A Few Things I Noticed About The 2017 Oscar Nominations

The nominees for the 2017 Academy Awards have finally been announced, and to be completely honest they were kind of a let down.

There really weren’t too many surprises in any of the major categories, and what fun are the Oscar nominations without a little drama?

But obviously there are always a few exceptions, so let’s take a look at some of the biggest things that stuck out to me.

No Love For Amy Adams

There weren’t too many surprises in the acting categories this year, but this was definitely a pretty big snub. Amy Adams already has five nominations to her name and she seemed like a lock to earn another this year, however she just missed the cut. Even the Oscars’s website thought she was going to get a nod! Her performance in Arrival was easily one of my favorites of the year I definitely thought she would get an extra boost for her performance in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals. But I guess starring in two critically acclaimed movies just wasn’t enough for the Academy. Seriously, what more can Amy do?

Pixar Strikes Out

To be honest, I wasn’t too bummed when I saw Finding Dory wasn’t nominated for Best Animated Feature. But Pixar has a pretty good track record at the Oscars with eight wins in that category, so it was pretty surprising to see them left off the list. In case you’re wondering, Finding Dory is only the fourth Pixar movie to not get an Oscar nomination, with the others being Cars 2, Monsters University, and The Good Dinosaur. (Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, and Toy Story 2 were all released before the Oscars had an animation category.) Oh well. Maybe they’ll have better luck later this year with Cars 3 and Coco.

Meryl Streep Does It Again

The Academy really loves Meryl Streep. In fact, they love her so much they decided to nominate her for the twentieth. freaking. time. Now I haven’t seen Florence Foster Jenkins yet so I can’t comment on her performance, but I can’t help but feel like she mostly earned this nomination because, well, she’s Meryl Streep (and I’m sure her speech at the Golden Globes didn’t hurt either). I definitely would have rather seen Amy Adams in this spot, but it feels like Meryl will be pretty much nominated for anything these days. Well, anything except Ricki and the Flash.

The Academy Has Forgiven Mel Gibson

After being shunned by Hollywood for about a decade, Mel Gibson came back in a huge way with Hacksaw Ridge. The movie was showered with praise from critics, but the real question was whether the Academy would feel the same way. Well it would appear Mel is back as his epic war drama earned six Oscar nominations. Another great reminder that Hollywood will forgive pretty much anything as long as you make a good enough movie!

Ugh…

Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” is just the worst, and now we’ll probably have to watch it be performed live at the Oscars. I’m already dreading it.