The main nominations for this year's Academy Awards revealed.
The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards are finally in, and of course it's 'La La Land' that takes the biscuit. With no less than 14 nominations under its belt, it's matched the Oscars record! Plus, with the concerns about the 2016 Oscars being a whitewash, it appears the board have addressed these matters by welcoming diversity across each selection.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star in 'La La Land'
It hardly needs to be said, but Damien Chazelle's musical 'La La Land', starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is leading this year's Oscar nominations with a record-tying 14 which puts them level with 'Titanic' and 'All About Eve'. Naturally, they have been named in the Best Picture, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress and Director categories, but also Original Score, Original Song for both 'Audition (The Fools Who Dream)' and 'City Of Stars', Original Screenplay, as well as Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
Talking of musicals, the 'La La Land' contenders have got quite the competition. Also among the Original Song nominees are the Justin Timberlake number 'Can't Stop The Feeling' from 'Trolls', Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'How Far I'll Go' from 'Moana' and 'The Empty Chair' which was co-written by Sting for 'Jim: The James Foley Story' which found itself snubbed in the Documentary category.
Mahershala Ali stars in 'Moonlight'
Joining that in the Best Picture category is 'Arrival' with a not-to-be-sniffed-at eight nominations, including for Denis Villeneuve's directing and Best Adapted Screenplay. Also with eight is 'Moonlight'; a contender for Best Picture, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay and Directing, with Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris up for Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role.
With six nominations apiece are more Best Picture titles 'Hacksaw Ridge' (with Andrew Garfield vying for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Mel Gibson for Best Director), 'Manchester By The Sea' (with Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams and Kenneth Lonergan named among Best Lead Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress and Director respectively) and 'Lion' (which is competing for Original Score, Adapted Screenplay and Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role for Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman's performances).
Viola Davis and Denzel Washington star in 'Fences'
The Best Picture category is completed with 'Hell or High Water' (four nominations including Jeff Bridges for his Supporting Role), 'Fences' (four again, with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in Leading Role and Supporting Role respectively) and 'Hidden Figures' (starring Supporting Role nominee Octavia Spencer). Viggo Mortensen is up for Actor in a Leading Role for 'Captain Fantastic' and Michael Shannon is among Actors in a Supporting Role for 'Nocturnal Animals', meanwhile completing the list for Actress in a Leading Role are Isabelle Huppert ('Elle'), Natalie Portman ('Jackie'), Meryl Streep ('Florence Foster Jenkins') and Ruth Negga ('Loving').
Ruth Negga was one of the more surprising acknowledgements this year, though that doesn't mean it isn't extremely well-deserved. 'I am truly humbled by the news this morning, and I thank the Academy for this recognition, which I share with my co-collaborators Jeff Nichols and Joel Edgerton', she said in a statement. 'To be among such extraordinary women - my fellow nominees, my peers with films this year, and the legendary performers whose work of years past has long inspired me... this means a great deal to me.'
Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton star in 'Loving'
In the Animated Feature Film category there is 'My Life As A Zucchini', 'The Red Turtle', 'Zootopia', 'Kubo And The Two Strings' (also up for Visual Effects) and 'Moana'. Other big movies to get a nod or two at the 89th Academy Awards include 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' (Costume and Production Design), 'Passengers' (Production Design and Original Score), 'Rogue One' (Visual Effects and Sound Mixing), 'Allied' (Costume Design), 'Suicide Squad' (Makeup And Hairstyling) and 'Doctor Strange' (Visual Effects).
The most surprising snubs of this year were Nate Parker's slave drama 'The Birth of a Nation', Jessica Chastain thriller 'Miss Sloane', Oliver Stone's whistleblower biopic 'Snowden' and Taika Waititi's wilderness adventure 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople'.
Plus, there were many who thought Spanish romance 'Julieta' was a dead cert for Best Foreign Language film, while 'Finding Dory' was surprisingly absent from the Animated Feature Film list. On the other hand, 'Deadpool' might have been a firm audience favourite last year, but it's understandable that the Marvel comedy isn't considered nearly highbrow enough for the Oscars.
The 89th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 26th 2017.