The nominations for the 89th Oscars have been announced, with three out of five actresses nominated under Best Supporting role being African-American—Viola Davis in “Fences,” Naomie Harris in “Moonlight” and Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures”—in competition with Nicole Kidman in “Lion,” and Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea.”
There are many happy surprises in nominations, including best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role with Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight” and Dev Patel in “Lion” in competition with Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water” and Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea.” Fingers are crossed for Denzel Washington in “Fences” for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. Ruth Negga in “Loving” is nominated under Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
Exciting competition lies in Best Documentary Feature with “I Am Not Your Negro”—Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck; “Life, Animated”—Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman; “13th”—Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish; “Fire at Sea”— Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo; and “O.J.: Made in America”—Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow.
As predicted “Moonlight,” directed by Barry Jenkins, earns a nod for Achievement in Directing and Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song), and “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana,” with music and lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda, earned a nod. If Miranda wins, he will be admitted into that rare group of EGOTs, which means having won all four of the major American entertainment awards, i.e., an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.
This year nine films are nominated under Best Motion Picture of the Year, with surprises being “Hacksaw Ridge”—Bill Mechanic and David Permut, producers and “Hell or High Water”—Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, producers. The other best picture nominees are “Arrival”—Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, producers; “Fences”—Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, producers; “La La Land”—Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, producers; “Lion”—Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, producers; “Manchester by the Sea”—Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, producers; “Moonlight”—Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, producers; and “Hidden Figures”—Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, producers.
The New York Amsterdam News returns to cover the 89th Oscars, marking our fourth consecutive year. The Oscars will be broadcast live, from Los Angeles, on ABC, Sunday,
Feb. 26, 2017.
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