The Oscar Awards 2017 is just round the corner and the nomination list is out. On February 26, 2017 Los Angeles will have a star studded evening when all the Hollywood fraternity will descend at the Dolby Theatre in California to appreciate and honour those who have achieved excellence in cinema and will vie for the coveted award – The Oscars. This year the ceremony will be hosted by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting the Academy Awards for the first time. The 89th Academy Awards have some stellar performances and some of the biggest star cast that are competing against each other. Stars such as Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Dev Patel, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and others are up for the top spot, after all the Oscars as the awards are popularly called are the most popular and respected awards of the world of Cinema.

La La Land has dominated the Oscar tally with 14 nominations including best actor, actress, director and picture. The 89th Academy Award is also the first Oscar award function where the nominees are not so white. Viola Davis, Dev Patel, Octavia Spencer, Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and Ruth Negga have all garnered acting nominations. With their nominations the Oscars this year cannot be called racist and partial. The nominees for the Best Picture are a mixed bunch and every one of the movies has a chance of making it to the bumper prize. Here is a detailed look on the movies that garnered a Best Picture nomination:

1. La La Land
Directed By: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend
La La Land is written and directed by Damien Chazelle whose Whiplash won three Oscars unexpectedly in 2015. Unlike his previous bloody drama he is back with a gentle, romantic concerto in the form of La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Ryan Gosling plays a musician and Emma Stone an aspiring actress who meets and fall in love in Los Angeles. The title of the movie is suggestive of the city of Los Angeles as well as the idiom for being out of touch with reality. Damien Chazelle described his previous Whiplash and the recent La La Land as, “Whiplash was the angry, venting-my-frustrations script whereas La La Land is a big love letter to Los Angeles and all the artists struggling to live there.” Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling come together in this musical for the third time onscreen. Their coupling lent a more mature and deeper resonance to their romance. La La Land provides a road map to better oneself and that is the X-factor of the story. The movie has received 14 nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress.
Watch the trailer of the movie here:

2. Moonlight
Directed By: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes
Moonlight received much acclaim on its release and was regarded as one of the best films of 2016. It won the Best Motion Picture – Drama at the 74th Golden Globe Awards. It has received 8 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie is based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney. The movie is a coming-of-age story about a sweet soul named Chiron (played at different ages by Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes). Naomi Harris who plays Chiron’s mother gave a perfect example of why the movie is powerful, she says, ““It’s amazing to me that the three actors look quite dissimilar,” she says, “until you realize: their eyes. They all share something so soulful and sensitive and kind in their eyes.” Isn’t that intriguing enough to watch the movie?
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3. Hell or High Water
Directed By: David Mackenzie
Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges
Hell or High Water is a neo-western crime thriller film directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan. The film follows two brothers who carry bank robberies to save their family ranch from going under. It is a tale where the bank cons people and in turn gets robbed by the people who can’t pay back. Watch the trailer here:

4. Hidden Figures
Directed By: Theodore Melfi
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
This is a biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and is written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder. Based on the non-fiction book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly it explores the work done by African American women mathematicians at NASA. It has been nominated for three Oscars including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer. The film talks about the contribution of real-life NASA employees who overcame racism and sexism to aid John Glenn’s Project Mercury. The story was waiting to be told as it is a true story, a part of history that was missing. The star cast of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe are rocking it and has given the movie an intriguing as well as must watch vibe to it.
Watch the trailer here and we bet you can’t help getting excited to watch this true story:

5. Hacksaw Ridge
Directed By: Mel Gibson
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn
Mel Gibson is back with a bang with this directorial venture. Hacksaw Ridge is a biographical war drama film about the World War II experiences of an American pacificist combat medic, Desmond Doss. The film has scooped six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Andrew Garfield. Desmond Doss the main protagonist was a Seventh-day Adventist Christian who refused to carry any weapon in the battlefield and yet saved 75 men during one of World War II’s bloodiest clashes. Desmond Doss became the first conscientious objector who was awarded the Medal of Honor for service beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Okinawa. A conscientious objector is a person who has claimed the right to refuse to perform military service on the grounds of freedom of thought, religion or conscience. An individual can claim to be a conscientious objector only in the compulsory enlistment and not during voluntary service. The story of Desmond Doss itself is so unique that one should watch this movie irrespective of the nomination to know more about the man who saved 75 soldiers on the battlefield without handling any weapon!
Watch the trailer here as Mel Gibson, Andrew Garfield and Vince Vaughn have done justice to the story:

6. Arrival
Directed By: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner
An Oscar nomination must have a sci-fi movie. Arrival is directed by Denis Villeneuve and adapted by Eric Heisserer from the short story and novella “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang. Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker star in this movie. It is a lyrical drama that tackles grief, hope, time, love and the power of hope. Amy Adams plays Louise Banks a linguist who is recruited to decipher the language of the aliens. Watch the trailer here:

7. Lion
Directed By: Garth Davis
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Sunny Pawar
This movie is a heartrending tale that explores the meaning of family. “Home is not about the house you live in or about a biological daughter or son,” director Garth Davis says. “It’s about the love that you have from someone.”Garth Davis is debuting with this movie on the big screen. The film revolves around a 5 year old Indian boy called Saroo who gets separated from his family and after falling asleep on a train ends up far away from his village. Years later he is adopted by an Australian couple but he still searches Google Earth hoping to trigger some memory from his childhood which will tell him about his long lost home. The movie is based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley and Larry Buttrose. The film stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman. The film has received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Dev Patel), Best Supporting Actress (Nicole Kidman) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Watch the hair-raising trailer here:

8. Fences
Directed By: Denzel Washington
Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis
Fences is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name written by August Wilson. Denzel Washington acts and directs this masterpiece and stars alongside Viola Davis who plays his wife Rose. The movie is about the life of Troy Maxson an African-American garbageman and his wife in segregated 1957 Pittsburgh. The film is nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor (Denzel Washington), Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis) and Best Adapted Screenplay. Watch the trailer here:

9. Manchester By the Sea
Directed By: Kenneth Lonergan
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges
Manchester By the Sea is written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan and stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges and Kyle Chandler. The plot revolves around a man who is burdened with the care of his teenage nephew following the death of his brother. The film received six nominations at this year’s Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Casey Affleck), Best Supporting Actor (Lucas Hedges), Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams) and Best Original Screenplay. The movie began with a limited release but was picked up by Amazon Studies for a wide release.

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The 89th Academy Awards or Oscars will air on February 27, 2017 at 5.30 am on Star Movies, Star Movies HD and Star Movies Select HD. You can catch the repeat at 9 pm. Which movie do you think will win the coveted prize? Do tell us in the comments below.