Amy Adams is a five-time Oscar nominee. In a wide-open race she potentially could’ve won the Best Actress award this year for sci-fi thriller “Arrival”. But she’s been left-out of the years most unpredictable category, and is easily the Biggest Snub of the 2017 Oscar nominations. “Arrival” received 8 nominations overall, including Best Picture and Best Director – Denis Villeneuve.
Emily Blunt (“The Girl on the Train”) and Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”) also failed to get Best Actress noms, though “20th” is up for Original Screenplay. Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) and Ruth Negga (“Loving”) join expected nominees Natalie Portman (“Jackie”), Emma Stone (“La La Land”) and Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”).
Streep’s co-star Hugh Grant is NOT a Best Supporting Actor nominee. Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”) took his slot. And Golden Globe winner Aaron Taylor-Johnson is also not on the ballot, replaced by his “Nocturnal Animals” co-star Michael Shannon.
“La La Land” leads all films with 14 nominations, tying the all-time record. There are 9 Best Picture nominees. Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”), back in Hollywood’s good graces, is a Best Director contender. “Kubo and the Two Strings” has received two nominations: Animated Feature and Visual Effects. “Passengers”, largely panned by critics, is also a double nominee (Original Score, Production Design).
“Sing Street” failed to receive an Original Song nomination, but I’m glad Sting’s powerful “The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story” is in the category. “Suicide Squad” is one of the three Makeup & Hairstyling nominees – “Deadpool” was expected to be in that race, but it didn’t selected, and was completely shut-out.
The 89th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air live Sunday February 26th at 8:30pmET on ABC.