People like to believe in fairy tales, Natalie Portman says in Jackie. I have a fairy tale: Jackie getting the Oscar nominations it deserves. The latest setback? No nod from the Producers Guild of America, a reliable precursor for the Academy Awards top prize. (Deadpool is on the PGAs list instead. Yikes.)
But theres still time. Oscar voting is now underway, so maybe we can help to steer the ballot in the right direction. Academy members have until Friday to submit their selections. So allow me to speak to the voters out there: Please, I beg of you, do whats right. Skip Hacksaw Ridge.
This is our final for-your-consideration plea in 11 categories.
20th Century Women
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Im maxing out my Best Picture roster with a full 10 slots, knowing good and well that American Honey and The Witch do not align with the Academys tastes, 20th Century Women has been cruelly under-recognized throughout awards season, and Jackie may prove too arty and divisive.
Andrea Arnold, American Honey
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Pablo Larran, Jackie
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Anything to keep Mel Gibson at bay, really. Hell, Id rather see Garry Marshall get a posthumous nomination for Mothers Day.
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Rebecca Hall, Christine
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
This years Best Actress lineup is stacked. The trophy already seems to belong to Emma Stone. Shes wonderful in La La Land, but its still painful to toss aside the gravitas that so many other leading contenders displayed last year.Hovering just outside my shortlist are Amy Adams (Arrival), who will probably get her sixth nomination, as well as Kate Beckinsale (Love & Friendship), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen) and Krisha Fairchild (Krisha).
Adam Driver, Paterson
Joel Edgerton, Loving
Colin Farrell, The Lobster
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Daniel Radcliffe, Swiss Army Man
Apparently I prefer my men smooth and quiet. Presumed favorite Casey Affleck is plenty good in Manchester by the Sea, but hes no Adam Driver. Hes not even a farting corpse! (Thats Daniel Radcliffe.)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Viola Davis, Fences
Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Molly Shannon, Other People
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
Theres no stopping showstopper Viola Davis, though Id be just as happy to see Molly Shannon turn up for her delicate work as a mother succumbing to cancer.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Shia LaBeouf, American Honey
Trevante Rhodes, Moonlight
Issei Ogata, Silence
Mahershala Ali had won nearly every precursor prize before his recent Golden Globe loss. Hopefully that wont dampen his momentum. It would be nice to recognize other Moonlight stars too, particularly Trevante Rhodes, whose subtlety betters with each viewing.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made in America
It feels unfair to pit a 7.5-hour behemoth likeO.J.: Made in Americaagainst the rest of these. They are all tours de force.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Efthimis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster
Kelly Fremon Craig, The Edge of Seventeen
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Mike Mills, 20th Century Women
Noah Oppenheim, Jackie
Hang tight, I have to be earnest for a minute. The breadth on this list of screenplays is astonishing. Coupled with the adapted works below, its amazing to think we got of all these layered stories in the same calendar year.Im having fits about nixing Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias Little Men script.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Park Chan-wook and Chung Seo-kyung, The Handmaiden
Eric Heisserer, Arrival
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Jeff Nichols, Loving
Whit Stillman, Love & Friendship
I hate to cut Hidden Figures, which has a nice shot at a nomination unless the Academy opts for goddamn Deadpool, which seems increasingly likely.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Nicholas Britell, Moonlight
Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, Swiss Army Man
Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Mark Korven, The Witch
Mica Levi, Jackie
I will drink on Mica Levis behalf when she is snubbed.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Audition (The Fools Who Dream), from La La Land
Drive It Like You Stole It, from Sing Street
How Far Ill Go, from Moana
Im Still Here, from Miss Sharon Jones!
Montage, from Swiss Army Man
Justin Timberlake will get a nomination for that Trolls earworm manufactured in a pop lab. Please make the feeling stop.
Drew Daniels, Krisha
Stphane Fontaine, Jackie
James Laxton, Moonlight
Linus Sandgren, La La Land
Bradford Young, Arrival
Its hard to argue against the technical mastery of La La Land, which takes cues from Singin in the Rain and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, but I think the work that went into Moonlight and Arrival was more novel.