Oscars 2017: Complete List of Nominations

Academy Awards Brace For Political Activism During Oscar Speeches

Films about American culture were most likely to hit gold: In the Oscars, 88 percent of American award winners won in their category for performances in films about American culture. The smash, beloved musical masterpiece La La Land is this year's top dog, racking up a whopping 14 nominations and tying with classics Titanic and All About Eve for most nominations received by a single movie.

At this point, the Academy of Motion Picture arts and Sciences, which presents the Oscars, and ABC, which televises it, should have little to fear in terms of alienating potential viewers.

This past weekend Moonlight beat out La La Land at the Writers Guild Awards for best original screenplay. "Hacksaw Ridge" fits the mold this year and it's also nominated for Best Picture, meaning voters will show Mel Gibson's film respect. This has been explained by team La La as the SAG nominating committee viewing the musical as a two-hander between SAG victor Emma Stone and nominee Ryan Gosling rather than a true ensemble film.

A $10 bet for La La Land would return $11.20 if it wins Best Picture. Right now, it's not looking good, as "Manchester by the Sea" seems like a favorite (and the movie's script is just better). Barry Jenkins could be the first victor with "Moonlight".




Since the results of last year's presidential election were made official, the atmosphere around the country has become politically charged in ways not seen for years. He calls it "a miracle" and "important" but more than that he explains why it matters so much to him, especially at this time when the country is so divided. Among them are films that made box office superstars out of the winners.

The Sunday before Oscars Sunday also brought, for the 12th consecutive year, the opening ceremony of the LA-Italia Film, Fashion, & Art Festival - one of the more colorful award ceremonies - to the TCL Chinese 6 Theatre.

The Best Picture victor is rarely a great movie, but it happens, so part of me hopes that an upset is pulled off but La La Land fits the bill snuggly.

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