“I had mixed feelings about Amy Adams being left out,” admits Gold Derby contributor Amanda Spears during our recent slugfest (watch above) where we dished the 2017 Academy Award nominations. A favorite to get in for “Arrival,” Adams was shockingly snubbed. “I was really pissed because her film was nominated for a lot of awards,” she adds, “and I think it would’ve been nice to see a Best Picture nominee with a Best Actress nominee where she is the lead of the movie, not a co-lead like Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”) are. But then part of me is a little relieved that she’s not going to join this six-time loser club.”
In our instant live video recorded a few hours after Tuesday’s Oscar nominations were unveiled, contributor Charles Bright finds a lot to be happy about. He calls some of the categories, “an embarrassment of riches,” particularly the highly competitive Best Actress race. Rather than focusing on the negative, he finds Adams’ omission to be, “a testament to the depth of the category this year, and we are fortunate for it, and better for it, and hopefully we will have more years like that.”
I was most delighted by the multiple nominations for “Moonlight,” the only film I see that can take down the massive juggernaut that is “La La Land.” “It’s the little movie that could,” I posit. As well, “it could make history by rewarding the first African American director, Barry Jenkins.” I was most upset by the almost complete shut-out of Martin Scorsese‘s “Silence,” save for a lone bid for Rodrigo Prieto in Best Cinematography.
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