Oscar nominations 2017: La La Land leads field with 14 nods


La La Land will be the one to beat at this year’s Oscars, having scored a record-equalling 14 nominations.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are up for best actor and actress for their roles in the modern musical romance.

It is also one of nine films up for the best picture award.

Sci-fi film Arrival and coming-of-age drama Moonlight have eight nominations each, with the latter’s citations including a supporting actress nod for Britain’s Naomie Harris.

The actress, who plays Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films, said she was “over the moon” and “couldn’t be more thrilled”.

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Other British contenders include Dev Patel, up for best supporting actor for Lion, and musician Sting, nominated for best song.

Slumdog Millionaire star Patel told the BBC it felt “amazing” to receive his first Oscar nomination.

“I’m sitting here with my mouth wide open figuring out how this happened,” he said. “I’m feeling overwhelmingly grateful right now.”

La La Land’s 14 nominations puts it on the same footing as All About Eve and Titanic, which both received 14 nominations in 1951 and 1998 respectively.

Films with most nominations
La La Land 14
Arrival 8
Moonlight 8
Hacksaw Ridge 6
Lion 6
Manchester by the Sea 6

Damien Chazelle is nominated both for his direction and original screenplay, while his film has two nominations in the best song category.

The film, which received 11 Bafta nominations earlier this month, gets additional nods for its score, editing, cinematography, costume and production design, sound editing and mixing.

Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Lion and Manchester by the Sea join Arrival, La La Land and Moonlight on the best picture shortlist.

Britain’s Andrew Garfield is nominated alongside Gosling in the best actor category for his role in war drama Hacksaw Ridge. Casey Affleck, Viggo Mortensen and Denzel Washington are also shortlisted for Manchester by the Sea, Captain Fantastic and Fences respectively.

Meryl Streep gets her 20th Oscar nomination, in the best actress category, for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins.

Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga and France’s Isabelle Huppert are also in contention for their roles in Jackie, Loving and Elle.

Harris is joined in the supporting actress category by Fences star Viola Davis and Manchester by the Sea’s Michelle Williams. Previous Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Octavia Spencer also receive nominations for Lion and Hidden Figures.

Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali, Manchester by the Sea’s Lucas Hedges and Hell or High Water’s Jeff Bridges are also up for best supporting actor.

The line-up is completed by Michael Shannon, a surprise nominee for his work in Nocturnal Animals.

Non-white talent is well-represented in this year’s acting nominations, with at least one non-white actor included in each of the four categories.

This contrasts with 2015 and 2016’s nominations, which were criticised for having all-white line-ups in the acting categories.

US comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will host this year’s Oscar ceremony on 26 February.

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