Following two consecutive years of controversy over all-white acting nominations that roiled the motion picture academy and the film industry as a whole, the 2017 Oscar nominations set new records for the recognition of African American actors.
There were six black actors and actresses included among the nominees, the most in a single year in Oscar history. And for the first time ever, there was at least one black actor or actress in all four acting categories.
With her supporting actress nod for "Fences," Viola Davis became the first African American actress to earn three Oscar nominations, while her co-star, Denzel Washington, picked up his seventh nomination.
Barry Jenkins never expected his film "Moonlight" -- about a young black boy growing up in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, grappling with his sexuality -- to be an industry darling. But after it took the industry by storm, and nabbed the top dramatic film prize at the Golden Globes earlier this month, "industry darling" is an understatement.
Moments after the news broke that "Moonlight" was nominated for eight Academy Awards -- including best picture, director, supporting actor (Mahershala Ali) and actress (Naomie Harris), cinematography (James Laxton), original score (Nicholas Britell), adapted screenplay (both Jenkins and McCraney) -- Jenkins spoke with The Times about the honors.
How does it feel? You’ve got a couple nominations for yourself and eight total for the film.
The versatile Michael Shannon capped a year that saw him appear in 10 films -- including "Midnight Special," "Elvis & Nixon," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Loving" -- with an Oscar nomination for his performance as a cynical detective in Tom Ford’s thriller, “Nocturnal Animals.”
He got the news in a hotel lobby in the city of Newcastle, England.
“I’m working on movie called 'The Current War' and was on the phone with my manager and he was watching TV and got really excited,” Shannon said.
Mel Gibson was nominated Tuesday for an Academy Award in the prestigious directing category. It's industry redemption after his years in exile from the Hollywood mainstream following a 2006 DUI arrest and blowback from anti-Semitic and racist remarks he made. In this story, first published Nov. 3, 2016, Lorraine Ali writes about Hollywood's apparent forgiveness of Gibson, seen at an Academy screening of "Hacksaw Ridge," and what that comeback says about the culture of fame.
AT THE RECENT ACADEMY premiere of "Hacksaw Ridge," there was a 10-minute standing ovation.
The effervescent, brightly colored romantic musical “La La Land” – a love letter to the city of Los Angeles and the movies themselves – sang and danced its way to a whopping 14 Academy Award nominations on Tuesday morning, tying the all-time record held by “Titanic” and “All About Eve.”
But Oscar voters also spread their love far and wide, with eight other films across a wide range of genres competing against “La La Land” for best picture: “Moonlight,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “Arrival,” “Lion,” “Fences,” “Hell or High Water,” “Hidden Figures” and “Hacksaw Ridge.”
Along with “La La Land,” the year’s two other awards season juggernauts – “Moonlight,” a coming-of-age film about a gay African American boy growing up in Miami, and “Manchester by the Sea,” a wrenching drama about a man dealing with unimaginable grief – each had strong showings. “Moonlight” had eight nods in total, while “Manchester” pulled in six.
Despite "La La Land's" record tying 14 Oscar nominations, not everyone is in love with the "City of Stars." And "Saturday Night Live" host Aziz Ansari showed what happens to those who dare to protest that perhaps Ryan Gosling isn't the best dancer on the planet.
Meryl Streep made history today with her 20th Oscar nomination. Her response? A GIF.
"Please find the following GIF as a statement on behalf of Meryl Streep," wrote the publicist for Paramount in an email sent to entertainment journalists Tuesday after the nominations were announced.
We wondered where the joyous clip originated. A Google image search came back with a guess: It was a picture of Paul McCartney. Silly Google. Then we learned not to doubt. Check it out at the 3:27 mark: