Oscar Nominations are Out, Surprisingly Diverse Except for Record Breaking ‘La La Land’

The Oscar Nominations are out and they’re less white than ever! Except for La La Land.

La La Land got 14 nominations, tying the record of Titanic and All About Eve, landing nominations in all the major categories and all the lighting and sound s**t that no one really cares about.

But outside of La La Land, a much more diverse group of nominees has emerged with Moonlight, Hidden Figures, and Lion receiving nods for Best Picture.

Denzel Washington was nominated for Lead Actor, Ruth Negga for Lead Actress, Mahershala Ali and Dev Patel for Supporting Actor, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, and Octavia Spencer for Supporting Actress.

A couple of weird things go through, like the violent Mel Gibson pic Hacksaw Ridge for Best Picture and The Lobster sneaking into Original Screenplay. And of course, Meryl Streep was in a movie, so she got an Oscar nomination.

There aren’t a lot of big surprises, no Deadpool takeover, but it seems pretty fair. No independent movies seemed needlessly shut out, but the most Hollywood movie possible of course got all the glory.

It’s heartening to see that a wider range of films received nominations rather than just a parade of movies about the Holocaust or tragic, yet dull, biopics about heroes of our time. It’s cool that Arrival is nominated alongside Moonlight. 

Will this be a thrill-a-minute ride of an Oscars broadcast? Probably not. But at least there’s something a little different and that’s a start.

Here’s the nominations from the largest categories:

Best picture:
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

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

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