La La Land becomes one of the most nominated films ever, with nods in 14 categories, while Moonlight and Arrival both take eight.
24 January 2017
La La Land (2016)
Damien Chazelle’s vibrant musical La La Land continues its awards season landgrab, scooping a total of 14 Academy Award nominations – the joint record for any film in history. Its nods include best picture, best director, best actor for Ryan Gosling and best actress for Emma Stone. Previous films to garner 14 nominations are All about Eve (1950), which won six, and Titanic (1997), which went on to win 10.
Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama Moonlight and Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi Arrival follow on eight nominations each. Meanwhile, Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, Garth Davis’s Lion and Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge all picked up six.
British talent to bag nominations include actors Dev Patel for Lion and Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge; Naomie Harris for best supporting actress for Moonlight; musician Mica Levi, nominated for her score for Jackie; producer Iain Canning and the team at See-Saw for Lion, which is up for best picture; and production designers Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock, who are recognised for their work on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In addition, British editor Jake Roberts competes for the editing prize with Hell or High Water, Joanna Johnston for costume design for Allied, and Sting is in the running for best song for ‘The Empty Chair’ from Jim: The James Foley Story.
Best original screenplay nominee The Lobster was backed by Lottery funding through the BFI Film Fund. Additional British films or co-productions with nominations include Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (up for both best sound mixing and visual effects), Florence Foster Jenkins, The Jungle Book, Doctor Strange, Passengers and The White Helmet.
Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI comments: “My warmest congratulations to all today’s nominees, with a special hat-tip to the British nominees and films who are so brilliantly flying the flag for UK film – including of course, The Lobster, nominated for Best Original Screenplay and which the BFI is proud to have helped bring to the screen with National Lottery funding.”
La La Land, Moonlight and Arrival all first screened to UK audiences at the BFI London Film Festival, along with other best picture nominees Manchester by the Sea and Lion. Other nominated LFF alumni include 13th, Nocturnal Animals, Toni Erdmann, The Salesman, Tanna, Land of Mine and The Red Turtle.
“We are thrilled that the BFI London Film Festival was the UK launchpad for so many of the Oscar nominees, including La La Land, Lion and Arrival, and the first film festival outside North America to premiere Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea,” comments Clare Stewart, the Festival Director. “Also fantastic to see our strong links with the Foreign Language category continue with Land of Mine (LFF 2015), The Salesman, Tanna (LFF 2015) and Toni Erdmann all featuring in our line-ups.”
In contrast to recent years, when the awards have attracted controversy for focusing on white actors in its nominations, resulting in the #oscarssowhite hashtag, this year’s slate recognises a more diverse range of performers in all four acting categories.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 26 February 2017.