A Historical Oscars That Is Worth Watching


Vassey Konneh and Faseeh Bhatti

The Academy of Motion Price Arts and Sciences announced its nominations for the 89th Academy Awards, or Oscars, Jan. 24. One of the nominated movies, La La Land, came close to Oscar history. The film almost received the most nominations, however, La La Land fell short and tied with James Cameron’s The Titanic (1997) and Joseph Mankiewicz’s All About Eve (1950) with 14 nominations. La La Land’s popularity is no surprise for critics because movie reviewers predicted the film’s success on online blogs.

The Academy Awards is not just the “La La Land show.” The movies Arrival and Moonlight each received eight nominations. Moonlight’s editor Joi McMillon is the first African American woman to be nominated for film editing.

The documentary “OJ: Made in America” made Oscar history as the longest film ever nominated for an Oscar award with a record time of 7 hours and 47 minutes. Also, the file Kubo and the Two Strings is now the second fully animated film to be nominated in the visual effects category, the first being The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Thomas Newman’s nomination for Passengers making the Newman family the most nominated at 90 nominations. With so many “firsts,” this year’s Oscars is looking to be historical.

Movies nominated for multiple awards:

La La Land, 14 nominations
Arrival, 8 nominations
Moonlight, 8 nominations
Hacksaw Ridge, 6 nominations
Lion, 6 nominations
Manchester by the Sea, 6 nominations
Fences, 4 nominations
Hell or High Water, 4 nominations
Hidden Figures, 3 nominations
Jackie, 3 nominations
Deepwater Horizon, 2 nominations
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, 2 nominations
Florence Foster Jenkins, 2 nominations
Kubo and the Two Strings, 2 nominations
A Man Called Ove, 2 nominations
Moana, 2 nominations
Passengers, 2 nominations
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 2 nominations

The Oscars will be aired on February 26, 2017.