So January not only marks the beginning of a new and (hopefully) brilliant year, but also the period in which film becomes all serious, competing for critical acclaim and award recognition. The largest, and obviously most prestigious of these are the Academy Awards (THE OSCARS) which highlight the pinnacle of the filmic year.

With a long list of worthy films deserved of the highest recognition, the Academy have released the list of nominations, highlighting those they believed to be the best example of film art within the last year. With “La La Land” leading the amount of different categories (while also matching the record of 14 for a single film) , the homage to classic musicals may well be the best placed film to bring back a handful of different statues, depicting its filmmaking craft and audience reception.

Take a look at this list below, where some shocks are found and others seem to be obvious for their placement.

Best Picture
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester By The Sea

Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
Hacksaw Ridge – Mel Gibson
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
Manchester By The Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

Actress In A Leading Role
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Actress In A Supporting Role
Viola Davis – Fences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester By The Sea

Actor In A Leading Role
Casey Affleck – Manchester By The Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Actor In A Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell Or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester By The Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Animated Feature Film
Kubo And The Two Strings
My Life As A Zucchini
The Red Turtle

La La Land

Costume Design
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land

Documentary (Feature)
Fire At Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made In America

Documentary (Short Subject)
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Film Editing
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water
La La Land

Foreign Language Film
Land Of Mine – Denmark
A Man Called Ove – Sweden
The Salesman – Iran
Tanna – Australia
Toni Erdmann – Germany

Makeup And Hairstyling
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

Music (Original Score)
Jackie – Mica Levi
La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Lion – Dustin O’Halloran And Hauschka
Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
Passengers – Thomas Newman

Music (Original Song)
Audition (The Fools Who Dream) – 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

Production Design
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land

Short Film (Animated)
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider And Cigarettes

Short Film (Live Action)
Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme Et Le Tgv
Silent Nights

Sound Editing
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

Sound Mixing
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

Visual Effects
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo And The Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Adapted Screenplay
Hidden Figures

Original Screenplay
Hell Or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester By The Sea
20th Century Women

It is nice to see Mel Gibson back in the filmic hierarchy with his War epic “Hacksaw Ridge” a film that I believe carries true pedigree and could be the dark horse in the competition of “Best Picture” and “Best Director”.

All will be revealed in a star studded showcase on February 26th, when host Jimmy Kimmel brings the best night of television for the entire.

Yeah I really believe the OSCARS to be that important.