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:
Looks like the Academy doesn't think Meryl Streep is overrated.
Streep received a lead actress nomination Tuesday for her role in "Florence Foster Jenkins." This is the 20th nomination for Streep, adding to her tally of most acting Oscar nominations for a single person. Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson follow with 12 nominations each.
Streep was first nominated in 1979 in the supporting actress category for her performance in "The Deer Hunter." Her 20 nominations include 16 for actress in a leading role and four for supporting actress.
"Thank you to the Academy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it. Thank you, Denzel, for being at the helm!"
That's Viola Davis' rather humble reaction to her Oscar nomination this morning for supporting actress for her performance in "Fences."
But she deserves more than the standard congratulations. Davis is now the first African American actress to have scored three Academy Award nominations. Whoopi Goldberg previously held the record with two, having been nominated in 1986 for "The Color Purple" (actress) and finally winning for 1991's "Ghost" (supporting actress).
Dev Patel, who was nominated for an Academy Award for actor in a supporting role for his part in “Lion,” has big plans for celebrating his nomination news: a shower.
Are you freaking out?
That is the understatement of the century. It kind of hasn’t fully permeated my brain. I’m just so overwhelmingly grateful to the universe and the master of that universe, Garth Davis [director of “Lion”].
When black performers were excluded from all acting categories at the Academy Awards for a second year in a row in 2016, the shutout sparked a second year of an impassioned social media movement: #OscarsSoWhite.
You could say the campaign was a success. A week later, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pledged to phase out senior members and enlist new, diverse voters who would, if all recruiting goals were met, double minority membership by 2020. This morning, for the first time, three black actors were nominated in the same category, of best supporting actress: Viola Davis for “Fences,” Naomie Harris for “Moonlight” and Octavia Spencer for “Hidden Figures.” Denzel Washington also was nominated in the lead acting category for his performance in “Fences,” and Mahershala Ali in the supporting actor category for “Moonlight.”
But Hollywood’s diversity problem isn’t solved. By many measures, it’s still as bad as ever. And the studios’ biggest minority deficit by far involves the very people living and working outside their walls in virtually every direction — Latinos.
Following last year’s industry-shaking #OscarsSoWhite campaign, the 2017 slate of Oscar nominations is surely more diverse with the likes of Octavia Spencer, Denzel Washington and Barry Jenkins all taking home nominations. But according to April Reign, former attorney, managing editor of BroadwayBlack.com and the hashtag’s creator, the fight for actual diversity and inclusion is not yet over.
“One year does not make up for over 80 years of underrepresentation of all genders, sexual orientations, races, abilities and First Nation status,” she said to The Times. “#OscarsSoWhite is about the inclusion of all marginalized communities, both in front of and behind the camera, throughout the entertainment industry.”
Films heralded for their diversity this year included “Fences,” “Lion,” Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight.” Notable other standouts include the nomination of the first African American cinematographer, Bradford Young for “Arrival” and the first black female editor, Joi McMillon for “Moonlight.” And many of these films have been commercial successes, rebuffing a tired industry belief that diverse films cannot be profitable.
When executives at Lionsgate first entertained the idea of making a film about star-crossed lovers who sing and dance their way across Los Angeles, they had good reasons to hesitate.
The musical genre had been littered with flops including “Across the Universe,” “Rent” and “Rock of Ages.” Even more worrisome, “La La Land” was an original story with entirely new songs, making it an especially risky proposition.