The 2017 Oscar nominations: 'La La Land' scores 14, ties with 'Titanic'

Everyone's favourite musical leads the pack while this year's round of nominees is anything but #OscarsSoWhite

By Lydia Chan | Published: 25 Jan 2017

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Picture: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in 'La La Land' (Photo: Lionsgate)

City of stars were definitely shining just for the cast of La La Land. The box-office smash dominated the Academy Award nominations, with a record-breaking 14 nods including Best Picture and Best Director. Only two other movies in Oscar history – Titanic and All About Eve – have received that many nominations. It comes as no surprise that the Academy has chosen to recognise the works of Damien Chazelle, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (nominated for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress respectively); the film also scored big at the Golden Globes, swooping seven wins.

Another highlight from the Oscar nominations is this year's diverse pool of nominees. After two years lacking nominees of colour, this year, seven out of the 20 performance nominations went to actors of colour. Also noteworthy: Best Picture nominees Hidden Figures and Fences, movies that dealt with racial inequality. This much-needed change was the result of the Academy vowing to double the number of women and diverse members within its voting body by 2020.

What would the Oscars be without some controversy? This year, Casey Affleck who stars in Manchester by the Sea received a Best Actor nod despite his sexual harassment allegations. Meanwhile, Mel Gibson received a Best Director nomination for Hacksaw RidgeGibson was ostracised by the industry after he was caught making anti-Semitic remarks while drunk in 2006, something many have not forgotten.

With those nominated, come those who got snubbed. Deadpool received no love from the Academy and five-time Oscar nominee, Amy Adams was not nominated for Best Actress for her role in Arrival, even though the film scored eight nominations overall.

The 89th Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel (his first time emceeing the event) on 26 February 2017. Here are some of the nominees.

Best Picture
Hacksaw Ridge 
Hell or High Water 
Hidden Figures
La La Land 
Manchester by the Sea 

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

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

Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight 
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water 
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea 
Dev Patel, Lion 
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

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

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

Best 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

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 Zophres

Best Animated Feature
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life As a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

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

Best Adapted Screenplay
Hidden Figures

Click here to see the full list of nominees. Time to start planning your Oscar-viewing party!


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