Musicals and Mathematicians – The Oscar Nominations for 2017

Following the controversy that swept through Hollywood last year, along with the current stifling political climate, one could guess that this year’s Academy Award Oscar nominations announcement would be highly anticipated and wildly unexpected.  But, as with the flurry of award shows before it, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land has chasséd its way into every category and away with the majority of the accolades. Chazelle’s nostalgic update of the Classical Hollywood musical was a labour of love, taking years to get into production. As with the whimsy of movies, such as Signing in the Rain, the romantic, escapist nature of the film comes as a relief to highly strung, over-exposed audiences.

In the wake of the previous year’s issues of diversity within the Academy’s considerations, the 89th Academy Awards will welcome some significant and well deserved honours. Viola Davis, having already won the Golden Globe for the nominated film Fences, has made history by being the first and only black actress to be nominated three times for Best Actress.  Playing alongside Denzel Washington, who also directed the film, Davis has explained the unlikeness of a screenplay, like that of August Wilson, being translated to screen.  Thankfully, Fences made it to the multiplex and offers the heartfelt story of Troy Maxson, a former star player in the Negro Leagues.  The film grapples with the caustic attitudes of one man towards race relations in the 1950’s and the way in which that shadows his relationship with his teenage son, Cory, an aspiring football player.

The Oscar Nominations for 2017 list can be found on The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will take place on 26th of February.