Hit or Miss: The 89th Academy Award Nominations

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Whether you love them, hate them, or think they are completely irrelevant, the Oscars are still the pinnacle of film-making achievement. Every year, we wait with baited breath to see who’s in and who got left out in the cold. Per usual, this year’s Academy Award nominations are full of snubs and surprises.

The biggest snubs as far as nominations are concerned were Amy Adams and Tom Hanks. Adams’ portrayal of a linguist that learns to communicate with aliens in Arrival was thought to be a sure fire nomination, especially considering all the other categories Arrival is up for. Meanwhile, Hanks is going unrecognised for his efforts in Sully, which has been ignored by the Academy completely (except for Sound Mixing).

Speaking of completely snubbing a movie, Deadpool isn’t up for anything. At all. Even Suicide Squad got a nomination, and that’s just wrong. As much as I loved Deadpool’s Oscar campaign, I never really thought it would be up for anything but visual effects / makeup and styling awards. To be completely left out though? That sucks.

On the surprises side, it looks like Mel Gibson is firmly back in the game with a Best Director nomination for Hacksaw Ridge. Who’d have thought he could have such a quiet comeback? Ruth Negga’s best Actress nomination was also unexpected, but along with Barry Jenkins’ Best Director nod, it’s so great to be able to say goodbye to #OscarsSoWhite. That trend from the last two years has thankfully gone!

So, what are your thoughts on this year’s nominees? Do you think that there were more people and movies that were overlooked? Alternatively, if you’re just sobbing “why no Deadpool?!” into your pillow at night, let me know what you would have liked to see it win?

Last Updated: January 27, 2017

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Tracy Benson

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  • Original Heretic

    So need to watch Arrival. I only hear good things about.

    Now, excuse me, I need to weep while holding my Deadpool plush toy.

    *weeping* WHHHHYYYYYYYY?!??!

    • Tracy Benson

      I didn’t enjoy Arrival as much as some people did, but I can definitely see why Amy Adams should have been up for an award.

      • Original Heretic

        I love realism in Sci-Fi movies, which I hear is one of the big strong points of it. It’s so easy to try and bamboozle audiences with over the top tech. To keep it grounded is quite rare and something I always look out for.

        • Hammersteyn

          I can’t recall a Sci-Fi movie ever winning best picture O_o

          • Original Heretic

            There never has been one that has. Other categories, of course, but never best picture.
            Which is rather sad when you consider some of the amazing sci-fi movies that have been made.

          • Hammersteyn

            I had to check but even Blade Runner won squat

          • Original Heretic

            I was thinking more in the lines of Barbarella. A true masterpiece.

          • Hammersteyn

            Never saw that one

          • Original Heretic

            I was being very tongue in cheek with my response there.
            It was a super cheesy sci-fi movie made in the late 60’s. Starring Jane Fonda, nogal. I know Drew Barrymore was looking to do a remake of it a few years back, but nothing ever came of it. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a7b777695aac588f887da51cd039f3649e0f5a7efd752d3127662fbb7e3b59de.jpg

          • Hammersteyn

            LOL gg

          • miaau

            NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Holy crap……

            Watched it with wife years ago.

            And some Sean Connery thing from 1972. Outlander? Something like that. Bloody hell.

          • Original Heretic

            If you wanna watch an old sci-fi movie with Connery, check out Zardoz.

          • miaau

            That was it. Not outlander. The one where the ladies washed each other? Or was that another one.

          • Original Heretic

            Yup, Zardoz. The one with the big giant floating head that comes down to the primitives.
            They still used it as inspiration for the one Rick & Morty episode, when Rick has to take over a planet because of Summer’s boobs.

    • Alessandro Barbosa

      Arrival is SO GOOD. I’m super sad Amy Adams isn’t being recognized for it

  • MonsterCheddar

    Hacksaw Ridge is a firm nomination although methinks Mel Gibson won’t get anything as he is not loved at this point in time.

    Yes, no Deadpool. WTF????? Suicide Squad was a complete disaster.

    • Hammersteyn

      Suicide Squad is what it is, it still made money so there should be a sequel and I take solace in the fact that the sequel can’t be nearly as bad as the first one

      • MonsterCheddar

        That Joker really sucked though.

        *Shudders

        • Hammersteyn

          Jared tried his best. People are always gonna compare any Joker to Heath Leger’s version

          • MonsterCheddar

            Thats true and they will keep coming up short imo

          • Dresden

            To be fair, I don’t think he created the persona for this Joker (correct me if I’m wrong). I believe he tried to the best of his abilities to role play with what they gave him.

          • Hammersteyn

            You are correct sir

      • MonsterCheddar

        I only liked his girlfriend for obvious reasons.

