Five things we learned from the 2017 Oscar nominations

This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling, right, and Emma Stone in a scene from, "La La Land." The Writers Guild of America announced its nominees for the best screenplays of the year on Wednesday. Best original screenplay nominees include; “Manchester By The Sea,” “Moonlight”, “La La Land," “Hell or High Water” and “Loving.” (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP)
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in “La La Land,” which received a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations on Tuesday. Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP)

Nominations for the 89th annual Academy Awards were revealed Tuesday in a pre-recorded short film that had, as a friend put it, “all the charm of the videos they show you before jury duty.”

In the future, Academy, we the people expect to see two live Hollywood types, at 5:18 a.m. Pacific time, reading from a teleprompter, looking like they were unhooked from an IV of coffee 30 seconds before air-time. #OscarsSoLazy!

Here are a few things we learned:

Black people exist: Unlike last year’s horrifyingly white nominee slate, talent of color and films directly relating to the African-American experience were decently represented this year. “Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight” and “Fences” all received best picture nods.

Director Barry Jenkins was nominated for “Moonlight.”  Ruth Negga nabbed a best actress nomination for “Loving.” Denzel Washington and Viola Davis both received acting nominations for “Fences,” while the brilliant Mahershala Ali (for “Moonlight”) and British-Indian actor Dev Patel (for “Lion”) received best supporting actor noms. Other supporting actress nominees included Naomie Harris (for “Moonlight”) and Octavia Spencer (for “Hidden Figures”). #OscarsSoWoke?

The Academy really, really liked “La La Land:” The musical landed 14 nominations, which ties it with “All About Eve” (1950) and movie-that-made-Leo-DiCaprio “Titanic” (1997). The Damien Chazelle-directed ode to “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” (and, yes, fine, old Hollywood musicals) received nods in every major category, including best picture, best director, best actor, best actress, best cinematography, best costume, best original score, TWO for best original song an best original screenplay. #OscarSoIntoSlightlyFlatRyanGosling

The heady sci-fi picture “Arrival” and the emotionally ravishing “Moonlight” each nabbed eight nominations. “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Lion” and “Manchester by the Sea” got six each.

Loving (rather than merely liking) “La La Land” (and people not actually seeing “Moonlight”) has become such a thing that it was made fun of on Saturday Night Live.

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Streaming services are players: Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester By the Sea,” produced by Amazon Studios, picked up six nominations (best picture, best director, Casey Affleck for lead actor, Lucas Hedges for supporting actor, Michelle Williams for supporting actress, and best original screenplay).  Never before has a streaming service gotten a best picture nomination. #OscarsSoIntoNetflixAndChill

The documentary category remains incredibly strong:  Speaking of streaming (and African-American talent, for that matter), the Netflix-produced “The 13th” from Ava DuVernay, a stunning look at how slavery morphed into the prison-industrial complex, picked up a nomination, as did “I Am Not Your Negro,” the award-winning “Fire at Sea,” the autism journey “Life, Animated,” and the epic, essential “OJ: Made in America.”

Not a lot of love for “Loving:” There was a bit of Oscar buzz last year for Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols’ “Loving.” It picked up exactly one nomination, a best actress nod for Ruth Negga’s performance as Mildred Loving. Dang.

The Oscars will air Feb. 26 on ABC.

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Follow live: 88th Academy Awards, from red carpet to best picture

The glitz, the glamour, the little gold men. Follow along live as the American-Statesman covers the 88th Academy Awards live. Who will be the best dressed on the red carpet? Will Leonardo DiCaprio finally walk away with an Oscar? Vote in our poll, fill out a printable ballot and find out what our critics predict will happen Sunday night.

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

5:20 p.m.: The order of this year’s Oscars

In case you were wondering, tonight’s Oscar broadcast will NOT start off with a supporting actor category, as it usually does. Nope, this year, the celebrity stuff is being delayed, for some reason.

And the first two categories to be announced will be for screenplays. And that won’t provide much suspense, since those two categories are probably the easiest to pick.

“Spotlight” is expected to win best original screenplay, while “The Big Short” expected to win best adapted screenplay.

Here’s the order of awards presentations tonight:

Here is the full rundown of tonight’s awards, in order of presentation:

Original Screenplay
Adapted Screenplay
Actress in a Supporting Role
Costume Design
Production Design
Makeup and Hairstyling
Cinematography
Film Editing
Sound Editing
Sound Mixing
Visual Effects
Animated Short Film
Animated Feature Film
Actor in a Supporting Role
Documentary Short Subject
Documentary Feature
Live Action Short Film
Foreign Language Film
Original Song
Original Score
Directing
Actress in a Leading Role
Actor in a Leading Role
Best Picture

The Oscars 2016: What’s your pick?

Chris Rock will host the 2016 Oscars tomorrow night. Photo via The Oscars
Chris Rock will host the 2016 Oscars tomorrow night. Photo via The Oscars

The 88th Oscars are tomorrow in Hollywood, California. Who’s your pick for the top three awards?

 

 

We have our picks already, and if you want to mark all your choices for tonight’s awards, we made an easy-to-use Oscars ballot for your watch party (download it here).

The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood tonight, hosted by actor and comedian Chris Rock. The red carpet kicks off at 7 p.m., and the award show starts at 7:30 p.m. Watch tonight on ABC, or find the live stream on the Oscars website. We’ll be live-tweeting the whole thing too.

Austin’s 2016 Oscar nominee: Don Hertzfeldt

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Austin-based filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt is an Oscar nominee for the animated short “World of Tomorrow.”

