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Every 2017 Oscar Nominee Ranked

By  · Published on February 24th, 2017

All 62 movies listed best to worst, by category and all together.

We’ve given you our predictions. We’ve told you how to see all of this year’s recognized films. Now it’s time, a mere two days ahead of the big show, to reveal our ranking of all the 2017 Oscar nominees. And by “our” I mean just mine. None of the other FSR writers or editors gave their say, so if you take any issue with my placement of Nocturnal Animals or Hacksaw Ridge or whatever, you can come at me or just share your disagreement.

In all, there are 62 titles, features and shorts, and I’ve seen every one of them. And I’m not just ready to order them together for one long list based on overall value (yes, I clearly believe documentaries are better than dramas), I’m also here to rank them within each of the Academy Awards categories based on their worth in those departments. Meaning Fences and Nocturnal Animals may rank very high for its acting but not anywhere else.

Best Picture

  1. Moonlight
  2. La La Land
  3. Hell or High Water
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. Hacksaw Ridge
  6. Lion
  7. Hidden Figures
  8. Arrival
  9. Fences

Best Director

  1. Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
  2. Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
  3. Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
  4. Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
  5. Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Best Actor

  1. Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
  2. Denzel Washington (Fences)
  3. Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
  4. Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
  5. Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Best Actress

  1. Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
  2. Natalie Portman (Jackie)
  3. Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
  4. Ruth Negga (Loving)
  5. Emma Stone (La La Land)

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
  2. Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
  3. Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
  4. Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)
  5. Dev Patel (Lion)

Best Supporting Actress

  1. Viola Davis (Fences)
  2. Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
  3. Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
  4. Nicole Kidman (Lion)
  5. Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Best Original Screenplay

  1. The Lobster
  2. Hell or High Water
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. La La Land
  5. 20th Century Women

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. Moonlight
  2. Lion
  3. Arrival
  4. Fences
  5. Hidden Figures

Best Animated Feature Film

  1. Zootopia
  2. The Red Turtle
  3. My Life as a Zucchini
  4. Moana
  5. Kubo and the Two Strings

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. The Salesman
  2. Toni Erdmann
  3. Tanna
  4. A Man Called Ove
  5. Land of Mine

Best Documentary Feature

  1. O.J.: Made in America
  2. 13th
  3. I Am Not Your Negro
  4. Fire at Sea
  5. Life, Animated

Best Documentary Short Subject

  1. The White Helmets
  2. Extremis
  3. Watani: My Homeland
  4. 4.1 Miles
  5. Joe’s Violin

Best Live Action Short Film

  1. La Femme et le TGV
  2. Ennemis Intérieurs (Enemies Within)
  3. Sing (Mindenki)
  4. Timecode
  5. Silent Nights

Best Animated Short Film

  1. Piper
  2. Blind Vaysha
  3. Borrowed Time
  4. Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  5. Pearl

Best Original Score

  1. Jackie
  2. Moonlight
  3. Lion
  4. La La Land
  5. Passengers

Best Original Song

  1. “How Far I’ll Go” (Moana)
  2. “City of Stars” (La La Land)
  3. “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” (La La Land)
  4. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (Trolls)
  5. “The Empty Chair” (Jim: The James Foley Story)

Best Sound Editing

  1. Arrival
  2. Sully
  3. Hacksaw Ridge
  4. Deepwater Horizon
  5. La La Land

Best Sound Mixing

  1. La La Land
  2. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  3. Hacksaw Ridge
  4. Arrival
  5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Production Design

  1. Arrival
  2. Hail, Caesar!
  3. La La Land
  4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  5. Passengers

Best Cinematography

  1. La La Land
  2. Moonlight
  3. Arrival
  4. Silence
  5. Lion

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  1. Star Trek Beyond
  2. A Man Called Ove
  3. Suicide Squad

Best Costume Design

  1. Jackie
  2. Allied
  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  4. Florence Foster Jenkins
  5. La La Land

Best Film Editing

  1. La La Land
  2. Hacksaw Ridge
  3. Moonlight
  4. Hell or High Water
  5. Arrival

Best Visual Effects

  1. The Jungle Book
  2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  3. Doctor Strange
  4. Kubo and the Two Strings
  5. Deepwater Horizon

All Nominees

  1. Moonlight
  2. Loving
  3. O.J.: Made in America
  4. Jackie
  5. Silence
  6. The Lobster
  7. The White Helmets
  8. La La Land
  9. Hell or High Water
  10. 13th
  11. The Salesman
  12. I Am Not Your Negro
  13. Toni Erdmann
  14. Piper
  15. Fire at Sea
  16. Hail, Caesar!
  17. Manchester by the Sea
  18. Tanna
  19. Blind Vaysha
  20. Zootopia
  21. Extremis
  22. Hacksaw Ridge
  23. The Red Turtle
  24. Lion
  25. Watani: My Homeland
  26. My Life as a Zucchini
  27. La Femme et le TGV
  28. Moana
  29. 4.1 Miles
  30. A Man Called Ove
  31. Hidden Figures
  32. Joe’s Violin
  33. Ennemis Interieurs (Enemies Within)
  34. Arrival
  35. Elle
  36. Mindenki (Sing)
  37. Kubo and the Two Strings
  38. Doctor Strange
  39. Deepwater Horizon
  40. Borrowed Time
  41. Hidden Figures
  42. Sully
  43. Florence Foster Jenkins
  44. Fences
  45. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  46. Jim: The James Foley Story
  47. Land of Mine
  48. 20th Century Women
  49. Allied
  50. Timecode
  51. Passengers
  52. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  53. Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  54. The Jungle Book
  55. Pearl
  56. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  57. Captain Fantastic
  58. Trolls
  59. Nocturnal Animals
  60. Life, Animated
  61. Silent Nights
  62. Suicide Squad

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Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.