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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?

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Last Updated: January 27, 2017


  1. Original Heretic

    January 27, 2017 at 10:36

    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

      January 27, 2017 at 10:39

      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

        January 27, 2017 at 10:42

        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.


    • Alessandro Barbosa

      January 27, 2017 at 13:15

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


  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    January 27, 2017 at 10:51

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


    • Original Heretic

      January 27, 2017 at 10:53

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


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        January 27, 2017 at 10:54

        He made a comment? 😀


        • Original Heretic

          January 27, 2017 at 10:55

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


  3. Raptor Rants

    January 27, 2017 at 10:57

    These Oscars seem… hobbled….


    • Original Heretic

      January 27, 2017 at 10:59

      I think they may be *gasp* political.


    • miaau

      January 27, 2017 at 11:32

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

      Wow, poor Oscar.


  4. PurplePariah

    January 27, 2017 at 10:59

    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.


  5. Jac7

    January 27, 2017 at 11:20

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


    • miaau

      January 27, 2017 at 13:09

      Moulin Rouge? Mamma Mia? that type?


      • Jac7

        January 27, 2017 at 14:33

        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.


  6. miaau

    January 27, 2017 at 11:34

    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

      January 27, 2017 at 11:38

      What does a best boy do in any case?


      • miaau

        January 27, 2017 at 11:43

        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.”


  7. Dutch Matrix

    January 27, 2017 at 11:36

    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


  8. Admiral Chief

    January 27, 2017 at 12:14

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


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