2017 Academy Awards®
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Academy Awards History (By Decade):
Introduction, 1927/8-39, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s
Academy Awards Summaries
Winners Charts:
"Best Picture" Oscar®, "Best Director" Oscar®, "Best Actor" Oscar®, "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar®,
"Best Actress" Oscar®, "Best Supporting Actress" Oscar®, "Best Screenplay/Writer" Oscar®

The winner will be listed first, in CAPITAL letters.

Best Picture
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Darkest Hour (2017)
Dunkirk (2017)
Get Out (2017)
Lady Bird (2017)
Phantom Thread (2017)
The Post (2017)
The Shape of Water (2017)
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Best Animated Feature Film
Boss Baby (2017)
The Breadwinner (2017)
Coco (2017)
Ferdinand (2017)
Loving Vincent (2017)

Timothee Chalamet in "Call Me By Your Name," Daniel Day-Lewis in "Phantom Thread," Daniel Kaluuya in "Get Out," Gary Oldman in "Darkest Hour," Denzel Washington in "Roman J. Israel, Esq."
Sally Hawkins in "The Shape of Water," Frances McDormand in "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri," Margot Robbie in "I, Tonya," Saoirse Ronan in "Lady Bird," Meryl Streep in "The Post"
Supporting Actor:
Willem Dafoe in "The Florida Project," Woody Harrelson in "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri," Richard Jenkins in "The Shape of Water," Christopher Plummer in "All the Money in the World," Sam Rockwell in "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Supporting Actress:
Mary J. Blige in "Mudbound," Allison Janney in "I, Tonya," Lesley Manville in "Phantom Thread," Laurie Metcalf in "Lady Bird," Octavia Spencer in "The Shape of Water"
Paul Thomas Anderson for "Phantom Thread," Guillermo del Toro for "The Shape of Water," Greta Gerwig for "Lady Bird," Christopher Nolan for "Dunkirk," Jordan Peele for "Get Out"

The films with the most nominations included Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance tale The Shape of Water (13) and Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk (8). The front-runners were followed by Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (7), Darkest Hour (6), and Phantom Thread (6). The complete list of major contenders in terms of nominations:

  • The Shape of Water — 13
  • Dunkirk — 8
  • Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri — 7
  • Darkest Hour — 6
  • Phantom Thread — 6
  • Blade Runner 2049 — 5
  • Lady Bird — 5
  • Call Me By Your Name — 4
  • Get Out — 4
  • Mudbound — 4
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi — 4

The nine films nominated for Best Picture (in decreasing order of nominations totals) included:

  • The Shape of Water (13), co-writer/director Guillermo del Toro's fantasy about the romance between a mute woman (Sally Hawkins) and a misunderstood, imprisoned amphibious man-monster (Doug Jones) [Note: Three of its many nominations were for acting performances]
  • Dunkirk (8), director Christopher Nolan's war epic about the fierce battle of the Allies (led by the British) against the Nazi enemy during WWII
  • Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (7), writer/director Martin McDonagh's black comedy-drama about an angry, grieving vengeful mother's (Frances McDormand) challenge to local racist, redneck authorities regarding the unsolved rape-murder of her daughter [Note: Three of its seven nominations were for acting performances]
  • Darkest Hour (6), director Joe Wright's UK film about the newly-appointed Prime Minister of Great Britain Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) during the early war years who faced tremendous odds against the Nazis
  • Phantom Thread (6), writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's historical drama about renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) in 1950s London whose life was disrupted by a romance with his determined and willful waitress-muse-lover Alma (Vicky Krieps)
  • Lady Bird (5), writer/director Greta Gerwig's portrait of the early 2000s during the coming-of-age of a willful Catholic high school teenager (Saoirse Ronan) in Sacramento, CA
  • Call Me By Your Name (4), director Luca Guadagnino's gay coming-of-age tale set in Northern Italy in the early 1980s about a bonding relationship between a 24 year-old American graduate student and visiting intern (Armie Hammer) and a precocious 17 year-old family member Elio (Timothée Chalamet)
  • Get Out (4), writer/director Jordan Peele's sleeper hit and horror film about a mysterious, secluded Lake Pontaco home, where caucasian Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) took her African-American boyfriend photographer (Daniel Kaluuya) for a weekend visit
  • The Post (2), director Stephen Spielberg's biographical drama about the era of the Pentagon Papers government scandal and cover-up, and the involvement of the US' first female publisher and heiress Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) at the Washington Post newspaper as it battled a federal restraining order

