Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Fences among 2017 Oscar nominees

RIP OscarsSoWhite? With so many quality potential nominees, the odds were long on another embarrassing year where few minorities were recognized for the 2017 Oscars. That definitely won’t be the case this year.

Actors of color make up seven of the 20 acting nominations while three films featuring a predominantly black cast are among the eight Best Picture nominees. The best director category also has representation.

Most encouraging is there aren’t any obvious minority slights or egregious omissions ala last year’s award circuit where Creed was roundly snubbed saved Sylvester Stallone for Best Supporting Actor. The biggest this year is Amy Adams was shut out despite turning in two Best Actress nominee worthy performances in Arrival and Nocturnal Animals.

These nominees clearly signal efforts to increase minority representation among Academy Award voters is helping to bring about some change. It was never a case of there not being enough quality movies to warrant recognition, but there definitely was an effort to acknowledge more of them where it mattered most.

Best Picture



Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea


Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

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Best Actor

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

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Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

Best Adapted Screenplay



Hidden Figures



Best Cinematography


La La Land




Best Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle