89th Academy Award Nominations – The “Ultimate” Guide

Note, due to the Australian release schedules of many of the movies nominated for an Academy Award, at this stage I cannot honestly claim to have seen all of the movies that have been nominated. As such, this is more of a style guide to help you sound smart at the water cooler today, rather than a true prediction. This page will be updated with more information as I see more movies.


It’s that time of year, ladies and gentlemen, as the awards season slowly comes to a head with the 89th Academy Awards, honoring the best films of 2016. Who got nominated? What category did they get nominated for? And has anyone actually seen any of the nominees for Best Live Action Short Film? Find out, as I take you through the nominees step by step.

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When you look at the marketing for the movie Lion, with its emphasis on Nicole Kidman crying in a chair, and Rooney Mara whispering to Dev Patel with deep and thoughtful philosophizing, and even that poster that you can see above (seriously, that thing is woeful), you may be forgiven for thinking that this true-life story is going to be the average Oscar bait.

In reality, however, this film does stand above the pack in that regard, at least for the most part. This is a beautifully shot, very well acted film with a strong emotional center. And not a dry eye left the nearly full theater I saw it in, either.

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