across very well considering he just talks over the black guys blowing behind him. Second worst is the scene with him playing synths for John Legend’s concert. You have the only person in the whole damn film who can sing a note and you give them a shitty number that is meant to indicate what a sell out Gosling is playing for a black man who doesn’t know what jazz is. And it’s a musical for heaven’s sake – you aren’t meant to put in deliberately shitty numbers.

            I would imagine it will get every single Oscar it’s been nominated for.

      • ryan charisma

        it’s adequate. it’s not bad, but during the whole movie I kept thinking “if they only could sing – this movie would be so much better.” That being said, the acting & dancing were great.

        • DaddyRay

          I was getting the impression that the only reason it was getting so much love in Hollywood was because it was a show about Hollywood so it stroked their egos

          • Mark_in_MN

            That’s what I’ve been wondering. Maybe it is quite good, but all the talk about it has made me wonder if it doesn’t just tug at the Hollywood heartstrings.

          • FAEN

            Yep.

        • Ernest Endevor

          That’s what I got from the clips I’ve seen: If only they could sing and dance.

      • Gustav2

        Thank you, Hail Caesar was just OK enough for beer and pizza night at home with HBO.

        • Butch

          We made it up to the point where Clooney is at what I took to be a communist cell meeting; we had yet to so much as even crack a smile and turned it off

          • IamM

            As long as you didn’t miss the No Dames dance scene. 😄 Though Clooney getting ‘educated’ by the communists who kidnapped him is another comedy high point. It really wasn’t the movie they advertised.

      • rusty57

        I enjoyed it. Mr Gosling is no Fred Astaire and Ms Stone is no Cyd Charrise, but I had the feeling they put their hearts into their roles.
        The movie was colorful, bittersweet and fun. I’d give it 4 out of 5.

        • JCF

          Heh, that’s the comparison I just made! [Haven’t seen “La La” yet. Have seen “The Band Wagon” a time or 12. ;-/]

      • Bob Conti

        It has some great moments, but I live in Los Angeles and wondered if it’s too LA-centric. I don’t think it’s a good as the hype, and neither lead I felt had enough “ooomph” to carry a musical, most, particularly Emma Stone. Opening scene, however, was pretty spectacular.

        • SoCalGal20

          I posted pretty much the same thing above (then deleted my comment) about L.A.. I really enjoyed the movie but I think you get more out of it if you are familiar with L.A. at all. I thought their performances were fine.

      • Skip Intro

        I walked out after 40 minutes of “The Founder” because some dick directly behind me took a lengthy and loud phone call! Seriously, it’s amazing that people still do that.

        • jixter

          You have to understand, ‘Skip Intro’ – he’s important and you’re not. Welcome to his world.

    • Silver Badger

      I’ll wait until it’s on Netflix.

    • SoCalGal20

      I liked it but it’s a very L.A. movie in a way so I’m not sure how that plays outside of Los Angeles. I thought it was a good film.

    • Strepsi

      It is quite good but seriously overrated. I think 90% of it is Hollywood LOVES movies about Hollywood and L.A. (think also good but way overrated films like “Crash” and “L.A. Confidential”)

      THE GOOD
      – It seems to be filmed almost all on location and in natural light, which is really unusual and kind of does for L.A. what Woody Allen did for New York.
      – It is a jazz musical, which has some unexpected and lovely tunes

      THE BAD
      – Emma Stone can not sing well at all, and Ryan Gosling only passably, which to me is a slap in the face to the thousands of trained singer-dancer-actor musical theatre actors.
      – For lovers of musicals (I suspect many queens on JMG) it has too few numbers, and they are undermined by the grittier “reality” of the characters’ lives. I totally agree with Mark Steyn that saying that musical fantasies are at odds with reality is a bizarre and anti-musical position for a musical to take.

      • Circle Thomas

        All of this. I found Emma Stone’s singing passable; Ryan Gosling to be terrible. It’s fine, but I can list a whole series of movies I saw in 2016 (Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Eye in the Sky, Arrival, heck, even Zootopia) that I liked a lot more.

