Charlize Theron to Present at Oscars (Plus Academy Award Nomination List)

South African actress Charlize Theron has been named as one of the presenters of the 89th Oscars, to be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel next Sunday 26 February 2017.

Charlize will be joined by Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, John Cho, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo and Emma Stone, amongst others. 

Charlize is no stranger to the Academy Awards having presented before, and becoming the first South African to ever win the Best Actress Award (in 2003 for ‘Monster’).

Source: FB/Charlize Theron, 2014 – “Putting Oscar to work.”

Last year many were upset that the South African wasn’t nominated for her brilliant performance in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ – the movie which received 10 nominations and walked away with six awards, the most for any film in history – but more were upset that the Oscars were too “lily-white”.

The head of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, issued a statement saying she was heartbroken about the slow pace of progress exhibited by the Academy’s voting contingent and pledging “we need to do more, and better and quickly”. This year’s nominations appear to be a step in the right direction. See list below.

Academy Award Nominees for 2017 include:


  • Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”
  • Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic”
  • Denzel Washington in “Fences”

Supporting Actor

  • Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight”
  • Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water”
  • Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Dev Patel in “Lion”
  • Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals”


  • Isabelle Huppert in “Elle”
  • Ruth Negga in “Loving”
  • Natalie Portman in “Jackie”
  • Emma Stone in “La La Land”
  • Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Supporting Actress

  • Viola Davis in “Fences”
  • Naomie Harris in “Moonlight”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Lion”
  • Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures”
  • Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea”

Animated Film

  • “Kubo and the Two Strings”
  • “Moana”
  • “My Life as a Zucchini”
  • “The Red Turtle”
  • “Zootopia”


  • “Arrival”
  • “La La Land”
  • “Lion”
  • “Moonlight”
  • “Silence”

Costume Design

  • “Allied”
  • “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • “Florence Foster Jenkins”
  • “Jackie”
  • “La La Land”


  • “Arrival” – Denis Villeneuve
  • “Hacksaw Ridge” – Mel Gibson
  • “La La Land” – Damien Chazelle
  • “Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan
  • “Moonlight” – Barry Jenkins


  • “Fire at Sea”
  • “I Am Not Your Negro”
  • “Life, Animated”
  • “O.J.: Made in America”
  • “13th”

Foreign Language Film

  • “Land of Mine”
  • “A Man Called Ove”
  • “The Salesman”
  • “Tanna”
  • “Toni Erdmann”

Best Picture

  • “Arrival”
  • “Fences”
  • “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • “Hell or High Water”
  • “Hidden Figures”
  • “La La Land”
  • “Lion”
  • “Manchester by the Sea”
  • “Moonlight”