• “La La Land” Tied an All-Time Record for the Most Oscar Nominations

    The Academy announced this year’s Oscar nominees yesterday, and the musical “La La Land” with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone led the way 14 nominations.  That ties the all-time record. The other movies to get 14 are “Titanic” in 1998 and “All About Eve” in 1951.  In order for “La La Land” to win the most awards, it would have to get 12 of them. For now, the record for the most wins is 11, and three movies have done that:  “Ben-Hur” in 1960, “Titanic” in 1998, and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in 2004.  But it’s a long-shot, because “La La Land” is nominated twice in the Best Original Song category, so it can only max out at 13. Anyway, after “La La Land”, “Arrival” and “Moonlight” tied for the second-most nominations with eight. All three of them are up for Best Picture, along with “Fences”, “Hacksaw Ridge”, “Hell or High Water”, “Hidden Figures”, “Lion”, and “Manchester By the Sea”. For the second time in 10 years, NONE of the Best Picture nominees had made more than $100 million in the U.S. . . . WHEN the nominations were announced.

    It also happened two years ago, but that’s only because “American Sniper” had just been released nationwide.  It ended up making $346.7 million. And “La La Land” and “Hidden Figures” are expected to surpass $100 million either this weekend or next.  “Arrival” should also make it over. “La La Land” stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are up for Best Actor and Actress. Ryan is up against Casey Affleck, Andrew Garfield, Viggo Mortensen, and Denzel Washington. While Emma is nominated alongside Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga, and Isabelle Huppert. Meryl was nominated for “Florence Foster Jenkins” . . . and it’s her 20th.  That breaks her own record for the most acting nominations.  She’s “only” won three though.  (Meryl sent out this .gif to celebrate her nomination.) “The 89th Academy Awards” will air Sunday, February 26th on ABC.  Jimmy Kimmel is hosting for the first time. 

    (We have ALL the nominees for you, here.)




  • The Oscar Nominees


    Best Picture:


    “La La Land”



    “Hacksaw Ridge”

    “Hell or High Water”

    “Hidden Figures”


    “Manchester By the Sea”




    Best Original Song:


    City of Stars . . . from “La La Land”

    Audition (The Fools Who Dream). . . from “La La Land”




    How Far I’ll Go . . . written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for “Moana”

    Can’t Stop the Feeling. . . by Justin Timberlake for “Trolls”

    The Empty Chair . . . by J. Ralph and Sting for “Jim: The James Foley Story”





    Best Original Score:   “La La Land” . . . “Jackie” . . . “Lion” . . . “Moonlight” . . . “Passengers”



    Best Actor:


    Ryan Gosling,  “La La Land”

    Denzel Washington,  “Fences”

    Casey Affleck,  “Manchester By the Sea”

    Andrew Garfield,  “Hacksaw Ridge”

    Viggo Mortensen,  “Captain Fantastic”



    Best Actress:


    Emma Stone,  “La La Land”

    Natalie Portman,  “Jackie”

    Isabelle Huppert,  “Elle”

    Ruth Negga,  “Loving”

    Meryl Streep,  “Florence Foster Jenkins”



    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 Supporting Actress:


    Viola Davis,  “Fences”

    Naomie Harris,  “Moonlight”

    Nicole Kidman,  “Lion”

    Octavia Spencer,  “Hidden Figures”

    Michelle Williams,  “Manchester By the Sea”



    Best Animated Feature Film:




    “The Red Turtle”

    “My Life as a Zucchini”

    “Kubo and the Two Strings”



    Best Director:


    Damien Chazelle,  “La La Land”

    Mel Gibson,  “Hacksaw Ridge”

    Denis Villeneuve,  “Arrival”

    Kenneth Lonergan,  “Manchester By the Sea”

    Barry Jenkins,  “Moonlight”



    Best Documentary Feature:


    “Fire at Sea”

    “I Am Not Your Negro”

    “Life, Animated”

    “O.J.: Made in America”




    Best Documentary (Short Subject):



    “4.1 Miles”

    “Joe’s Violin”

    “Watani: My Homeland”

    “The White Helmets”



    Best Original Screenplay:


    “La La Land”

    “The Lobster”

    “Hell or High Water”

    “Manchester By the Sea”

    “20th Century Women”



    Best Adapted Screenplay:




    “Hidden Figures”





    Best Foreign Film:


    “Land of Mine”  (Denmark)

    “A Man Called Ove”  (Sweden)

    “The Salesman”  (Iran)

    “Tanna”  (Australia)

    “Toni Erdmann”  (Germany)



    Best Film Editing:


    “La La Land”


    “Hacksaw Ridge”

    “Hell or High Water”




    Best Costume Design:


    “La La Land”

    “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”



    “Florence Foster Jenkins”



    Best Makeup and Hairstyling:


    “Suicide Squad”

    “Star Trek Beyond”

    “A Man Called Ove”



    Best Visual Effects:


    “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

    “Doctor Strange”

    “The Jungle Book”

    “Deepwater Horizon”

    “Kubo and the Two Strings”



    Best Sound Mixing:


    “La La Land”

    “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”


    “Hacksaw Ridge”

    “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”



    Best Sound Editing:


    “La La Land”


    “Deepwater Horizon”

    “Hacksaw Ridge”




    Best Production Design:


    “La La Land”

    “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”


    “Hail, Caesar”




    Best Cinematography:


    “La La Land”







    Best Short Film (Animated):


    “Blind Vaysha”

    “Borrowed Time”

    “Pear Cider and Cigarettes”





    Best Short Film (Live Action):


    “Ennemis Intérieurs”

    “La Femme et le TGV”

    “Silent Nights”





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