        • FAEN

          We watched Lion for my birthday-my niece turned to me at the end and said ‘I curse you for making me cry for two hours. TWO HOURS!’ That gave us a chuckle.

          I enjoyed Arrival and Hidden Figures. Moonlight of course came and went within days so I will have to wait until it’s out on DVD.

          • jixter

            Here’s something I don’t understand about ‘the Hollywood movie industry’. After the nominations are announced, why aren’t all of the nominated films packaged together and re-shown all over the country as sort of a ‘Nominee Film Festival’ at discounted prices? Why couldn’t there be a ‘Best Film Package’, a ‘Best Actor Package’ and so on? What am I missing about a marketing strategy like this? I would think that it would have the potential of making tons more $$ for the marketeers.

            No joke intended about the best actor and his package. Sorry.

      • Cousin Bleh

        I agree with you about Hollywood, but I’ve never heard anyone say L.A. Confidential is overrated. A lot of movie buffs think it should have won Best Pic instead of Titanic.

        • Strepsi

          That’s just my view — i think it’s possible to be both excellent AND overrated, if that makes sense. It probably should have won of the weak nominees that year (Titanic, L.A. Confidential, As Good As It Gets, Good Will Hunting, The Full Monty)…. but for my own taste a few other movies that year were better…. The Wings Of A Dove, Boogie Nights, and The Sweet Hereafter, and my own favourite Starship Troopers which I thought was the best movie of the year. I’m serious!

      • Skip Intro

        Strepsi is so right about “La La” — very good film, not brilliant. The songs and dance numbers are about 80% there. The story line is vintage Woody Allen-light minus the wit. Stone and Gosling are very good but Ryan has an insipid fixed expression on his pretty face throughout. People have been trying to promote John Legend as a megastar for years now. He’s talented enough and okay in this. I’m surprised Cindy Tegan didn’t pop up, as they’ve become sort of a package deal.
        “Moonlight” is the better film. The very definition of an intimate story, quiet and so powerful. I get the sense that straight people really feel it’s message.
        Ain’t no way in hell “Hacksaw Ridge” is gonna win.

        • FAEN

          I refuse to contribute monetarily to Mel.

        • I completely agree with you. La La Land was entertaining but far from the best picture of the year. I think Moonlight was far far better. It was so spare…nothing extraneous, just as you say, quiet and powerful.

          I didn’t see Hacksaw Ridge only because the previews made it look so annoyingly religious. Now that I see Mel Gibson was involved I’m extremely glad I didn’t put any money in his pockets. A vile man.

          I also felt that The Lobster and Ex Machina were better movies than La La Land.

      • Acronym Jim

        Speaking of natural light, I’ve been watching Masterpieces’ “Victoria” on OPB. Does anybody know if they are relying solely on natural light. It definitely gives off a “Barry Lyndon” vibe.

      • jixter

        ‘LLL’ was pretty good, overall. I don’t think that “a slap in the face” was intended with Stone and Goslings’ singing because neither of them had set out in their careers to be singers – Stone wanted to act and Gosling wanted to play jazz. They were merely ‘playing out’ a Hollywood fantasy in the same way that Twiggy did in ‘The Boyfriend’ and Steve Martin did in ‘Pennies From Heaven’.

        I enjoyed ‘LLL’ but not as much as ‘Manchester-by-the-sea’.

    • zeddy303

      Don’t bother. It’s not horrible, but it’s just fluff.

  • Dev Patel is sexy as hell.

    • David Teager

      But can someone ‘splain to me why he gets a supporting actor nod for this film? Isn’t he on-screen for half the movie? (Haven’t seen it yet.)

      • Todd E.

        Same thing with Viola Davis in “Fences”…that’s a leading role, not supporting. It really cheats those performances that are truly supporting.

      • clay

        Remember the girl in the recent re-make of True Grit? She was literally in every single scene (except the last, which still included her character). Her character was the central catalyst of action. She was nominated as “supporting” actress.

      • FAEN

        The little boy Sunny Pawar should have gotten a nod for something. He was amazing and IMHO really carried the first half of that film.

