2017 Oscar Nominations

  • Publish Date: January 24, 2017
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Singing the praises of La La Land

Films with Most Academy Award Nominations - 2017
1 La La Land 14 noms
2 Arrival 8 noms
  Moonlight 8 noms
4 Hacksaw Ridge 6 noms
  Lion 6 noms
  Manchester by the Sea 6 noms

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards early Tuesday morning, recognizing the best films, filmmakers, and on- and off-screen talent of 2016.

Leading all films with 14 nominations—six more than any other movie—was Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land, fresh off of its record-setting seven wins at the Golden Globes earlier this month. La La Land's total of 14 Oscar nominations is also a record, tying it with All About Eve and Titanic, and it is the first original musical to get a best picture nomination since 1979's All That Jazz.

Other major best picture contenders Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea also placed among the top of the pack in total nominations, with eight and six, respectively.

Listed below are the 2017 Academy Award nominees in all 24 categories.

Best picture and director

Best picture

Metascore / Film / Producers
Arrival Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde
Fences Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black
Hacksaw Ridge Bill Mechanic and David Permut
Hell or High Water Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn
Hidden Figures Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi
La La Land Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt
Lion Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder
Manchester by the Sea Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh
Moonlight Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner

Nine films were nominated for best picture this year after eight received nominations in each of the previous two years. None of the nine can be considered surprises, and the film most likely just missing the cut was Jackie, which received three nominations in other categories. (Other potential titles in the just-missed-out pool include Nocturnal Animals and Loving, both of which, like Jackie, received a decent number of best picture nominations from other organizations.)


Nominee Film Career Oscar Totals*
Noms. Wins
Denis Villeneuve Arrival 1 0
Mel Gibson Hacksaw Ridge 3 2
Damien Chazelle La La Land 3 0
Kenneth Longergan Manchester by the Sea 4 0
Barry Jenkins Moonlight 2 0

* All career Oscar nomination totals on this page include today's nominations.

This is probably a two-man race between Damien Chazelle and Barry Jenkins, either of whom would be a first-time Oscar winner. (Both are also nominated in the screenplay categories.) Mel Gibson is the biggest surprise here, having failed to gain much traction with many of the other awards organizations, though the Academy clearly liked his film, giving it six total nominations this year. (He also is the sole nominee here with a previous Oscar win as a director.) His inclusion likely comes at the expense of Hell or High Water's David Mackenzie or perhaps Fences director Denzel Washington.



Original screenplay

Nominee Film Career Oscar Totals
Noms. Wins
Taylor Sheridan Hell or High Water 1 0
Damien Chazelle La La Land 3 0
Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou The Lobster 1 0
Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea 4 0
Mike Mills 20th Century Women 1 0

Adapted screenplay

Nominee Film Career Oscar Totals
Noms. Wins
Eric Heisserer Arrival 1 0
August Wilson Fences 1 0
Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi Hidden Figures 1/2 0
Luke Davies Lion 1 0
Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney Moonlight 2/1 0

The Academy's controversial decision to consider Moonlight an adapted, rather than original, screenplay—it is very loosley based on a never-produced play by Tarell Alvin McCraney—should mean a trophy for Moonlight in a category that Arrival had seemed a lock to win just over a month ago. The move also clears a major contender from a still very competitive original screenplay field that could see the win go to Chazelle, Sheridan, or Lonergan, with the latter possibly having a slight edge (unless La La Land begins to look like it will dominate this year's Oscars).


Lead actress

Nominee Film Career Oscar Totals
Noms. Wins
Isabelle Huppert Elle 1 0
Ruth Negga Loving 1 0
Natalie Portman Jackie 3 1
Emma Stone La La Land 2 0
Meryl Streep Florence Foster Jenkins 20 3

Perhaps the biggest snub among this year's nominees can be found here, where Arrival's Amy Adams was widely expected to secure a nomination. 20th Century Women's Annette Bening is another potential nominee missing from the list, though there isn't an obvious name among the five nominees that stands out as not belonging. (All five have collected multiple nominations from other awards groups.)

Lead actor

Nominee Film Career Oscar Totals
Noms. Wins
Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea 2 0
Andrew Garfield Hacksaw Ridge 1 0
Ryan Gosling La La Land 2 0
Viggo Mortensen Captain Fantastic 2 0
Denzel Washington Fences 8 2

There are no surprises here, as the five favorites to be nominated had their names read Tuesday morning. If there are snubs to be found, Sully's Tom Hanks and Loving's Joel Edgerton are the names that come to mind. Casey Affleck is the favorite to win, while Denzel Washington is just the seventh person to receive best picture and acting nominations for the same film.

Supporting actress

Nominee Film Career Oscar Totals
Noms. Wins
Viola Davis Fences 3 0
Naomie Harris Moonlight 1 0
Nicole Kidman Lion 4 1
Octavia Spencer Hidden Figures 2 1
Michelle Williams Manchester by the Sea 4 0

While critic groups have been opting for the likes of indie stars Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women) and Lily Gladstone (Certain Women) in this category in addition to favorites like Viola Davis and Naomie Harris, the Academy's selections are again as predicted and unsurprising.

