2017 Oscar Nominations Make History With 'La La Land''s Record Tying Haul

2017 Oscar Nominations Make History With 'La La Land''s Record Tying Haul

By Robert Dougherty Jan 24, 2017 09:27 AM
Photo Credit: Summit Entertainment

In 88 years of Oscar nominations, only Titanic and All About Eve had their names called 14 times before La La Land. Now the movie that already won the most Golden Globes in history has a chance to match Oscar history, although matching the Oscar record of 11 victories may still be a tough task.

Nonetheless, the one big award for Best Picture is one of the many well within its grasp, with only Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight in its way in the climactic category.

As for Damien Chazelle, he just has Barry Jenkins, Mel Gibson, Kenneth Lonergan and Denis Villeneuve in his way for Best Director, while Ryan Gosling has to upset Casey Affleck, Denzel Washington, Andrew Garfield and Viggo Mortensen for Best Actor, and Emma Stone has to hold off Natalie Portman, Isabelle Huppert, Meryl Streep and Ruth Negga for Best Actress.

Negga's inclusion over Amy Adams was one of the only mild surprises in the major categories, along with Michael Shannon beating out Golden Globe winning Nocturnal Animals co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Hugh Grant for the last Best Supporting Actor slot. Otherwise, everything largely went according to convention, right down to La La Land's record-tying nomination performance.

Moonlight and Arrival led the rest of the pack with eight nominations, followed by six for Manchester by the Sea, Hacksaw Ridge and Lion. They may all have to look up to La La Land in the final victory totals a month from now as well, but the question is how many scraps they can all get for themselves in the meantime, if any.

Those questions will be answered on Feb. 26 on ABC, with the full list of the invited nominees below.

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

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

Hell or High Water: Taylor Sheridan

La La Land: Damien Chazelle

The Lobster: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou

Manchester by the Sea: Kenneth Lonergan

20’th Century Women: Mike Mills

Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival: Eric Heisserer

Fences: August Wilson

Hidden Figures: Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroder

Lion: Luke Davies

Moonlight: Barry Jenkins

Best Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

Best Score

Jackie: Mica Levi

La La Land: Justin Hurwitz

Lion: Hauschka, Dustin O’Halloran

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 Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Tana

Toni Erdmann

Best Cinematography

Arrival

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Silence

Best Editing

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

Best Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon

Dr. Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One

Best Production Design

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts

Hail, Caesar

La La Land

Passengers

Best Costume Design

Allied

Fantastic Beasts

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

Best Documentary

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life Animated

O.J. Made In America

13’th

Best Documentary Short

Extremist

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violinist

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

Best Live Action Short

Ennemis Interieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

Sing

Timecode

Best Sound Editing

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

Best Sound Mixing

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One

13 Hours

Best Makeup/Hair

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

Best Animated Short

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pearl

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Piper

Tags: La La Land (2016), Moonlight (2016), Manchester by the Sea (2016), Arrival (2016), Hacksaw Ridge (2016), Lion (2016)
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