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