‘La La Land’ ties record with 14 Oscar nominations


Musical romance “La La Land” secured its place in Oscar history Tuesday with a record-tying 14 nominations including best picture.

Director Damien Chazelle’s ode to the artistic life was nominated for all of the Oscars’ top awards, including best picture, director, and lead actor and actress for the film’s stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

The film, an homage to old-style Hollywood musicals, also scored nominations for original screenplay and score, film editing, cinematography, sound mixing and editing, along with production and costume design. It received two nominations in the best original song category.

Only two other films in Oscar history have garnered 14 nominations, “Titanic” (1997) and “All About Eve” (1950). At the Golden Globes on January 8, “La La Land” won a record seven trophies.

“La La Land” will compete against eight other films for best picture: coming-of-age story “Moonlight,” science fiction thriller “Arrival,” family drama “Manchester by the Sea,” Australian adoption drama “Lion” and wartime biopic “Hacksaw Ridge,” as well as “Fences,” “Hell or High Water,” and “Hidden Figures.”

“Arrival” and “Moonlight” each scored eight nominations, while “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Lion” and “Manchester by the Sea” had six.

“Manchester by the Sea” set a milestone of a kind as well – for online shopping giant Amazon, whose video streaming division is the film’s distributor. The best picture nomination is a first for a streaming service.

Also nominated for lead actor are Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”), Denzel Washington (“Fences”), Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”) and Viggo Mortensen (“Captain Fantastic”).

Lead actress nominees are Stone, Natalie Portman (“Jackie”), Ruth Negga (“Loving”), Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) and Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”). The nod was Streep’s 20th Oscar nomination.

Five films were selected from a shortlist of nine to compete for the best foreign film Oscar: Germany’s “Toni Erdmann,” Iran’s “The Salesman,” Sweden’s “A Man Called Ove,” Denmark’s “Land of Mine” and Australia’s “Tanna.”

The 2017 slate of nominees showed a marked contrast to that of the previous two years, when perceived snubs of non-white actors and other film artists in the nominations led some to boycott the awards under the slogan #OscarsSoWhite.

The resulting controversy led the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, to revise its voting rules and diversify its membership.

This year’s Oscars shortlist included seven non-white actors including Washington, Negga, best supporting actor nominee Dev Patel (“Lion”) and best supporting actress nominee Viola Davis (“Fences”), as well as nominations for “Hidden Figures,” “Fences” and “Moonlight,” all of which feature African-American main characters.

The 89th Oscars will be presented in a televised ceremony hosted by US comedian Jimmy Kimmel in Los Angeles on February 26.