The Oscar nominations always bring its share of snubs and surprises. This year, there were fewer snubs than usual, though Amy Adams and Annette Bening’s omissions are pretty shocking. There are some interesting stories nestled in this year’s nominations.
Here are seven interesting stories:
1. Remember #OscarsSoWhite last year? For two years in a row, there had not been a single person of color nominated in any of the four acting categories. This year, there were 7 persons of color among the 20 nominees, or 35%. Black actors were nominated in all 4 categories for the first time in Oscar history. In addition, 4 films featuring non-white protagonists were nominated for Best Picture and 1 African-American man was nominated for Best Director.
2. Dev Patel, the kid who first won us over in Slumdog Millionaire seven years ago has grown up now to become only the third actor of Indian descent to ever be nominated for an Oscar. The first was in 1935 when Merle Oberson was nominated for The Dark Angel. She reportedly tried to conceal her Indian heritage. The next was four-time nominee and winner for Gandhi, Sir Ben Kingsley. Dev said of his Oscar nomination, “I need a good cry in the shower.”
3. Arrival is one of only a few science fiction films to be nominated for Best Picture. Others include E.T.:The Extra-Terrestrial, Star Wars, Inception, Avatar, Gravity, Her, and The Martian.
4. La La Land received the most nominations in history, tying both Titanic and All About Eve with 14 total nominations. It’s a good film that everyone seems to love, so let the backlash begin!
5. Meryl Streep’s record-setting 20th Oscar nomination suggests she may not be as overrated as one person has suggested. She is far and away the most nominated actor in the history of the Oscars.
6. Tom Hanks was overlooked for Sully. You’d probably be surprised to learn the two-time Oscar winner hasn’t had an Oscar nomination for 16 years.
7. Manchester By The Sea was the first film produced by a streaming video company to earn a Best Picture nomination. Amazon’s movie is up for 6 awards, including Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenplay, and Director. It’s another step in Amazon’s plan to rule the world.
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