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LA LA LAND Ties Oscar Nominations Record

LA LA LAND Ties Oscar Nominations Record

Titanic and All About Eve have company. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards this morning, and, surprising no one, film festival darling La La Land led the way with a stunning 14 nominations. Recognized in all main categories from Best Picture, Best Director (Damien Chazelle), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), and Best Original Screenplay, the romantic comedy/musical has become the prohibitive favorite to beat this awards season.

Hoping to rain a bit on the love story’s parade were the other two major players this year, Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea, which received 8 and 6 nominations apiece. Moonlight, a touching tale of a young black kid as he deals with his sexuality at various stages of his life, is up for Best Picture, Director (Barry Jenkins), as well as Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and Supporting Actress (Naomie Harris). The other film, a profound drama about a young man dealing with loss, seems poised to take a Best Actor statuette for its star Casey Affleck, and it also received accolades in the Picture, Director, and Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams) categories.

Rounding out the nominees for Best Picture, which this year featured only 9 of 10 potential entrants, are Fences, Hidden Figures, Hell or High Water, Arrival, Lion and Hacksaw Ridge. The last one of these also scored a nomination for Mel Gibson in the Directing category, capping an extraordinary comeback for the once-maligned Aussie. Arrival’s Denis Villeneuve is also up for that award, and his movie tied Moonlight’s tally with 8 nominations.

After two years in a row in which the #OscarsSoWhite controversy had put a pall over the proceedings, the Academy can breathe a sigh of relief at the breadth of the diversity recognized by this year’s nominations. The aforementioned Moonlight, Fences, and Hidden Figures all focus on African American stories, and three women of color were nominated in the same category for the first time in Academy history (Viola Davis from Fences and Octavia Spencer from Hidden Figures join Harris in the supporting actress race). Ruth Negga from Loving also showed up in Best Actress, which included Meryl Streep and Isabelle Huppert but left out Amy Adams.

Michael Shannon was among the few other surprises, scoring a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Nocturnal Animals over a crowd favorite, Hugh Grant from Florence Foster Jenkins.

The films recognized for Hollywood’s top prizes were again critical favorites but not necessarily box office successes, continuing a trend that begun in the 2000s. Crowd-pleasing movies, meanwhile, were as usual relegated to the more technical categories, with Rogue One, The Jungle Book, Doctor Strange and Deepwater Horizon receiving nominations for Best Visual Effects.

The Academy will reveal the winners in all categories on Sunday, February 26, 2017. The full list of nominees follows below.

Best Picture

Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester By the Sea
Moonlight

Best Actress

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

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 Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester By the Sea

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

Directing

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

Film Editing

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Foreign Language Film

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

Original Score

Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

Production Design

Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

Visual Effects

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

Adapted Screenplay

Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester By the Sea
20th Century Women

Animated Feature Film

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

Cinematography

Arrival
La La
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

Costume Design

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

Documentary Feature

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

Documentary Short Subject

Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

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

Animated Short Film

Blind Vaysha
Boorowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarette
Pearl
Piper

Live Action Short Film
Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

Sound Editing

Arrival
Deep Water Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Sound Mixing

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

About The Author

J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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