‘La La Land’ earned a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, but multiple nods for ‘Fences,’ ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ may have finally buried the #OscarSoWhite trend. Lisa Bernhard reports.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, A24, Amazon Studios, 20th Century Fox, CBS Films) –
‘La La Land,’ the musical tale of Tinseltown success, earning a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations Tuesday, including for stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.
This year’s Oscar nominations shunning the traditional pressroom format – relayed instead through a prerecorded streaming package.
Overall, OscarsNOTSoWhite this season…
Multiple nods for ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Fences’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ – showcasing diversity – finally burying the OscarsSoWhite hashtag that’s plagued Hollywood for the past two years.
Speaking of controversy, Meryl Streep – fresh off her Donald Trump takedown at the Golden Globes – extending her record as Oscar’s most-nominated actor with her 20th, for ‘Florence Foster Jenkins.’
And Mel Gibson – whose career famously imploded after spewing anti-Semitic remarks – re-embraced by Hollywood with several nominations for ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ including one for him for Best Director.
Finally, Amazon beat rival Netflix to the punch as a major category contender – with ‘Manchester By the Sea,’ produced by Amazon Studios, picking up a handful of nominations.
The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air February 26th.