Oscars: Streep steals Amy Adams’ Oscar

Nate D. Sanders Auctions Collection Of Academy Award Oscar Statuettes Set To Be AuctionedThat, to me, is the only “story” in this year’s Academy Awards nominations.
Meryl Streep makes a “Suffragette” worthy speech at the Golden Globes, a tirade against Trump.
And the lightly-regarded “Florence Foster Jenkins” and her adorable, vulnerable turn in it is moved up to “Oscar worthy” and Amy Adams‘ luminescent performance in “Arrival” is kicked to the curb.
Just like that.
I was hoping Adams, rapidly turning into the always-a-bridesmaid of moviedom’s annual acting prizes, might finally get her due with “Arrival.” Nope. Not to be. Let’s send a message to Trump that Meryl isn’t “over-rated.”
It was a year of powerhouse female performances, and somebody was going to be left out. Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”) is an obvious omission, but she didn’t “campaign” for the prize.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Streep beat out Isabella Huppert (“Elle”), Ruth Negga (“Loving”), Emma Stone (“La La Land”), or the odds-on earlier favorite Natalie Portman (“Jackie”) for the Big Prize.
That’ll show “him.”
It wasn’t the strongest year for Best Actor candidates, but it’s nice to see Viggo Mortensen (“Captain Fantastic”) make his way into the final five. Hard to argue with Andrew Garfield’s dazzling pacifist turn in “Hacksaw Ridge,” whatever you want to think of Mel Gibson. Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) is still the favorite, though it could be a nice of “La La Land” when all these statuettes are handed out. Denzel? The class of that field in “Fences,” I think.
Best supporting actor looks like the most interesting race, with Dev Patel (“Lion”), the always ALWAYS impressive Michael Shannon (the best thing about “Nocturnal Animals”), relative newcomer Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”), little known character player Mahershala Ali of “Moonlight”) and a “one more time” honor for Jeff Bridges, who had to wait (like Amy Adams) FOREVER to get an Oscar. He’s up for the marvelous “Hell of High Water.”
The best picture of 2016, “Loving,” got royally screwed, with only a Ruth Negga nomination. No direction, no best picture, no supporting actor or director nominations.
The shame! Oscar so um, clumsy?
Nine films — not “Loving,” which is damned near perfect — are up for best picture. As they have space for ten, it’s a pity there wasn’t enough support for this little seen but widely released wonder to get it into the field.
“Hidden Figures” got in, a feel-good “loose” adaptation of real events, but “Loving” was left out? Kind of patronizing.
“Silence” was all but shut out (Best Cinematography, why not?).
“La La Land” cleaned up (over-rated, in my book), “Fences” did well, Mel Gibson is officially welcomed back into Hollywood’s good graces — a director nomination for “Hacksaw Ridge.”
negro1I am happy to see my favorite documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” in the Best Feature Doc field. Best animated film has the usual suspects, but out of five nominated pictures, two were little seen this past year. It’s easy to defend leaving “Sing,” “Trolls,” “Finding Dory” and a few others out. “Zootopia” and “Moana” are the favorites, but “Kubo and the Two Strings” is the class of that lot.
“Elle” got Huppert a nomination, but no best foreign language film nod. I loved “A MAn Called Ove” and will be rooting for that one Oscar night.
“Arrival” collected lots of technical nominations as well as Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director nominations.
But without Amy Adams in that list, it’s all kind of hollow.
The full list of nominees is below.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

NOMINEES

CASEY AFFLECK

“Manchester by the Sea”

ANDREW GARFIELD

“Hacksaw Ridge”

RYAN GOSLING

“La La Land”

VIGGO MORTENSEN

“Captain Fantastic”

DENZEL WASHINGTON

“Fences”

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

NOMINEES

MAHERSHALA ALI

“Moonlight”

JEFF BRIDGES

“Hell or High Water”

LUCAS HEDGES

“Manchester by the Sea”

DEV PATEL

“Lion”

MICHAEL SHANNON

“Nocturnal Animals”

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

NOMINEES

ISABELLE HUPPERT

“Elle”

RUTH NEGGA

Loving

NATALIE PORTMAN

“Jackie”

EMMA STONE

“La La Land”

MERYL STREEP

“Florence Foster Jenkins”