        • Hammersteyn

          Who’s girlfriend?

          • MonsterCheddar

            Jokers, Harley Quinn

          • Hammersteyn

            Aah yes.

      • Original Heretic

        Don’t tell Hollywood that!! They’ll ask you to hold their beer. Dan is ons in die kak.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Arrival is one that I need to watch.

    • Hammersteyn

      That and I still need to see Hacksawridge

      • MonsterCheddar

        You definitely do. The battle scenes will blow your mind. Harrowing shit.

  • MonsterCheddar
    • Hammersteyn

      It’s a crime

      • MonsterCheddar

        That it is. Look story wise it didn’t do much, but hell it was funny as hell. I have never heard a whole cinema laugh so hard.

        • Hammersteyn

          It did what movies are supposed to do. Entertain audiences

          • MonsterCheddar

            Exactly.

          • MonsterCheddar

            Its a movie I can watch over and over, just for a laugh.

          • Hammersteyn

            I have and it hasn’t gotten old yet.

          • MonsterCheddar

            Exactly

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I can tell you one thing about an Oscar award – it shouldn’t be put on a pizza.

    • MonsterCheddar

      HUH?

    • Hammersteyn

      Unlike pineapple

    • Original Heretic

      So Oscars are like pineapple? Ignore Hammer’s comment, he’s obviously deluded.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        He made a comment? 😀

        • Original Heretic

          He tried to, but it was more of a mouth fart that translated into finger diarrhea.

          • Hammersteyn

            Hahahaha sies

        • Hammersteyn
          • PurplePariah

            Why are there cuboid worms on that round bread thing?

          • Hammersteyn

            They ran out of pineapple?

          • PurplePariah

            Pineapple is for pizzas. Not round bread things. Pizzas don’t rise, are nice and flat with a yummy crispy wood-fired base.

          • Dresden

            Looks like a quiche to me.

          • PurplePariah

            Yeah it’d make a pretty disgusting quiche now that I think about it. O_O

          • Hammersteyn

            I don’t fat shame pizzas

          • PurplePariah

            Only people, right?

          • Hammersteyn

            These days what counts as people is very subjective

          • PurplePariah

            Like what counts as pizza. 😉

          • Hammersteyn

            Nice one XD

          • WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!?

          • Hammersteyn

            Ag just 7 things or so
            😛

          • #glares

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Does anyone else hear a strange buzzing sound?

          • Hammersteyn

            Yeah, it’s the can opener opening the pineapple can

  • These Oscars seem… hobbled….

    • Original Heretic

      I think they may be *gasp* political.

    • Hammersteyn

      The people that picked the nominees seems to be in la-la land

      • It’s as if someone tried to take a bathroom break while writing down names and taking numbers

        • Hammersteyn

          LOL!

    • miaau

      What, you mean ankles and feet broken with a hammer?

      Wow, poor Oscar.

  • PurplePariah

    Sully was an amazing movie. How did Tom Hanks get snubbed?!

    Oh wait, that’s right. It’s the *insert name* Awards. I don’t care.

  • Jac7

    I don’t like musicals. That’s my final answer.

    • miaau

      Moulin Rouge? Mamma Mia? that type?

      • Jac7

        Yes, just like that. And most Disney animations. As a kid I could not understand why people started singing in the most weird situations. Or even the happiest. Never watched Mama Mia. Moulin Rouge was okay, but I saw it once. Toe was dit verby.

  • miaau

    I have never cared about these things, much. I sort of glance through the lists each year, realising I know nothing about what movies came out, who starred in them and who directed them, or, and I cannot stress this enough, who the Best Boy was. Really.

    BUT, even I sat up and took note at Mel Gibsons name in the best Director category. I thought his ranting a view years ago had firmly put on the out. He made a few movies that I saw at certain times in my life that really touched me: Braveheart, Man without a face immediately spring to mind.

    • Dutch Matrix

      What does a best boy do in any case?

      • miaau

        I seem to recall something with the cameras or setup or something

        From Wikipedia

        “In a film crew there are two kinds of best boy: best boy electric and best boy grip. They are assistants to their department heads, the gaffer (in charge of electricians) and the key grip (lighting and rigging), respectively. In short, the best boy acts as the foreman for their department.”

  • Dutch Matrix

    Well, at least I got a win! Taylor Hickson, whom Ryan Reynolds beat up a Pizza delivery guy in Deadpool for like two of my Tweets! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/10ae39dd621935aeec6ead48341165a1bdf55268f370515434784ed6858b9d8a.png

  • Admiral Chief

    Speaking about hit/miss….totally missed this article xD

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