    • coram nobis

      His turn in “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was good, and he was up against a formidable collection of acting talent.

    • Strepsi
  • Mark_in_MN

    Gibson? Really? Does that man deserve any recognition (or any work) from Hollywood?

    • They gave him an Oscar for that shitty Braveheart. Blech.

      • Todd E.

        Oh how I hated that movie….blech is right….

        • coram nobis

          A movie that features Mel Gibson getting disemboweled can’t be all bad.

    • Cousin Bleh

      Not even a week has passed since much of Hollywood came out for the women’s march, they nominate Mel Gibson for Best Director.

  • Bared Bear

    Homophobic Mel Gibson. Fuck you, sugar tits.

    • FAEN

      Yes!

  • Cousin Bleh

    I guess the exact moment I stopped caring about the Oscars was in 2006 when Brokeback Mountain inexplicably lost Best Picture to Crash. Hollywood loves nothing more than to pat itself on the back, and movies about Los Angeles or the filmmaking business have surpassed even holocaust dramas as the most patently obvious Oscar bait… Birdman, Argo, The Artist, Crash, Shakespeare in Love all won despite better movies released those years.

    La La Land could be a very good movie (I haven’t seen it), but I feel predisposed to hate it simply because all these nominations and its eventual win felt inevitable.

    • Mike__in_Houston

      I stopped paying attention to the Oscars at that same time, because some of the members of the Academy proudly admitted that they refused even to watch Brokeback Mountain. I’m paying some attention to them this year for the first time since then because I really want to see Meryl Streep get it for Florence Foster Jenkins. After that, I’ll probably stop paying attention again.

      There have been three films based on Mme. Jenkins’ story in the last year or two, including the French film Marguerite and the German film The Florence Foster Jenkins Story. After so many years of being both a cult figure and the butt of jokes, I guess Mme. Jenkins, wherever she is, may at least be starting to feel vindicated.

    • HZ81

      Same. Hollywood loves nothing else than blowing smoke up their own ass. I enjoyed Birdman and Argo above, despite that reason. The Artist, however… good lord.

    • You know, I saw “Brokeback” in the theater and felt sure it was going to win. It wasn’t until later that I sat down to watch “Crash” on DVD … and I thought to myself, “Yeah, I can see why this got the Oscar.” “Crash” was a devastating film and just about as intricately plotted as it gets … and let’s face it, as a story, “Brokeback” was a bit on the slender side.

      • FAEN

        Interestingly Paul Haggis who wrote and directed ‘Crash’ said years later he felt surprised that his film won best picture because it should have gone to ‘Brokeback Mountain.’

        • Boycott NC

          Glad to know that he understands that his Oscar win is just a illegitimate as Trump’s Presidency.

      • Boycott NC

        We must have watched different films. Crash is the one with the voice-over at the end which bashes you with the film’s message in case you weren’t paying attention and able to think on your own.

      • jixter

        ” ‘Brokeback’ was a bit on the slender side.”

        But it “packed a powerful punch” – don’t be forgetting that, Chuck A.!

        I thought ‘Brokeback’ was terrific – so I saw it twice.Ledger and Williams gave devastating performances. And that on-going guitar refrain …

  • Derrick Johns

    Are some of the folks (film folks) saying that ” La La Land” is somewhere near the same level of brilliance as “Singing In The Rain” ?

    • DanimalChgo

      More “Umbrellas of Cherbourg” than “Singin’ in the Rain.”

      • Good observation, Danimal.

        • Derrick Johns

          Well, of course, you made me google “Umbrellas of Cherbourg”. It was the saddest musical films I’d ever read about…I mean, for a musical–really. I guess “Cabaret” could be considered tragic, but the synopisis of “Umbrellas…” was tear worthy.

          Oh, my. I would look at a few scenes on Youtube. The only reason I would want to see this film is to see Catherine Deneuve in her youith. She is one of the most beautiful humans to ever walk to face of the Earth. But the movie? I’ll stick with “Singin’ In the Rain” THank you.

