Hollywoodland Loves ‘La La Land’ | 14 Oscar Nominations!

If you ever had any doubt that the entertainment industry loves movies about how great the entertainment industry is, this year’s Oscar nominations just proved it. La La Land, a nostalgic musical about up-and-coming artists in Hollywood, has just tied Titanic and All About Eve for the most Oscar nominations ever received by a single film.

That’s 14 nominations total, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Sound Editing and Best Original Song (twice, for “Audition” and “City of Stars”).

Although films that earn that many nominations have the obvious support of damn near every branch of the Academy, and are likely to sweep the awards ceremony, it is extremely unlikely that La La Land will win all fourteen Oscars. Especially since that would require La La Land to tie itself in the Best Original Song category.

But Damien Chazelle’s celebrated musical is the frontrunner in many categories and could very well become the fourth film in history to win the “Big Five” – Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay – after It Happened One NightOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Silence of the Lambs. The only major hurdle en route to that milestone is Casey Affleck, whose lead performance in Manchester By The Sea has also been universally celebrated, but whose awards season has been sullied by reminders of allegations of sexual harassment from the set of the mockumentary I’m Still Here.

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures

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Another important observation about this year’s Academy Awards is that the acting categories are significantly more diverse than usual. After last year’s “Oscars So White” controversy, which emerged from the unsettling observation that every single acting nominee for two years in a row was white (and the only nomination for a film like Straight Outta Compton, for example, was for the film’s white writers), the Academy made a concerted effort to invite new members that would shake up the organization’s notoriously older, caucasian demographic.

This marks the first year in Oscars history in which three black actors have been nominated in a single category. Viola Davis (Fences), Naomie Harris (Moonlight) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) are all nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category, alongside Nicole Kidman (Lion) and Michelle Williams (Manchester By The Sea). Viola Davis is also heavily favored to win. Three actors of color were previously nominated in the Supporting Actress category back in 2007, when Rinko Kikuchi and Adriana Barraza were both nominated for Babel, and Jennifer Hudson won for Dreamgirls.

A24

A24

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Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Ruth Negga (Loving) was nominated for Best Actress, and Denzel Washington earned his seventh Academy Award nomination for Fences, a film he also directed. Washington has already won two Academy Awards, for Best Supporting Actor (Glory) and Best Actor (Training Day). Dev Patel, a nominee for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Lion, is a British actor of Gujarati Indian descent.

As always, one of the bigger stories to emerge from the Oscar nominations are the individuals and films that weren’t nominated. Among the biggest snubs were the popular musical Sing Street, which was expected to at least be nominated for one of its catchy original songs but was left off the final ballot entirely, as well as Pixar’s Finding Dory, one of the most financially successful films of the year. Pixar is a perennial favorite in the category, and has only been left off of the ballot a handful of times since Best Animated Feature was added to the list of Oscar categories back in 2001.

Paramount

Paramount

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Other surprise omissions include Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which earned only a single Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography, as well as Amy Adams, who was considered one of the frontrunners for Best Actress for Arrival (and possibly for Nocturnal Animals) but she didn’t make the Academy’s final five nominees. The sci-fi film Arrival did make an impressive showing, earning eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

But surprises can only be considered a good thing at the Academy Awards, an event that pundits feverishly try to predict throughout the year, and whose winners often seem like foregone conclusions weeks before the event. That event will take place on Sunday, February 26, and we’ll have ongoing coverage of the nominees and stories from now until then (and if it’s anything like years previous, also afterwards).

For now, take a gander at the complete list of Academy Awards nominations, and if you haven’t seen any of these films, go out and watch them as soon as you can.

