Oscars 2017 Snubs & Surprises: 'La La Land,' Michael Shannon, and None for 'Deadpool'! Bye!
By John Boone
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Um, surprise? Fastest Oscar nominations ever?
After the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences blew through this year's nominees in record time, we wouldn't fault you if you needed a second to recover from whiplash and get a quick refresher on who actually did get nominated. Do that here. And despite everything being mostly as predicted, there are certainly a few snubs and some big surprises. Let's get into 'em.
SNUB: Deadpool. Though perhaps not all that surprising, it turns out Ryan Reynold's little superhero that could ultimately couldn't get any love from the Academy -- despite a strong showing throughout awards season. Reynolds himself was always a long shot and forget a Best Picture nod, but not even Visual Effects?! Makeup & Hairstyling?! C'mon! Even Suicide Squad got one of those!
SURPRISE: Exactly how many nominations La La Land got. That would be 14, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Director -- plus two in one category for Best Original song. La La Land has dominated every awards show thus far, but now it's officially tied with All About Eve and Titanic for most Oscar nominations ever received by one movie.
SNUB: Amy Adams in Arrival. The five-time nominee seemed like a shoo-in to get her sixth nom on Tuesday morning, after getting recognized across the board by BAFTA, the Golden Globes, and SAG. Alas, once Meryl and Emma and Natalie and Isabelle were all accounted for, that coveted fifth spot went to Ruth Negga. (A welcomed nomination nonetheless, as the superb Loving was otherwise shut out.)
SURPRISE: Michael Shannon in Nocturnal Animals. Here we thought his co-star, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, was a stretch when it came to Best Supporting Actor -- and he managed a BAFTA nomination and won the Globe. We, quite frankly, never even considered Shannon! With Manchester by the Sea's Lucas Hedges also in contention, poor Hugh Grant was snubbed for Florence Foster Jenkins.
SNUB: Elle. When the Best Foreign Language Film nominees were read off -- Land of Mine from Denmark, A Man Called Ove from Sweden, The Salesman from Iran, Australia's Tanna and Germany's Toni Erdmann -- we thought for a brief, fleeting moment that perhaps Elle, Isabelle Huppert's French thriller, had somehow cracked the Best Picture category. Nope. Sacré bleu!
SURPRISE: Mel Gibson. And we predicted it! Still, we were surprised when Gibson's name was actually read off as a nominee, the controversial director's Academy return after a win in the same category in 1996. (For Braveheart.) That means he bested Hell or High Water's David Mackenzie and Martin fricking Scorsese. Speaking of, Passengers earned more Oscar nominations than Silence. Oof.
SNUB: Sing Street. Call us dreamers, but we had hoped a little love would make its way to the less lauded musical and its Best Original Song contender, "Drive It Like You Stole It." In the end, perhaps there's only room for one song and dance showcase in this town, as La La Land's "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" and "City of Stars" took up two spaces, with another going to Sting's "The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story. Oh well, at least Moana got nominated.
The 2017 Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will take place on Feb. 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, and will air on ABC.