The entire world awaits with bated breath as the 89th
edition of The Academy Awards, more fondly called the 'Oscars', crowns the best achievers of 2016 on the night of 26th
February 2017, live from Dolby Theater, Hollywood, CA.
This edition has 102 nominations bagged by 42 movies across 20 categories for feature films. After a long time we have had one movie dominate the nominations with La La Land garnering 14 nominations including all major categories, a first since Titanic. Damien Chazelle follows up his dream debut at the 87th edition where his second directorial Whiplash won 3 out of the 5 categories it was nominated for. Jimmy Kimmel who is an accomplished host, actor and producer amongst his other ventures is hosting this year’s ceremony.
Apart from the a possible sweep by La La Land this year, the academy’s twin companion of controversy is not left far behind with President Trump’s travel ban creating unprecedented uproar from a large section of the film fraternity with many of them including nominee Meryl Streep being vocal about it. While the Iranian nominee Asghar Farhadi had announced to boycott the ceremony in opposition to the discriminating travel ban, many of the industry experts feel the anti-Trump wave could have had an impact in deciding the winners of a few categories!
On the flip side, this year’s nominations have received universal praise for having the most number of people representative of minority sections and of color in relative comparison to the previous years that received flak for the lack of it. The heartening aspect is to see these nominations span technical categories as well.
We have come up with an extensive coverage of nominated movies providing with our reviews of most of these movies. We also have come up with our predictions on possible winners and linked their reviews here on our Oscars Landing page. The couch potatoes in you could use this as a primer to gear yourselves up for knowing the nominees and choosing your picks. Do spread the word as all of us cinephiles look forward with our expectations for the event to unveil!