La La Land


La La Land joins an elite club after receiving 14 Academy Awards nominations morning. Damien Chazelle’s musical about lovers in Los Angeles tied for most nods ever received by a film alongside All About Eve and Titanic. Now it seems just about preordained for glory when the ceremony rolls around.

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This year, as opposed to the usual early morning gathering in Beverly Hills, the nominations were announced in a “global livestream” featuring a variety of stars including last year’s Best Actress winner Brie Larson, Terrence Howard, Glenn Close and Guillermo Del Toro talking wistfully about their experiences with the awards. Gabourey Sidibe had the most helpful advice: “Sneak into the Oscars with a flask.”

La La Land will be competing against eight other films for the top prize, including Moonlight and Arrival, both of which received eight nominations a piece. Rounding out the category are Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell Or High Water, Hidden Figures, Lion, and Manchester By The Sea. The success of the WWII epic Hacksaw Ridge with six nominations, including one for directing, indicates that Hollywood has fully re-embraced Mel Gibson despite his years of offensive behavior.

Following a year when the Academy completely ignored actors of color, 2017 saw seven nominated: Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali, Dev Patel, Ruth Negga, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, and Octavia Spencer. In the acting categories, the makeup of Best Actress was most likely to throw prognosticators for a loop. The lauded performances of Annette Bening and Amy Adams in 20th Century Women and Arrival, respectively, were left off the list. The Academy’s warm response to Adams’ brainy sci-fi film in other categories makes her snub especially perplexing. Meryl Streep, however, added another nomination to her haul for the tepidly received Florence Foster Jenkins and, perhaps, her Donald Trump-skewering speech at the Golden Globes. Meanwhile, Michael Shannon snuck into Best Supporting Actor over his Nocturnal Animals co-star, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who won the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s honor.

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The Oscars will be broadcast February 26 with Jimmy Kimmel serving as host.

Best Picture

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

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Best Actress

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

Best Actor

Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

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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

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Best Director

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

Eric Heisserer, Arrival
August Wilson, Fences
Allison Schreoder and Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures
Luke Davies, Lion
Barry Jenkins and Tyrell Alvin McCreaney, Moonlight

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Best Original Screenplay

Taylor Sheridan, Hell Or High Water
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou, The Lobster
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea
Mike Mills, 20th Century Women

Best Foreign Language Film

Land Of Mine (Denmark)
A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
The Salesman (Iran)
Tanna (Australia)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)

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Best Production Design

Arrival
Fantastic Beasts
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

Best Visual Effects

Deep Water Horizon
Doctor Strange
Jungle Book
Kubo And The Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Best Editing

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best Cinematography

Bradford Young, Arrival
Linus Sandgren, La La Land
Greig Frasier, Lion
James Laxton, Moonlight
Rodrigo Prieto, Silence

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Best Animated Feature

Kubo And The Two Strings
Moana
My Life As A Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Best Documentary Feature

Fire At Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made In America
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Best Costume Design

Allied
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

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Best Makeup And Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

Best Original Score

Mica Levi, Jackie
Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka, Lion
Nicholas Britell, Moonlight
Thomas Newman, Passengers

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Best Original Song

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” 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 Sound Editing

Arrival
Deep Water Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
Sully
La La Land

Best Sound Mixing

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

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Best Animated Short Film

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider And Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

Best Documentary Short Subject

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

Best Live Action Short Film

Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

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