Oscar nominations break or tie multiple records, with diverse nominees and Meryl Streep’s 20th nod

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Viola Davis appears in "Fences." Paramount Pictures photo

Viola Davis appears in “Fences.” Paramount Pictures photo

The 2017 Oscar nominations were revealed today, and the Academy broke or tied multiple records.

The movie musical “La La Land” earned a leading 14 nominations, putting it in a tie with “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for the most in Academy Awards history. Its nods include best picture, best director and best original screenplay for writer-director Damien Chazelle, best actress for Emma Stone and best actor for Ryan Gosling.

Meryl Streep is nominated for best actress for her title role as an opera singer of dubious talent in “Florence Foster Jenkins.” It’s the 20th Oscar nomination for Streep, and she again broke her own record for the most acting Oscar nods for a single person. Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson follow with 12 nominations each, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Streep was first nominated in 1979 in the supporting actress category for her performance in “The Deer Hunter.” Her 20 nominations include 16 for actress in a leading role and four for supporting actress.

She was last nominated in 2015 for “Into the Woods.” Her nominations have lead to three wins: supporting actress in 1980 for “Kramer vs. Kramer,” lead actress in 1983 for “Sophie’s Choice,” and lead actress again in 2012 for “The Iron Lady.”

Streep wasn’t the only one breaking records today: Viola Davis is now the first black actress to have scored three Academy Award nominations, reports the L.A. Times. Whoopi Goldberg previously held the record with two, after she was nominated in 1986 for best supporting actress for “The Color Purple” and won best supporting actress for 1991′s “Ghost.”

Previously nominated in 2009 for her performance in “Doubt” and again in 2012 for “The Help,” Davis is nominated this time for best supporting actress for actor/director Denzel Washington’s screen adaptation of August Wilson’s esteemed stage drama “Fences.”

“Thank you to the Academy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it. Thank you Denzel for being at the helm!” Davis said in a statement.

This year marks the first time ever that three black performers are nominated for the best supporting actress Oscar in the same year, reports The Wrap. Joining Davis in the supporting actress category are “Hidden Figures’” Octavia Spencer, who won the supporting actress trophy in 2012 for “The Help,” and “Moonlight’s” Naomie Harris, a first-time Academy Award nominee.

After the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of the past two years, the Academy nominated a record six black actors this year: Along with the three supporting actress contenders, the nominees are “Loving’s” Ruth Negga for best actress; “Fences’” Denzel Washington for best actor; and “Moonlight’s” Mahershala Ali for best supporting actor. In addition, Dev Patel, who is of Gujarati Indian descent, is nominated for best supporting actor for “Lion.”

It was great to see such diversity in the nominees, but more importantly, it was wonderful to see such diversity in the films that were released in the past year. In particular, “Hidden Figures,” which earlier this month topped the domestic box office for two weekends in a row, helps affirm once again that movies about women of color can earn both critical acclaim and commercial success.

As I reported on my BAM’s Blog, my favorite Oscar nomination of this year goes to fellow Oklahoma native Eric Heisserer, who received a best adapted screenplay nod for converting Ted Chiang’s short tale “Story Of Your Life” into the screenplay for the acclaimed science fiction hit “Arrival.” The alien invasion tale scored eight nominations overall, including best picture and director for Denis Villeneuve, although it also notched one the Oscar’s most notable snubs, as its star, five-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams, was left out of the best actress category. I was especially disappointed with this snub because, despite a couple of high-profile exceptions to the general rule, women are rarely the stars of science fiction films and Adams truly carried Villeneuve’s especially elegant and thoughtful thriller.

The Academy honored nine movies (out of a possible 10) as best picture nominees: “La La Land,” “Arrival,” “Moonlight,” “Hidden Figures,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Lion” and “Manchester by the Sea.”

We’ll see who wins when Jimmy Kimmel hosts this year’s Oscars, which will air Feb. 26 on ABC.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling appear in a scene from "La La Land." Lionsgate photo

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling appear in a scene from “La La Land.” Lionsgate photo

Here is the full list of Oscar nominations:

Best picture:
“Arrival”
“Fences”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Hidden Figures”
“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight”

Lead actor:
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land,”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Lead actress:
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Supporting actor:
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Supporting actress:
Viola Davis, “Fences”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best director:
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”

Animated feature:
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Moana”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“The Red Turtle”
“Zootopia”

Animated short:
“Blind Vaysha”
“Borrowed Time”
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes”
“Pearl”
“Piper”

Adapted screenplay:
“Arrival”
“Fences”
“Hidden Figures”
“Lion”
“Moonlight”

Original screenplay:
“20th Century Women”
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“The Lobster”
“Manchester by the Sea”

Cinematography:
“Arrival”
“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Moonlight”
“Silence”

Best documentary feature:
“13th”
“Fire at Sea”
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“Life, Animated”
“O.J.: Made in America”

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

Best live-action short film:
“Ennemis Interieurs”
“La Femme et le TGV”
“Silent Nights”
“Sing”
“Timecode”

Best foreign language film:
“A Man Called Ove”
“Land of Mine”
“Tanna”
“The Salesman”
“Toni Erdmann”

Film editing:
“Arrival”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“Moonlight”

Sound editing:
“Arrival”
“Deep Water Horizon”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“La La Land”
“Sully”

Sound mixing:
“Arrival”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“La La Land”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”

Production design:
“Arrival”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Hail, Caesar!”
“La La Land”
“Passengers”

Original score:
“Jackie”
“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Moonlight”
“Passengers”

Original song:
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” “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”

Makeup and hair:
“A Man Called Ove”
“Star Trek Beyond”
“Suicide Squad”

Costume design:
“Allied”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Jackie”
“La La Land”

Visual effects:
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Doctor Strange”
“Jungle Book”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

-BAM

 

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