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    Oscar nominations 2017: Complete list of nominees; ‘La La Land’s’ 14 ties record

    By Stephanie Merry By Stephanie Merry January 24 Follow @stephmerry
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    “La La Land” was the big story from the nominations announcement for the 89th Academy Awards on Tuesday morning, as it garnered 14 nods, tying “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for the most of any movie in history. The musical’s nominations include best picture, best director for Damien Chazelle, leads Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and two in one category, best song.

    [‘La La Land’: How one of the best movies of the year almost didn’t get made]

    Other standouts include “Moonlight,” which is up for eight awards, including best picture, director (Barry Jenkins) and supporting awards for Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris. Tied with “Moonlight” is “Arrival,” which wasn’t singled out for acting, but is a contender for production design, cinematography and sound awards, not to mention best picture and director (Denis Villeneuve).

    “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Hacksaw Ridge” also had an impressive showing with six nominations a piece. Notably, Mel Gibson was nominated for his direction of “Hacksaw” after years as a Hollywood pariah. But he’ll have stiff competition in that crowded field.

    The Oscars ceremony, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, airs at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26 on ABC.

    "La La Land" leads the pack with the most Academy Award nominations this year, but there's so much more to know. Here are the highlights of the 2017 Oscar nominations. (Nicki DeMarco/The Washington Post)

    Nominations (by movie):
    “La La Land” — 14
    “Arrival” — 8
    “Moonlight” — 8
    “Hacksaw Ridge” — 6
    “Lion” — 6
    “Manchester by the Sea” — 6
    “Fences” — 4
    “Hell or High Water” — 4

    The list of nominations for the 89th Academy Awards

    Best picture
    “La La Land”
    “Moonlight”
    “Manchester by the Sea”
    “Arrival”
    “Fences”
    “Lion”
    “Hidden Figures”
    “Hacksaw Ridge”
    “Hell or High Water”
    Immediate reaction: This race is shaping up to be a battle between the poignant drama “Moonlight” and the fanciful musical “La La Land,” which won a record-setting seven Golden Globes earlier this month. “La La” seems to have the edge given its record-tying 14 nominations.

    [‘La La Land’ is now among the most celebrated movies ever. Really?]

    From "Arrival" to "Moonlight," check out the trailers for the movies nominated for best picture at the 2017 Academy Awards. (The Washington Post)

    Best actress in a leading role
    Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
    Emma Stone, “La La Land”
    Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
    Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
    Ruth Negga, “Loving”
    Immediate reaction: Amy Adams, who starred in “Arrival,” was snubbed in this category, but maybe it’s for the best, since Adams has become the Susan Lucci of the Oscars — always a contender, never a winner. Natalie Portman’s performance as Jacqueline Kennedy in “Jackie” is going to be hard to beat, though Isabelle Huppert took home the Golden Globe over Portman for her role in a foreign film, “Elle.” Ruth Negga gets the only nomination for “Loving.”

    Natalie Portman and other stars from the Jacqueline Kennedy biopic "Jackie" attend a red carpet event before a premiere of the film at the Newseum. (Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post)

    Best actor in a leading role
    Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
    Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
    Denzel Washington, “Fences”
    Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
    Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
    Immediate reaction: Casey Affleck has won just about every award there is to win for his affecting turn as a grieving, broken man in “Manchester by the Sea.” Will a Gotham, a Globe and countless critics’ association awards add up to Oscar glory? It’s looking that way.

    Best director
    Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
    Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
    Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”
    Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
    Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
    Immediate reaction: The question is whether Damien Chazelle can re-create his stellar Golden Globes night with another director’s award. This isn’t Chazelle’s first Oscar nomination; he was also up for the best screenplay award in 2015 for “Whiplash.” Another notable mention: Mel Gibson, whose redemption is complete.

    [How ‘Moonlight’ became one of the year’s best movies]

    Actress in a supporting role
    Viola Davis, “Fences”
    Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”
    Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
    Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
    Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
    Immediate reaction: Viola Davis could win an award for award-winning, given that she always delivers moving, thoughtful speeches. She has a good shot at giving us a little more of that brilliance thanks to her powerful performance as a put-upon wife in “Fences.” She’s also the first black actress to be nominated for three Oscars.

