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"La La Land' hits high note with 14 Oscar nominations

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:00 Written by 

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning and as expected, "La La Land" danced away with a bunch.

The romantic musical picked up 14 Oscar nominations, tying the record held by "All About Eve" and "Titanic." The coming-of-age tale "Moonlight" and sci-fi thriller "Arrival" both received eight nominations.

"La La Land" was nominated for the best directing, best picture and best original screenplay. The film's stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling both received best acting nods.

Casey Affleck, Andrew Garfield, Viggo Mortensen and Denzel Washington joined Gosling in being nominated for an actor in a leading role.

Oscar nominations 2017: The list

In addition to Stone, Ruth Negga, Isabelle Huppert, Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep were nominated for the best actress.

In the actor in a supporting role category, Mahershala Ali, Jeff Bridges, Dev Patel, Lucas Hedges and Michael Shannon received nominations.

Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, Nicole Kidman, Octavia Spencer and Michelle Williams were nominated for the best supporting actress.

In addition to "La La Land," the best picture nominations were handed out to "Arrival," "Fences," "Hacksaw Ridge," Hell or High Water," "Hidden Figures," "Lion," "Manchester by the Sea" and "Moonlight."

"La La Land" has been the darling of Hollywood's award season. The film made history at the Golden Globes earlier this month after winning all seven of the awards for which it received nominations.

Golden Globes 2017: 'La La Land' breaks record

Denzel Washington's name had been bandied about for a possible directing nod for "Fences," but the nominations went to the directors of "Arrival" (Denis Villeneuve), "Hacksaw Ridge" (Mel Gibson), "La La Land" (Damien Chazelle), "Manchester by the Sea" (Kenneth Lonergan), and "Moonlight" (Barry Jenkins).

The presence of several actors of color among the nominees is sure to stir up a conversation about the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, which through the past years has drawn attention a lack of diversity in the Academy.

In 2015, there was a surprise when "Selma" director Ava DuVernay was not nominated. This year, DuVernay's film "13th" was nominated for the best documentary feature, along with "Fire at Sea," "I Am Not Your Negro," "Life Animated," and "O.J.: Made in America."

 

Breaking from the tradition of a live broadcast, past Academy Award winners announced the nominations in a series of recorded videos.

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