BEST PICTURE

ARRIVAL

Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers

FENCES

Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers

HACKSAW RIDGE

Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers

HELL OR HIGH WATER

Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers

HIDDEN FIGURES

Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers

LA LA LAND

Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers

LION

Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, Producers

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, Producers

MOONLIGHT

Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

ARRIVAL

Denis Villeneuve

HACKSAW RIDGE

Mel Gibson

LA LA LAND

Damien Chazelle

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Kenneth Lonergan

MOONLIGHT

Barry Jenkins

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

CASEY AFFLECK

Manchester by the Sea

ANDREW GARFIELD

Hacksaw Ridge

RYAN GOSLING

La La Land

VIGGO MORTENSEN

Captain Fantastic

DENZEL WASHINGTON

Fences

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

ISABELLE HUPPERT

Elle

RUTH NEGGA

Loving

NATALIE PORTMAN

Jackie

EMMA STONE

La La Land

MERYL STREEP

Florence Foster Jenkins

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

MAHERSHALA ALI

Moonlight

JEFF BRIDGES

Hell or High Water

LUCAS HEDGES

Manchester by the Sea

DEV PATEL

Lion

MICHAEL SHANNON

Nocturnal Animals

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

VIOLA DAVIS

Fences

NAOMIE HARRIS

Moonlight

NICOLE KIDMAN

Lion

OCTAVIA SPENCER

Hidden Figures

MICHELLE WILLIAMS

Manchester by the Sea

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

ARRIVAL

Screenplay by Eric Heisserer

FENCES

Screenplay by August Wilson

HIDDEN FIGURES

Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi

LION

Screenplay by Luke Davies

MOONLIGHT

Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

HELL OR HIGH WATER

Written by Taylor Sheridan

LA LA LAND

Written by Damien Chazelle

THE LOBSTER

Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Written by Kenneth Lonergan

20TH CENTURY WOMEN

Written by Mike Mills

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

LAND OF MINE

Denmark

A MAN CALLED OVE

Sweden

THE SALESMAN

Iran

TANNA

Australia

TONI ERDMANN

Germany

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner

MOANA

John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer

MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI

Claude Barras and Max Karli

THE RED TURTLE

Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki

ZOOTOPIA

Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN

ARRIVAL

Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Paul Hotte

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

HAIL, CAESAR!

Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

LA LA LAND

Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

PASSENGERS

Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

ARRIVAL

Bradford Young

LA LA LAND

Linus Sandgren

LION

Greig Fraser

MOONLIGHT

James Laxton

SILENCE

Rodrigo Prieto

ACHIEVEMENT IN 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 Zophres

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING

ARRIVAL

Joe Walker

HACKSAW RIDGE

John Gilbert

HELL OR HIGH WATER

Jake Roberts

LA LA LAND

Tom Cross

MOONLIGHT

Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

FIRE AT SEA

Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck

LIFE, ANIMATED

Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman

O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA

Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow

13TH

Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

A MAN CALLED OVE

Eva von Bahr and Love Larson

STAR TREK BEYOND

Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo

SUICIDE SQUAD

Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

JACKIE

Mica Levi

LA LA LAND

Justin Hurwitz

LION

Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka

MOONLIGHT

Nicholas Britell

PASSENGERS

Thomas Newman

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

AUDITION (THE FOOLS WHO DREAM)

from La La Land; Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

CAN’T STOP THE FEELING

from Trolls; Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

CITY OF STARS

from La La Land; Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

THE EMPTY CHAIR

from Jim: The James Foley Story; Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

HOW FAR I’LL GO

from Moana; Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING

ARRIVAL

Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye

HACKSAW RIDGE

Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace

LA LA LAND

Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI

Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING

ARRIVAL

Sylvain Bellemare

DEEPWATER HORIZON

Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli

HACKSAW RIDGE

Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright

LA LA LAND

Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan

SULLY

Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS

DEEPWATER HORIZON

Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton

DOCTOR STRANGE

Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould

THE JUNGLE BOOK

Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould

BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

EXTREMIS

Dan Krauss

4.1 MILES

Daphne Matziaraki

JOE’S VIOLIN

Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen

WATANI: MY HOMELAND

Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis

THE WHITE HELMETS

Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

ENNEMIS INTÉRIEURS

Sélim Azzazi

LA FEMME ET LE TGV

Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff

SILENT NIGHTS

Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson

SING

Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy

TIMECODE

Juanjo Giménez

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

BLIND VAYSHA

Theodore Ushev

BORROWED TIME

Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj

PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES

Robert Valley and Cara Speller

PEARL

Patrick Osborne

PIPER

Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

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