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'La La Land' Dances Toward Oscar Glory With 14 Nominations
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'La La Land' Dances Toward Oscar Glory With 14 Nominations

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Film Editor
Updated: 24 January 2017
La La Land shocked no one this morning by taking pole position in the Oscar race. It was named in a record-tying 14 categories — 6 more than the second best performer, Moonlight.

As expected, there was a major resurgence for African-American nominees following a two-year shut-out in the main categories. Seven black actors were nominated and three films about the African-American experience were nominated as Best Picture — Moonlight, Fences, and Hidden Figures.

Among the major snubs were Amy Adams (Arrival) and Annette Bening (20th Century Women) in the Best Actress category. Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) earned her twentieth Oscar nomination.

Martin Scorsese’s Silence proved too difficult a film for Oscar voters and was omitted in all the top categories.

More analysis to follow. Here are the nominations:

Best picture

“La La Land”


“Manchester by the Sea”




“Hidden Figures”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hell or High Water”

Best director

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Best actress in a leading role

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Best supporting actress

Viola Davis, “Fences”

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Best actor in a leading role

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

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 adapted screenplay

“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins

“Arrival,” Eric Heisserer

“Lion,” Luke Davies

“Fences,” August Wilson

“Hidden Figures,” Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi

Best original screenplay

“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle

“Hell or High Water,” Taylor Sheridan

“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan

“The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou

“20th Century Women,” Mike Mills

Best animated feature film


“Kubo and the Two Strings”


“The Red Turtle”

“My Life as a Zucchini”

Best animated short film



“Borrowed Time”

“Pear Cider and Cigarettes”

“Blind Vaysha”

Best foreign-language film

“Toni Erdmann”

“The Salesman”

“Land of Mine”

“A Man Called Ove”


Best documentary

“O.J.: Made in America”


“I Am Not Your Negro”

“Fire at Sea”

“Life Animate”

Best cinematography

“Moonlight,” James Laxton

“La La Land,” Linus Sandgren

“Arrival,” Bradford Young

“Silence,” Rodrigo Prieto

“Lion,” Greig Fraser

Best documentary short subject

“The White Helmets”


“Watani: My Homeland”

“4.1 Miles”

“Joe’s Violin”

Best live action short film


“Sing (Mindenki)

“Silent Nights”

“Ennemis Interieurs”

“La Femme et le TGV”

Best original song

“How Far I’ll Go,” “Moana”

“City of Stars,” “La La Land”

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” “La La Land”

“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” “Trolls”

“The Empty Chair,” “Jim: The James Foley Story”

Best original score

“La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz

“Moonlight,” Nicholas Britell

“Lion,” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka

“Jackie,” Mica Levi

“Passengers,” Thomas Newman

Best film editing

“La La Land”


“Hacksaw Ridge”


“Hell or High Water”

Best visual effects

“The Jungle Book”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

“Doctor Strange”

“Deepwater Horizon”

“Kubo and the Two Strings

Best sound editing

“La La Land”

“Hacksaw Ridge”



“Deepwater Horizon”

Best sound mixing

“La La Land”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”


“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”

Best costume design

“La La Land”

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

“Florence Foster Jenkins”



Best makeup and hair styling

“Star Trek Beyond”

“Suicide Squad”

“A Man Called Ove”

Best production design

“La La Land”

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”


“Hail, Caesar!”