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Oscar nominations 2017: Moonlight and La La Land will go head-to-head at the Academy Awards

Oscar nominations 2017: Moonlight and La La Land will go head-to-head at the Academy Awards

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The 89th annual Academy Awards are this Sunday at 8:30pm ET. Despite minor and inevitable backlash, La La Land and Moonlight remain the frontrunners for the evening. Check out the nominations for this pair along with other films before the big night.

The nominees for the 89th annual Academy Awards are finally in. As if there was any doubt, Moonlight and La La Land, two of the biggest movies of 2016, will face off at the awards, as each raked in the most nominations across all categories. La La Land earned a record-tying 14 nominations, including a Best Picture nod and two for Best Original Song. That number ties it with Titanic and All About Eve for the most number of nominations for a single film. All things considered, it may well be La La Land’s night, but Moonlight, with its eight nominations, could still come away winning big at the show.

This was a big year for the Oscars. After last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences made a significant push to foster and better recognize diversity in filmmaking. That effort shows in the nominations, which went to a number of actors and directors of color. Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Naomie Harris, Dev Patel, Ruth Negga, and Mahershala Ali all got nods for their performances. Meanwhile, Barry Jenkins is up for Best Director for Moonlight. Finally, Ava Duvernay’s 13th, Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, and Ezra Edelman’s OJ: Made in America are all up for Best Documentary, and all deal with the spectre of racism in America. This year’s effort is by no means perfect, but it’s a welcome start as the Academy improves going forward.

Here is the list of nominees.

Best Picture



Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land


Manchester by the Sea


Best Director

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

Best Adapted Screenplay



Hidden Figures 



Best Actor

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Denzel Washington, Fences

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Best Actress

Emma Stone, La La Land

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Best Supporting Actress

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Documentary

Fire at Sea 

I Am Not Your Negro 

Life Animated

OJ: Made in America 


Best Documentary Short Subject

The White Helmets


Watani: My Homeland

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Best Live Action Short Film


Sing (Mindenki)

Silent Nights

Ennemis Interieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Best Animated Film


Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life as a Zucchini 

The Red Turtle

Best Animated Short film



Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Blind Vaysha

Best Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine 

A Man Called Ove 

The Salesman 


Toni Erdmann

Best Cinematography



La La Land



Best Production Design


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail Caesar 

La La Land 


Best Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon 

Doctor Strange 

Jungle Book 

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Film Editing

La La Land


Hacksaw Ridge


Hell or High Water

Best Costume Design


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins 


La La Land

Best Makeup and Hair

A Man Called Ove 

Star Trek Beyond 

Suicide Squad

Best Original Score

La La Land, Justin Hurwitz

Moonlight, Nicholas Britell

Lion, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka

Jackie, Mica Levi

Passengers, Thomas Newman

Best Original Song

“Audition,” La La Land

“Can't Stop the Feeling,” Trolls

“City of Stars,” La La Land

“The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story

“How Far I'll Go,” Moana

Best Sound Editing

La La Land

Hacksaw Ridge



Deepwater Horizon

Best Sound Mixing

La La Land

Hacksaw Ridge

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Update 1/25 9:20am ET: A previous version of this article stated that Moonlight had earned nine nominations. That was inaccurate. It has eight. The piece has been updated.

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