DIVERSITY & LA LA LAND DEFINE THE 2017 OSCAR NOMINATIONS

Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton in ‘Loving.’ Negga is a surprise nominee in the best actress category for this year’s Oscars.

A movie musical and long overdue recognition of black talent are breathing some life back into the Academy Awards. Oscar nominations were released today and the big news is that six black actors have been nominated in lead or supporting categories, marking a big departure from last year’s #OscarsSoWhite fiasco. In the lead categories Denzel Washington is included for his film, “Fences,” which he also directed and Ruth Negga is nominated for “Loving,” a film about interracial marriage in the deep South. In the best supporting categories Viola Davis is also nominated for “Fences,” which as her third Oscar nomination makes her the most nominated black actress in Academy history, she was previously tapped for best actress in 2012’s “The Help” and best supporting in 2009’s “Doubt.”

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Naomie Harris, who was featured on the cover of The Untitled Magazine’s #GirlPower Issue, and Mahershala Ali are both in the supporting categories with “Moonlight” and Octavia Spencer gets the nod for “Hidden Figures,” the previously untold story of a trio of African American women who were the brains at Nasa behind John Glenn’s launch into orbit. Another milestone for the Oscars comes with “La La Land,” the Emma Stone and Gosling song-and-dance vehicle is nominated for a record fourteen awards, tying the film only with “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for the most nods in Oscar history.

Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson & Octavia Spencer in ‘Hidden Figures.’ Spencer is nominated in the supporting actress category.

Considering it’s giant awards haul at the recent Golden Globes, “La La Land” seems to be a shoo-in for best picture. However, the academy sometimes surprises – “Arrival,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Hidden Figures,” “Lion,” “Moonlight,” and “Manchester by the Sea” are also up for the award. Best director nominees are a similar list. Damien Chazelle is in for “La La Land,” Mel Gibson for “Hacksaw Ridge,” Barry Jenkins for “Moonlight,” and Denis Villeneuve for “Arrival.” Nate Parker and his film, “Birth of A Nation” has been left out of both categories, the snub is most likely due to the furor surrounding Parker’s overturned college rape conviction. However, misogyny hasn’t shut Casey Affleck out of the ceremonies – the accused sexual harrasser is nominated for best actor for “Manchester by The Sea.” Affleck and Washington are joined in the best actor group by Andrew Garfield for “Hacksaw Ridge,” Viggo Mortensen for “Captain Fantastic,” and Ryan Gosling for “La La Land.”

Isabelle Huppert is nominated for best actress for her role in ‘Elle.’

For best actress, Isabelle Huppert is in for “Elle,” a French film that tells the story of a woman who decides to pursue her rapist. Natalie Portman is nominated for “Jackie.” Hollywood favorite Meryl Streep has been nominated for “Florence Foster Jenkins” only weeks after she gave a fiery anti-Trump speech at the Golden Globes. Of course, “La La Land’s” Emma Stone is also a nominee in the lead category. For supporting actresses, Nicole Kidman and Michelle Williams are nominated for “Lion” and “Manchester by the Sea.” The category marks a rare moment where white nominees are outnumbered by minorities. In the supporting actor category, Dev Patel joins “Moonlight’s” Ali. Patel’s nomination for “Lion” marks another nomination for a person of color in the supporting actor category. Jeff Bridges is also included in the supporting male group for “Hell or High Water,” Lucas Hedges is in for “Manchester by the Sea,” and Michael Shannon gets a chance with designer Tom Ford’s second directorial effort, “Nocturnal Animals.”

The Oscars will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on ABC, February 26th. See the full list of nominations below.

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

Lead actor
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land,”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

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

Supporting actor
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

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

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

Animated feature
“Kubo and the Two Strings,” Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
“Moana,” John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer
“My Life as a Zucchini,” Claude Barras and Max Karli
“The Red Turtle,” Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
“Zootopia,” Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

Animated short
“Blind Vaysha,” Theodore Ushev
“Borrowed Time,” Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes,” Robert Valley and Cara Speller
“Pearl,” Patrick Osborne
“Piper,” Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Adapted screenplay
“Arrival,” Eric Heisserer
“Fences,” August Wilson
“Hidden Figures,” Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
“Lion,” Luke Davies
“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

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

Cinematography
“Arrival,” Bradford Young
“La La Land,” Linus Sandgren
“Lion,” Greig Fraser
“Moonlight,” James Laxton
“Silence,” Rodrigo Prieto

Best documentary feature
“13th,” Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish
“Fire at Sea,” Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
“I Am Not Your Negro,” Raoul Peck, Remi Grellety and Hebert Peck
“Life, Animated,” Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
“O.J.: Made in America,” Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow

Best documentary short subject
“4.1 Miles,” Daphne Matziaraki
“Extremis,” Dan Krauss
“Joe’s Violin,” Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
“Watani: My Homeland,” Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
“The White Helmets,” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Best live action short film
“Ennemis Interieurs,” Selim Azzazi
“La Femme et le TGV,” Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
“Silent Nights,” Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
“Sing,” Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy
“Timecode,” Juanjo Gimenez

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

Film editing
“Arrival,” Joe Walker
“Hacksaw Ridge,” John Gilbert
“Hell or High Water,” Jake Roberts
“La La Land,” Tom Cross
“Moonlight,” Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Sound editing
“Arrival,” Sylvain Bellemare
“Deep Water Horizon,” Wylie Stateman and Renee Tondelli
“Hacksaw Ridge,” Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
“La La Land,” Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
“Sully,” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Sound mixing
“Arrival,” Bernard Gariepy Strobl and Claude La Haye
“Hacksaw Ridge,” Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
“La La Land,” Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth

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

Original score
“Jackie,” Mica Levi
“La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz
“Lion,” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
“Moonlight,” Nicholas Britell
“Passengers,” Thomas Newman

Original song
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” “La La Land” — Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Trolls” — Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
“City of Stars,” “La La Land” — Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“The Empty Chair,” “Jim: The James Foley Story” — Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
“How Far I’ll Go,” “Moana” — Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Makeup and hair
“A Man Called Ove,” Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
“Star Trek Beyond,” Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
“Suicide Squad,” Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

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

Visual effects
“Deepwater Horizon,” Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
“Doctor Strange,” Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
“The Jungle Book,” Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon
“Kubo and the Two Strings,” Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould

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