2017 Oscar Nominations: La La Land dominates with record-equalling haul

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards are finally here as one particular film stood out with a humongous amount of mentions.

As anticipated, the romantic musical La La Lead leads the way with a commanding fourteen nods 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 (as Sebastian) and Emma Stone (as Mia) 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 (1950) and Titanic (1997).

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 (as drug dealer Juan) and British actress Naomie Harris (as drug-addicted mother Paula).

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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 (as tortured Boston janitor Lee Chandler), youngster Lucas Hedges (as Lee’s rebellious nephew Patrick) and Michelle Williams (as Lee’s devastated ex-wife Randi).

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 (as war hero Desmond T. Doss) finally landed his first Oscar nom and will be competing in Best Actor along with Casey Affleck and Ryan Gosling plus Viggo Mortensen (as father-of-six Ben Cash) for Captain Fantastic and previous winner Denzel Washington (as scornful family man Troy Maxson) for Fences.

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As well a deserved Best Picture mention, Lion also secured Supporting Actor/Actress mentions for British star Dev Patel (as the adult Saroo Brierley) and Nicole Kidman (as Saroo’s adoptive mother Sue Brierley). The Best Picture lineup is completed by the family drama Fences (four nods), the crime-thriller Hell or High Water (four nods) and the NASA-based biopic Hidden Figures (three nods).

In Best Actress, Emma Stone finds herself in contention for the gong along with Natalie Portman (as former First Lady Jackie Kennedy) for Jackie and three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep (as deaf-born heiress Florence Foster Jenkins) for Florence Foster Jenkins. Streep now has an incredible twenty nominations from her distinguished career!

The category is completed by French performer Isabelle Huppert (as vengeful businesswoman Michele LeBlanc) for Elle and Irish actress Ruth Negga (as mistreated African American woman Mildred Loving) in the real-life drama Loving. The latter’s nomination came as a surprise to many especially at the expense of Amy Adams.

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In the Supporting categories, Mahershala Ali, Lucas Hedges and Dev Patel are competing in the male group with veteran Jeff Bridges (as retiring Texan ranger Marcus Hamilton) for Hell or Hell Water and Michael Shannon (as conflicted lawman Bobby Andes) for the psychological drama Nocturnal Animals. Remarkably Shannon’s co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson failed to make the cut despite a shock win at the Golden Globes a fortnight ago.

The female lineup sees Naomie Harris, Nicole Kidman and Michelle Williams up against category favourite Viola Davis (as long-suffering housewife Rose Maxson) in Fences and Octavia Spencer (as real-life NASA supervisor Dorothy Vaughan) in Hidden Figures.

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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. Meanwhile Ava DuVernay’s brilliant documentary 13th is shortlisted in the Best Documentary category alongside the epic O.J. Simpson-based doc O.J. Made in America and the Disney-themed Life Animated.

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 with my winner predictions in blue:

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

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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

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BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
ARRIVAL, Patrice Vermette & Paul Hotte
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, Stuart Craig & Anna Pinnock
HAIL, CAESAR!, Jess Gonchor & Nancy Haigh
LA LA LAND, David Wasco & Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
PASSENGERS, Guy Hendrix Dyas & Gene Serdena

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, Love Larson & Eva Con Bahr
STAR TREK BEYOND, S. Anne Carroll & Joel Harlow
SUICIDE SQUAD, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini & Christopher Nelson

BEST EDITING
ARRIVAL, Joe Walker
HACKSAW RIDGE, John Gilbert
HELL OR HIGH WATER, Jake Roberts
LA LA LAND, Tom Cross
MOONLIGHT, Nat Sanders & Joi McMillon

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BEST SOUND EDITING
ARRIVAL; Sylvain Bellemare
DEEPWATER HORIZON; Wylie Stateman
HACKSAW RIDGE; Robert Mackenzie & Andy Wright
LA LA LAND; Ai-Ling Lee & Mildred Iatrou Morgan
SULLY; Alan Robert Murray & Bub Asman

BEST SOUND MIXING
13 HOURS; Gary Summers, Greg P. Russell, Jeffrey J. Haboush & Mac Ruth
ARRIVAL; Bernard Gariépy Strobl & Claude La Haye
HACKSAW RIDGE; Peter Grace, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright & Robert Mackenzie
LA LA LAND; Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee & Steve A. Morrow
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY; David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio & Stuart Wilson

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
DEEPWATER HORIZON; Craig Hammack, Burt Dalton, Jason Snell & Jason Billington
DOCTOR STRANGE; Richard Bluff, Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould & Jonathan Fawkner
THE JUNGLE BOOK; Robert Legato, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez & Dan Lemmon
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS; Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean & Brad Schiff
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY; John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel & Neil Corbould

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

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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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