‘La La Land’ ties ‘All About Eve’ and ‘Titanic’ for most Oscar nominations at 14: & Biggest Snubs

 

Everyone expected ‘La La Land’ to get lots of nods but this must have been pretty gratifying for the films two leads Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling who also both received best acting nominations. Damien Chazelle was recognized in the director’s category as well. ‘La La Land’ also nabbed best picture and best original screenplay nominations.

Also receiving Director nods were Denis Villeneuve for ‘Arrival,’ Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge,’ Kenneth Lonergan ‘Manchester By The Sea’ and Barry Jenkins ‘Moonlight.’

Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced today. The honest coming-of-age drama ‘Moonlight’ and the the slow-burning Sci-fi mystery “Arrival’ starring Amy Adams each received eight nomination.

Casey Affleck, Andrew Garfield, Viggo Mortensen and Denzel Washington were also in the Best Actor category and Ruth Negga, Isabelle Huppert, Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep (her 20th Nod) for top actress.

Named for best supporting actor are Mahershala Ali, Jeff Bridges, Dev Patel, Lucas Hedges and Michael Shannon. For Supporting actress, Viola Davis, Naomi Harris, Nicole Kidman, Octavia Spencer and Michelle Williams

Joining ‘La La Land’ for best picture nominations were “Arrival,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,”(Hollywood has forgiven Mel Gibson?) Hell or High Water,” “Hidden Figures,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight.”

Everyone will be looking to see if La La Land does anything close to it’s victories at the Golden Globes where it won in every category it was nominated in with seven awards.

The other two movies we mentioned that tied for the most Ocscar nods with 14. How did they do at the Academy awards? In 1951 “All About Eve” won 6 and in 1998 Titanic picked up 11.

The top snubs this year, to many, include Annette Bening who was powerful in ’20th Century Women’ and Amy Adams for ‘Arrival.’ It was also surprising that ‘Passengers’ which critics did not like got more Oscar nominations than Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence; which was almost shut out with only one nod for cinematography. Taraji P. Henson helped get John Glenn into space in ‘Hidden Figures’ but I guess it wasn’t good enough for an Oscar nomination. Big Sci-fi blockbusters don’t always fair well at the Oscars but last year, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ picked up five nominations but ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ only got two – for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing. I was also surprise that Denzel Washington didn’t get a nod for directing “Fences,”

Jimmy Kimmel will host the 89th Academy Awards on February 26. – by John Beaudin

John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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