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RogerEbert.com's Coverage of 2017 Oscar-Nominated Films: Table of Contents

The 2016 movie year officially ends after the "Best Picture" Oscar is given out Sunday night, concluding our various film journeys that ran season-long ("La La Land," "Hidden Figures," "Jackie") or even year-long ("Manchester by the Sea"). The conversation about these movies, among many others, made 2016 an unforgettable year for film, and we're pleased to have participated through our festival reviews, interviews, essays and theatrical reviews, all with the help of our expansive, eclectic RogerEbert.com crew. 

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Below is a one-stop shop of our year-long coverage of the major Oscar-nominated films, including titles picked from the categories that we celebrate in our "If We Picked the Winners" feature (Best Foreign Language Feature, Best Documentary Feature, all acting and writing designations, directing and Best Picture). The films are listed in alphabetical order, along with their respective nominations.


Arrival” [Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Achievement in Production Design]

The Nature of Our Existence: On Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival by Pablo Villaça

Alien and Time: The Philosophy of “Arrival” by David Roark

Bright Wall/Dark Room Essay about “Arrival”: “Sticks & Stones” by Andrew Root 

Three-star review of “Arrival” by Brian Tallerico

Captain Fantastic” [Best Actor]

Review from world premiere at Sundance Film Festival by Brian Tallerico

Video from Cannes Film Festival: “Captain Fantastic,” “Toni Erdmann” and More by Chaz Ebert

Interview with writer/director Matt Ross by Matt Fagerholm 

One-and-a-half-star review of “Captain Fantastic” by Sheila O’Malley 

Elle” [Best Actress]

Review from world premiere at Cannes Film Festival by Barbara Scharres

Review from Toronto International Film Festival by Matt Fagerholm 

Interview with Oscar-nominee, actress Isabelle Huppert by Matt Fagerholm 

Four-star review of “Elle by Sheila O’Malley

"Fences" [Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay]

Interview with Stephen McKinley Henderson and Jovan Adepo by Matt Fagerholm 

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Video Interview with Oscar nominees actor/director Denzel Washington and actress Viola Davis by Katherine Tulich 

Four-star review of “Fences by Odie Henderson 

Fire at Sea” [Best Documentary] 

Review from world premiere at Berlin Film Festival by Michael Pattison 

Three-star review of “Fire at Sea by Glenn Kenny

Florence Foster Jenkins” [Best Actress, Best Costume Design]

Interview with Simon Helberg by Matt Fagerholm 

Three-and-a-half-star review of “Florence Foster Jenkins by Susan Wloszczyna

"Hacksaw Ridge" [Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing]

Review from world premiere at Venice Film Festival by Glenn Kenny 

Interview with Vince Vaughn by Peter Sobczynski 

Two-and-a-half-star review of “Hacksaw Ridge by Matt Zoller Seitz

"Hell or High Water" [Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing]

Video review from world premiere at Cannes Film Festival by Chaz Ebert 

Outsider Visions of Americana: “Hell or High Water” and “American Honey by Michael Snydel 

Two-and-a-half-star review of “Hell or High Water” by Peter Sobczynski 

Hidden Figures” [Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay]

Video interview with Kevin Costner and Oscar nominee, actress Octavia Spencer by Katherine Tulich 

Three-and-a-half-star review of “Hidden Figures” by Odie Henderson

"I Am Not Your Negro" [Best Documentary]Interview with director Raoul Peck by Matt Fagerholm

If We Picked the Winners: "I Am Not Your Negro" for Best Documentary by Omer M. Mozaffar

Three-and-a-half-star review by Matt Zoller Seitz

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"Jackie" [Best Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score] 

Review from Toronto International Film Festival by Brian Tallerico

Interview with director Pablo Larraín by Peter Sobczynski 

An Emotional Journey: "Jackie" Gets a Special Screening in Washington, D.C. by Susan Wloszczyna

Two-and-a-half-star review of "Jackie" by Matt Zoller Seitz

"Kubo and the Two Strings" [Best Animated Feature, Best Visual Effects]

Interview with director Travis Knight by Brian Tallerico

Three-and-a-half-star review of "Kubo and the Two Strings" by Christy Lemire

"La La Land" [Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Song "The Fools Who Dream," Best Original Song "City of Stars," Best Production Design]

Review from Telluride Film Festival by Tomris Laffly 

Interview with Oscar-nominee, writer/director Damien Chazelle and actress Rosemarie DeWitt by Nick Allen

