It's been a bit of a while, but Page 92 was a bit action-heavy, and I've been a bit busy with some trips and celebrations of the birthday variety. Anyways, today the Oscar nominations were announced and... yeah, well, they were kind of what I expected. Damien Chazelle's La La Land
made an absolute killing with 14 nods -- most of them warranted. Hard to see it not winning, albeit Barry Jenkins' Moonlight
may have something to say on that matter. It wasn't going to go toe-to-toe with La La Land, but it got the exact nominations it could feasibly aim for -- and 8's not a number you can scoff at, in any case. Meanwhile, Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea
got 6. Missing an Editing nod may harm its chances, but it's well represented at the acting categories with 3 nominations. Given actors are the largest group of voters in the Academy, something could happen here as well.Denis Villeneuve's Arrival
also got 8, but I think it's on a bit of a shakier ground than Moonlight. Missing a Visual Effects nomination's one thing (I mean, they were important, but it's not like the Ex Machina miracle can happen twice, and I wouldn't say the effects here are exactly on par with the rest of the field either), but missing a nomination for Amy Adams is another. It's a major blow. She's the movie -- it's like nominating Gravity without recognizing Sandra Bullock, or The Dark Knight without acknowledging Heath Ledger. Granted, the movie was very well liked regardless, but new strategies will have to be made up to counter this missed nod.Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals
had a bit of a rollercoaster before the nominations announcement, and it ended up only being recognized for Michael Shannon's work despite the fact the lion's share of attention had gone to Aaron Taylor-Johnson. I wish the soundtrack had received some recognition, too.
There are some other things to comment on regarding the Oscars, but I'll leave it to here for the time being. I've got some errands to do, and frankly, there are countless outlets out there dissecting the nods. I'm just going to say I'm over the moon over La La Land, so... yeah, it was, a happy announcement for me. Even if we had to say goodbye to Tim Miller's Deadpool
That's it for now! See ya!