All Arrival and No Deadpool: The Oscar Nominations Are Here (Updated)

Image: Arrival, Paramount
Image: Arrival, Paramount

It doesn’t even matter that Arrival managed to get into the Best Picture and Best Directing categories, because we all know the only thing nerds are going to be able to talk about is the snubbing of Deadpool.


Arrival is the most significant science fiction contender this year, and it’s looking a lot like it’s going to be the year’s Mad Max—recognized, but only a winner in the technical categories, where genre film gets its dues. (Look at the Visual Effects category, damn.) Somehow, Deadpool didn’t even get one of those. Or one of the adapted screenplay nominations, which seemed a gimme. But Suicide Squad got a make-up and costume nominations. Yes, as of today Suicide Squad has an Academy Award nomination, so let that sink in.

Here are the big categories and a few of the smaller ones relevant to us.

Update: The actual Oscars website partially listed the wrong leading actors and actresses, the most notable change for us being that Amy Adams was apparently not nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Arrival. The article has been updated to correct the error.

Best Picture

La La Land


Manchester by the Sea



Hacksaw Ridge

Hidden Figures


Hell or High Water

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By The Sea)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Emma Stone, La La Land

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Image: Hidden Figures, Fox
Image: Hidden Figures, Fox

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester By The Sea

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Denzel Washington, Fences

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Image: Zootopia, Disney
Image: Zootopia, Disney

Best Animated Feature Film

Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle


Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Manchester by the Sea by Kenneth Lonergan

Hell or High Water by Taylor Sheridan

La La Land by Damien Chazelle

20th Century Women by Mike Mills

The Lobster by Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Lion by Luke Davis

Arrival by Eric Heisserer

Moonlight by Barry Jenkins

Hidden Figures by Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder

Fences by August Wilson

Best Original Song

“Audition” (La La Land)

“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (Trolls)

“City of Stars” (La La Land)

“The Empty Chair” (Jim: The James Foley Story)

“How Far I’ll Go” (Moana)

Best Original Score

Jackie (Micachu)

La La Land (Justin Hurwitz)

Lion (Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka)

Moonlight (Nicholas Britell)

Passengers (Thomas Newman)

Best Cinematography


La La Land



Best Make-Up and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

Image: Rogue One, Disney/Lucasfilm
Image: Rogue One, Disney/Lucasfilm

Best Visual Effects

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Jungle Book

Doctor Strange

Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them



Kubo and the Two Strings

A Monster Calls

Best Production Design

Arrival (Patrice Vermette)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Stuart Craig)

Hail Caesar

La La Land (Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco)

Passengers (Guy Hendrix Dyas)

Best Sound Mixing


Hacksaw Ridge

LaLa Land

Rogue One

13 Hours

Best Sound Editing


Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land



Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.



I’m not trying to troll here, really, but I need to ask the question:

Why did everyone think Deadpool was going to get nominated for anything?

It’s a comic book movie. They never get nominated for anything other than technical awards.