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Hollywood is already gearing up for the 89th Academy Awards, but the Oscars won’t be handed out until February 26 at the district’s Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA. But we do know who’s been nominated, with the announcement happening early this morning (January 24).

It’s not a huge surprise to hear La La Land led the pack with 14 nominations, having already won six Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Director (Damien Chazelle), Best Screenplay (Chazelle), Best Original Score (Justin Hurwitz), and finally, Best Motion Picture. That’s a lot of “bests.”

But there is still room for other work to be recognized, like the biopic Lion, starring Dev Patel, which is nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor (Patel). Fences, (we recently had a chance to talk to the film’s cast), is also nominated for Best Picture. The film’s leading man, Denzel Washington, winner of Academy Awards for Best Actor (Training Day) and Best Supporting Actor (Glory), has received a Best Actor nod based on his portrayal of Fences‘ protagonist, Troy Maxson. Washington’s co-star Viola Davis has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Ruth Negga, who we know from the AMC original Preacher, is up for Best Actress based on her performance in Lovingopposite Joel Edgerton.

The dark comedy The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw and Olivia Coleman, is also a contender, and will fight it out for Best Original Screenplay. The film takes place in a dystopian society where the singles are forced to couple-up or be turned into an animal of their choice. Director Yorgos Lanthimos‘ movie may not have been a huge blockbuster, possibly more of an “arthouse hit,” but it was definitely on our radar.

Meanwhile, two more favorites of Anglophenia’s have been nominated, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for Best Production Design and Doctor Strange is in line for Best Visual Effects.

These are just some of the highlights from this morning’s announcement. You can check out the complete list of nominations below:

Best Picture



Hacksaw Ridge

Hell Or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land


Manchester By The Sea


Best Actor

Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea)

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Emma Stone (La La Land)

Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Jeff Bridges (Hell Or High Water)

Lucas Hedges (Manchester By The Sea)

Dev Patel (Lion)

Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis (Fences)

Naomie Harris (Moonlight)

Nicole Kidman (Lion)

Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Michelle Williams (Manchester By The Sea)

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By The Sea)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)



La La Land




Documentary (Feature)

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

OJ: Made in America


Documentary (Short Subject)


4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

Live Action Short

Ennemis Entreniers

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights



Animated Short

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes



Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman


Toni Erdmann

Sound Editing


Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land


Best Film Editing

Arrival (Joe Walker)

Hacksaw Ridge (John Gilbert)

Hell or High Water (Jake Roberts)

La La Land (Tom Cross)

Moonlight (Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders)

Best Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Costume Design


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins


La La Land

Makeup and Hair Styling

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

Sound Mixing


Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Best Original Score

Jackie (Micachu)

La La Land (Justin Hurwitz)

Lion (Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka)

Moonlight (Nicholas Britell)

Passengers (Thomas Newman)

Best Original Song

“Audition” (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)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival (Eric Heisserer)

Fences (August Wilson)

Hidden Figures (Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi)

Lion (Luke Davies)

Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McRaney)

Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water (Taylor Sheridan)

La La Land (Damien Chazelle)

The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, Epthimis Filippou)

Manchester By the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)

20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

Production Design

Arrival (Patrice Vermette)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Stuart Craig)

Hail Caesar (Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh)

La La Land (Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco)

Passengers (Guy Hendrix Dyas)

Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle


Cheers to all of the nominees! 

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By Brigid Brown