For a man with an opportunity to join one of entertainment’s most exclusive clubs, “Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda was surprisingly disconnected from Tuesday morning’s Oscar nominations.
Scoring his first Academy Award nomination with his song “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s “Moana,” Miranda could become one of just 13 individuals to achieve an EGOT, winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
But Miranda wasn’t bound up with anxiety over the possibility. In fact, he says he’d forgotten all about the awards.
What a morning. I am so grateful for this honor and I'm so happy to share this feeling with my 'La La Land' family. The greatest part of life is connecting with people, and I love the deeply talented, kind and passionate people I was lucky enough to work with on this movie. I'm also overjoyed that the movie has connected with audiences in the way it has, and that it's hopefully bringing a kick in their step to those who watch it. This is beyond any of our wildest imaginings and we can't wait to celebrate together.
Emma Stone on her second Academy Award nomination (and first for actress in a leading role)
Is it time for #OscarsSoMale? A racially diverse slate of acting nominees saved the film academy from an #OscarsSoWhite three-peat, but the list of nominated directors and writers was overwhelmingly male.
As in no women in the directors' category. (Ava DuVernay's "13th" was nominated for best documentary, for which there is no separate directing category.) With a nomination for "Hidden Figures" as best adapted screenplay, co-writer Allison Schroeder is the lone woman on the screenwriter lists; there is no woman nominated for best original screenplay.
Women usually make a slightly better showing in the writing categories. Last year, four of the 20 nominees were female, although 2015 was all-male. Only 17 women have won — eight in original, nine in adapted screenplay.
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.