I didn’t break down the nominees when they were announced, but I figure it’s worth a minute to run down the winners.
Best Picture: La La Land
No surprise there. It was gonna be one of three films, and realistically, one of two. And they went with the musical comedy. The feel-good pick. It makes sense.
Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Again, no surprise. It was him or Barry Jenkins.
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester By the Sea
He’s won most of the awards to date. I think Adam Driver in Paterson is the only other person to have won anything of note.
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Jackie
Not Isabelle Huppert. Interesting. Granted, Portman was predicted to be a major player, but so far Jackie has landed a bit more softly than I think we were expecting.
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
No surprise whatsoever. (Notice a trend developing?) He’s won almost everything, except for the NBR, which went to Jeff Bridges.
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
So with Davis firmly in Supporting now, this category is going to open up a bit. It had appeared to be Michelle Williams’ to lose (with some minor competition from Naomie Harris), but not anymore. Which is fine by me.
Best Young Actor/Actress: Lucas Hedges, Manchester By the Sea
No shock there. I might have gone with Alex Hibbert from Moonlight or Hailee Steinfeld in The Edge of Seventeen, but this works fine.
Best Acting Ensemble: Moonlight
Makes perfect sense. For me it’s a virtual tie between this and Don’t Think Twice, and certainly this film has the best overall acting.
Best Original Screenplay (TIE): La La Land and Manchester By the Sea
Whoa. Wasn’t expecting that. La La Land must be better written than I thought.
It was too much, I suppose, to hope that The Lobster would win this.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Arrival
Wasn’t really expecting that either. But, honestly, looking at the other nominees, nothing else stands out as a better choice. Maybe Nocturnal Animals.
Best Cinematography: La La Land
Challenging Moonlight‘s lead. Which is fine, since I wasn’t bowled over by the Cinematography there.
Best Editing: La La Land
Tom Cross edited the hell out of Whiplash. I get it.
Best Production Design: La La Land
Does this have notable production design? I didn’t figure as it did.
Best Costume Design: Jackie
Sounds about right.
Best Hair & Makeup: Jackie
I guess making Natalie’s hair look like Jackie’s was enough. I’d have taken Star Trek Beyond or Hacksaw Ridge, but whatever.
Best Score: La La Land
Again – is the underscore noteworthy? Or is it just the songs?
Best Song: “City of Stars”, La La Land
No one nominated Popstar for anything. Fuckheads.
Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
Can’t really argue with this.
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
Not my personal choice, but I’m fine with it.
Best Foreign Language Film: Elle
Excellent choice. The Handmaiden would’ve been good, too.
Best Comedy: Deadpool
Over Don’t Think Twice? Sorry, but no.
Best Actor in a Comedy Movie: Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
Over Hugh Grant? Sorry, but no.
Best Actress in a Comedy Movie: Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
This, however, works fine.
Best Action Movie: Hacksaw Ridge
Eh? I liked Captain America better.
Best Actor in an Action Movie: Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
The competition was weak, but no. No fucking way.
Best Actress in an Action Movie: Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad
Get the fuck out of here.
Best Sci Fi/Horror Movie: Arrival
I’m fine with it.
So that’s that. Very similar in layout to the Satellite Awards (whose nominees I should go peruse).