Amy Adams, Arrival

The Oscar nominations are out, and the movie nerds are arguing over what should be on the list from the Academy and what shouldn’t be. If you’re like us at Tubi TV, this is the cinephile equivalent of Monday morning quarterbacking. I share my additional picks (in bold) and what wouldn’t have made the cut for me (in strikethrough) below.

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Best Picture:

“20th Century Women”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“The Handmaiden”
“Hell or High Water”
“Hidden Figures”
“La La Land”
“The Lobster”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Maggie’s Plan”

I was one of the few not bowled over by the well-made but underwhelming “Manchester by the Sea,” but loved the weirdness of “The Lobster,” the specificity of “The Handmaiden,” and the warmth of “Maggie’s Plan.”


Colin Farrell, The Lobster

Best Actor:

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Colin Farrell, “The Lobster”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Affleck provides a nuanced turn in “Manchester,” but please give Farrell something for his odd, perfectly charmless performance in “The Lobster.”

Best Actress:

Amy Adams, “Arrival”
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Was Amy Adams too quiet in “Arrival”? Meryl was great as always in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” but she’s just a hair behind these other talented actresses…this time.


Best Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Ralph Fiennes, “A Bigger Splash”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

I’m on the Michael Shannon train (here, always), but Fiennes’ larger-than-life character in “A Bigger Splash” needs attention.

Best Supporting Actress:

Viola Davis, “Fences”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Janelle Monae, “Hidden Figures” or “Moonlight”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Williams is solid in “Manchester by the Sea,” but Monae is such a bright spot in both films that she feels like the best thing to arrive in Hollywood in years.


20th Century Women

Best Director:

“20th Century Women,” Mike Mills
“Arrival,” Denis Villeneuve
“Hacksaw Ridge,” Mel Gibson
“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan
“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins
“Toni Erdmann,” Maren Ade

Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” is a tightrope walk of tone that couldn’t have been helmed by anyone else, and “20th Century Women” is such a perfect capturing of time and place and character.

Best Original Screenplay:

“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land,”
“The Lobster”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“20th Century Women”

No complaints here.

Best Adapted Screenplay:

“The Handmaiden”
“Hidden Figures”
“Love and Friendship”

I’m still in awe of how Seo-kyeong Jeong & Chan-wook Park took Sarah Waters’ Victorian-England-set “Fingersmith” and moved it to 1930s Korea. Whit Stillman’s “Love and Friendship” script took a minor Austen work and elevated it to one of her best adaptations.

 Best Original Song:

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land”
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” from “Trolls”
“City of Stars” from “La La Land”
Drive It Like You Stole It” from “Sing Street”
“The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story”
“How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”
“Never Give Up” from “Lion”

I haven’t stopped singing along with “Drive It Like You Stole It” or crying along with “Never Give Up.”

What were you sad to see miss this year’s Oscar nominations?