Happy Valentine everyone! Hope your chi has been restored like mine was with our weekend movie. So we can enjoy ourselves today… uh? (wink).
I’ll be giving you a rundown today on this year’s 89th Academy Awards as promised. The Academy Awards ceremony is presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). This is the 89th edition to honour the best films of 2016. The event which is set to take place on February 26th, 2017, at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California will be televised in the United States by ABC. During the ceremony, AMPAS will present Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. Everyone dreams in gold, right? Yours truly inclusive. I badly want my own of the coveted gold statute *wistful sigh*
Due to the mixed reception and low ratings of the previous year’s ceremony, David Hill and Reginald Hudlin declined to produce this year’s awards. Last year’s host, actor and comedian Chris Rock didn’t seem keen on hosting again, but indicated his interest in producing the show. In November 2016, AMPAS announced Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd as producers of the ceremony, with AMPAS president calling them “a talented team” during a press release. Later that year, it was announced that Jimmy Kimmel would host the ceremony;
Rather than announce their nominees live at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, as is their usual custom, this year the Academy decided to release all the nominations through a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, a satellite feed, and local broadcasters, including the ABC morning show Good Morning America.
The highest nominations for the 89th Awards went to La La Land with 14 (The only film apart from Titanic to have garnered that number of nominations). Arrival and Moonlight have 8 nominations each, Hacksaw Ridge, Lion and Manchester by the Sea are tied at 6 each. Fences and Hell or High Water both got four nominations. Hidden Figures and Jackie have three. Finally Deepwater Horizon, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Florence Foster Jenkins, Kubo and the Two Strings, A Man Called Ove, Passengers and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story were nominated for two categories each.
Unlike last year when some actors caused some fuss over the seemingly lack of colour in the major nominations (See post #SoWhite Oscars), this year’s Oscars has been praised for diversity. The nominees for the 89th Awards included a record-tying seven minority actors and a record-setting six black actors. For the first time in the Academy’s history, each acting category has black actors, with three actresses being nominated in the Best Supporting category and three black screenwriters being nominated in the Best Adapted Screenplay category in the same year. One black director was also nominated, the fourth in Oscar history. Hope this will assuage Willy’s annoyance for being passed over for an Oscar last year because of colour (According to him, anyways. I beg to differ).
African American Bradford Young became the first to be nominated for Best Cinematography, while Joi McMillon became the first African-American to be nominated for Best Film Editing since Hugh A. Robertson for Midnight Cowboy, and Ava DuVernay and Ezra Edelman became the first African-Americans to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature.
Another interesting thing about this year’s Oscars would be the Box Office Performance of nominated films. Those with the highest nominations were nowhere close to the Top Ten Box Office Hits (See post 2016 Hits) of last year. At the time the nominations were announced on January 24, 2017, the combined gross of the nine Best Picture nominees at the North American box offices was $483.8 million, with an average of $53.8 million per film. Arrival being the highest-grossing film among the Best Picture nominees with $95.7 million in domestic box office receipts. La La Land was the second-highest-grossing film with $90.5 million, followed by Hidden Figures ($85 million), Hacksaw Ridge ($65.5 million), Fences ($48.8 million), Manchester by the Sea ($39 million), Hell or High Water ($27 million), Lion ($16.5 million) and Moonlight ($15.8 million).
Of the top 50 grossing movies of the year, 35 nominations went to 13 films on the list. The other top 50 box office hits that earned nominations were Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (4th), The Jungle Book (5th), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (8th), Suicide Squad (10th), Doctor Strange (11th), Star TrekBeyond (24th), Trolls (25th), Passengers (30th), and Sully (32nd). No surprise there for me. I’ve always felt most Box Office Hits fulfilled the audiences need for garish spectacles, but lacked the real essence of what movies are about. Maybe the AMPAS committee are of the same view.
There you have it folks, a rundown on the 89th Academy Awards. Hope this helps in making your predictions in The 89th Jollyhood Academy Awards Competition. So go to the link http://wp.me/P6TaDP-sA and make your predictions. Remember the winner is the individual with the highest correct number of predictions as of midnight of February 25, 2017. So choose wisely. That also goes for who you choose to spend today with. Don’t need to give you a lecture on being careful, right? Anyways, just remember Jollyhood loves all yah! Have fun and take care.