Joe Gross wrote this about his movie earlier this year:

Austin animator Don Hertzfeldt’s phenomenal sci-fi short film “World of Tomorrow” is now available for rental on Vimeo.

The winner of the grand jury prize at Sundance, best animated short at SXSW, best animated short at the Omaha Film Festival, an audience award at Glasgow Short Film Festival and special jury mention at the Regard Short Film Festival, “World of Tomorrow” is a 16-minute wonder about a little girl named Emily.

Played by Hetzfeldt’s then-4-year-old niece Winona, Emily receives a very special message from a relative who takes her on a tour of our world several hundred years later. (“You cannot direct a four year old,” Hertzfeldt wrote in an essay about the movie on his website bitterfilms.com. “You cannot even expect a four year old to recite lines back at you. You just sort of have to let the four year old happen.”)

British animator Julia Pott, in her first acting role, plays the other character, also named Emily.

Hertzfeldt’s animated films include “It’s Such a Beautiful Day,” “The Meaning of Life,” “Billy’s Balloon” and “Rejected.”

“Beautiful Day,” his first feature film, made it on to a mess of 2012 year-end lists.

 

The complete list of Oscar nominees

“The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio in a brutal frontier drama, led the pack of Oscar nominees on Thursday with 12. DiCaprio and supporting actor Tom Hardy were nominated, as was director Alejandro G. Inarittu. It got a best-picture nod, too.

Coming in second was “Mad Max: Fury Road,” with 10 nominations, including best picture. Other best-picture nominees were  “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “The Martian,” “Room” and “Spotlight.”

The 2016 Oscars are set for Feb. 28.

The complete list of nominees:

PICTURE

“The Big Short”

“Bridge of Spies”

“Brooklyn”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“The Revenant”

“Room”

“Spotlight”

ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Brie Larson, “Room”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”

Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

ACTOR

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”

Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”

Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”

Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

DIRECTOR

Adam McKay, “The Big Short”

George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”

Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

“Anomalisa”

“The Boy and the World”

“Inside Out”

“Shaun the Sheep Movie

“When Marnie Was There”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Bridge of Spies,” by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

“Ex Machina,” by Alex Garland

“Inside Out,” screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen

“Spotlight,” by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

“Straight Outta Compton,” screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“The Big Short,” by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

“Brooklyn,” by Nick Hornby

“Carol,” by Phyllis Nagy

“The Martian,” by Drew Goddard

“Room,” by Emma Donoghue

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“Embrace of the Serpent” (Colombia)

“A War” (Denmark)

“Mustang” (France)

“Son Of Saul” (Hungary)

“Theeb” (Jordan)

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

“Bear Story”

“Prologue”

“Sanjay’s Super Team”

“We Can’t Live without Cosmos”

“World of Tomorrow”

LIVE ACTION SHORT

“Ave Maria”

“Day One”

“Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)”

“Shok”

“Stutterer”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“Amy”

“Cartel Land”

“The Look of Silence”

“What Happened, Miss Simone?”

“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”

“Body Team 12”

“Chau, Beyond the Lines”

“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah”

“Last Day of Freedom”

CINEMATOGRAPHY

“Carol

“The Hateful Eight”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Revenant”

“Sicario”

VISUAL EFFECTS

“Ex Machina”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“The Revenant”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared”

“The Revenant”

FILM EDITING

“The Big Short”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Revenant”

“Spotlight”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

COSTUME DESIGN

“Carol”

“Cinderella”

“The Danish Girl”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Revenant”

ORIGINAL SONG

“Earned It” from “50 Shades of Grey”

“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”

“Simple Song #3” from Youth

“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”

“Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre

SOUND EDITING

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“The Revenant”

“Sicario”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

SOUND MIXING

“Bridge of Spies”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“The Revenant”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

PRODUCTION DESIGN

“Bridge of Spies”

“The Danish Girl”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“The Revenant”

ORIGINAL SCORE

“Bridge of Spies”

“Carol”

“The Hateful Eight”

“Sicario”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

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Live coverage: 2016 Oscar nominations announced

Nominations for the 2016 Academy Awards will be announced starting at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14. Follow live coverage from the Statesman’s Charles Ealy and Joe Gross.

Oscars: Your guide to the 87th Academy Awards this Sunday

"Birdman' and 'Boyhood' are the two top contenders for best picture at the Oscars.
“Birdman’ and ‘Boyhood’ are the two top contenders for best picture at the Oscars.

This Sunday at the Oscars might be a historic night for director Richard Linklater, who would be the first Austin director to win the industry’s most coveted prize with his best picture-nominated “Boyhood.” But there are other films out there, and there are other awards. Use the links below to print out your ballot, grab a bingo card, vote for your favorites,  and read up on the films before the big night. Remember to head back to the Austin Movie Blog on Oscars night to follow live tweets from Charles Ealy and Joe Gross.

Our reviews of the best picture nominees:

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Watch the trailers for the top two best picture nominees:

 

Watch: ‘Boyhood’ star Ethan Hawke talks Tolstoy with Charlie Rose

Austin native Ethan Hawke appeared on “Charlie Rose” last week to talk about “Boyhood,” the Richard Linklater film that has scored him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at this year’s Oscars. In the clip below, Hawke discusses how the director approached him to undertake the daunting, multi-year film shoot, comparing it to Russian literature.

“Boyhood” is nominated for nine Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Hawke, who was nominated for his supporting role at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards but did not win, also spoke about the filming process on the red carpet of that ceremony. His co-star, Ellar Coltrane, called Hawke his “best friend” at the event.