The Oscars nominations are out! La La Land picked up and record diversity in acting categories

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The Oscar nominations have finally been released, and the big Oscars darling topped the list. La La Land has 14 nominations, tied for most ever with Titanic and All About Eve.

In the coming weeks, you’ll find lots of posts going over specific snubs and surprises for each of the categories so check back throughout February as I help you decide what to pick for your Oscar-night draws. Looking for a full list of nominees? It’s all below!

We saw 9 nominations for Best Picture this year, but I would have liked to see them round out the list with one of the animated or foreign picks which they’ve done in the past (Moana would have been a good choice). I wish we’d stop with this 5+ idea and just make it a solid 10. It would allow for some interesting inclusions, and might even draw people to the award show if more popular/blockbuster-y movies made it on, now and then.

#OscarsSoWhite is done (for now) as this year saw the most diversity in nominated actors, ever. Is that because of backlash from the past two years and a growing diversity in Academy members, or a rush of critically acclaimed movies with better diversity in its cast? Who knows, but I’m happy to see it either way – especially with the rash of good movies from this year, including Golden Globes winner Moonlight which picked up a total of 8 nominations (2 for acting).

I’m a big supporter of Amy Adams in Arrival but she was snubbed. People are saying Ruth Negga took her spot, but to me I’d say it’s for Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins. Sure, everyone says Streep should be nominated but I’m frustrated – she’s been nominated and won so many times before, wouldn’t it be nice to recognize OTHER great talent (like both Adams and Negga)?

Interestingly, Mel Gibson has also broken out of his separation from the Academy and Hollywood elite. His WWII film Hacksaw Ridge is nominated for picture, directing, and acting among others.

Picture 

  • “Arrival”
  • “Fences”
  • “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • “Hell or High Water”
  • “Hidden Figures”
  • “La La Land”
  • “Lion”
  • “Manchester by the Sea”
  • “Moonlight”

Directing

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

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”

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”

Actress in a leading role:

  • Emma Stone, “La La Land”
  • Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
  • Ruth Negga, “Loving”
  • Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Isabelle Huppert, “Elle

Actress in a supporting role

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

Adapted Screenplay

  •  “Lion,” by Luke Davis
  •  “Arrival,” by Eric Heisserer
  •  “Moonlight,” by Barry Jenkins
  •  “Hidden Figures,” by Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder
  •  “Fences,” by August Wilson

Original Screenplay

  •  “Manchester by the Sea,” by Kenneth Lonergan
  •  “Hell or High Water,” by Taylor Sheridan
  •  “La La Land,” by Damien Chazelle
  •  “20th Century Women,” Mike Mills
  •  “The Lobster,” by Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos

Cinematography

  • “Arrival”
  • “La La Land”
  •  “Lion”
  • “Moonlight”
  • “Silence”

Documentary feature

  • “Fire at Sea”
  • “I am Not Your Negro”
  • “Life, Animated”
  • “OJ: Made in America”
  • “13th”

Documentary short:

  • “Extermis”
  • “4.1 miles”
  • “Joe’s Violins”
  • “Watani: My Homeland”
  • “The White Helmets”

Foreign language film:

  • “Toni Erdmann,” Germany
  • “The Salesman,” Iran
  • “A Man Called Ove,” Sweden
  • “Tanna,” Australia
  • “Land of Mine,” Denmark

Sound editing

  • “Arrival”
  • “Deepwater Horizon”
  • “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • “La La Land”
  • “Sully”

Sound mixing

  • “Arrival”
  • “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • “La La Land”
  • “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
  • “13 Hours”

Original score

  • Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land”
  • Mica Levi, “Jackie”
  • Nicholas Britell, “Moonlight”
  • Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O’Halloran, “Lion”
  • Thomas Newman, “Passengers”

Original song

  •  “City of Stars” (“La La Land”)
  • “How Far I’ll Go” (“Moana”)
  • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” (“La La Land”)
  • “The Empty Chair” (“Jim: The James Foley Story”)
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (“Trolls”)

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)

Visual effects:

  • “Deepwater Horizon”
  • “Doctor Strange”
  • “The Jungle Book”
  • “Kubo and the Two Strings”
  • “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Makeup and hairstyling

  • “A Man Called Ove”
  • “Star Trek Beyond”
  • “Suicide Squad”

Costume design

  • Mary Zophres, “La La Land”
  • Madeline Fontaine, “Jackie”
  • Consolata Boyle, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
  • Colleen Atwood, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • Joanna Johnston, “Allied”

Film Editing

  • “Arrival”
  • “Hell or High Water”
  • “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • “La La Land”
  • “Moonlight”

Live-action short

  • “Ennemis intérieurs,” Selim Azzazi
  • “La femme et le TGV,” Timo von Gunten
  • “Silent Nights,” Aske Bang, Kim Magnusson
  • “Sing,” Kristof Deák, Anna Udvardy “Timecode,” Juanjo Gimenez

Animated Short Film

  • “Blind Vashya”
  • “Borrowed Time”
  • “Pear Cider and Cigareets”
  • “Pearl”
  • “Piper”

Animated Feature Film

  • “Kubo and the Two Strings”
  • “Moana”
  • “My Life as a Zucchini”
  • “The Red Turtle”
  • “Zootopia”
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