Supporting actor

Nominee Film Career Oscar Totals
Noms. Wins
Mahershala Ali Moonlight 1 0
Jeff Bridges Hell or High Water 7 1
Lucas Hedges Manchester by the Sea 1 0
Dev Patel Lion 1 0
Michael Shannon Nocturnal Animals 2 0

Yet again, we have no obvious surprises or snubs here, with the closest to the latter probably being either Ben Foster (Hell or High Water) or Golden Globe winner Aaron Taylor-Johnson (whose Nocturnal Animals co-star Michael Shannon likely got the nod instead). Ali has been dominating the category throughout awards season, though Bridges should not be ruled out, given that the Academy has already honored him with a trophy.

Other best film nominations

Animated feature

Metascore / Film / Producers
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

Unusually, two foreign films made the cut. The oddly titled My Life As a Zucchini is actually a French-language Swiss production that has yet to open in the United States (it will do so next month), while the extremely well-reviewed The Red Turtle is a multi-nation affair that is co-produced by Japan's Studio Ghibli. Their inclusion likely came at the expense of Pixar's Finding Dory and, possibly, the R-rated Sausage Party.

Documentary feature

Metascore / Film / Producers
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

O.J.: Made in America is now the longest film to receive an Oscar nomination in any category. Its inclusion here is somewhat controversial, not because it is undeserving (in fact, it is one of 2016's best films), but because it is best known as a television miniseries. Producers opted to screen it in two theaters as a nearly eight-hour film the weekend before it debuted on TV in the hopes of securing an Oscar nomination, and it did just that. (It will also be eligible for Emmys next year.) The biggest snub, based on the number of awards and nominations it won elsewhere, is the political documentary Weiner, while other missing names include Gleason and the artsy Cameraperson.

Foreign-language feature

Metascore / Film / Country of Origin
Land of Mine Denmark
A Man Called Ove Sweden
The Salesman Iran
Tanna Australia
Toni Erdmann Germany

The biggest snub in the foreign film category is the widely heralded French drama Elle, though that was known coming into the morning, as the Academy failed to include it on their shortlist last month.

Short subjects

Animated Short
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
Documentary Short
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
Live-Action Short
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


Original score

Composer Film Career Oscar Totals
Noms. Wins
Mica Levi Jackie 1 0
Justin Hurwitz La La Land 3 0
Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka Lion 1 0
Nicholas Britell Moonlight 1 0
Thomas Newman Passengers 14 0

Original song

Song/Composer Performer Film
"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)"
by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Emma Stone La La Land
"Can't Stop the Feeling"
by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
Justin Timberlake Trolls
"City of Stars"
by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone La La Land
"The Empty Chair"
by J. Ralph and Sting
Sting Jim: The James Foley Story
"How Far I'll Go"
by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Alessia Cara Moana

Technical categories


Nominee Film Career Oscar Totals
Noms. Wins
Bradford Young Arrival 1 0
Linus Sandgren La La Land 1 0
Greig Fraser Lion 1 0
James Laxton Moonlight 1 0
Rodrigo Prieto Silence 2 0

Film Editing

Nominee Film Career Oscar Totals
Noms. Wins
Joe Walker Arrival 2 0
John Gilbert Hacksaw Ridge 2 0
Jake Roberts Hell or High Water 1 0
Tom Cross La La Land 2 1
Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon Moonlight 1 0


Costume Design Makeup and Hairstyling
Allied A Man Called Ove
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Star Trek Beyond
Florence Foster Jenkins Suicide Squad
La La Land  


Sound Editing Sound Mixing
Arrival Arrival
Deepwater Horizon Hacksaw Ridge
Hacksaw Ridge La La Land
La La Land Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Sully 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi


Production Design Visual Effects
Arrival Deepwater Horizon
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Doctor Strange
Hail, Caesar! The Jungle Book
La La Land Kubo and the Two Strings
Passengers Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

More Oscar coverage to come

Jimmy Kimmel will host the Oscars for the first time when the 89th Annual Academy Awards ceremony airs live on ABC on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 7:00p ET / 4:00p PT. Look for additional Oscars coverage on this site over the next month, including a chance for you to predict this year's winners as well as a roundup of Oscar predictions from dozens of critics and industry experts. You can also check out our 2016-17 Film Awards Scorecard for a compilation of this season's movie awards from 57 different organizations.

What's your take?

What do you think of the Academy's picks this year? Let us know in the comments section below.

Comments (3)

  • Tabor  

    littleslm, Matt Damon Produced the movie

  • back_in_1939  

    i still cant figure it out why Elle wasn't Nominated...

  • littlesim  

    In your listing of actors for each film in the Best Picture nominees section, under Manchester by the Sea, I think you mean Casey Affleck not Matt Damon.

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