Oscar Season is Here: Guide to The Academy Awards 2017

It’s Oscars season! The Academy Awards can be a tough to wrap your head around, so we’ve assembled a handy guide to what the awards mean, their history and nominations for The Academy Awards 2017. From understanding what appeals to the Academy, to looking at which films are looking to pick up and sweep the floor at the Oscars this year.

The first ceremony was on May 16th, 1929. Fifteen of the now iconic statues were handed out to actors and directors alike. While the academy has made efforts to diversify their judges, you’re able to spot ‘Oscar bait’ a mile away. These films are usually similar in genre and directorial style. The Academy has also been known for discriminating against Science Fiction and Fantasy, the biggest exception being Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings.

This year, La La Land looks to sweep many of the awards, with other frontrunners Manchester by the Sea and Arrival also suggested to win big this year. The Oscars on average, raise the market rate of an actor or actress by 20% after a win, making this a life-changing result for some actors or actresses looking to make it big. This has most recently been the case for Felicity Jones, who gained notoriety after her nod in The Theory of Everything.

Whatever way you look at it, the most prestigious film award ceremony is also rooted in its own issues and culture. With that grain of salt taken, the Oscars are a worthy celebration of the Film-making craft. It’s something that, regardless of celebrity culture, should be celebrated. Not only as an industry coming together but also as a great guide for what to watch at the start of the year, where the real blockbuster lull hits.

Here are this year’s nominations for The Academy Awards 2017:

Best Picture 
Hacksaw Ridge
Hidden Figures
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Machester by the Sea

Best Directing
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan  – Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Performance by Actor in Leading Role
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge 
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Leading 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
Micheal 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

Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

Adapted Screenplay
Hidden Figures

Bradford Young – Arrival
Linus Sandgren – La La Land
Greig Fraser – Lion
Rodrigo Prieto – Silence

Documentary Feature
Fire at Sea
I am not your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J: Made in America

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

Live-Action Short
Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TVG
Silent nights

Sound Editing
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

Sound Mixing
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Production Design
Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land

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

Costume Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land

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

Original Score
La La Land

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

Animated Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchio
The Red Turtle

Animated Short Film
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Film Editing
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land

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