    [Viola Davis makes history with her third Oscar nod. We might be in for an epic speech.]

    Actor in a supporting role
    Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
    Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
    Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
    Dev Patel, “Lion”
    Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”
    Immediate reaction: This prize should be Mahershala Ali’s to lose. He was stunning as a drug dealer with a paternal streak in “Moonlight.” To everyone’s surprise, the Golden Globes awarded Aaron Taylor-Johnson the prize instead. That clearly won’t be happening again at the Oscars since Taylor-Johnson didn’t even make the cut for nominees. His co-star Michael Shannon did, though.

    Best documentary
    “O.J.: Made in America”
    “13th”
    “I Am Not Your Negro”
    “Fire at Sea”
    “Life, Animated”
    Immediate reaction: There were a number of exceptional documentaries about race in America this year, and the Academy noticed. “O.J.: Made in America” is ESPN’s exhaustive, stunning 467-minute docu-series about O.J. Simpson’s rise and fall; “13th” is Ava DuVernay’s examination of racial inequality in the prison system; and “I Am Not Your Negro” uses the words from writer James Baldwin’s unfinished book to explore how the assassinations of three civil rights activists still resonate today.

    [ESPN’s ‘O.J.: Made in America’ was nominated for a best documentary Oscar, and yes, that’s allowed]

    Best foreign language film
    “Toni Erdmann”
    “The Salesman”
    “Land of Mine”
    “A Man Called Ove”
    “Tanna”
    Immediate reaction: If you have a few hours to spare, and a taste for absurdist humor, then it’s time to check out “Toni Erdmann.” The disarmingly funny German movie about a wacky dad trying to get his all-business daughter to loosen up could earn its writer-director, Maren Ade, her first Academy Award. Asghar Farhadi, the writer-director of “The Salesman,” saw his film “A Separation” win this category in 2012 (and he was nominated for best original screenplay as well).

    Best animated feature film
    “Zootopia”
    “Kubo and the Two Strings”
    “Moana”
    “The Red Turtle”
    “My Life as a Zucchini”
    Immediate reaction: As always, there’s a good mix of box office hits and smaller releases. “Zootopia” was a given, with its timely subtext about acceptance and unity. That’s the clear front-runner. Meanwhile, Pixar missed out with no nomination for “Finding Dory.” (Not to worry, though, as the studio was nominated for best animated short, for “Piper.”)

    [How record-setting ‘Zootopia’ is the perfect film for this politically divisive campaign season]

    Best adapted screenplay
    “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins and Tarell McCraney
    “Arrival,” Eric Heisserer
    “Lion,” Luke Davies
    “Fences,” August Wilson
    “Hidden Figures,” Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
    Immediate reaction: The rules on what constitutes an adapted screenplay are a little odd, but here we are. Although “Moonlight” is based on a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney that was never actually performed, it’s still in the adapted category. (Meanwhile, “Jackie,” based on any number of biographies about Jackie Kennedy’s life, is original. Go figure.) The competition is stiffer in this category, because we all know how Hollywood loves to churn out adaptations.

    Best original screenplay
    “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
    “Hell or High Water,” Taylor Sheridan
    “Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan
    “The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou
    “20th Century Women,” Mike Mills
    Immediate reactions: Taylor Sheridan got his start as an actor, but he’s gotten a lot more attention for his brilliant, gripping scripts with no shortage of social commentary. First there was “Sicario” in 2015, then last year’s “Hell or High Water.” He shows no sign of slowing down given that his latest (also his directorial debut) “Wind River” just debuted at Sundance to good reviews. But can he possibly beat “Manchester by the Sea” and “La La Land”? That will be a tall order. This is the sole nomination for each of the two other movies in this category, the eccentric dark comedy “The Lobster” and the coming-of-age dramedy “20th Century Women.”

