Thursday, September 8, 2016

Steve Martin in line for acting Oscar nomination

Steve Martin may finally get his long over-due Oscar nomination. While his fellow comedian, the late Robin Williams, not only scored a number of nominations, he actually won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting, Martin’s equally fine work largely went ignored by the award-givers. I was really impressed by Martin’s performance in All of Me. If you think back on that film, you probably remember as one where Martin’s co-star, Lily Tomlin, had a lot more screen time than she actually did. That’s because Martin did such a superb acting job channeling Tomlin that it made it seem like she was on screen more than she actually was.

Martin is not favored to win an Oscar this time, but people in the movie business I’ve talked to recently tell me if the deadline for nominations was today, he would be a lock for a best supporting actor nomination for his performance Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.

In fact, if the nominations deadline was today, it looks like Manchester By the Sea would be the big winner. Here’s what I understand would be the likely nominees.


Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
La La Land
Manchester By the Sea (probable winner)
The Birth of a Nation

Casey Affleck, Manchester By the Sea (probable winner)
Joel Edgerton, Loving
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Michael Keaton, The Founder
Denzel Washington, Fences


Viola Davis, Fences (probable winner)
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Kyle Chandler, Manchester By the Sea
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Lucas Hedges, Manchester By the Sea (probable winner)
Steve Martin, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Supporting Actress

Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Aja Naomi King, The Birth of a Nation
Kristen Stewart, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Michelle Williams, Manchester By the Sea (probable winner)


Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Ang Lee, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By the Sea (probable winner)
Jeff Nichols, Loving
Denzel Washington, Fences

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