Sundance Films up for 2017 Academy Awards
Oscars air Sunday on ABC
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, several familiar Sundance Film Festival entries will be among the extensive list of Oscar nominees.
“Manchester by the Sea,” written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, is at the top of the list with six nominations, including Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture. The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in the Premiers category.
Casey Affleck, the star of “Manchester by the Sea,” earned a Best Actor nomination for his role as Lee Chandler, a man with a troubled past who becomes the guardian of his 16-year-old-nephew, Patrick, portrayed by Lucas Hedges.
Hedges, in turn, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the role of Patrick.
In addition, Michelle Williams is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Randi, Lee Chandler’s ex wife.
Another Sundance Film Festival film, Matt Ross’ comedy-drama “Captain Fantastic,” is represented in the Best Actor nominees through Viggo Mortensen, who portrays Ben Cash, a father of six who is fed up with capitalist America.
Roger Ross Williams’ “Life, Animated,” Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” and Ezra Edelman’s “O.J.: Made in America” — all supported by the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — are nominated for Best Documentary Features this year.
Martin Zandvliet’s “Land of Mine,” a historic drama about how the thousands of German prisoners of war Danish authorities forced to dig up and defuse land mines from Danish beaches during World War II, is nominated for Best Foreign Film, and adding to the Best Original Screenplay nominees is Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster.”
Rounding up the Academy Award-nominated Sundance Film Festival film list is “Jim: The Jim Foley Story” that features the “The Empty Chair,” by Sting, which is up for Best Original Song.
The 89th Academy Awards will air at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, on ABC. For information, visit http://www.oscars.org. — Scott Iwasaki
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