The 2017 Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning, and nine films are sitting pretty as this year’s Best Picture nominees: “Arrival,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight.” But what would have been the 10th? Since the academy decided to change the number of Best Picture nominees to be between five and 10 back in 2011, there have been either eight or nine contenders each year, but never 10. Of this year’s also-rans, which film do YOU think was #10 on Oscars voters’ ballots? Vote in our poll below.
The film-by-film nominations breakdown reveals that every movie that earned four or more bids was also honored with a Best Picture citation. With three nominations, the Natalie Portman biopic “Jackie” is the most honored film to not make it into the acclaimed lineup. Does that mean “Jackie” is the obvious choice for what would have been the 10th Best Picture nominee?
Coming in with two nominations apiece are “Deepwater Horizon,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “A Man Called Ove,” “Moana,” “Passengers” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Of those, our Oscar experts from major media outlets only thought “Florence Foster Jenkins” had a real shot for a Best Picture nomination.
And then there’s the big question mark surrounding “Deadpool.” With six nominations at the early guild awards, the Ryan Reynolds comic book movie was expected to hear its name called at the Oscars, but it got snubbed across the board despite coming in 12th place in our experts’ predictions. Perhaps it just missed the mark in many categories, including Best Picture.
Let’s also consider a handful of films that reaped only a single nomination on Tuesday. “Captain Fantastic,” “The Jungle Book,” “Loving,” “Nocturnal Animals,” “Silence,” “Sully” and “20th Century Women” all did well with critics’ prizes and early awards precursors, but failed to resonate on Oscar morning. We’ve included all of these in our poll for what you think was in 10th place for a Best Picture nomination.
Be sure to make your Oscar predictions. Weigh in now with your picks so that Hollywood insiders can see how their films are faring in our Oscar odds. You can keep changing your predictions right up until just before winners are announced on February 26 at 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET. And join in the fierce debate over the Oscars taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our forums.