2017’s Academy Awards will be handed out this Sunday night, and forecasters increasingly expect it to come down to a battle between Damien Chazelle’s La La Land and Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight for Best Picture. According to a new poll on all things Oscars by The Hollywood Reporter, however, couldn’t name those two films — or any of the other seven contenders — as nominees for the award. According to THR’s survey (conducted with the National Research Group in February), 60 percent of the 800 people questioned drew a blank when it came to Best Picture nominees — and in many respects, those results crossed political lines.
Manchester by the Sea is one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films, and while headliner Casey Affleck has been the prime beneficiary so far with Best Actor awards from numerous critics associations, a Golden Globe, and a possible Oscar, the film’s success owes much to its youngest supporting player, 20-year-old Lucas Hedges. With only a few minor big-screen roles under his belt, Hedges breaks through as Patrick Chandler, the teenage nephew of Affleck’s Lee, who — while grieving over his father’s recent death — fights to remain a resident of his native Manchester. In the clip, Manchester writer-director Kenneth Lonergan commends Hedges for bringing “a tremendous emotional life to the part, and it’s a tricky part.
At 20, Lucas Hedges is 2017’s youngest Oscar nominee. The Manchester by the Sea breakout brings some much-needed laughs to the devastating drama as Patrick, the confident, hockey- and basketball-playing, boat-working, wannabe rocker with two girlfriends who falls under the care of his disgruntled uncle (Casey Affleck). The actor told Yahoo Movies he auditioned for the role five times before finally getting the green light from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.
The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild went as expected — it’s an organization that has a habit of rewarding frontrunners and repeat winners, after all. So it came as little surprise that Emma Stone and Viola Davis took home trophies. Read More: Awards: The Contenders
Kenneth Lonergan's drama scored a total of six noms, including lead actor, supporting actor, and supporting actress
The Directors Guild of America on Wednesday revealed the nominees for its 69th annual DGA Awards in the feature film categories.
The Oscars are still five months away, but consider awards season under way now that Hollywood has returned home from film festivals in Venice, Telluride, and Toronto. (So yes, that means awards season pretty much runs for half a calendar year.)