Tuesday, 24 January 2017

GOLD STANDARD: La La Land scores record-tying 14 Oscar nominations

SHALL WE DANCE? Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling both earned nominations for their roles in La La Land.

On the heels of its clean sweep at the recent Golden Globes awards ceremony (winning seven trophies), the old-fashioned movie musical La La Land has solidified its place as the darling of the 2016/17 awards season by racking up a whopping 14 Academy Award nominations. The Oscar nominees were announced in Hollywood this morning.

It’s a record-tying feat that places the Damien Chazelle-directed film in the rarefied company of Titanic and All About Eve. In addition to bids for best picture, director, screenplay, actor (Ryan Gosling) and actress (Emma Stone), La La Land is also up for original score and original song, among other awards.

Meanwhile, it’s safe to conclude that there won’t be any #OscarsSoWhite backlash this year. As it turns out, Black Hollywood had much to celebrate this morning, as Black actors earned nominations in each of the acting categories. In the supporting-actress field for instance, three strong Black women are vying for the golden statuette, namely Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) and front-runner Viola Davis (Fences). It’s an impressive, history-making accomplishment that must be savoured.

Another history-maker: the incomparable Meryl Streep, who copped her 20th career nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins. Here are the nominees in the five major categories:

BEST PICTURE: Arrival; Fences; Hell or High Water; La La Land; Manchester by The Sea; Lion; Hacksaw Ridge; Hidden Figures; and Moonlight

BEST ACTOR: Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea); Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge); Ryan Gosling (La La Land); Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) and Denzel Washington (Fences)

BEST ACTRESS: Emma Stone (La La Land); Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins); Natalie Portman (Jackie); Isabelle Huppert (Elle) and Ruth Negga (Loving)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight); Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water); Lucas Hedges (Manchester By The Sea); Dev Patel (Lion); and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Viola Davis (Fences); Naomi Harris (Moonlight); Nicole Kidman (Lion); Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) and Michelle Williams (Manchester By The Sea)

Winners will be announced on Oscar Sunday, February 26, during a live telecast on ABC. To see the complete list of nominees, go to Oscar.go.com.

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