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The 89th annual Academy Awards, for the film year 2016.  The nominations were announced on 24 January 2017 and the awards were held on 26 February 2017.

Best Picture:  Moonlight

  • La La Land
  • Arrival
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Fences
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • Lion
  • Hacksaw Ridge

Most Surprising Omission:  Deadpool  *

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  The Handmaiden

Rank (out of 89) Among Best Picture Years:  #40 (more…)

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My Top 20:

  1. La La Land
  2. Arrival
  3. The Handmaiden
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. Moonlight
  6. Silence
  7. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  9. Zootopia
  10. Moana
  11. Finding Dory
  12. The Salesman
  13. Nocturnal Animals
  14. Fences
  15. Hell or High Water
  16. Julieta
  17. Kubo and the Two Strings
  18. A Monster Calls
  19. 20th Century Women
  20. Sing Street

note:  All 20 films are ****.  There were several high ***.5 films that I wish could have made the list – Captain America: Civil War, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Hail Caesar! and Passengers were among my considered choices.  There are only a handful of films that earned any award nominations that I haven’t seen yet (I Daniel Blake, Certain Woman, Allied, Your Name, King’s Choice) so I don’t think this list will be changing (depending on Your Name, perhaps), unlike the last several years, when this list was written more closely after the Oscars. (more…)