After months of box office ratings, critical acclaim and star-studded movie premieres, the moment you’ve finally been waiting for has arrived…
The nominees for the 89th Annual Oscar’s Awards have been released—and two Canadians are in the running to pick up a coveted statuette.
Director Denis Villeneuve received a nomination for his work on the science fiction film, “Arrival” starring Amy Adams. The French-Canadian director from Quebec is best known for his work on crime thrillers, including Sicario and Prisoners, but this movie marks his first Oscar-nomination.
But on February 28, 2017, all eyes will be on another homegrown export. Ryan Gosling, widely lauded for his turn in the musical “La La Land,” has been nominated for one of the top honours of the night; Best Actor in a leading role. It’s not the first time he’s been nominated; in 2006 he received a nomination for his work in “Half Nelson,” where he played a middle-school teaching battling with drug addiction.
The London, Ontario-born actor picked up a Golden Globe earlier in January for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical. Upon accepting his award for “La La Land,” he gave an incredibly touching speech, thanking wife Eva Mendes for allowing him to take on the role while she looked after their young daughters.
However, he’ll be facing stiff competition from Casey Affleck in the same category. The “Manchester by the Sea” actor picked up the Golden Globe for Best Actor (at the GG there are two categories by genre).
This year’s nominations have been noted for their diversity—a huge contrast to last year’s awards, which garnered the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Viola Davis, Denzel Washington and Naomie Harris are among the six black actors recognized for their work.
You’ll have to tune into the Awards Ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on February 26 to find out who wins. For now, here are all the big nominations for 2017:
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”
Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Actor in a leading role
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”
Actor in a supporting role
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”
Actress in a leading role:
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Actress in a supporting role
Viola Davis, “Fences”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”