After the Golden Globe Awards, the next red-carpet event will be Oscars night which will unfold on February 26. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its list of 2017 nominees, with top contender La La Land vying for no less than fourteen awards.
There are other leading nominees, though. Viewers have been advised to catch La La Land on the largest screen they can find, with a sound system to match, even if that means journeying all day.
Arrival, based on the novella, Story of Your Life written by well-loved, award-winning author Ted Chiang, stars Amy Adams. Like the best modern science fiction stories, the power of the film lies not in what happens to the alien visitors, but in the emotional intensity evoked by the human protagonists.
Black women dominate the list of nominees for Best Supporting Actress for the first time. Six black actors have also been honored by the Academy.
Other Strong Contenders For Their Categories
Actress Viola Davis is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Fences, which has crossed over from stage to the big screen. On the other hand, Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge tells the paradoxical tale of an inherently violent man who decides to avoid violence.
Hidden Figures gives credence to women’s roles in the space program, while Hell or High Water topbilled by Jeff Bridges is about two brothers who go on a bank robbery spree with the end in view of saving their family’s ranch.
Garth Davis’ feature debut, simply titled Lion, adapts the true story of a boy born in India, who is adopted. Also commanding attention is Casey Affleck, inhis portrayal of an emotionally ruined person in Manchester in the Sea, a Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me) film.
Top Contenders for Best Visual Effects
No less noteworthy are films that astounded and captured viewers’ imagination with their visual effects. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story leads in this category. Other top picks include the magical attempt of adapting the story of Marvel Comics’ sorcerer supreme, Doctor Strange; Kubo and the Two Strings, The Jungle Book; and Deepwater Horizon.