NM-made ‘Hell or High Water’ picks up 4 Oscar noms

“La La Land” may have picked up the most Academy Award nominations on Tuesday, but productions with New Mexico ties picked up some nice shout-outs – in some big categories.

“Hell or High Water,” which was filmed in New Mexico, picked up four nominations. Its biggest nomination came in the best picture category, where it will compete with eight other films. Jeff Bridges was also nominated in the actor in a supporting role category.

“Woke up this morning in beautiful Solana Beach, (Calif.) after playing a cool gig at the Belly Up with my band the Abiders to find out I’ve been nominated for my performance,” Bridges said in a statement. “What a thrill.”

The movie was also nominated for best original screenplay, penned by Taylor Sheridan, and for best film editing.

“Hell or High Water” opened in August and quickly became one of the most successful independent films of 2016.

It is a story about the collision of the Old and New West as two brothers – Toby, played by Chris Pine, a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son; and Tanner, played by Ben Foster, a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger – come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land.

The holdups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that powerful forces beyond their control have stolen from them. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the cross hairs of relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton, played by Bridges, who is looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement.

Production for the film began in May 2015 and employed more than 100 New Mexico crew members and in excess of 850 background talent workers, according to the New Mexico Film Office.

Locations included Clovis, Estancia, Moriarty, Portales, Tucumcari and Albuquerque, though the film is set in West Texas.

Another New Mexico-filmed production picked up an Oscar nomination. Viggo Mortensen picked up the nomination for his role in “Captain Fantastic.” The production was filmed in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Mesilla.

“The nominated pictures were made in southern and eastern New Mexico communities,” said Nick Maniatis, director of the NM Film Office. “Those locations made those stories come alive and the communities did an amazing job supporting the crews while they worked.”

Another nomination with a New Mexico connection is Michael Shannon for actor in a supporting role for the film “Nocturnal Animals.” While the movie wasn’t filmed in New Mexico, it was directed by Santa Fe resident Tom Ford.

“I am thrilled,” Shannon said. “Loved making this film. I would work with Tom Ford anytime, anywhere. Jake Gyllenhaal and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Karl Glusman made it easy for me. Nice to get some good news in the midst of all the carnage, so to speak.”

From left, Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham in a scene from “Hell or High Water.” (Courtesy of Lorey Sebastian)

2017 Oscars: 'La La Land' Scores Whopping 14 Nominations

La La Land racked up 14 Oscar nominations, tying a record set by Titanic and All About Eve, while Moonlight, Arrival and Hell or High Water also scoring multiple nods as the contenders for the 2017 Academy Awards were announced this morning.

All three were among the nine nominated for Best Picture, a list that also included, Hidden Figures, Lion, Hacksaw Ridge, Fences and Manchester By the Sea.

The directors for La La Land, Arrival and Moonlight – Damien Chazelle, Denis Villeneuve and Barry Jenkins – also received nods, along with Hacksaw Ridge's Mel Gibson and Manchester By the Sea's Kenneth Lonergan.

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La La Land stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling will attempt to repeat their performance wins at the Golden Globes, receiving nods for Best Leading Actress and Leading Actor, respectively. The former category also features Isabelle Huppert for Elle, Ruth Negga for Loving, Natalie Portman for Jackie and Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep's nod marks her 20th).

In the Best Actor category, Gosling will compete with Casey Affleck for Manchester By the Sea, Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge, Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic and Denzel Washington for Fences.

Meanwhile, the Supporting Actress category features Viola Davis for Fences; Naomie Harris for Moonlight; Nicole Kidman for Lion; Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures; and Michelle Williams for Manchester By the Sea. Supporting Actor boasts Mahershala Ali for Moonlight, Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water, Lucas Hedges for Manchester By the Sea, Dev Patel for Lion and Michael Shannon for Nocturnal Animals.

The 89th Academy Awards will air February 26th on ABC with Jimmy Kimmel serving as host.

2017 Academy Award Nominations

Best Picture
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Best Director
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Actor
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land,
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Adapted Screenplay
Hidden Figures

Best Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

Best Original Song
"Audition," 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

Best Animated Feature
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Best Animated Short
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Best Cinematography
La La Land

Best Documentary Feature
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
OJ: Made in America

Best Documentary Short Subject
4.1 Miles
Joe's Violin
Watani My Homeland
The White Helmets

Best Live-Action Short Film
Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights

Best Foreign Language Film
A Man Called Ove
Land of Mine
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

Best Film Editing
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land

Best Sound Editing
Deep Water Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

Best Sound Mixing
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

Best Production Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail Caesar!
La La Land

Best Original Score
La La Land

Best Makeup and Hair
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad
Best Costume Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land

Best Visual Effects
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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