          • stevenj

            I recently saw a restored Criterion Collection blu ray dvd of Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Had never seen the film before. It’s actually an impressive film overall and worth a watch.

          • coram nobis

            “The Young Girls of Rochefort” is worthwhile as well. More Catherine Deneuve, with Gene Kelly as well in a French-language role.

          • Ernest Endevor

            And Françoise Dorleac, Deneuve’s sister, who was killed shortly after in a car crash.

          • Ernest Endevor

            You should watch it. It’s ravishing, with a magnificent score.

        • DanimalChgo

          I think some of the anti-reactions I’ve seen stem from comparing it to the wrong thing. No, it’s not the easy, cheery Hollywood tap-dancing musical like “Singin in the Rain.” It’s far more in the Jacques Demy vein. It’s kind of an exploration of the differences between old-fashioned fairy tale romance and real life, and how each fuels the other.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    I haven’t seen any of the other nominees, but I saw La La Land. Meh. If that’s the best film of the year, then it has been a really weak year for movies. It’s an okay film at best, definitely not a great film.

  • Treant

    When Ryan Gosling grows up, will he have to rename himself to Ryan Goose?

    • Beagle

      Ryan Gander.

      On another topic, hope the colonoscopy went well!

      • Treant

        Beautifully!

  • There are a couple of other Best Picture nominees that I have to see, but I really enjoyed “La La Land.” Was it perfect? Well, no, and “Hidden Figures” may be more deserving of the Oscar. But the success of “La La Land” bodes well (I hope) for the Original Movie Musical tradition, and of course the Academy LOVES movies set against an L.A./Hollywood backdrop.

  • WiscoJoe

    Hollywood is going to spend the next 33-days congratulating themselves on celebrating diversity, then they’ll give all the awards to a film about two boring-ass white people who achieve their dreams in the face of superficial challenges. Hooray?

    • Maybe not. A Best Picture win by “La La Land” seems awfully predictable at this point, but surprises happen.

      • WiscoJoe

        It’s going to win at least 7 awards, including Best Picture. I could see it winning 10-12 awards. It’s a lock. If there’s two things the industry loves more than anything it’s predictability and itself. I’d love to see Moonlight take Best Picture, or even just a solid, classically made movie like Hidden Figures or Manchester. But the group think around Blah Blah Land is just too pervasive at this point. Prepare yourself for a very boring awards ceremony.

        At least Viola Davis is finally going to win an Oscar. And Mahershala Ali is finally having his break out moment. I predict the biggest WTF shock of the night will be when Suicide Squad wins for best Makeup/Hair. Look for Hubert to upset in the Best Actress category.

        • peterparker

          “Blah Blah Land”?! I love the moniker! Gawd, it was soooooooo boring!!!

      • WiscoJoe

        This year’s Oscar ceremonies will be a lot like La La Land. There will be a great opening number, a predictable ending, and a lot of tedious moments in between interspersed with some much needed bursts of color.

  • Lars Littlefield

    If My Life as a Zucchini doesn’t win best animation I’m going kill myself. Kill myself I tell you!

    • David Walker

      Wasn’t that released as part of the “Make America Grate Again” movement?

      • Lars Littlefield

        Also showcased on the Great American Zucchini Bread Baking show. 🙂

  • Acronym Jim

    The only movies in the best picture list that I had even heard of were Arrival, Moonlight, and La La Land.

    Jeez, I need to get out more.

  • IamM

    ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is excellent.
    ‘The Lobster’ is also excellent.
    Erm, the trailers for ‘Suicide Squad’ were excellent.
    I’m looking forward to some of the others.

  • JCF

    I want to see “La La Land” but is it REALLY All That? Every time I see that still, above, I think Ryan&Emma sure aren’t (for example) Fred&Cyd!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDHwJrbrp0Y

  • JCF

    “For the first time in memory, the academy did not unveil its nominations
    at a news conference attended by entertainment journalists. Instead,
    reporters were bypassed — no chance for academy officials to be peppered
    with uncomfortable questions that way — and the nominations read
    without an audience”

    Yikes, a reflection of the New Imperium? :-0