The nominees for the 89th Academy Awards (February 26, 2017) were announced earlier this morning. Like your friendly neighborhood baker, I got up extra early to deliver you the odds fresh from the oven! But I’m not just bringing you the odds for the major categories. Just like the Super Bowl, I’ve got a host of side props to keep your eyes glued to the screen through all the non-awards foofaraw that accompanies the show.
In terms of actual awards noms, La La Land continues to sweep the award shows this year, once again raking in the most nominations at this year’s Oscars. The movie-musical, which broke records earlier at the Golden Globes, equalled the record set by All About Eve and Titanic with 14 nods.
It’s the favorite to win Best Picture and Best Director, and Emma Stone is the hot favorite to take Best Actress.
Arrival and Moonlight follow with eight nominations each, while Hacksaw Ridge, Lion, and Manchester by the Sea garnered six apiece.
The Academy heard last year’s #OscarsSoWhite protest loud and clear, and this year features a more diverse cast of nominees, with Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Octavia Spencer, Dev Patel, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, and Ruth Negga all receiving acting nominations. The Academy also invited 683 new attendees, 41-percent of whom are people of color.
But as one controversy ends, another begins. Mel Gibson makes his return to the Oscars after a decade of being blacklisted for some downright racist behavior. Gibson has received acclaim for his film Hacksaw Ridge, but it remains to be seen where he stands with the Academy.
Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the event, and if his hosting of the Emmys last year is anything to go by, we should expect another take-no-prisoners approach from the late-night host. Here’s a snippet from his Emmy monologue on diversity in Hollywood:
Here in Hollywood, the only thing we value more than diversity is congratulating ourselves on how much we value diversity.
He also took aim at Donald Trump and mocked the creator of “Celebrity Apprentice,” warning that he was to blame if Trump ever became president. Now that Trump is President, it will be interesting to see how Kimmel approaches the issue.
It wouldn’t be surprising if some of the award winners decide to take on Trump as well. I expect more speeches like Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes polemic, which took aim at Donald Trump (and hit football and MMA in the crossfire).
La La Land: 7/13
Manchester by the Sea: 19/1
Hidden Figures: 49/1
Hacksaw Ridge: 80/1
Hell or High Water: 100/1
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea): 2/3
Denzel Washington (Fences): 17/3
Ryan Gosling (La La Land): 22/3
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge): 50/1
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic): 100/1
Emma Stone (La La Land): 3/2
Natalie Portman (Jackie): 13/7
Isabelle Huppert (Elle): 4/1
Ruth Negga (Loving): 30/1
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins): 50/1
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight): 8/17
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals): 17/3
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water): 9/1
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea): 19/1
Dev Patel (Lion): 50/1
Viola Davis (Fences): 3/7
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea): 4/1
Naomie Harris (Moonlight): 19/1
Nicole Kidman (Lion): 30/1
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures): 70/1
Damien Chazelle (La La Land): 3/7
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea): 17/3
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight): 10/1
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival): 50/1
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge): 70/1
Kubo and the Two Strings: 9/1
My Life As a Zucchini: 97/3
The Red Turtle: 100/1
*Clarification: while there’s no authoritative definition of “wardrobe malfunction” yet, nudity is not a prerequisite.
Photo credit: “Best Actress Academy Awards” by Cliff, CC BY-SA 2.0 [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0], via Flickr.
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