June 19, 2018

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

oooLa 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
The actress, who plays Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films, said she was “over the moon” and “couldn’t be more thrilled”.
“Moonlight is touching many hearts at a time when people are seeking compassion and connection in the world,” she continued in a statement.
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.
Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga and France’s Isabelle Huppert are also in contention for their roles in Jackie, Loving and Elle.
In a statement, Emma Stone said she was “so grateful” for her best actress nomination and “overjoyed” La La Land had “connected with audiences”.
“The greatest part of life is connecting with people, and I love the deeply talented, kind and passionate people I was lucky enough to work with on this movie.”
Harris is joined in the supporting actress category by Fences star Viola Davis and Manchester by the Sea’s Michelle Williams.
Williams said making the film was “incredibly rewarding” and that it was “truly an honour to be included among such amazing women”.
If Chazelle wins best director, he will be the youngest person ever to receive the award.
Mel Gibson is also up for the director prize, as is Arrival’s Denis Villeneuve, Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins and Manchester by the Sea’s Kenneth Lonergan.
Gibson, shortlisted for Hacksaw Ridge, is the only previous Oscar winner to be shortlisted, though both Chazelle and Lonergan have been previously nominated for their writing.
“What could be more exciting than listening to the nominations being announced while holding my newborn son!” said Gibson, who became a father for the ninth time last week.
Jenkins, who is also recognised for writing Moonlight’s screenplay, said he was “moved beyond words by the love that was shown by the Academy” on Tuesday.
How Far I’ll Go, from Disney animation Moana, joins La La Land tracks Audition and City of Stars on the five-strong best song shortlist.
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who co-wrote How Far I’ll Go, celebrated his nomination with a series of Twitter emojis.
Moana gets a second nomination for best animated feature alongside fellow Disney release Zootopia – released as Zootropolis in the UK.
French film My Life as a Zucchini, Japanese animation The Red Turtle and US release Kubo and the Two Strings are also shortlisted.
Kubo gets an additional nomination in the visual effects category – the first animated film to do so since 1993’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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