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.
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.
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.