Oscars Nominations 2017: La La Land Makes History, Could Win Most Oscars Ever

California, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today its nominations for the Oscars, with La La Land notching 14 nominations.

The film becomes the third ever to be nominated for 14 awards, along with Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1950). This is the highest number of nominations a movie has ever gotten in the history of the Oscars. It has swept all the seven nominations it got in the Golden Globe Awards, held on Jan. 8 this year. The Golden Globes usually give hints as to where the Oscars might be awarded to.

Along with best film, La La Land’s leads Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are nominated for best actor and actress respectively in a leading role. Stone is considered the favorite to win while critics are torn between Gosling and Case Affleck for his role as Lee Chandler in ‘Manchester By the Sea.’ La La Land’s director Damien Chazelle is also nominated. The film has two nominations in one category, best original song.

Other categories the movie is nominated for are Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.

La La Land can make further history as no movie has ever won more than 11 awards and only three has achieved the feat in Ben Hur (1959), Titanic (1997), and Lord of the Rings (2003). The movie is a musical that tells the love story of a Jazz Pianist and an aspiring actress in the city of Los Angeles.

Despite its Golden Globes sweep it could face tough competition from Arrival who has been nominated for eight awards. The film’s nominations include Best Picture, Director, Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design. Winning just four of the afore-mentioned categories would spoil La La Land’s chance of becoming the most decorated Oscar winner of all time. It tells the story of linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams), who is charged with communicating with 12 mysterious space crafts that appear around the world. It’s based on the short story by Ted Chiang “Story of Your Life.” Another notable presence in this year’s awards is Moonlight. It chronicles the life of Chiron and his growing up in one of Miami’s poorer areas. It is based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney. It received eight nominations including best films.

Jimmy Kimmel will host this year’s awards.

Source: Qatar News Agency