The five nominations for Best Director included:

  • 47 year-old Paul Thomas Anderson for his 8th feature film, Phantom Thread about the London fashion industry in the 1950s; he also received a nomination for Best Picture for the film
    [Note: It was only his second Best Director nomination, although it was his 8th Oscar nomination overall; he had previously been nominated Best Director for the Best Picture-nominated There Will Be Blood (2007), and he had four nominations for his screenplays for Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), There Will Be Blood (2007), and Inherent Vice (2014).]
  • 53 year-old Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro for the fantasy film, The Shape of Water
    [Note: The Shape of Water brought co-writer/director del Toro his third, fourth, and fifth Academy nominations, for Best Director (his first nomination in the category), Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay. He had previously been nominated twice for another fantasy film, Pan's Labyrinth (2006), for Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Language film.]
  • 34 year-old actress/writer/director Greta Gerwig for the comedy-drama, Lady Bird, her solo directorial debut film
    [Note: Gerwig was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, marking her first two Academy nominations. Gerwig's nomination for Best Director made her the fifth woman to be nominated for Best Director.]
  • 47 year-old British film-maker Christopher Nolan for the WWII war epic, Dunkirk
    [Note: This was Nolan's first nomination as Best Director. He also has two previous nominations for his screenplays: Best Original Screenplay for Memento (2000) and Inception (2010).]
  • 38 year-old African-American writer/director Jordan Peele for Get Out, his solo directorial debut film
    [Note: Peele's nomination for Best Director made him the fifth black director ever nominated for the Oscar. He also received a second nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and honors as the producer of the Best Picture nominee. He therefore became the first black filmmaker (and the third filmmaker of all time) ever nominated for directing, writing, and producing in the same year.]

There were five nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role, including:

  • 63 year-old Denzel Washington, with his eighth performance nomination of his career (he became the most nominated black actor of all-time), as the title character - a lawyer in writer/director Dan Gilroy's legal drama Roman J. Israel, Esq.; the nearly-forgotten movie did very poorly at the box-office and was poorly received by critics
    [Note: Washington has two previous Oscar wins, Best Supporting Actor for Glory (1989), and Best Actor for Training Day (2001). He has also been nominated as Supporting Actor for Cry Freedom (1987), and as Best Actor for Malcolm X (1992), The Hurricane (1999), Flight (2012), and Fences (2016). He has a ninth nomination as producer for Best Picture-nominated Fences (2016).]
  • 60 year-old English actor Daniel Day-Lewis, with his sixth nomination in the Best Actor category, for his role as fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock in 1950s London, in Phantom Thread - allegedly his final film role before retiring
    [Note: Day-Lewis remains the only actor to have received three Best Actor Oscars, for My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007), and Lincoln (2012). He was also nominated for In the Name of the Father (1993) and Gangs of New York (2002).]
  • 59 year-old English actor Gary Oldman, with his second nomination in the Best Actor category, for his role as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the early years of WWII, in the British war drama Darkest Hour
    [Note: Goldman was previously nominated for his role in the Cold War espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).]
  • 22 year-old American actor Timothee Chalamet, with his first nomination as sensitive 17 year-old Elio, the lead role in director Luca Guadagnino's homosexual romance Call Me By Your Name; in the film set during the early 1980s, he fell in love with Oliver (Armie Hammer), a college university graduate student and intern who had come to stay with Elio's family
  • 28 year-old British born black Daniel Kaluuya, with his first nomination as photographer Chris, in the horror film Get Out

There were five nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role, including:

