The Ten most interesting things about the 2017 Oscar Nominations
7. How did they get past security? Every year there are a few head scratchers of widely considered bad films who pull off an Oscar nomination. This year see’s two. I can sort of forgive the subpar SUICIDE SQUAD nomination but considering Jared Leto’s Joker was widely panned for the look, it’s odd that the makeup/hairstyling got the nod. While Harlee Quinn did look great, I think the performance from Margot Robbie is what made the character stand out. I love Thomas Newman but his score in PASSENGERS was mostly forgettable because the film was so bland. But worse is the film’s nomination for Production Design when the lack of creativity in this uninspiring glorified boat cruise was at the top of my criticism.
6. I’m having trouble finding Dory – That’s because FINDING DORY was left off the Best Animated list of nominees. It’s rare for Pixar to not win, let alone not even be nominated. I’m a huge Pixar fan. I think INSIDE OUT and WALL-E are two of the greatest films ever made in any genre and the rest of Pixar movies are usually top ten worthy of any given year. While very good, FINDING DORY is not great, so the Academy got there Best Animated Film nominees correct with ZOOTOPIA, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (also the first animated film nominated for best special effects since A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS), and MOANA leading the march.
5. Leggo my EGOT – Everybody’s favorite Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has earned three Tony Awards, two Grammy awards (all for his theater shows Hamilton and In the Heights), and one Emmy for the opening music at the 2013’s 67th Tony Awards. That leaves only an Oscar to achieve the rare acronym EGOT. Nominated in the Best Song category for “How Far I’ll Go” in Disney’s MOANA, Lin-Manuel will have the difficult task of beating out two LA LA LAND juggernauts and a Justin Timberlake if he is meant to join the elite class.
4. Why don’t you really really like me? – I usually make a ten best performances not nominated for an Oscar list. But since this year lacked some true snubs from the Academy, I decided to use this opportunity to mention some notable performances in less recognized films worth looking up: Sally Field in HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS, Hailee Steinfeld and Hayden Szeto in THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, Patrick Stewart and the late Anton Yelchin in GREEN ROOM, Colin Farrell in THE LOBSTER, Jake Gyllenhaal in NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, and Stephen Henderson in FENCES.