Three-and-a-half-star review of "La La Land" by Brian Tallerico 

"Land of Mine" [Best Foreign Language Film]

Interview with writer/director Martin Zandvliet by Susan Wloszczyna

Three-star review of "Land of Mine" by Godfrey Cheshire 

"Life, Animated" [Best Documentary]

Review from world premiere at Sundance Film Festival by Brian Tallerico

Interview with director Roger Ross Williams and producer Julie Goldman by Matt Fagerholm

Three-and-a-half-star review of "Life, Animated" by Sheila O'Malley

"Lion" [Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score]

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Review from world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival by Tina Hassannia

Three-and-a-half-star review of "Lion" by Susan Wloszczyna 

"The Lobster" [Best Original Screenplay]

Review from world premiere at 2015 Cannes Film Festival by Barbara Scharres

Review from 2015 Toronto International Film Festival by Brian Tallerico

30 Minutes On: "The Lobster" by Matt Zoller Seitz

Three-and-a-half-star review of "The Lobster" by Sheila O'Malley

"Loving" [Best Actress]

Review from world premiere at Cannes Film Festival by Barbara Scharres

Video review from world premiere at Cannes Film Festival by Jason Gorber

Interview with writer/director Jeff Nichols by Matt Fagerholm

Three-and-a-half-star review of "Loving" by Brian Tallerico

"A Man Called Ove" [Best Foreign Language Film]

Three-and-a-half-star review of "A Man Called Ove" by Odie Henderson

"Manchester by the Sea" [Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay]

Review from world premiere at Sundance Film Festival by Brian Tallerico

Interview with Oscar-nominee, writer/director Kenneth Lonergan by Nick Allen

Review from Toronto International Film Festival by Matt Fagerholm

Four-star review of "Manchester by the Sea" by Matt Zoller Seitz

"Moana" [Best Animated Feature, Best Original Song "How Far I'll Go"]

Review from world premiere at AFI Fest by Jana Monji

Three-and-a-half-star review of "Moana" by Christy Lemire

"Moonlight" [Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay]

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Interview with actor André Holland by Brian Tallerico

Interview with Oscar-nominee, actress Naomie Harris by Brian Tallerico

Interview with Oscar nominees, co-writer/director Barry Jenkins and co-writer Tarell McCraney by Brian Tallerico

Four-star review of "Moonlight" by Brian Tallerico

"Nocturnal Animals" [Best Supporting Actor] 

Review from world premiere at Venice Film Festival by Glenn Kenny

Review from Toronto International Film Festival by Brian Tallerico

Interview with Oscar-nominee Michael Shannon by Nick Allen

Three-and-a-half-star review of "Nocturnal Animals" by Glenn Kenny

"OJ: Made in America" [Best Documentary]

Four-star review of "O.J.: Made in America" by Brian Tallerico

"The Red Turtle" [Best Animated Feature]

Three-and-a-half-star review of "The Red Turtle" by Simon Abrams

"The Salesman" [Best Foreign Language Film]

Review from world premiere at Cannes Film Festival by Barbara Scharres

Review from Toronto International Film Festival by Tina Hassannia 

Review from Chicago International Film Festival by Brian Tallerico

Interview with writer/director Asghar Farhadi by Matt Fagerholm

Three-and-a-half-star review of "The Salesman" by Godfrey Cheshire

"13th" [Best Documentary]

Four-star review of "13th" by Odie Henderson

"Toni Erdmann" [Best Foreign Language Film]

Review from world premiere at Cannes Film Festival by Barbara Scharres

Video review from Cannes Film Festival by Chaz Ebert

Video review from Cannes Film Festival by Jason Gorber

Review from Toronto International Film Festival by Matt Fagerholm

If We Picked the Winners: "Toni Erdmann" for Best Foreign Language Film by Matt Fagerholm

Four-star review of "Toni Erdmann" by Susan Wloszczyna 

"20th Century Women" [Best Original Screenplay]

Review from world premiere at New York Film Festival by Odie Henderson

Four-star review of "20th Century Women" by Sheila O'Malley

"Silence" [Best Cinematography]

"Silence," Guilt, Christ and Martin Scorsese by David Roark

Four-star review of "Silence" by Matt Zoller Seitz

"Zootopia" [Best Animated Feature]

Three-star review of "Zootopia" by Matt Zoller Seitz

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