  • 68 year-old Meryl Streep, with her 21st Academy Award nomination (a significant record), as Washington Post publisher-heiress Katharine Graham during the Vietnam War-era at the time of the Pentagon Papers scandal, in Stephen Spielberg's political thriller The Post
    [Note: Streep's nominations ranged all the way from The Deer Hunter (1978) to the present day. She has won three times: Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and Best Actress for Sophie's Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011). She now has seventeen nominations for Best Actress and four for Best Supporting Actress.]
  • 60 year-old Frances McDormand, with her fifth Oscar nomination and second Best Actress nomination, as angry and grieving mother Mildred Hayes, who rented three billboards in her hometown to publicize the botched case following the rape and murder of her teenage daughter Angela seven months earlier, in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
    [Note: McDormand was previously nominated thrice as Best Supporting Actress, for Mississippi Burning (1988), Almost Famous (2000), and North Country (2005). She has won only one Oscar - with her previous Best Actress nomination for Fargo (1996).]
  • 41 year-old British-born actress Sally Hawkins, with her second nomination, in the role of mute Baltimore janitor Elisa Esposito working in a secret government facility in the 1960s who bonded with an amphibious humanoid-creature, in the fantasy drama The Shape of Water
    [Note: Hawkins was previously nominated as Best Supporting Actress for Blue Jasmine (2013).]
  • 27 year-old Australian actress Margot Robbie, with her first Oscar nomination, in director Craig Gillepsie's biographical drama about controversial figure skater Tonya Harding, who was managed by her abusive mother LaVona Golden (Oscar-nominated Allison Janney), in I, Tonya (with three nominations, including Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing)
  • 23 year-old Saoirse Ronan, with her third nomination and second Best Actress nomination, for her role as Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson, a Catholic high-school senior in the early 2000s in the Sacramento area, who fought constantly with her overbearing mother Marion McPherson (Oscar-nominated Laurie Metcalf), in the coming-of-age comedy-drama Lady Bird
    [Note: Ronan was previously nominated as Best Supporting Actress for Atonement (2007), and Best Actress for Brooklyn (2015).]

There were five nominees for Best Supporting Actor, including:

  • 88 year-old Christopher Plummer, with his third Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, for his performance as oil tycoon J. Paul Getty who refused extortion demands from Mafia kidnappers of his grand-son, in director Ridley Scott's crime thriller All the Money in the World (the film's sole nomination) - Plummer had replaced the original male star, Kevin Spacey, and reshot all of the actor's scenes after Spacey became involved in sexual assault allegations
    [Note: With this nomination, Plummer became the oldest person ever nominated for an acting Academy Award at the age of 88. At the age of 82, Plummer previously won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Beginners (2010), becoming the oldest person to ever win an Academy Award for acting. He was also previously nominated for The Last Station (2009).]
  • 70 year-old Richard Jenkins, with his second Oscar nomination, for his role as struggling homosexual advertisement illustrator Giles, the friend of mute next-door neighbor Elisa Esposito (Hawkins), in The Shape of Water
    [Note: Jenkins was previously nominated as Best Actor for The Visitor (2007/8).]
  • 62 year-old Willem Dafoe, with his third Best Supporting Actor nomination, as Bobby Hicks - the manager of the rundown Magic Castle Motel in Kissimmee Florida near Walt Disney World, and the father of Jack Hicks, in co-writer/director Sean Baker's drama The Florida Project (the film's sole Oscar nomination)
    [Note: Dafoe's previous two similar nominations were for Platoon (1986) and Shadow of the Vampire (2000).]
  • 56 year-old Woody Harrelson, with his third Oscar nomination and second Best Supporting Actor nomination, as suicidal Sheriff Bill Willoughby who suffered from terminal pancreatic cancer and faced the wrath of frustrated grieving mother Mildred (McDormand) of a rape-murder victim, in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
    [Note: Harrelson's previous two nominations were Best Actor for The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), and Best Supporting Actor for The Messenger (2009).]
  • 49 year-old Sam Rockwell, with his first Oscar nomination, for his performance as racist Officer Jason Dixon involved in an ongoing controversy with angry town mother (McDormand) over a rape-murder case, in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

There were five nominees for Best Supporting Actress, including mostly-first time nominees (with three strong mother roles among the five female characters):

