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2017 Academy Award Nominations Announced

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:33 PM and updated on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 9:58 AM

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The nominations for the 89th annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and nominated Academy members Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe, and Ken Watanabe.

The Oscars award ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 7pm ET/4 pm PT. It will be hosted this year by Jimmy Kimmel.

Some of these movies are playing in theaters, while some have already made it to home video. Being nominated usually causes some of them to make a return appearance, so head over to the Academy Award® Winners and Nominees page to see where and when they're playing!

Academy Award Nominations

Best motion picture of the year


  • Arrival
    A Paramount Pictures Production -- Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers
  • Fences
    A Paramount Pictures Production -- Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers
  • Hacksaw Ridge
    A Pandemonium Films/Permut Presentations Production -- Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers
  • Hell or High Water
    A Sidney Kimmel Entertainment/Film 44/LBI -- Entertainment/OddLot Entertainment Production -- Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers
  • Hidden Figures
    A Fox 2000 Pictures Production -- Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers
  • La La Land
    An Impostor Pictures/Gilbert Films/Marc Platt Production -- Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers
  • Lion
    A See-Saw Films Production -- Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, Producers
  • Manchester by the Sea
    A Pearl Street Films/The Media Farm/K Period -- Media/The A | Middleton Project/B Story Production -- Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, Producers
  • Moonlight
    A Dos Hermanas Production -- Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

Best animated feature film of the year

Kubo and the Two StringsMoanaMy Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette)The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge)Zootopia

Adapted screenplay

  • Arrival -- Screenplay by Eric Heisserer
  • Fences -- Screenplay by August Wilson
  • Hidden Figures -- Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
  • Lion -- Screenplay by Luke Davies
  • Moonlight -- Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Original screenplay

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Achievement in cinematography

Achievement in costume design

Achievement in directing

Best documentary feature

  • Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare)
    A Stemal Entertainment Production -- Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
  • I Am Not Your Negro
    A Velvet Film Production -- Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck
  • Life, Animated
    A Motto Pictures and A&E IndieFilms Production -- Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
  • O.J.: Made in America
    A Laylow Films and ESPN Films Production -- Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
  • 13th
    A Forward Movement Production -- Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish

Best documentary short subject

  • Extremis
    An f/8 Filmworks in association with Motto Pictures Production -- Dan Krauss
  • 4.1 Miles
    A University of California, Berkeley Production -- Daphne Matziaraki
  • Joe's Violin
    A Lucky Two Production -- Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
  • Watani: My Homeland
    An ITN Production -- Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
  • The White Helmets
    A Grain Media and Violet Films Production -- Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Achievement in film editing

Best foreign language film of the year

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land
    Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls
    Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
  • “City Of Stars” from La La Land
    Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story
    Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
  • “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana
    Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Achievement in production design

Best animated short film

  • Blind Vaysha
    A National Film Board of Canada Production -- Theodore Ushev
  • Borrowed Time
    A Quorum Films Production -- Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes
    A Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation Production -- Robert Valley and Cara Speller
  • Pearl
    A Google Spotlight Stories and Evil Eye Pictures Production -- Patrick Osborne
  • Piper
    A Pixar Animation Studios Production -- Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Best live action short film

  • Ennemis Intérieurs
    A Qualia Films Production -- Sélim Azzazi
  • La femme et le TGV
    An arbel Production -- Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
  • Silent Nights
    A M & M Production -- Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
  • Sing
    A Meteor Filmstudio Production -- Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy
  • Timecode
    A Nadir Films Production -- Juanjo Giménez

Achievement in sound editing

Achievement in sound mixing

Achievement in visual effects


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Jan 25, 2017 - George Jobson VIP Member

I had a mixed feeling about this year's nominees for the Academy Awards. First off there after reading the nosiness, one thing came to mind, no #OscarSoWhite. I noticed that two movies i didn't like; "Passengers" and " Allied" are nominated. I didn't like "Deadpool" and I'm glad that the film didn't get one nomination. I saw all nine Oscar nominations for Best Picture. all nine. It was one of a few times that i had seen all nine best picture nomination before the nominations were announced. I only wish that Kate Beckinsale got nominated for "Love and Friendship" instead of Meryl Streep. Don't get me wrong, I glad that she stood up to Donald Trump at the Golden Globe awards, but I didn't like "Florence Foster Jenkins" or her performance. I'm glad that Isabelle Huppert got nominated for "Elle." That will get me a chance to watch the movie. I like to make a suggestion for Best Animated film, How about expanded the category from five to eight or nine, so that more films will be nominated. Two of the five nominees I haven't saw yet. Also we need to expand Best Make Up and Hairstyle to get more nominations. finally I like to see the category be expanded to ten even as high as 16 to get in more nominees for Best Picture. I'll bee seeing the Academy Awards on Febuaray 26th. I beenwatching the show every year since 1978 and It's an annual ritual for me and I'm enjoying it very much.  

Feb 27, 2017 - Scott Jentsch VIP Member

On February 25, 2017, the Academy rescinded the Sound Mixing nomination for Greg P. Russel from "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi":

Upon recommendation by the Sound Branch Executive Committee, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted Thursday (2/23) to rescind the Sound Mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell from “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” for violation of Academy campaign regulations. The decision was prompted by the discovery that Russell had called his fellow members of the Sound Branch during the nominations phase to make them aware of his work on the film, in direct violation of a campaign regulation that prohibits telephone lobbying. An additional nominee for “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” will not be named in his place. The remaining Sound Mixing nominees for the film are Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth.

“The Board of Governors’ decision to rescind Mr. Russell’s nomination was made after careful consideration,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “The Academy takes very seriously the Oscars voting process and anything – no matter how well-intentioned – that may undermine the integrity of that process.”

The Board determined that Russell’s actions violated a campaign regulation that unequivocally prohibits telephone lobbying. It states that “contacting Academy members by telephone to promote a film or achievement is expressly forbidden, even if such contact is in the guise of checking to make sure a screener or other mailing was received.” 

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