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La La Land dominates Oscar nominations with 14 nods

by Craig Kell. Published Tue 24 Jan 2017 20:15

The romantic musical La La Lead leads the way at this year’s Oscars with a remarkable fourteen nominations including the coveted Best Picture gong.

The film, which focuses on a whirlwind romance between an aspiring actress and a struggling jazz musician, also secured acting nominations for leading stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as well as a Best Director nod for Damien Chazelle.

Furthermore, La La Land becomes only the third film to receive fourteen noms along with previous Best Picture Oscar winners All About Eve and Titanic.

In joint second with eight nods are the sci-fi blockbuster Arrival and the coming-of-age drama Moonlight. Though Arrival scored well in Best Picture and Best Director (Denis Villenueve), leading star Amy Adams was surprisingly snubbed in the Best Actress category.

Moonlight performed well with mentions in Best Picture and Best Director (Barry Jenkins) plus supporting actor nods for Mahershala Ali and British actress Naomie Harris.

There was also a strong showing for the family drama Manchester by the Sea as it was nominated for six awards including Best Picture as well as three acting mentions for Best Actor frontrunner Casey Affleck, youngster Lucas Hedges and Michelle Williams.

Mel Gibson’s gritty war drama Hacksaw Ridge and the biopic drama Lion both received six mentions each with Gibson landing a nomination for Best Director, his first since winning for Braveheart back in 1996! Hacksaw star Andrew Garfield finally landed his first Oscar nom and will be competing in Best Actor along with Casey Affleck and Ryan Gosling plus Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) and previous winner Denzel Washington (Fences).

As well a deserved Best Picture mention, Lion also secured Supporting Actor/Actress mentions for British star Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. The Best Picture lineup is completed by the family drama Fences, the crime-thriller Hell or High Water and the NASA-based biopic Hidden Figures.

In Best Actress, Emma Stone finds herself in contention for the gong along with Natalie Portman (Jackie) and three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins). Streep now has an incredible twenty nominations from her distinguished career! The category is completed by Isabelle Huppert (Elle) and Irish actress Ruth Negga (Loving).

In the Supporting categories, Mahershala Ali, Lucas Hedges and Dev Patel are competing in the male group with veteran Jeff Bridges (Hell or Hell Water) and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animasl).

The female lineup sees Naomie Harris, Nicole Kidman and Michelle Williams up against category favourite Viola Davis (Fences) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures).

Elsewhere, various blockbusters received nominations in the technical awards including The Jungle Book (Visual Effects), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Production Design, Costume Design), Deepwater Horizon (Sound Editing, Visual Effects), Passengers (Production Design, Original Score), Star Trek Beyond (Makeup) and Suicide Squad (Makeup).

The Best Animated Film lineup sees Disney’s Zootopia and Moana battle it out with Kubo and the Two Strings, My Life as a Zucchini and The Red Turtle while Ava DuVernay’s brilliant documentary 13th is shortlisted in the Best Documentary category.

However several films failed to make an impression with the likes of Nocturnal Animals, Silence and Sully settling for just one nomination each while Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, Finding Dory, The Girl on the Train, Live By Night, Miss Sloane, Patriot’s Day, Sing Street and The Witness were completely shut out.

The 89th Oscars will take place on 26th February with Jimmy Kimmel on hosting duty.

The full list of nominations are below:

BEST PICTURE

ARRIVAL
FENCES
HACKSAW RIDGE
HELL OR HIGH WATER
HIDDEN FIGURES
LA LA LAND
LION
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
MOONLIGHT

BEST DIRECTOR

Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND
Mel Gibson, HACKSAW RIDGE
Barry Jenkins, MOONLIGHT
Kenneth Lonergan, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Denis Villeneuve, ARRIVAL

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 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

20TH CENTURY WOMEN, Mike Mills
HELL OR HIGH WATER, Taylor Sheridan
LA LA LAND, Damien Chazelle
THE LOBSTER, Efthymis Filippou & Yorgos Lanthimos
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, Kenneth Lonergan

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

ARRIVAL, Eric Heisserer
FENCES, August Wilson
HIDDEN FIGURES, Theodore Melfi & Allison Schroeder
LION, Luke Davies
MOONLIGHT, Barry Jenkins

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

ARRIVAL
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
HAIL, CAESAR!
LA LA LAND
PASSENGERS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

ARRIVAL, Bradley Young
LA LA LAND, Linus Sandgren
LION, Grieg Fraser
MOONLIGHT, James Laxton
SILENCE, Rodrigo Prieto

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

ALLIED, Joanna Johnston
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, Colleen Atwood
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, Consolata Boyle
JACKIE, Madeline Fontaine
LA LA LAND, Mary Zorphres

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

A MAN CALLED OVE
STAR TREK BEYOND
SUICIDE SQUAD

BEST EDITING

ARRIVAL
HACKSAW RIDGE
HELL OR HIGH WATER
LA LA LAND
MOONLIGHT

BEST SOUND EDITING

ARRIVAL
DEEPWATER HORIZON
HACKSAW RIDGE
LA LA LAND
SULLY

BEST SOUND MIXING

13 HOURS
ARRIVAL
HACKSAW RIDGE
LA LA LAND
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

DEEPWATER HORIZON
DOCTOR STRANGE
THE JUNGLE BOOK
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

JACKIE, Mica Levi
LA LA LAND, Justin Hurwitz
LION, Dustin O’Halloran & Hauschka
MOONLIGHT, Nicholas Britell
PASSENGERS, Thomas Newman

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

JIM: THE JIM FOLEY STORY, The Empty Chair
LA LA LAND, “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”
LA LA LAND, “City of Stars”
MOANA, “How Far I’ll Go”
TROLLS, “Can’t Stop the Feeling”

BEST ANIMATED FILM

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
MOANA
MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI
THE RED TURTLE
ZOOTOPIA

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

LAND OF MINE (Denmark); Martin Zandvliet
A MAN CALLED OVE (Sweden); Hannes Holm
THE SALESMAN (Iran); Asghar Farhadi
TANNA (Australia); Martin Butler & Bentley Dean
TONI ERDMANN (Germany); Maren Ade

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

13TH, Ava Duvernay
FIRE AT SEA, Gianfranco Rosi
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, Raoul Peck
LIFE, ANIMATED, Roger Ross Williams
OJ: MADE IN AMERICA, Ezra Edelman

BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

4.1 MILES
EXTREMIS
JOE’S VIOLIN
WATANI: MY HOMELAND
THE WHITE HELMETS

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

BLIND VAYSHA
BORROWED TIME
PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES
PEARL
PIPER

BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

ENNEMIS INTERIEURS
LA FEMME ET LE TGV
SILENT NIGHTS
SING
TIMECODE



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