  • 45 year-old Octavia Spencer, with her third Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, for her role as Zelda D. Fuller, the co-worker, next-door neighbor and interpreter for mute Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), in The Shape of Water
    [Note: Spencer's two previous nominations were for Hidden Figures (2016) and a win for The Help (2011). Spencer was now tied with Viola Davis for the most Academy Award nominations for a black female actor with three nominations each.]
  • 47 year-old African-American singer/actress Mary J. Blige, with her first acting nomination (and second nomination), for her role as tenant farmer wife/mother Florence Jackson, in writer/director Dee Rees' (and Netflix's) WWII period drama set in rural Mississippi during the era of Jim Crow laws, Mudbound - with four nominations, including Blige's two nominations, Best Cinematography (Rachel Morrison, the first such nomination for a female), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Dee Rees became the second black woman to be nominated by the Academy for screenwriting)
    [Note: Blige's Oscar nomination was supplemented by a second co-nomination for the film's Best Original Song - Mighty River.]
  • 58 year-old Allison Janney, with her first Oscar nomination, for her role as controversial iceskater Tonya Harding's abusive, 'white-trash' mother LaVona Fay Golden, in the biographical drama, I, Tonya
  • 61 year-old British-born actress Lesley Manville, with her first Oscar nomination, for her role as Cyril Woodcock, the wry sister of famed fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) who managed his day-to-day affairs and business operations in 1950s London, in Phantom Thread
  • 62 year-old Laurie Metcalf, with her first Oscar nomination, as Marion McPherson - the controlling mother of the title character, in Lady Bird

Most Obvious Omissions and Snubs:

  • Best Picture:
    - Wonder Woman, a blockbuster of major proportions - a female-directed (Patty Jenkins), female-led (Gal Gadot) superhero film, was absent from every category of awards, including the technical awards.
    - Writer/director Sean Baker's low-budget arthouse film, The Florida Project, failed to receive recognition for its story of a poor young mother and her 6-year-old daughter living in a seedy Orlando-area motel
    - I, Tonya - Craig Gillepsie's fictionalized biopic about competitive ice skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie), received three Academy nominations, but none of them recognized it as a Best Picture contender.

  • Best Actor:
    - James Franco did not receive a nomination for his comedic role as eccentric Tommy Wiseau, in The Disaster Artist. Many speculated it was because of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct just before the close of nominations.
    - Perennial favorite Tom Hanks and two-time Best Actor winner (not nominated since 2000, 17 years earlier) was denied a nomination for his role as irascible Washington Post Editor in Chief Ben Bradlee, in Spielberg's The Post. [Note: Hanks has now been in a total of five Best Picture-nominated films without being nominated himself - The Post (2017), Bridge of Spies (2015), Captain Phillips (2013), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011), and Toy Story 3 (2010) (voice-over role).]
    - Christian Bale was nowhere to be seen in the nominees, as legendary Capt. Joseph J. Blocker in director Scott Cooper's western Hostiles.

  • Best Actress:
    - Jessica Chastain was neglected for her role as Molly Bloom - a former ski champion and high-stakes poker gamer in Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game.

  • Best Supporting Actor:
    - Armie Hammer was not in the list of nominees for his role as visiting graduate school intern Oliver who bonded with a teenage boy, in the gay film, Call Me By Your Name.

  • Best Supporting Actress:
    - Holly Hunter was snubbed for her role as protective mother Beth in The Big Sick - in fact, the independent film was denied in every category except one nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
    - Black actress Tiffany Haddish was left out of the Supporting Actress category for her role as Dina in Malcolm D. Lee's popular hit comedy Girls Trip.

  • Best Director:
    - British writer/director Martin McDonagh was not nominated as the director of the favored, Best Picture-nominated Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, although he did receive a Best Original Screenplay nominaton.
    - Dee Rees' Mudbound was snubbed in the categories of Best Picture and Best Director.
    - Stephen Spielberg's The Post had only two nominations, Best Actress for Meryl Streep, and Best Picture.

  • Best Animated Feature Film:
    The most obvious snub was the absence of The Lego Batman Movie.

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