La La Land ties all-time record with 14 Oscar nominations

La La Land dominated the Oscar nominations, picking up 14 to tie the record set by Titanic and All About Eve

La La Land, a musical tribute to Los Angeles
La La Land, a musical tribute to Los Angeles

La La Land, a Damien Chazelle movie musical, was showered with 14 nominations for the this year’s Oscars.

The flick broke records at the Golden Globes earlier this month, taking more awards than any other film in history.

Now it is up for best picture, director, actor, actress, original screenplay, cinematography, costume design, film editing, original score, original song (for both City of Stars and Audition), production design, sound editing and sound mixing.

This puts the movie at a tie with record-holders for the most Oscar nominations, All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997).

Competing against “La La Land” for best picture will be Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, Arrival, Lion, Fences, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures and Hacksaw Ridge.

Another record was broken in the best actress category, with Meryl Streep beating her own total of 19 Oscar nominations to make it 20 for the title role as a deluded singer in Stephen Frears’s Florence Foster Jenkins.

She will compete alongside Loving’s Ruth Negga, Emma Stone for La La Land, Natalie Portman for Pablo, Larrain’s Jackie Kennedy biopic and Isabelle Huppert for Elle.

The candidates competing for best documentary include: Fire at Sea, I Am Not Your Negro, Life Animated, OJ: Made in America and 13th.

The Academy has received heavy criticism in the form of protests over the lack of diversity of its nominees for the 2016 and 2015 lists, prompted the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag. But this year’s array of nominees seems sufficiently diverse to ward off a third consecutive year of protests.

The Academy has taken radical action to try and address the issue, with the 683 new invitees last summer being 46% women and 41% people of colour. This brings the total number of voting members to over 7,000.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences broke with tradition for Tuesday’s announcement, which saw small interstitial videos with previous nominees and winners nominees including Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Marcia Gay Harden and Jason Reitman reading out the categories in an audience-free environment.

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