The 2017 Academy Award nominations were announced early this morning (painfully early if you live on the West Coast), and Arrival walked away with a lot of fanfare. The Amy Adams-led science fiction story walked away with eight Oscar nominations, tying with Moonlight and trailing only behind La La Land. It's an impressive accomplishment to be sure, and to celebrate the good news, Paramount is re-releasing the movie in theaters with extra content.
It was announced today that Arrival will return to theaters across the United States this Friday, January 27, but only for that day. Along with showing the movie as normal, the re-release will also include eight minutes of exclusive bonus footage featuring "thought-provoking commentary" and a behind-the-scenes look from director Denis Villeneuve, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and other members of the cast and crew. These bonus features will only be seen in theaters, and they will "shed insight on the filmmaking process and creative vision behind the story." Check your local listings for specific information regarding showtimes.
Today's Academy Award nominations were only the latest accolades Arrival has received since it was released to the public last November. Some of the more notable award attention included being nominated for two Golden Globes (Best Actress -- Motion Picture Drama and Best Original Score), being nominated for nine British Academy Film Awards and walking away with a Critics Choice Award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie. As for the Oscars, Arrival has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Production Design. An impressive lineup, though there has been some outcry over Amy Adams not receiving a Best Actress nod.
Based on the 1998 story Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang, Arrival followed linguist Louise Banks and other individuals attempting to communicate with and learn about twelve alien ships that suddenly appeared around the globe. The movie took a much more contemplative approach to the alien invasion narrative, rather than the usual explosive approach, like Independence Day. Along with Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, the cast included Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma and Mark O'Brien.
Watch the Arrival trailer below if you haven't had the fortune of seeing the movie yet or need a refresher on what it had to offer.
In case you're unable to catch the Arrival re-release this Friday, the movie will be released on Digital HD on January 31, and the Blu-ray/DVD copies will hit shelves on February 14. You can see how Arrival fares against the other Oscar contenders when the 89th Academy Awards airs Sunday, February 26 on ABC.