No matter how many old veterans leave the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and how many new recruits arrive, the nature of the choices the membership makes rarely varies: The voters like what they’ve always liked.
They may want it in different packages, they may try to mix and match, but certain kinds of satisfactions are bred in the bone and will not be denied.
Thank you so much to the Academy for this recognition. Making this film was incredibly rewarding, and none of it would have been possible without the guidance from our fearless leader, Kenneth Lonergan. I am thrilled to share this nomination with Kenny, Casey, Lucas and the rest of the cast, producers and crew. Congratulations to my fellow nominees. It is truly an honor to be included among such amazing women in this category.
Michelle Williams, supporting actress Oscar nominee for her work in "Manchester by the Sea"
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.