    Best original song
    “How Far I’ll Go,” “Moana”
    “City of Stars,” “La La Land”
    “Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” “La La Land”
    “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” “Trolls”
    “The Empty Chair,” “Jim: The James Foley Story”
    Immediate reaction: You can’t exactly call it a snub, but it’s still a shame that the charming Irish musical “Sing Street” — not to be confused with the animated “Sing” — got no love from the Academy. The song “Drive It Like You Stole It” is at least 15 times more brilliant than Justin Timberlake’s inescapable and derivative “Trolls” anthem. In other news, Lin-Manuel Miranda is apparently taking over the world. After getting plenty of acclaim for “Hamilton,” he’s also getting love from the Academy for his work on “Moana,” and if “How Far I’ll Go,” which he wrote, wins this category, he’ll become part of the select group of people to have won an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony).

    [With his Oscar nomination, Lin-Manuel Miranda is on the brink of an EGOT]

    Best original score
    “La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz
    “Moonlight,” Nicholas Britell
    “Lion,” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
    “Jackie,” Mica Levi
    “Passengers,” Thomas Newman
    Immediate reaction: Come on. It’s all about “La La Land.” Obviously. Though it’s interesting to see that the universally panned “Passengers” got a nod, one of two for the movie. (The other was production design.) This is composer Thomas Newman’s 14th nomination.

    Best cinematography
    “Moonlight,” James Laxton
    “La La Land,” Linus Sandgren
    “Arrival,” Bradford Young
    “Silence,” Rodrigo Prieto
    “Lion,” Greig Fraser
    Immediate reaction: There was some stunning cinematography this year, from the showstopping opening sequence of “La La Land” to the mind-bending shots of a gravity-free ascent into a spaceship in “Arrival.” Even if that movie’s director of photography, Bradford Young, doesn’t win the award, he’s already made history as the first African American cinematographer to be nominated for an Oscar. This has been a long time coming for the Howard University graduate, who many said was robbed when he didn’t get a nod for 2014’s “Selma.”

    Best production design
    “La La Land,” David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
    “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock
    “Arrival,” Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte
    “Hail, Caesar!,”  Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh
    “Passengers,” Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serdena
    Immediate reaction: Are you getting sick of all the love for “La La Land” yet? Well, you’re not alone. Still, the movie was pretty stunning to look at. It’s also about time that David Wasco got a nomination. He’s responsible for the production design for “Pulp Fiction,” “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Inglourious Basterds,” among others. This is one of two nominations for the Harry Potter spinoff, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” and the sole nomination for the Coen Brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!”

    [The aliens in ‘Arrival’ are stunning. How do they compare to other film creatures?]

    Best visual effects
    “The Jungle Book,” Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon
    “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould
    “Doctor Strange,” Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
    “Deepwater Horizon,” Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
    “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
    Immediate reaction: “The Jungle Book” is the front-runner here, for the way the movie used CGI to bring animals to life without making them look creepy. Meanwhile, the animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings” also made the cut, which means it’s up for two Oscars (the other is best animated feature). The Star Wars spinoff “Rogue One” is also nominated for two awards, visual effects and sound mixing.

    Best costume design
    “La La Land,” Mary Zophres
    “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Colleen Atwood
    “Florence Foster Jenkins,” Consolata Boyle
    “Jackie,” Madeline Fontaine
    “Allied,” Joanna Johnston
    Immediate reaction: This is the second nomination for “La La Land” designer Mary Zophres. But her competition is tough, especially from Madeline Fontaine of “Jackie,” which so expertly re-created the wardrobe of the former first lady, including her iconic pink Chanel suit.

    Best makeup and hair styling
    “Star Trek Beyond,” Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
    “Suicide Squad,” Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson
    “A Man Called Ove,” Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
    Immediate reaction: Which of these things is not like the other? The Swedish film “A Man Called Ove,” also nominated for best foreign language film, is up against two blockbusters, including the critically derided “Suicide Squad.”

    Best animated short film
    “Piper”
    “Pearl”
    “Borrowed Time”
    “Pear Cider and Cigarettes”
    “Blind Vaysha”

    Best live action short film
    “Timecode”
    “Sing (Mindenki)
    “Silent Nights”
    “Ennemis Interieurs”
    “La Femme et le TGV”

    Best documentary short subject
    “The White Helmets”
    “Extremis”
    “Watani: My Homeland”
    “4.1 Miles”
    “Joe’s Violin”

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

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

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

    Bethonie Butler, Elahe Izadi and Emily Yahr contributed. 

    This post has been updated. It now includes the correct wording of the title “Life, Animated.”

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