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

NOMINEES

VIOLA DAVIS

Fences

NAOMIE HARRIS

Moonlight

NICOLE KIDMAN

Lion

OCTAVIA SPENCER

Hidden Figures

MICHELLE WILLIAMS

Manchester by the Sea

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

NOMINEES

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner

MOANA

John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer

MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI

Claude Barras and Max Karli

THE RED TURTLE

Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki

ZOOTOPIA

Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

CINEMATOGRAPHY

NOMINEES

ARRIVAL

Bradford Young

LA LA LAND

Linus Sandgren

LION

Greig Fraser

MOONLIGHT

James Laxton

SILENCE

Rodrigo Prieto

COSTUME DESIGN

NOMINEES

ALLIED

Joanna Johnston

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Colleen Atwood

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

Consolata Boyle

JACKIE

Madeline Fontaine

LA LA LAND

Mary Zophres

DIRECTING

NOMINEES

ARRIVAL

Denis Villeneuve

HACKSAW RIDGE

Mel Gibson

LA LA LAND

Damien Chazelle

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Kenneth Lonergan

MOONLIGHT

Barry Jenkins

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

NOMINEES

FIRE AT SEA

Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck

LIFE, ANIMATED

Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman

O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA

Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow

13TH

Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

NOMINEES

EXTREMIS

Dan Krauss

4.1 MILES

Daphne Matziaraki

JOE’S VIOLIN

Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen

WATANI: MY HOMELAND

Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis

THE WHITE HELMETS

Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

FILM EDITING

NOMINEES

ARRIVAL

Joe Walker

HACKSAW RIDGE

John Gilbert

HELL OR HIGH WATER

Jake Roberts

LA LA LAND

Tom Cross

MOONLIGHT

Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

NOMINEES

LAND OF MINE

Denmark

A MAN CALLED OVE

Sweden

THE SALESMAN

Iran

TANNA

Australia

TONI ERDMANN

Germany

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

NOMINEES

A MAN CALLED OVE

Eva von Bahr and Love Larson

STAR TREK BEYOND

Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo

SUICIDE SQUAD

Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

NOMINEES

JACKIE

Mica Levi

LA LA LAND

Justin Hurwitz

LION

Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka

MOONLIGHT

Nicholas Britell

PASSENGERS

Thomas Newman

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

NOMINEES

AUDITION (THE FOOLS WHO DREAM)

from La La Land; Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

CAN’T STOP THE FEELING

from Trolls; Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

CITY OF STARS

from La La Land; Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

THE EMPTY CHAIR

from Jim: The James Foley Story; Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

HOW FAR I’LL GO

from Moana; Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

BEST PICTURE

NOMINEES

ARRIVAL

Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers

FENCES

Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers

HACKSAW RIDGE

Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers

HELL OR HIGH WATER

Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers

HIDDEN FIGURES

Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers

LA LA LAND

Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers

LION

Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, Producers

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, Producers

MOONLIGHT

Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

PRODUCTION DESIGN

NOMINEES

ARRIVAL

Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Paul Hotte

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

HAIL, CAESAR!

Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

LA LA LAND

Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

PASSENGERS

Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

NOMINEES

BLIND VAYSHA

Theodore Ushev

BORROWED TIME

Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj

PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES

Robert Valley and Cara Speller

PEARL

Patrick Osborne

PIPER

Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

NOMINEES

ENNEMIS INTÉRIEURS

Sélim Azzazi

LA FEMME ET LE TGV

Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff

SILENT NIGHTS

Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson

SING

Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy

TIMECODE

Juanjo Giménez

SOUND EDITING

NOMINEES

ARRIVAL

Sylvain Bellemare

DEEPWATER HORIZON

Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli

HACKSAW RIDGE

Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright

LA LA LAND

Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan

SULLY

Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

SOUND MIXING

NOMINEES

ARRIVAL

Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye

HACKSAW RIDGE

Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace

LA LA LAND

Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI

Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth

VISUAL EFFECTS

NOMINEES

DEEPWATER HORIZON

Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton

DOCTOR STRANGE

Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould

THE JUNGLE BOOK

Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

NOMINEES

ARRIVAL

Screenplay by Eric Heisserer

FENCES

Screenplay by August Wilson

HIDDEN FIGURES

Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi

LION

Screenplay by Luke Davies

MOONLIGHT

Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

NOMINEES

HELL OR HIGH WATER

Written by Taylor Sheridan

LA LA LAND

Written by Damien Chazelle

THE LOBSTER

Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Written by Kenneth Lonergan

20TH CENTURY WOMEN

Written by Mike Mills

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One Response to Oscars: Streep steals Amy Adams’ Oscar

  1. Keith says:

    I was delighted to see A Man Called Ove get a nod. Such a good movie. Haven’t seen The Salesman but I’m dying to.

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